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BEYNON , WILLIAM ( 1884? - 1932 ), former British bantam-weight champion .

Born 1884? at Port Talbot , he lived in later years at Llangynwyd , Maesteg, Glam. Beynon had boxed continuously from 1912 to 1928 and had, during that time, met the foremost boxers of Europe and America . His greatest achievement was in 1913 , when he won the Lonsdale belt by defeating the famous Digger Stanley for the British bantam-weight title . Later in the same year, however, Stanley reversed the decision.

Beynon was killed in a colliery accident at Bryn , near Port Talbot , 20 July 1932 .

Sources:

  • The Times , 21 July 1932 , 21 May 1934 ;
  • Western Mail , 21 July 1932 , 20 June 1950 (‘Former Welsh Boxing Champions, No. 11,’ by Tudor James );
  • The Glamorgan Gazette , 25 May 1934 .

Author:

Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959