Boxers effort to get former Champion a new beltPosted by Paul Fairweather on 26th Jul 2011
Boxers are teaming up to raise £4000 for a new belt after a former champion "suffered in silence" for 50 years.
Dai Dower MBE became the flyweight champion of Britain,Europe and the Empire during the 50's.But he no longer has his most prized memento-his Lonsdale Belt.Boxers get to keep their Lonsdale Belt if they become British champion and defend the title twice.
Dai originally from Wales,defended his once but was enlisted to do his National Service.He was told he would be the first challenger when he came out.But thanks to political manoevring outside the ring,he never got the fight and retired 17 months later.
Bournemouth Ex Boxers Association has so far raised £2600 towards a replica.
To donate or help with fundraising call Dave Fry on 01202 891725 or John Dickinson on 01202 511219 or e-mail email@example.com
Many thanks to the Bournemouth Daily Echo for this article and photo.
Commentsname: Gary Widdop
3rd Sep 2011