|Real name||Thomas John Thomas|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Nationality|| Welsh |
|Born||8 April 1880|
|Died||13 August 1911 31) (aged|
|Wins by KO||28|
Thomas "Tom" Thomas (8 April 1880 – 13 August 1911), was a Welsh boxer, the first British middleweight boxing champion.
This article is about the particular significance of the year 1880 to Wales and its people.
This article is about the particular significance of the year 1911 to Wales and its people.
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate.
He was born at Glynarthen, Cardiganshire but moved to Carncelyn Farm, Penygraig, in the Rhondda Valley of South Wales at an early age.
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