Stories of a Post-industrial Hero: The Death of Johnny Owen

  title={Stories of a Post-industrial Hero: The Death of Johnny Owen},
  author={Martin Johnes},
  journal={Sport in History},
  pages={444 - 463}
  • M. Johnes
  • Published 1 December 2011
  • History
  • Sport in History
Boxing is widely seen as a deeply symbolic sport. Perhaps at no time was that truer than when Welsh boxer Johnny Owen died after being knocked out in a world title bout in 1980. Owen's likeable personality, his commitment to his family, community and nation and his skinny appearance all exacerbated the widespread feeling that someone special had been lost in tragic circumstances. His death led to debates about whether boxing should be banned but in his home town, and towns like it, there was… 
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