Cowbridge Rotary Club had a great Monday evening’s entertainment listening to former WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight boxing champion, Nicky Piper MBE, who was born at Culverhouse Cross.
With a record of 26 wins, five losses and two draws, he was a formidable presence in the ring, and he had a wealth of fascinating and amusing anecdotes about his time as a professional boxer, when he fought Nigel Benn, ‘The Dark Destroyer’ for the World Super Middleweight title in 1992; and the characters like Frank Warren and Don King who had trained the fighters who had squared up to each other in the nineties.
One of his claims to fame was when he took on ‘Big John’ Ellis in November 1990: he knocked him out in round one in 12 seconds, and that included the 10-second countdown!
After his retirement, Nicky became a sports commentator and in 1997, a member of the British Boxing Board of Control. He worked as chairman of the Professional Boxing Association and in 2005 he was awarded the MBE for his services to the sport.
He is also a member of MENSA, the high IQ society, and now works for George Thomas Hospice Care charity as the events manager.
He talked fluently and easily for some 40 minutes and gave a thoughtful and entertaining insight into the world of the professional boxer.