PLAQUE HON­OUR FOR BOX­ING CHAMP DAI

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A BLUE plaque in mem­ory of cham­pion boxer David Dower has been un­veiled on his for­mer home in Aber­cynon.

The open-air cer­e­mony out­side 28 Her­bert Street, Aber­cynon, took place at the week­end.

The un­veil­ing also co­in­cided with the launch of a new of­fi­cial bi­og­ra­phy – David Dower: Fighter, Fam­ily Man, Leg­end.

Hav­ing at­tended the lo­cal school in Aber­cynon, David, also known as Dai, over­came ill health as a child and went on to be­come a Welsh ama­teur school­boy box­ing cham­pion, along with his life­long friend and for­mer coun­cil­lor and mayor Alby Davies.

He was also a mem­ber of the fa­mous Great Bri­tain box­ing squad at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, along­side the then un­known Sir Henry Cooper.

David went on to be­come Bri­tish, Eu­ro­pean and Em­pire fly­weight cham­pion, as well as a con­tender for the world ti­tle.

David’s widow Eve­lyn, daugh­ters An­gela and San­dra and their fam­i­lies at­tended the spe­cial event, as well as spe­cial guests in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Welsh ExBox­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, the Bournemouth Ex-Box­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion and the Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol

Coun­cil­lor Rhys Lewis, cab­i­net mem­ber for stronger com­mu­ni­ties, well-be­ing and cul­tural ser­vices, and ward mem­ber for Aber­cynon, said: “The name David Dower is syn­ony­mous with Aber­cynon and the world of sport, es­pe­cially box­ing.

“He may have been small in stature but achieved so much dur­ing his life­time and it is fit­ting that David’s fam­ily, friends, and the com­mu­nity pay trib­ute to him with the un­veil­ing of the blue plaque and the of­fi­cial bi­og­ra­phy David Dower: Fighter, Fam­ily Man, Leg­end.”

Welsh fly­weight Dai Dower, left, in ac­tion against Robert Moug­inot in June 1955

Dai Dower was a world ti­tle con­tender

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