FROM the archives this week: Penarth man, Geoff Cutts, pictured in the gymnasium of 30th Signal Regiment, Dorset, where he was a Physical Training Instructor in 1970.

At the time of the photograph, Lance Corporal Geoff Cutt already had a commendable career as a boxer.

In 1970 he won the Army welterweight championship and became the Combined Services champion at his weight, qualifying for the Amateur Boxing Championships.

At the quarter finals., held in Tonyrefail, Geoff boxed for Combined Services and was outpointed M. McCluskie.

Although he lost, Geoff came out of the match with great credit, according to the original reports, and his contest against McCluskie was widely considered the best of the night.

Educated at Penarth Secondary School, Geoff joined the Army as a teenaged boy.

He established his boxing credentials at school at the age of 11.

Between 1961 and 1963, he became Welsh schoolboy champion and also won the British championships.

In 1966 he represented Wales at the British Empire Games, which later became known as the Commonwealth Games, and reached the finals of the Amateur Boxing championships.

Geoff’s wife, Gillian, lived at Kipling Place, Penarth, and his parents lived at Masefield Road.

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