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Cuthbert Taylor

Full name: William Cuthbert Taylor
Gender: Male
Born: December 11, 1909 in Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, Great Britain
Died: November 15, 1977 in Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, Great Britain
Affiliations: Cardiff Gabalfa Amateur Boxing Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Boxing

Biography

Born to an English father of Caribbean heritage and a Welsh mother, Cuthbert Taylor earned his trip to the Olympic Games in Amsterdam by winning the Amateur Boxing Association flyweight title early in 1928. He became the first black boxer to compete for Great Britain and only the 3rd black British Olympian after [Harry Edward] and [Jack London]. After defeating an Argentine fighter in his first bout he was outpointed by [Armand Apell] of France in the Olympic quarter-final.

Taylor turned professional in December 1928 and, in only his second professional fight, fought a draw with future world champion Jackie Brown. By 1929 he was Welsh bantamweight champion but although he was recognised as one of the best in Britain in his weight category he was denied a chance to fight for the British title due to a rule that prohibited non-white fighters from challenging for the championship. Taylor fought from 1928 to 1944 and then made a brief comeback in 1947.

His career record, which may be incomplete, is listed at 151 wins, 68 defeats, 22 draws and 5 no-contests.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Boxing Men's Flyweight Great Britain GBR 5T

Men's Flyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Boxing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 1928-08-09 Apell (FRA) , Taylor (GBR)
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Boxing Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #1 1 1928-08-08 Taylor (GBR) , Trillo (ARG) decision
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Boxing Great Britain GBR Round One Match #1 1 1928-08-07 Taylor (GBR)
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