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Figures released today by Sport England show that boxing is more popular than ever, with a significant increase in the numbers of people taking part at least once a week.

The Active People Survey (APS) is a national survey which measures how many people are taking part in sport, who those people are, and how they are taking part - whether it's as part of a club, for competion, or in a fitness environment.

The most recent survey shows that boxing has enjoyed an increase of just under 30,000 people in the past six months.

This growth has been largely driven by the number of 16 and 25-year-olds boxing, which has risen to 79,100 - exceeding the target set by Sport England for this year of the current funding cycle.

In the 26+ age group, participation is up to 87,300, which shows a recovery following a drop in figures revealed by the previous set of APS results.

Female participation now stands at 35,000, a rise of 11,700 in the past six months, suggesting that more women and girls are choosing boxing as an alternative to those traditionally seen as women's sports. Male participation is up by 14,300 to 131,400.

England Boxing's Head of Development, Ron Tulley, said: "Women now make up nearly 21% of boxing participation, an amazing increase given the sport was only recently considered a male-only activity."

As one of the most inclusive and accessible sports, it was no surprise that more people from ethnic minorities are taking part in boxing, and boxing has also seen a rise in the number of participants from socially deprived areas.

The upward trend in boxing fitness classes continues, but 'traditional' boxing has also seen a rise, proving the strength of the sport at grassroots level.

Modern boxing was largely dominated by the American boxers, however, the UK has produced a number of world-class boxers as well. It is, after all, the birthplace of the modern sport of boxing. The lists of the UK’s top 10 greatest boxers tend to vary from one boxing critic to another but they all seem to agree that the following 10 boxers must be on the UK’s top 10 all-time greatest list.

Here is Superprof with a list of thetop 10 greatest British boxers of all time.

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1.Joe Calzaghe

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The Welshman competed from 1993 to 2008. He is a two-weight world champion, having been able to defend the unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, Ring magazine and lineal super-middleweight titles, as well as the Ring light-heavyweight title. Calzaghe is the longest-reigning super-middleweight world champion in boxing history.

He retired with the longest continual time as world champion of any active fighter.

Between 2006 and 2008, Calzaghe was rated by The Ring as one of the world's top ten boxers, pound for pound, reaching a peak ranking of third in January 2009. He retired in February 2009 with an undefeated record, and as a reigning world champion.

Calzaghe was often referred to as the "Pride of Wales" or the "Italian Dragon", the latter being a play on the moniker "Italian Stallion" and a reference to his multiple heritages (the dragon being both a prominent Welsh emblem that appears on the Welsh flag and a figure in Sardinian myth).

In 2007, Calzaghe became BBC Sports Personality of the Year, by gaining 28.19% of the public vote. This made Calzaghe the first Welsh winner of this award since show jumper David Broome in 1960. He was awarded the Young Boxer of the Year Award in 1995. Calzaghe was inducted into the International BoxingInternational Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014.

He has definitely written a chapter in the great history of boxing.

2. Lennox Lewis

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Lennox Claudius Lewis competed from 1989 to 2003. He is a three-time world heavyweight champion, a two-time lineal champion, and remains the last heavyweight to hold the undisputed title.

Holding dual British and Canadian citizenship, Lewis represented Canada as an amateur at the 1988 Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division after defeating future world champion Riddick Bowe in the final.

In his first three years as a professional, Lewis won several regional heavyweight championships, including the European, British, and Commonwealth titles.

Lewis won the lineal title by defeating Shannon Briggs in 1998. Two fights against Evander Holyfield in 1999 (the first of which ended in a controversial draw) saw Lewis become undisputed heavyweight champion.

In 2002, Lewis defeated Mike Tyson in one of the most highly anticipated fights in boxing history. In what would be his final fight, in 2003, Lewis defeated Vitali Klitschko in a bloody encounter. He retired from boxing in 2004.

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He is regarded by many as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, and also one of the greatest British fighters of all time. He has the 4th longest combined title streak in modern boxing history at 15 title bouts. In 1999 he was named Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

3. Ken Buchanan

Ken Buchanan is a British retired professional boxer and the former Undisputed World Lightweight Champion from Edinburgh.

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Buchanan travelled to Puerto Rico, where he would meet Ismael Laguna, the world lightweight champion from Panama, on 26 September 1970. He beat Laguna by a 15-round decision to become world's Lightweight champion. At that time, the WBA and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC), were in the middle of a feud, and Buchanan was not allowed to fight in Scotland.

Buchanan had to resort to fighting overseas for a short period of time. He finished 1970 beating Donato Paduano by a 10-round decision in a non-title bout.

Buchanan defeated Rubén Navarro in Los Angeles on 12 February 1971, defended the WBA championship, and acquired the vacant WBC championship.

He then became the Undisputed World Lightweight Champion.

