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    Mountain Fighters - by Lawrence Davies

    Mountain Fighters
    Lost Tales of Welsh Boxing
    By Lawrence Davies
    Book Recommendation
    Rob Snell

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    I hope you will join me in supporting the sales of this truly remarkable and extensively researched book by Lawrence Davies. It is, as Lawrence aptly states -

    “A must-buy for any boxing fan who wants to re-discover the forgotten origins of Welsh boxing”.



    Mountain Fighters

    Lost Tales of Welsh Boxing


    Wales has a long and proud history of fist fighting. While many boxing fans may be familiar with the stories of such fistic royalty as Jimmy Wilde and Jim Driscoll from the early days of the boxing ring, the lives of the men who fought bare-fist on the mountains of South Wales or in the fairground boxing booths for a handful of coins have been far less well documented.

    These are the forgotten fighting histories of some of the good, the bad and the ugly from the days of the bare-knuckle outlaws known as the ‘mountain fighters’. This fascinating book charts the early history of pugilism in South Wales, from the days of some of the earliest bare fist champions of distinction. These are the stories of a fighting tradition previously shrouded in myth and legend that paved the way for a country’s future champions.

    For the first time, the deeds and exploits of many of these men are recorded here in full. The product of countless hours of original research on the part of the author, there are many rare illustrations and photographs, many of which have never been printed in any book previously, this is a must-buy for any boxing fan who wants to re-discover the forgotten origins of Welsh boxing.
    This is the first book on Welsh bare knuckle fighting to be released by Peerless Press, and will be available from November 2011 from gwales.com and directly from Peerless Press.


    http://www.gwales.com/latest/?tsid=6

    £12.99 Author: Lawrence Davies Paperback Available ISBN: 9780957034204 (0957034202) Publication Date December 2011 Publisher: Peerless Press

    the book is very chunky, its 356 pages, soft cover, over 60 pictures, mostly unseen in any book previously.


    The Ghost

    The Ghost was a tiny pale speck of a man with fists of steel who had climbed out of the bowels of the earth, and fought his way through hundreds of men, some nearly twice his size, before finally claiming the World Flyweight Championship. So light was the little Welshman who stands as the greatest fighter that Wales has ever produced that he was known to weigh in with lead weights concealed in his pockets in order to make weight. The ring-names never quite stretched far enough to explain the almost superhuman skills of this tiny ex-miner. The Indian Famine, the Mighty Atom, the Human Hairpin, the Tetrarch of the Ring, and perhaps the greatest of them all,

    The Ghost with the Hammer in his hand.

    Who can fail to be drawn into a story so compelling ?. Photographs fail to capture the enigma that was Jimmy Wilde, an explosive force of nature. A man that was less than 7stone dripping wet, and yet also one of the hardest punchers the ring has ever seen. But even before Jimmy's time Merthyr had been creating Iron men, back in the days of the mountain fighters, when a fight on the mountain at dawn was the quickest and easiest way to settle a dispute that had started in the pub the night before.

    Even after taking the flyweight championship of the world, Wilde had marveled at the strength and stamina of his father-in-law, Dai Davies who had once fought eighty four rounds on the mountains above Tylorstown.

    ‘Tomorrow, on the mountain’ - that was the way a pub argument usually ended and would be settled the next morning at sunrise, high up on the mountain with lookouts stretched out on the grass keeping a keen eye on the valley below. Only after the men in the know had climbed the mountain, using the cover of darkness to conceal their activities from the ever watchful police, would the men unroll the ropes and stakes, take off their shirts and warm up in preparation for the knuckle fight.

    Many of the miners preferred it that way, with the ‘raw ‘uns’ as the knuckles were called back then, where the strength and stamina built up in the coal mine and iron foundry, and the ability to ‘take it’ mattered more than anything else. Knuckles were often dipped in pickling vinegar and pickled faces often being the badge of the battle scarred veterans who had fought countless rounds for little more than a jug of ale.

    This was the way of the old timers, the Welsh fighting men known as the mountain fighters who would fight for twenty, forty, even sixty rounds and more. A round in those times only ended when a man went down, and even then there would be plenty of men telling him to get up.
    For the big matches, military precision and tight lips were needed if the fight was to come off. Every town and village in the valleys of South Wales had its local champion, and the only way to settle it was on the mountain…..

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    Re: Mountain Fighters - by Lawrence Davies

    I like it Rob, you know I do, it leans back into industrious Britain in general and known "Hard" places like Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham & London town, where illegal fighting paved the way for organized sport- Boxing.

    Glasgow and the North of England had the "Tossing Schools" illegal gambling, and of course differences were played out, Hardmen "enhancing their reputation".

    I might look into this one Rob. Cheers, jim.

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    Re: Mountain Fighters - by Lawrence Davies

    He has worked very hard on this book and, as you will be aware, needs to sell a lot to get his money back. From what he has told me about the book it really does have some quality information.lawrence lives in the US by the way but clearly has family in Wales and spent a lot of time there preparing for the book.

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    Re: Mountain Fighters - by Lawrence Davies

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    Re: Mountain Fighters - by Lawrence Davies

    I bought this book from Amazon and its brilliant, very informative.

    I am not a huge boxing fan, but come from Merthyr Tydfil who have a big history of fighters and bare knuckle brawlers. My great great uncle was in fact Redmond Coleman, the "Iron Man of Iron Lane" or the "Iron Man of Iron Bridge" or "The King of the Cobbles" or "Shoni Gawr" or the "Emperor of China". Whatever name he went by it would appear that he was a man that you did not want to annoy or meet in a dark alley. You could have called him a bully, but my nan (his niece) said that he looked after his own, worked hard and played hard.

    Anyway, thanks for the book Lawrence. Did not find out any more about Uncle Redmond than I already knew, but loved all the tales about all the boxers. A very good read and I am taking it to the USA with me in April.

    Julie

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