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DRISCOLL , JAMES ( 1880 - 1925 ), boxer ;

b. at Cardiff , 15 Dec. 1880 , of Irish parentage. He first came into prominence in 1906 when he won the bantam-weight championship of England . His rise to fame was rapid. In 1909 he gained the world's featherweight championship in New York , and on his return to England he won outright the first Lord Lonsdale challenge belt to be put up for the featherweight division, and was declared British champion in 1910 . In 1912 he also won the European title. During the 1914-18 war he served with the Welsh Horse , and later became chief instructor to the Army gymnastic staff . Driscoll attempted to resume his boxing career in 1919 , but his age, coupled with ill health, resulted in his defeat at the hands of the youthful French contender Charles Ledoux . He d. at Cardiff , 30 Jan. 1925 .

Sources:

  • Western Mail , 31 Jan. 1925 ;
  • Jim Driscoll , Text-Book of Boxing … Revised and brought up to date by Jim Kenrick , London, 1939 ;
  • J. G. B. Lynch , Prominent Pugilists of To-day , London, 1914 .

Author:

Emlyn Wynne Evans, ( -1985), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959