Dave Needham (boxer)

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Dave Needham
Real name Dave Needham
Nickname(s) The Artful Dodger
Rated at Featherweight and Bantamweight
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born 15 August 1951
Flag of England.svg Nottingham, England.
Died 19 September 2008
Chonburi, Thailand
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 39
Wins 30
Wins by KO 10
Losses 8
Draws 1
No contests 0
Dave Needham
Medal record
Men’s Boxing
Commonwealth Games
Representing  England
Gold medal – first place 1970 Edinburgh Flyweight

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.[1]

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Needham was born in Nottingham and attended Cottesmore School. He trained at the Nottingham Boxing School in Radford.[1][2]

Needham won two Amateur Boxing Association flyweight titles in 1969 and 1970.[3] He went on to compete in the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.[2] He won the Flyweight gold medal beating Uganda's Leo Rwabwogo.

Professional career[4][edit]

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.

He lost the bantamweight title on 20 October 1975 at Grosvenor House (World Sporting Club), Mayfair on a technical knockout (TKO) to the same Paddy Maguire.

On 20 April 1978 at the World Sporting Club, Piccadilly. Needham won the title of British featherweight champion when he defeated Alan Richardson on points.

On 16 December 1978 in Leon, Spain, he fought for the EBU featherweight title, but lost on a TKO to Roberto Castanon.

Needham lost the featherweight title on 6 November 1979 at the Royal Albert Hall when he was defeated by Pat Cowdell on points.

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.[1][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Boxing champ Needham dies". thisisnottingham.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b "9th Edinburgh Games (Scotland) 1970". Amateur Boxing Association of England. Archived from the original on 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Dave 'The Artful Dodger' Needham RIP". Britishboxing.net. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Dave Needham". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 

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