|Nickname(s)||The Merthyr Marvel|
27 July 1926|
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
|Died||2 June 1997(aged 70)|
|Wins by KO||13|
Thomas was born in Merthyr Tydfil. After a highly successful amateur boxing career, he turned professional in 1946. He won the Welsh welterweight title in 1948, the British welterweight title in 1949, and the European welterweight title in 1951, retaining it for only four months. He held the British Empire title for a period in the same year.
Thomas had a successful business career for a time, but in 1994 he was forced to resign as Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil.
A BBC TV programme, Champ from Colliers Row, was made about him in 1997, shortly after his death.
- Old Merthyr Tydfil: Eddie Thomas - Merthyr Mayor - Historical Photographs of Eddie Thomas, during his period as Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil.