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List of famous boxers from United Kingdom, listed alphabetically with photos of the boxers when available. United Kingdom has produced some very talented boxers over the years, including heavyweights, light heavyweights, cruiserweights, featherweights and flyweights. These are some of the best British boxers to ever live, so if you're a native of United Kingdom and are aspiring to box professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular boxer from United Kingdom then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List ranges from John Conteh to Jack Bodell, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest British boxers?" and "Which boxers are from United Kingdom?"

You can click on the names of these legendary boxers of United Kingdom in order to get more information about each one. If you box or just love the sport then use this list of talented British boxers to find some new athletes to watch.

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Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 53 Lennox Claudius Lewis, CM, CBE is a retired boxer and the most recent undisputed world heavyweight champion. He holds dual British and Canadian citizenship. As an amateur he won gold ...more

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Joe Calzaghe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 46 Joseph William "Joe" Calzaghe, CBE is a retired Welsh professional boxer. He is a former WBO, IBF, WBC, WBA & The Ring Super Middleweight Champion and The Ring Light Heavyweight ...more

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Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 54 (1863-1917) Robert James "Bob" Fitzsimmons was a British born New Zealand professional boxer who made boxing history as the sport's first three-division world champion. He also achieved fame for ...more

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Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 97 (1907-2004) James McLarnin, known as Jimmy McLarnin, was an Irish-Canadian professional boxer who became two-time welterweight world champion and an International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee. BoxRec ranks ...more

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Freddie Welsh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 41 (1886-1927) Freddie Welsh was a Welsh lightweight boxing champion. Born in Pontypridd, Wales, and christened Frederick Hall Thomas, he was nicknamed the "Welsh Wizard". Brought up in a tough ...more

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Ted
Died at 77 (1893-1970) Ted "Kid" Lewis was an English professional boxer who twice won the World Welterweight Championship. Lewis is often grouped alongside the all-time greats, with ESPN ranking him 41st on ...more

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Jimmy Wilde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 77 (1892-1969) Jimmy Wilde was a Welsh professional boxer and world boxing champion. He was the first official World Flyweight Champion and was rated by American boxing writer Nat Fleischer, as well as many ...more

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Tommy Farr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 73 (1913-1986) Thomas George Farr was a British boxer from Clydach Vale, Wales, nicknamed "the Tonypandy Terror". Prior to 1936, he had boxed in the light heavyweight division, in which he was the ...more

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Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 73 Ken Buchanan is a Scottish boxer and the former Boxing Undisputed World Lightweight Champion.

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Amir Khan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 32 Amir Iqbal Khan is a British professional boxer. He is a former two time world champion by winning WBA, WBA and IBF Light Welterweight titles. Khan is the youngest British Olympic boxing ...more

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David Haye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 38 David Deron Haye is a retired professional boxer. He was nicknamed "The Hayemaker" for his hand-speed and punching power. Haye is a former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, and ...more

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Benny Lynch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 33 (1913-1946) Benny Lynch was a Scottish professional boxer who fought in the flyweight division. He is considered by some to be one of the finest boxers below the lightweight division in his era and often ...more

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Naseem Hamed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 44 Naseem Hamed is a British former professional boxer from Sheffield, England. He is the former WBO, WBC, IBF, and Lineal featherweight champion, and European bantamweight champion. He also ...more

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Jim Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 45 (1880-1925) James "Jim" Driscoll commonly known as Peerless Jim was a Welsh boxer who learned his trade in the boxing ring and used it to fight his way out of poverty. Driscoll was British ...more

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Wayne McCullough is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 48 Wayne Pocket Rocket McCullough is a former professional boxer from Northern Ireland. During his professional career, which began in 1993, he held the WBC title in the bantamweight category. In ...more

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Frank Bruno is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 57 Franklin Roy "Frank" Bruno MBE is an English former professional boxer who was known for his good punch power and whose career highlight was winning the WBC heavyweight championship in ...more

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Jim Watt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 70 Jim Watt is a Scottish former boxer, who became world champion in the lightweight division when Roberto Durán left the title vacant in 1979 and the WBC had him fight Alfredo Pitalua. Watt ...more

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Barbados Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 62 (1873-1935) Joe Walcott, also known as Barbados Joe Walcott to distinguish him from the American known by the same name, was a Barbadian boxer who held the World Welterweight Title. Nicknamed "The ...more

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Victor McLaglen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 73 (1886-1959) Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen was an English boxer and World War I veteran who became a successful film actor. Towards the end of his life he was naturalised as a U.S. citizen.

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Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 77 (1934-2011) Sir Henry Cooper OBE KSG was an English heavyweight boxer known for the sheer power of his left hook, "Enry's 'Ammer", and his knockdown of the young Muhammad Ali. Cooper held the ...more

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Henry Akinwande is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 53 Henry Akinwande is a retired English professional heavyweight boxer and former WBO heavyweight champion.

