Pat McCormack won the Ken Jones award

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Pat McCormack receives the Ken Jones Award for Britain’s Best Amateur of the Year, while Simon Euan Smith reveals details for next year’s British Ex-Boxers’ Hall of Fame Awards night

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THIS year’s thoroughly successful
British Ex-Boxers’ Hall of Fame has been and gone – and plans have already
begun for next year’s, to be hosted by the Welsh EBA, whose secretary, Cyril
Thomas, has provided the relevant information. The date – September 20, 2020,
the venue – the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Newport Road, Cardiff. Tickets
will be available from Friday November 1, priced £39.50 per head for a three-course
dinner, plus coffee or tea. These can be booked on 029 2086 3452 – if you get
the answerphone please leave contact details. Tickets will be sent out after
payment is received. Cyril goes on: “We have secured a discount rate of £79 b/b
for a single room and £89 b/b for a double for the Awards night only, which can
be booked by phoning Reservations and booking for the British Ex-Boxers’ Hall
of Fame Awards on September 20, 2020 and claiming these prices.” The phone
number is 029 2043 5000. “Alas,” Cyril says, “we could not secure a reduction
for the Saturday night as they claim that Saturdays are premium rates. These
are £139 single and £149 double b/b.”.

My late fellow-writer
Ken Jones was a proud Welshman, and it was standing room only at his funeral
last week. Although inevitably a sad occasion, the theme was very much a
celebration of Ken’s life, both during the service and the reception
afterwards. I was very pleased to meet Geraint Thomas, whose father, Eddie, won
European, Commonwealth and British welterweight tittles – and went on to become
a leading manager and cutman, and promoter. Next week – Friday November 8 – Geraint
is putting on a special tribute night to Eddie, at the Penybarren Social Club,
Merthyr Tydfil. This is to celebrate the 70th anniversary (November 15, 1949)
of Eddie’s points win over Henry Hall in Sheffield, to become Merthyr’s
first-ever British champion. Several ex-fighters that he looked after will be
there – including Ken Buchanan MBE, whom Eddie took to the undisputed world
lightweight championship, and who will be making the trip down from Scotland. Tickets
are £20 per head, including a souvenir programme.

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