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Jim Driscoll

(Photo by Rhodri ap Hywel ©)

Subject(s): Jim Driscoll
Sport: Boxing

Location: Custom House Street, Cardiff (Statue was removed during redevelopment of the area in 2007-2008, and then reinstated in a revamped public space in June 2009)
Unveiled: 10/1997
Sculptor: Philip Blacker
Material: Bronze
Status: In Situ

Inscription(s):
Plaque 1: PEERLESS JIM DRISCOLL 1880 - 1925 LIVED AND DIED IN THE NEWTOWN AREA OF CARDIFF

Plaque 2: Jim Driscoll had a celebrated Welsh, British and European career before crossing the Atlantic. In defeating the best America could put against him, and in concluding an unbroken line of successes with the decisive victory over Abe Attell, the Featherweight Champion of the World, he won an honour, not only for himself and his native city of Cardiff, but also for the whole of Great Britain. Undefeated Welsh Featherweight Champion. Undefeated British Featherweight Champion. Undefeated European Featherweight Champion. First Featherweight to win a Lonsdale Belt outright. 69 recorded fights - won 59, 36 inside the distance, 7 no decisions, 3 defeats. 3,000 exhibition fights.

Plaque 3 above image of Nazareth House: FRIEND OF THE NEEDY

Plaque 4 above image of Driscoll in action in the ring: THE GREATEST EXPONENT OF THE PERFECT STRAIGHT LEFT.

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(Photo by Rhodri ap Hywel ©)

(Photo by Andy Rees ©)

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