Dick McTaggart won 610 of his 634 amateur fights. He was the first British boxer to compete in three Olympic Games (1956, 1960 and 1964). In 1956, McTaggart won the gold medal for the lightweight division in the Olympic Games at Melbourne. He was also awarded the Val Barker Trophy for the most stylish boxer and in 1960 he won an Olympic bronze medal in Rome. British Commonwealth champion in 1958, a British Empite silver medal in 1963, and European champion in 1961, McTaggart had a boxing career which was of the highest calibre.