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World lightweight boxing champion.

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World champion bantam weight boxer

Boxing match in the Rhondda (RCT Digital Archive)
'After the mines, what is fighting? Fighting is child’s play'.
- Tommy Farr
Tommy Farr, also known as the 'Tonypandy Terror', fought in the boxing booths of South Wales before becoming British Heavyweight Champion in 1937.

Tommy Farr was one of eight children, growing up in abject poverty in the Valleys.

He travelled to New York to fight the American Boxer Joe Louis in August 1937. This was the first major sporting event to be broadcast on the radio and it captured the imagination of people across Wales. So many people turned up at Tonypandy Town Hall in the middle of the night to listen to the fight that extra speakers had to be put outside whilst at his former colliery the score was chalked up on coal drams as they were sent underground! Tommy lost on a narrow points decision, but his brave fighting won the nation’s heart.

When he finally retired in 1953 after losing to Don Cockell he took the MC’s microphone and led the crowd in singing 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau'.

Birth: Railway Terrace, Clydach Vale 12 March 1913
Death: 01 March 1986
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