History | Jan 09 2018

On This Day: Welsh legend Brian Curvis died in 2012

Gareth Jones pays tribute to a Welsh hero of the ring – Brian Curvis
Brian Curvis

BRIAN CURVIS, the former British and Empire welterweight champion from Swansea, died on January 9, 2012 in his adopted Middlesbrough, aged 74.

A stylish southpaw, he also challenged for the world title, losing a points decision to the outstanding Emile Griffith at Wembley in September 1964.

One of the best boxers produced by Wales since the war, it was ironic that he should be wearing the white of England when he first caught the eye of fans in his homeland. A national serviceman in the RAOC, he won the ABA title in an Army vest and the English promptly selected him for the 1958 Empire Games, to be held in Cardiff.