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10 of the very best lightweights from Nice Britain

10 of the very best lightweights from Nice Britain


Nice Britain has all the time been well-stocked in relation to gifted lightweights, and listed here are 10 of the very best…

1 Ken Buchanan

Buchanan gained the British light-weight title in 1968, then outpointed Ismael Laguna in 1970 to take the world light-weight title. That belt he misplaced towards Roberto Duran in ’72, but Buchanan nonetheless went on to win British and European titles after that.

2 Freddie Welsh

Welshman Welsh gained British, European and world light-weight titles in a profession that began again in 1905. He gained the world title in 1914, when outpointing Willie Ritchie over 20 rounds, and went on to beat males like Benny Leonard, Battling Nelson, and Advert Wolgast earlier than retiring in 1922.

3 Jim Watt

After shedding his first British title shot in 1972, Watt rebounded by successful the title later that 12 months after which successful the European in ’77 and world light-weight title in ’79, stopping Alfredo Pitalua in spherical 12. He defended the belt 4 occasions earlier than shedding towards Alexis Arguello in ’81.

4 Ricky Burns

Following success at super-featherweight, Burns landed the WBO light-weight title in 2011 when outpointing Michael Katsidis. It was a belt he retained on 4 events earlier than arising quick towards Terence Crawford in 2014.

5 Anthony Crolla

A well-liked Mancunian, Crolla picked up the British light-weight title in 2011, when beating Willie Limond, and gained the WBA title towards Darleys Pérez in 2015. He defended the belt as soon as towards Ismael Barroso and misplaced it towards Jorge Linares.

Johnny Summers and Freddie Welsh

6 Terry Flanagan

Flanagan turned British light-weight champion in 2014, beating Martin Gethin through retirement stoppage, after which gained the WBO light-weight title with one other retirement stoppage, this time towards Jose Zepeda, who pulled out injured. 5 defences adopted earlier than Maurice Hooker dethroned him in 2018.

7 Billy Schwer

Having gained British and Commonwealth titles, Schwer retired (as a result of cuts) towards Rafael Ruelas in 1995 for the IBF light-weight title. He would later win the European title, a belt he defended 3 times, in ’97.

8 Gavin Rees

Although his world title arrived at light-welterweight, Rees nonetheless campaigned efficiently at light-weight, successful the British title in 2010 with a stoppage of John Watson, then outpointing Andy Murray the next 12 months to develop into European champion.

9 John Murray

All-action and thrilling, Murray twice gained the British light-weight title, stopping Lee Meager and Jon Thaxton, and in addition lifted the European title, a belt he retained twice, after knocking out Gary Buckland within the eleventh spherical.

10 Dave Charnley

Often called the “Dartford Destroyer”, Charnley got here up quick in a world title shot in 1959 and 1961, when overwhelmed on each events by Joe Brown, however was nonetheless British, Commonwealth and European light-weight champion, beating Willie Toweel, Mario Vecchiatto and Fernand Nollet in title fights.



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