|Real name||Graham Earl|
|Nickname(s)||Duke of Earl|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
26 August 1978 |
|Wins by KO||12|
The pair fought again for the British lightweight title in June 2004. They met in Bethnal Green, and Earl again won on points.
In June 2005, Earl fought Kevin Bennett, holder of the Commonwealth lightweight title, so that both the British and Commonwealth titles were at stake. The fight was at Bethnal Green, and Earl won when the fight was stopped in the ninth. Earl had been down in the sixth but continued fighting.
In 2006 Earl relinquished his British lightweight title, and the vacant title was won by Lee Meager.
In February 2007, Earl fought for the vacant WBO lightweight title at the Wembley Arena against undefeated Australian Michael Katsidis, in what was described by many as one of the fights of the year. Earl was knocked down in the first, but recovered from a further knock-down in the second to send Katsidis to the canvas, despite Earl's corner throwing in the towel. Earl was cut to the eye during the fourth and his corner retired him at the end of the fifth, following a barrage of punches from Katsidis in the third and fourth rounds. Earl's resilience to Katsidis's powerful and quick jabs, often trading back counter-punches rather than avoid the onslaght, led to many plaudits for both boxers.
In December 2007, Earl fought for the Commonwealth lightweight title against the promising young boxer, Amir Khan, in Khan's hometown of Bolton. Khan caught Earl in the first round and put him down and he was given an eight count. However on the resumption he was again in trouble and the referee stopped the fight after only 72 seconds.
On 28 July 2009, he announced his retirement from professional boxing after beating journeyman Karl Taylor in his hometown of Luton, Bedfordshire 1 month earlier.
Having retired in 2009 Earl made a comeback to professional boxing in a return bout with old rival Michael Katsidis on 7 April 2014 in Queensland Australia for the Vacant WBU World Light Welterweight Title where he lost on points after a grueling 12 round contest.
Earl is scheduled to box in Malta on 22 August 2014 for the vacant WBF World Welterweight title against Malta hero "Super" Steve Martin.