British Lightweight Championship

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The British Lightweight Championship was a top British wrestling championship found throughout the country's circuit. The title's broken history dates back to the 1930s and it was last claimed actively in 2002. The official upper weight limit for the belt was 11 stone(154 lbs.).[1]

Title history[edit]

This is a history of the title from its earliest recorded origins in 1933. As indicated in the table a few claimed reigns are of dubios provenance and, whilst these have been noted, they are not included as official reigns.

Wrestler: Times: Date: Place: Notes:
George de Relwyskow 1 1933 Vacated the title after being injured in the Second World War.
Joe Reid 1 1948
Jack Dempsey 1 1948 Middlesbrough
George Kidd 1 1948
Alan Colbeck 1 1949
Johnny Stead 1 1950
Eric Sands 1 30 April 1953 Middlesbrough
Johnny Stead 2 9 March 1954 London
Melwyn Rees 1 before December 1958 Legacy from Stead uncertain
Jim Breaks 1 16 October 1963 London
Alan Miquet 1 15 February 1967 London
Jim Breaks 2 17 December 1968 Leeds
Zoltan Boscik 1 18 June 1969 Sheffield John Cortz may have held the title for about a month around June 1970[2]
Johnny Saint 1 12 May 1971 Sheffield
Jim Breaks 3 21 August 1971 Manchester Cortez may have won the belt on a card in London on 26 January 1972 before losing the title back to Breaks soon afterwards.[2]
Bobby Ryan 1 18 May 1974 Hanley, Staffordshire
Jim Breaks 4 15 June 1974 Hanley
Alan Miquet 2 1974
Jim Breaks 5 25 February 197?
Bobby Ryan 2 before June 1976
Jim Breaks 6 1 June 1976 Wolverhampton
Dynamite Kid 1 23 March 1977 Manchester Vacated title in 1978 after winning the British Welterweight Championship
Steve Grey 1 5 April 1978 Blackburn Defeated Bobby Ryan in a tournament final.
Jim Breaks 7 27 June 1979 London
Steve Grey 2 before 8 May 1980
Jim Breaks 8 6 April 1982 Wolverhampton
Steve Grey 3 25 May 1982 Croydon
Jim Breaks 9 21 April 1983 Colne
Steve Grey 4 4 May 1983 Bradford
Jim Breaks 10 22 March 1984 Peterborough
Steve Grey 5 before April 1984
Kid McCoy 1 7 May 1987 Adwick le Street Vacates title in 1990, sometime after 6 June
Steve Grey 6 25 October 1990 Southampton Defeats Boz Berry in the final of a tournament for the belt
Jimmy Ocean 1 3 September 1991 Croydon
Tony Stewart 1 before 18 September 1991
Jimmy Ocean 2 before 17 July 1993
Steve Grey 7 before October 1998 Still champion as of 1 July 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Bills, Wrestling, David & Charles, 1983, p. 62
  2. ^ a b British Lightweight Title