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Freddie Welsh

Professional boxer

Died when: 41 years 146 days (496 months)
Star Sign: Pisces

 

Freddie Welsh

Freddie Welsh (born Frederick Hall Thomas; 5 March 1886 – 29 July 1927) was a Welsh World lightweight boxing champion.Born in Pontypridd, Wales, he was nicknamed the "Welsh Wizard".

Brought up in a tough mining community, Welsh left a working-class background to make a name for himself in America.

He turned professional as a boxer in Philadelphia in 1905, and spent the best part of his career fighting in the United States.

Welsh spent much of his career chasing the world championship title, held in turn by Battling Nelson, Ad Wolgast and Willie Ritchie, failing through a series of events to meet each until a successful encounter with Ritchie in July 1914, when he finally became world lightweight champion (Later demoted to the EBU).

Welsh held the title until 1917 when he lost to Benny Leonard, though he continued to fight sparingly until 1922.During his career, he fought in more than 160 professional bouts, suffering defeat on just 5 occasions.

A keen follower of Bernarr Macfadden's physical culture, Welsh believed in exercise and healthy living and was a non-smoker and a vegetarian.

In the years following the end of his career, bad business choices cost him his fortune, and after numerous health problems he died in poverty in 1927.


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