Cliff Curvis

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Welsh boxing legend Cliff Curvis, who went from working in Swansea docks to winning the British and Empire titles, died April 22, 2009 at age 81. Swansea-born Curvis turned professional in 1944 and during his career fought 55 times, winning 42 bouts – including a famous victory over fellow Swansea boxer Ronnie James 1947.  He fought for the British title twice, first losing a close encounter with great Merthyr fighter Eddie Thomas at St Helen’s rugby ground in 1950, then winning both the British and Empire welterweight crown in 1952 with a knock-out victory against Wally Thom.