Dave Needham (boxer)
|Real name||Dave Needham|
|Nickname(s)||The Artful Dodger|
|Rated at||Featherweight and Bantamweight|
|Born||15 August 1951
|Died||19 September 2008
|Wins by KO||10|
Dave Needham (15 August 1951 – 19 September 2008) was a British boxer. He was a Commonwealth Games gold medal winner and one of the few boxers to have held both the BBBC bantamweight and featherweight titles.
Early life and amateur career
Needham won two Amateur Boxing Association flyweight titles in 1969 and 1970. He went on to compete in the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. He won the Flyweight gold medal beating Uganda's Leo Rwabwogo.
Needham's first professional fight was on 25 January 1971 when he fought Jimmy Killeen.
His first title fight was on 10 December 1974 at the former Nottingham ice rink, when he had a points win over Paddy Maguire and became the British bantamweight champion.
His last fight was on 29 May 1979 at Wolverhampton Civic Hall against Pat Cowdell for the British featherweight title. Cowdell won on a TKO.
Needham retired aged 29 in 1980, after becoming disillusioned with the sport. He went on to run a motorcycle dealership with his brother.
He spent the last couple of years of his life in Thailand. Needham died in Chonburi hospital from liver problems. He was 57.
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