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4. Barry McGuigan

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Finbar Patrick 'Barry' McGuigan is an Irish retired professional boxer and current boxing promoter. Born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, McGuigan was nicknamed The Clones Cyclone and became the WBA and lineal featherweight world champion.

He was very popular with Irish and British audiences, representing neutrality and peace in a time when Northern Ireland, where he lived, was divided by The Troubles. In 2005 he was inducted into the international boxing hall of fame.

He founded, and is the current president of, the Professional Boxing Association (PBA).

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5. Lloyd Honeyghan

Lloyd Honeyghan is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 1995.

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He reigned as the undisputed welterweight champion from 1986 to 1987, and held the WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal welterweight titles twice between 1986 and 1989. At regional level he held the European, British, and Commonwealth welterweight titles between 1983 and 1985, as well as the Commonwealth light-middleweighttitle from 1993 to 1994.

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6. Ricky Hatton

Richard John Hatton is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2012, and has since worked as a boxing promoter and trainer. During his boxing career he held multiple world championships at light-welterweight and one at welterweight.

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Hatton is ranked by BoxRec as the best British light-welterweight of all time, the third best in Europe, and eleventh best worldwide. In 2005 he was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine, the Boxing Writers Association of America, and ESPN.

Hatton reached the pinnacle of his career in 2005 when he defeated Kostya Tszyu for the IBF, Ring, and lineal light-welterweight titles. This was followed up later that year with a victory over Carlos Maussa to claim the WBA (Super) light-welterweight title, thereby becoming a unified world champion.

Hatton suffered a career first defeat against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an attempt to win the WBC, Ring, and lineal welterweight titles.

Hatton has been lauded as one of the most beloved and popular British boxers of all time, with a raucous fanbase that travelled in their tens of thousands across the Atlantic to support him.

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7. John Conteh

John Anthony Conteh is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1971 to 1980.

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He held multiple light-heavyweight championships, including the WBC title from 1974 to 1978; and the European, British, and Commonwealth titles between 1973 and 1974. Conteh was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to boxing at the Queen's Birthday Honours.

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8. Chris Eubank

Christopher Livingstone Eubanks, known as Chris Eubank, is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 1998.

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He held the WBO middleweight and super-middleweight titles, and is ranked by BoxRec as the third best British super-middleweight boxer of all time.

He reigned as world champion for over five years, was undefeated in his first ten years as a professional, and remained undefeated at middleweight. His world title contests against fellow Britons Nigel Benn and Michael Watson helped British boxing ride a peak of popularity in the 1990s, with Eubank's eccentric personality making him one of the most recognisable celebrities of the period.

Eubank is credited for his bravery in the ring, in which he was able to take considerable amounts of punishment from power punchers en route to his victories and defeats, and for this he is said to have a "granite" chin.

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9. Nigel Benn

Nigel Gregory Benn is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1987 to 1996.

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He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBO middleweight title in 1990, and the WBC super-middleweight title from 1992 to 1996. Additionally he held the Commonwealth middleweight title from 1988 to 1989.

Nicknamed "The Dark Destroyer" for his formidable punching power and aggressive fighting style, Benn is ranked by BoxRec as the fourth best British super-middleweight boxer of all time.

10. Naseem Hamed

Naseem Hamed, commonly known as "Prince" Naseem or "Naz", is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2002.

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He held multiple world championships at featherweight, including the WBO title from 1995 to 2000; the IBF title in 1997; and the WBC title from 1999 to 2000. He also reigned as lineal champion from 1998 to 2001; IBO champion from 2002 to 2003; and held the European bantamweight title from 1994 to 1995. Hamed is ranked as the third best British featherweight boxer of all time by BoxRec

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In 2015 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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FAQs

Who is the best ever British boxer? ›

The best British heavyweights in boxing history: Lennox Lewis is the king, but Tyson Fury ahead of rivals Anthony Joshua, David Haye and Dillian Whyte.

Which UK boxer never lost a fight? ›

Joe Calzaghe, (born March 23, 1972, London, England), Welsh professional boxer. At the start of the 21st century, he ranked as the longest-reigning champion in professional boxing history, with an undefeated record in both the super middleweight and light heavyweight categories.

Which country is No 1 in boxing? ›

The United States 🇺🇸 has 455 boxers who have won a world belt. They include former greats such as Mohammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mexico 🇲🇽 followed the US, still a whopping 302 behind the States, with 153 world champions. Joshua Andrei Caponpon and 1,105 others like this.

