The death has occurred of boxing legend Tommy Hyde.
The Sunnyside southpaw claimed the national title in 1946 and was cherished during a golden era for Cork boxing fans. He would go on to represent Ireland at three different weights.
He was renowned for his hand speed, skill, dazzling footwork and the pinpoint accuracy of his punches. Some of his most brutal fights were against his great rival and close friend Peter Crotty from from Dungarvan who boxed out of the Clonmel club and won four national senior titles. The ‘Iron Man’ was putting the finishing touches to his preparations for the Helsinki Olympics when he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the Sunnyside man.
One of Hyde’s few losses is what he is best remembered for. That was the night he stepped up a division to take on Irish champion, Mick McKeon, at the Cork Opera House and they went toe-toe for six rounds. McKeon, who lost was the victim of a controversial decision at the London Olympics in 1948 when beaten in the box-off for a bronze medal after losing his semi-final bout, claimed a disputed decision.
His grand nephew, Garry Hyde, is manager of world super bantamweight champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux, and his great grand nephew, Tommy Hyde, is a promising talent.
His removal rook place on Wednesday evening (7 p.m.) from O’Connor Funeral Home, Coburg Street, to St. Mary’s Cathedral with Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Thursday followed by his funeral to St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Tory Top Road.