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Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

Updated June 14, 2019 16.4k views255 items

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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  • 1
    Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    BirthplaceWest Ham

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Canada

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

    Lennox Claudius Lewis , (born 2 September 1965) is a retired professional boxer who competed... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Joe Calzaghe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Weight DivisionSuper middleweight, Light heavyweight

    Joseph William Calzaghe, ( kal-ZAH-gee; born 23 March 1972) is a Welsh former professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Bob Fitzsimmons

    Dec. at 54 (1863-1917)

    BirthplaceHelston, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom, New Zealand

    Weight DivisionMiddleweight, Heavyweight

    Robert James Fitzsimmons (26 May 1863 – 22 October 1917) was a British professional boxer who... more on Wikipedia

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    #20 of 72 The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time#17 of 100 The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

  • 4
    Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Jimmy McLarnin

    Dec. at 97 (1907-2004)

    BirthplaceHillsborough, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Ireland, Canada

    Weight DivisionWelterweight

    James Archibald McLarnin (19 December 1907 – 28 October 2004) was an Irish-Canadian... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Freddie Welsh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Freddie Welsh

    Dec. at 41 (1886-1927)

    BirthplacePontypridd, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United States of America, United Kingdom

    Weight DivisionLightweight

    Freddie Welsh (born Frederick Hall Thomas, 5 March 1886 – 29 July 1927) was a Welsh World... more on Wikipedia

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    #160 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time#34 of 81 The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

  • 6
    Ted "Kid" Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Ted "Kid" Lewis

    Dec. at 77 (1893-1970)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Weight DivisionFeatherweight

    Ted "Kid" Lewis (born Gershon Mendeloff; 28 October 1893 – 20 October 1970) was an English... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Jimmy Wilde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Jimmy Wilde

    Dec. at 77 (1892-1969)

    BirthplaceWales

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    Weight DivisionFlyweight

    William James Wilde (15 May 1892 – 10 March 1969) was a Welsh professional boxer and world... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Tommy Farr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Tommy Farr

    Dec. at 73 (1913-1986)

    BirthplaceClydach Vale, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

    Thomas George Farr (12 March 1913 – 1 March 1986) was a Welsh boxer from Clydach Vale,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Weight DivisionLightweight

    Ken Buchanan MBE (born 28 June 1945) is a Scottish retired professional boxer from Edinburgh... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Amir Khan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Amir Khan

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceBolton, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England,Pakistan

    Weight DivisionLight welterweight

    Amir Iqbal Khan (Urdu: عامر اقبال خان‎; born 8 December 1986) is a British professional boxer,... more on Wikipedia

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    #45 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time#38 of 67 The Best Boxers of the 21st Century

  • 11
    David Haye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    David Haye

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceBermondsey, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Weight DivisionCruiserweight, Heavyweight

    David Deron Haye (born 13 October 1980) is a British former professional boxer who competed... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Benny Lynch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Benny Lynch

    Dec. at 33 (1913-1946)

    BirthplaceGorbals, Glasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland,United Kingdom

    Weight DivisionFlyweight

    Benjamin Lynch (2 April 1913 – 6 August 1946) was a Scottish professional boxer who fought in... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Naseem Hamed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Weight DivisionFeatherweight

    Naseem Hamed (Arabic: نسيم حميد‎; born 12 February 1974), commonly known as "Prince" Naseem or... more on Wikipedia

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    #16 of 65 The Best Boxers of the 1990s#90 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

  • 14
    Jim Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Jim Driscoll

    Dec. at 45 (1880-1925)

    BirthplaceCardiff, Wales

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Weight DivisionFeatherweight

    James Driscoll (15 December 1880 – 30 January 1925), commonly known as Peerless Jim, was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Wayne McCullough is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America, United Kingdom

    Weight DivisionBantamweight

    Wayne Pocket Rocket McCullough (born Wayne William McCullough; 7 July 1970) is a former... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Frank Bruno is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

    Franklin Roy Bruno, (born 16 November 1961) is a British former professional boxer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Jim Watt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Jim Watt

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland,United Kingdom

    Weight DivisionLightweight

    Jim Watt MBE (born 18 July 1948) is a Scottish former boxer and commentator who became world... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Barbados Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Barbados Joe Walcott

    Dec. at 62 (1873-1935)

    BirthplaceDemerara, Guyana

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Weight DivisionWelterweight

    Joe Walcott (March 13, 1873 – October 1, 1935), also known as Barbados Joe Walcott to... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Victor McLaglen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Victor McLaglen

    Dec. at 73 (1886-1959)

    BirthplaceEngland, Royal Tunbridge Wells

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom, England

    Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen (10 December 1886 – 7 November 1959) was a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Henry Cooper

    Dec. at 77 (1934-2011)

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Sir Henry Cooper (3 May 1934 – 1 May 2011) was a British heavyweight boxer. Cooper held the... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Henry Akinwande is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England,Nigeria

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

    Henry Adetokunboh Akinwande (born 12 October 1965) is a British former professional boxer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Michael Bentt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

    Michael Bentt (born September 4, 1964) is a British-American film and television actor, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Ricky Hatton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    Ricky Hatton

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceStockport, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Weight DivisionWelterweight, Light welterweight

    Richard John Hatton, (born 6 October 1978) is a British former professional boxer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Colin Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    Weight DivisionWelterweight

    Colin Jones (born 21 March 1959 in Gorseinon, Swansea) was a Welsh boxer, who became British,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Johnny Nelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boxers from United Kingdom

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Weight DivisionCruiserweight

    Ivanson Ranny "Johnny" Nelson (born 4 January 1967) is a British retired professional boxer... more on Wikipedia
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