Dick McTaggart

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Dick McTaggart
Dick McTaggart, Abel Laudonio, Kazimierz Paździor, Sandro Lopopolo 1960.jpg
McTaggart (left) at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1935-10-15) 15 October 1935 (age 80)
Dundee, Scotland
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Sport
Sport Boxing
Club Royal Air Force
Dundee Boxing Club

Richard "Dick" McTaggart, MBE (born 15 October 1935) is a retired Scottish amateur boxer. He competed in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics in the lightweight division and won a gold and a bronze medal, respectively. In 1956 he received the Val Barker Trophy for best boxing style at the Olympics. At the 1964 Olympics McTaggart moved to the light-welterweight category, but lost in the third bout to the eventual winner Jerzy Kulej. McTaggart won the British ABA title in 1956, 1958, 1960, 1963 and 1965,[1] and retired with a record of 610 wins out of 634 bouts.[2]

In retirement McTaggart worked as a boxing coach and prepared the Scottish team to the 1990 Commonwealth Games. In 2002 he was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame. His four brothers were also amateur boxers.[1][2]

ABA accomplishments[edit]

  • 1954 ABA Featherweight runner-up, losing to Dave Charnley (Fitzroy Lodge ABC) RSC 1 in final
  • 1956 ABA Lightweight champion, defeated Eddie Kane (Lochead BC) in final
  • 1958 ABA Lightweight champion, defeated Johnny Cooke (Maple Leaf ABC) in final
  • 1958 British Commonwealth Lightweight champion
  • 1960 ABA Lightweight champion, defeated Cedric Williams (Bargoed & Deri ABC) RSC 2 in final
  • 1961 European Lightweight champion
  • 1962 ABA Lightweight runner-up, losing to Brian Whelan (Chiswick General ABC) in final
  • 1963 ABA Light welterweight champion, defeated Larry O'Connell (Fitzroy Lodge ABC) in final
  • 1965 ABA Light welterweight champion, defeated Larry O'Connell (Fitzroy Lodge ABC) in final

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Member of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame
  • Order of the British Empire – Member (MBE)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dick McTaggart. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b Dick McTaggart. sshf.co.uk

External links[edit]

  • Profile, databaseOlympics; accessed 20 November 2015.