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Michael Bentt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 53 Michael A. Bentt is an English film and television actor and retired heavyweight boxer. Of Jamaican lineage, he was born in East Dulwich, London, but raised in the Cambria Heights section of ...more

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Ricky Hatton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 40 Richard John "Ricky" Hatton, MBE is an English former professional boxer who is also a boxing promoter. He is a former WBA, IBF, IBO and The Ring Light Welterweight Champion, and WBA ...more

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Colin Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 59 Colin Jones was a Welsh boxer, who became British, Commonwealth and European welterweight champion. Before turning professional he represented Great Britain at the 1976 Summer Olympics in ...more

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Johnny Nelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 51 Ivanson Ranny "Johnny" Nelson is a former professional boxer from Sheffield, England. He was the WBO cruiserweight champion for over seven years, having successfully defended the title ...more

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Jack Kid Berg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 82 (1909-1991) Judah Bergman, known as Jack Kid Berg or Jackie Kid Berg, was an English boxer born in the East End of London.

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James Oyebola is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 46 (1961-2007) James Oyebola was a heavyweight boxer who won a bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in the super heavyweight division. Oyebola was the British heavyweight champion from 1994 to 1996. ...more

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Dai Dower is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 85 David William "Dai" Dower MBE, former British, Empire and European Flyweight boxing champion, is one of the most successful Welsh boxers of all time.

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Randolph Turpin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 38 (1928-1966) Randolph Adolphus Turpin, better known as Randolph Turpin, and in the United States also as Randy Turpin, was an English boxer who was considered by some to be Europe's best middleweight boxer ...more

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Charlie Magri is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 62 Charlie Magri is a former English flyweight boxer. He is from a Maltese family that settled in Stepney, London where he grew up. During his professional career he held the WBC, European, and ...more

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Jackie Paterson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 46 (1920-1966) Jackie Paterson was a Scottish boxer who was world flyweight boxing champion. He was also British champion at flyweight and bantamweight.

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Howard Winstone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 61 (1939-2000) Howard Winstone, MBE was a Welsh world champion boxer, born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. As an amateur, Winstone won the Amateur Boxing Association bantamweight title in 1958, and a Commonwealth ...more

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Rinty Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 66 (1918-1984) John Joseph "Rinty" Monaghan was a world flyweight boxing champion from Belfast. He became famous in the post-war period, eventually rising to become undisputed world champion and a ...more

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Percy Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 30 (1892-1922) Rhondda's Percy Jones became the first Welshman to win a world boxing title when he took the World Flyweight Championship from Bill Ladbury in 1914. Appropriately born on Boxing Day, the ...more

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David Pearce is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
David Pearce Died at 41 (1959-2000) David 'Bomber' Pearce was a British heavyweight boxing champion.

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Walter McGowan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 76 Walter McGowan, MBE, is a retired Scottish boxer. He is renowned for having been WBC world flyweight champion. He was the son of Thomas McGowan, who had boxed under the name of 'Joe Gans'. He ...more

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Brian Curvis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 75 (1937-2012) Brian Nancurvis, who fought under the name Brian Curvis as a professional, was a boxer from Swansea, Wales who was active from 1959 to 1966. He fought as a Welterweight, becoming British ...more

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Dave McAuley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 57 David Anthony "Dave" McAuley, MBE is a former British professional boxer from Northern Ireland. During his professional career he held the IBF world title in the Flyweight category.

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Audley Harrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 47 Audley Harrison MBE is a retired British professional boxer from Harlesden, England who fought in the heavyweight division. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney he became the first British fighter to ...more

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Gary Stretch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 53 Gary Stretch is an English actor, former boxer and former model.

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David Price is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 35 David Price is an professional boxer from Liverpool, England. As a professional, he has captured the English, British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. Price is currently ranked #26 in the ...more

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Barry McGuigan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 57 Finbar Patrick McGuigan MBE, known as Barry McGuigan and nicknamed The Clones Cyclone, is a retired professional boxer from Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland who became a World Boxing Association ...more

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Tony Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 58 Anthony "Tony" Willis is a British former boxer who won a Light Welterweight Bronze medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics. As a professional, he held the British lightweight boxing title ...more

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Chris Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
Died at 65 (1944-2009) Chris Finnegan MBE was a British professional boxer born in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England.

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James DeGale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 32 James Frederick DeGale MBE is a British boxer and Olympic gold medalist. He was born in Harlesden, London. He started amateur boxing at the Trojan club at the age of 10 before moving to Dale ...more

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Tony Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 33 Tony David Jeffries is an English former professional boxer who won a bronze medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2012, an undefeated Jeffries was forced to retire through hand injuries.

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Anthony Ogogo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 30 Anthony Osezua Ojo Ogogo is an English professional boxer from Lowestoft, England, competing in the middleweight division. He is currently promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

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Matthew Macklin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 36 Matthew Macklin, known as "The Tipperary Tornado", is a British-Irish professional boxer, who represents Britain and Ireland in the ring. He fights at middleweight or the divisions ...more

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Chris Eubank is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 52 Christopher Livingstone Eubanks, best known as Chris Eubank, is a British former boxer who held world titles at middleweight and super middleweight. He was a world champion for over five years, ...more

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Curtis Woodhouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom
age 38 Curtis Woodhouse is an English former professional footballer turned professional boxer and football manager. He is currently manager of Hull United AFC. Woodhouse played football as a central ...more