Who are the 6 undisputed champion in boxing? ›

During the four-belt era, there have been six undisputed champions in men's boxing: Oleksandr Usyk (cruiserweight), Bernard Hopkins (middleweight), Jermain Taylor (middleweight), Terence Crawford (junior welterweight), Josh Taylor (junior welterweight) and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

Who is the top 10 greatest boxers of all time? ›

Ranking the World's Top 10 Boxers
  • 8 – Roberto Duran (103-16)
  • 7 – Jack Dempsey (53-6-8)
  • 6 – Manny Pacquiao (62-8-2)
  • 5 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0)
  • 4 – Rocky Marciano (49-0)
  • 3 – Sugar Ray Robinson (174-19-6)
  • 2 – Joe Louis (66-3)
  • 1 – Muhammad Ali (56-5)
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Who is the hardest boxer to beat? ›

1. Mike Tyson. Whenever there's a discussion about the hardest hitting boxer, Mike Tyson is always mentioned. Known as the baddest man on the planet, Tyson was feared for his punching power.

Who is the most feared boxer ever? ›

The Most Feared Fighter in Boxing History: Charles 'Sonny' Liston remembered - The Ring.

Who has held all 5 boxing belts? ›

All in all, Pacquiao won 11 major world titles in his career and became the only boxer to win lineal championships in five different weight divisions.

Has any boxer held all 4 belts? ›

Four title undisputed champions

Jermain Taylor won all four middleweight titles from Hopkins in July 2005. Terence Crawford unified all four light welterweight titles in August 2017. Oleksandr Usyk unified all four cruiserweight titles in the inaugural World Boxing Super Series tournament in July 2018.

What is the best belt in boxing? ›

Many boxers regard the World Boxing Council as the most prestigious heavyweight belt in the sport. The WBC came into existence one year after the WBA in 1963. The WBC has held some of the most high profile fights in the history of boxing, including both Wilder vs. Fury fights.

Who is the best boxer today? ›

Oleksandr Usyk (No Change)

Usyk is THE man in professional boxing right now.

Which country has the strongest boxer? ›

Hands down, the US has produced the greatest boxers the world has ever known. With hundreds of world champions, as well as showing dominance in Olympic boxing, the US is at the very top of the sport, no question.

Who is no1 boxer in the world? ›

Heavyweight (201 lbs+ - 91.18 kg+)
RankBoxRecTBRB
COleksandr Usyk
1Oleksandr UsykJoe Joyce
2Anthony JoshuaAnthony Joshua
3Deontay WilderDeontay Wilder
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Who is the best fighter of all time? ›

Nicknamed The Greatest, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sporting figures of the 20th century, and is frequently ranked as the best heavyweight boxer and greatest athlete of the century. Muhammad Ali is the greatest fighter of all time. Some say Bruce Lee could bring down Ali.

Who are the goat in boxing? ›

Three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali is considered one of the world's greatest boxers. His professional record of 56 wins and five losses is unprecedented.

Who is the best boxer in the world 2022? ›

Terrence Crawford

He has an incredibly impressive record with 38 wins and 0 losses. He was the first man to defeat Gamboa and was way too good for Kell Brook and Shawn Porter. All boxing fans want to see Crawford fight the undefeated welterweight champion, Errol Spence.

Which boxer has the fastest punch? ›

1. Roy Jones Jr.
  • Boxing.
  • Mike Tyson.
  • Manny Pacquiao.
  • Floyd Mayweather.
  • Sugar Ray Leonard.
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Who has the strongest punch? ›

Ngannou himself holds the current record for the hardest punch in the world, having clocked a striking power of 129,161 units on a PowerKube, which measures the power of a punch based on a variety of different factors, including force, speed and accuracy.

What's the strongest punch in boxing? ›

Most boxing enthusiasts have labeled the left hook as the most destructive punch in boxing. The science behind it is simple.

Who is God of boxer? ›

The patron god of the sport was Apollo, the son of Zeus and Leto. It was said that he defeated Ares, the god of War, in a boxing match during the first Olympics.

Which boxer has most losses? ›

Strickland is believed to be the record holder for most fights (363), as well as most losses (276). He ended his boxing career with 66 wins, 276 losses, and 17 draws. He scored 14 knockouts, and was kayoed 26 times. Another 4 bouts ended as a "no contest" or "no decision".

Who is the most weakest boxer? ›

Reggie Strickland: 66-276

Raglin' Reggie started his career in 1987 in the middleweight division and continued until 2005. He entered the ring 363 times and lost a jaw-dropping 276 times, although he did manage to win 66 fights.

Who has the most knockouts in history? ›

Edwin Valero - 27–0 (27) 100% The only fighter on the list with a 100 per cent record, the Venezuelan had dynamite in his hands. He remains the only WBC champion in the governing bodies history to win every fight in his career by knockout.

Who is the longest title holder in boxing? ›

Joe Louis

Are boxing belts real gold? ›

So yeah, to answer your question; Are boxing belts real gold? Yes, boxing belts are made out of real gold, combined with genuine leather.

Does a boxer lose all belts? ›

Do Fighters Keep Their Belts? Yes. Boxers who become champion of their weight division get to keep their belt for good.

