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Return to the old days of Welsh boxing.

Byline: By Gareth Jones South Wales Echo

Two Welsh titles will be contested this week in a welcome revival of a championship sadly neglected over recent years.

And both belts were last owned by Cardiffians.

On Friday, on the undercard of the Scott Gammer-Danny Williams British heavyweight decider at Neath Sports Centre, Llanelli veteran Dean Phillips meets Swansea prospect Damian Owen for the lightweight crown last worn by the late Mervyn Bennett.

The following night, at the Newport Centre, Gary Buckland tackles Port Talbot's Stuart Phillips in a bid to keep the capital's hold on the light-welter strap, formerly the property of Olympic representative David Griffiths.

Phillips-Owen has the makings of a cracker, which is just as well, given the last match for the 9st 9lb honour.

In October 1995, at the STAR in Splott, unbeaten Monmouth youngster Gareth Jordan was expected to have too much for 35-year-old Bennett, but the scaffolder from Victoria Park produced the performance of his career to take the decision in a real thriller.

Alas, cancer was to claim Mervyn's life just three years later.

Splott boy Griffiths won the 10st prize by outpointing Gabalfa product Mark Pearce in 1988, retaining in a rematch the following year.

Buckland, an unbeaten 20-year-old from Rumney, should bring it home to Cardiff.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 28, 2007
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