Lisitng three of the best British boxers in recent times
Although most of the world have shifted their interest in martial arts from boxing to the expanding world of UFC and MMA, the UK is a country where the boxing traditions still live on in full force.
Boxing has been popular on these shores for hundreds of years, and it was also here that boxing was first ratified and given a specific set of rules, by the Marquis of Queensberry, allowing it to make its way from the shady back alleys and into the mainstream.
Below is a short list of just three of the best British boxers from recent times.
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The UK has also been the home of several of the greatest boxers of all time. Although a list like this will always be the subject of debate due to the sport changing drastically since its inception, in this text we’re going to rank 3 of the (arguably) best British boxers in modern times.
3 – Chris Eubank
Eubank might be most remembered for his flamboyant mannerisms and arrogant ways of conducting interviews, but he quickly gained notoriety by stacking win after win. Growing up in poverty in Dulwich he struggled in school and became involved in drugs and petty theft. At the age of 16 his father commandeered him to America, where he also discovered boxing.
Chris Eubank had a smashing start to his career, winning his first 28 fights which included the title fight for the WBO Middleweight World Title. He continued to have a successful career, however a fight against Michael Watson meant that he would never be the same. After winning in the 12th round by knockout, Watson spent 40 days in a coma. Although he would fortunately go on to recover, Eubank was heavily impacted by this fight and was never the same after nearly killing his opponent. He eventually retired with an impressive record of 45-5-2.
2 – Lennox Lewis
Born in London to Jamaican parents, Lewis first won a gold medal at the Olympics to then return back to England to go professional. He won both the British and European heavyweight titles. In 1993 he became Britain's first world heavyweight champion of the 1900’s and then made three successful defences of his belt. The most memorable of his fights is the Battle of Britain where he won by TKO against Frank Bruno. He ended his career by defeating both Mike Tyson and Vitali Klitschko. He retired with a career record of 41-2-1 and has been a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame since 2009.
1 – Joe Calzaghe
Dubbed “The pride of Wales”, Calzaghe won several world titles during his career as a boxer and is one of the most decorated boxers in British history. Calzaghe's record is unblemished and when he retired, he had won just about everything there is to win at middleweight. He held his WBO record for over a decade and retired after winning 32 bouts by KO, winning 46 bouts in total, while losing a grand total of zero.