Official biography of the life and achievements of Welsh boxing legend David Dower MBE, a British amateur schoolboy champion who went on to reach the pinnacle of his sport.
He became a member of Team GB at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, in the same squad as Sir Henry Cooper. The pair remained friends for the rest of their lives.
Having turned professional in 1953, David went on to become British, Empire and European flyweight champion, as well as a World title contender.
He became the ‘First Welsh Celebrity Boxer’ and was in demand to open stores, star in television commercials and invited to lavish parties. But first and foremost, he was a family man.
He sadly died in 2016, aged 83, and was posthumously awarded the Freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf the same year. A Blue Plaque was unveiled on his family home in Abercynon on November 3, 2018.
The official biography, David Dower: Fighter, Family Man, Legend, supported by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, was launched on the same day, priced £10.
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