The 'Welsh Wizard' was born Frederick Hall Thomas in Pontypridd in 1886.
He went to America as a young man where he took up boxing. He was so good at it that he decided to turn professional, changing his name to Freddie Welsh so his mother wouldn't find out about his new profession! He took the name ‘Welsh’ in recognition of his nationality.
He made his first appearance in Philadelphia in 1905,and became Lightweight Champion of Wales in 1907. He was awarded his first Lonsdale Belt in 1909. When he returned to Pontypridd in 1910 some 80,000 people lined the streets to welcome him home. He was the World Lightweight Boxing Champion 1914-1917 and the winner of 120 professional fights.
Where to Visit?
Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd
05 March 1886
29 July 1927