How long can a boxer hold the belt? ›

A WBA Continental Champion shall defend his title within nine months of having won it or having defended it successfully. Should the official challenger be unable or unwilling to engage in the contest, the champion shall defend his title against the next highest-ranked person available in the current ratings.

Who was the first undisputed boxer? ›

American boxing legend Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (also known as “The Alien”) is one of the greatest fighters in the history of boxing. His body of work certainly precedes him, and in 2004, he became the first-ever undisputed world champion in boxing's four-belt era.

How many boxing belts can you have? ›

These are the 4 major boxing sanction bodies called IBF, WBA, WBO and WBC respectively and they all have their own belts. So in all 17 weight divisions we can have 4 different world champions.

What boxer has the best Defence? ›

Which fighters have the best defense ever?
  • George Benton. The 'shoulder roll' is a term that has become popular in the boxing circles over the past decade thanks in large part to one man – Floyd Mayweather, JR. ...
  • Pernell Whitaker. ...
  • Nicolino Locche. ...
  • Charley Burley. ...
  • James Toney. ...
  • Willie Pep. ...
  • Wilfred Benitez. ...
  • Floyd Mayweather.
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Which boxer has the best accuracy? ›

MONEY held multiple world titles in five weight classes and is not only regarded as one of the greatest defensive boxers ever but the most accurate.

Who is technically the best boxer ever? ›

1. Muhammad Ali. Ali is widely considered the best among the best. Ali, who conquered the heavyweight crown three times and won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics, finished his career with a 56-5 record (37 KOs).

Who is technically the best boxer? ›

Sugar Ray Robinson

This sensational welterweight and middleweight had an amazing 25-year run that saw him fight professionally between 1940 and 1965. Robinson had a record of 175-19-6-2 and knocked out 109 opponents. Robinson had power, but his technical skill makes him the top fighter in the history of boxing.

Who is the best British Muay Thai fighter? ›

Damien Trainor is one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters to come out of the UK. He is a two-time world champion and has fought extensively in various countries throughout his career. He started training in Muay Thai at the age of 14 at K-Star Gym in Birmingham, UK.

Is Chris Eubank the best British boxer? ›

The truth is, he is one of the greatest British boxers of all time and his legacy in both the middleweight and super-middleweight divisions will forever be etched in history. Born with a granite chin in Dulwich, Eubank left England for New York as a teenager to live with his estranged mother.

Who is the hardest boxer to beat? ›

1. Mike Tyson. Whenever there's a discussion about the hardest hitting boxer, Mike Tyson is always mentioned. Known as the baddest man on the planet, Tyson was feared for his punching power.

Which boxer has the most wins in history? ›

And their own records find that lightweight Len Wickwar had the most verified professional fights of any boxer, as well as the most wins. Between 1928 and 1947, Wickwar compiled a record of 339-86-42, for a total of 467 fights.

Who is the deadliest boxer in history? ›

TOP 10 MOST DANGEROUS BOXERS OF ALL TIME
  • #1 – Mike Tyson.
  • #2 – Edwin Valero.
  • #3 – George Foreman.
  • #4 – Deontay Wilder.
  • #5 – Roberto Duran.
  • #6 – Earnie Shavers.
  • #7 – Rocky Marciano.
  • #8 – Julian Jackson.

Which boxer has most belts? ›

Manny Pacquiao is the only boxer in history to have won twelve major world titles in eight different weight divisions. Pacquiao achieved the feat when he defeated Antonio Margarito via a unanimous decision to win the WBC super welterweight title on November 13, 2010 at the Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA.

Who is the best English fighter? ›

Here, we look back and rank the 10 greatest British fighters throughout history.
  • Jim Driscoll.
  • Chris Eubank Snr.
  • Ricky Hatton.
  • Joe Calzaghe.
  • Ken Buchanan.
  • Randolph Turpin.
  • Ted Lewis.
  • Lennox Lewis.
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Does UK have the best boxers? ›

While British boxing historically lacked the finesse of American boxing, there is no doubt that the UK has produced some of the toughest, most iconic fighters and fights in the sport. British fighters will never back down from a good scrap, and they've proven formidable throughout the years.

Who invented boxing? ›

On 6 January 1681, the first recorded boxing match took place in Britain when Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle (and later Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica), engineered a bout between his butler and his butcher with the latter winning the prize. Early fighting had no written rules.

Has Nigel Benn beaten Chris Eubank? ›

The final scores were 115–113 Eubank, 114–113 Benn, and 114–114. The bout was declared a draw – Benn retained his WBC belt, Eubank his WBO championship.
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Title(s) on the lineWBC and WBO super middleweight titles
Tale of the tape
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Who was the best boxer in the 80s? ›

1. Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Marvelous Marvin Hagler's run at the top of the middleweight division in the 1980s is among the most dominant reigns of any champion, at any weight, in the sport's history.

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