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Ted Morgan New Zealand's First Gold Medal.

Edward Morgan (5 April 1906 – 22 November 1952), generally known as Ted Morgan, was a New Zealand boxer.

He won the gold medal in the welterweight division at the 1928 Summer Olympics, despite competing throughout the tournament with a dislocated knuckle in his left hand. This was the first gold medal won for an athlete representing New Zealand.

Morgan was born in London, England, but his family moved to New Zealand when he was one year old. There he attended Te Aro School and Wellington College, but dropped out in 1922 and started working as a plumber.

A plaque at Wellington College was erected in his honor.

Morgan was the New Zealand Amateur Lightweight Champion in 1925 and 1927.

He won 26 out of his 28 amateur bouts. In July 1929 he turned professional, but with a little success, winning 13 and losing 11 out of 26 bouts. In 1931 he won three minor matches in the United States and the New Zealand welterweight title, knocking out Reg Trowern in second round.

He retired in October 1934 after losing to Don Stirling in a welterweight title fight and later worked as a plumber and boxing referee.

Morgan was offered the chance to turn pro after the Olympics but turned it down. He later regretted the decision saying he needed to have turned pro overseas where the "game was bigger". Morgan's gold medal is one of the biggest examples of overcoming adversity and is one of the least well known NZ Olympic stories.

Although he was a non-smoker, Morgan died from lung cancer in Wellington due to the inhalation of fumes while working as a plumber.

In 1990 he was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.


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