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    08 June, 2005

    BBC on Tommy Farr

    My old mate Vaughan Roderick twice referred to Tommy Farr as a Merthyr boxer on Good Morning Pontcanna, sorry Good Morning Wales, today.

    For the record:

    Tommy (Thomas George) Farr (12 March 1914-1 March 1986) was one of the most famous boxers of the twentieth century. He was born at Clydach Vale in the Rhondda, South Wales, and nicknamed "The Tonypandy Terror". He became British and Empire Heavyweight Champion in March 1937; on 30 August 1937 he fought World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis but failed to beat him. He retired in 1940 but made a brief comeback ten years later. Tommy Farr the Tonypandy Terror was 6ft 1½ inches tall. He was said to be "sheer aggressiveness personified." He had a hard left jab followed by a two-fisted attack. He will go down in boxing history as one of the greatest pugilists of all time.


    Margaret Phillips said...

    Guess what Leighton. Tommy Farr's nephew married a girl from Blaencwm, she used to live in Glanselsig Street, the same street as me.

    Leighton Andrews said...

    Tell Mal Pope then Margaret!

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