Boxing Scotland chief executive Fraser Walker has paid tribute to Dick McTaggart MBE saying he put “Scottish boxing on the map” after the Olympic and Commonwealth champion was honoured for his outstanding boxing career with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards.
He received the award at a ceremony at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 03 October 2019.
Dick’s incredible boxing talent led him to the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne where he claimed an historic gold medal: he is the only Scottish boxer to win boxing gold at an Olympic Games. He also earned bronze at the 1960 Games in Rome. He became the first British boxer to compete in three Olympiads and also won gold and silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, as well as a European title in 1961.
His incredible boxing record stands at 610 wins from 634 amateur bouts and he earned his place in the Boxing International Hall of Fame in 2000 before being inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame two years later. He also served as the Honorary Director of Coaching to successive Scottish Commonwealth Games boxers was honoured with an MBE for his services to sport.
Born in Dundee, Dick was one of 18 children and grew up in a family which had the honour of claiming national boxing championship titles from three different forces. Dick was the RAF champion for five years while two of his brothers claimed titles in the Royal Navy and the army, respectively.
Walker said: “Dick McTaggart is a sporting icon and arguably the greatest amateur fighter in the history of British boxing.
“He put Scottish boxing on the map with his famous gold medal win at the Olympic Games in 1956 and he has continued to inspire generations of young boxers for more than 60 years.
“His achievements in the sport are unrivalled and it is fitting that he is recognised for his incredible contribution to boxing with this Lifetime Achievement Award.
“On behalf of Scottish Boxing, I would like to pay tribute to Dick and congratulate him on this tremendous accolade.”