Junior Witter

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Junior Witter
Statistics
Real name Junior Witter
Nickname(s) The Hitter
Rated at Welterweight
Light welterweight
Nationality British
Born (1974-03-10) 10 March 1974 (age 40)
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Stance Orthodox
Switch hitter
Boxing record
Total fights 48
Wins 43
Wins by KO 22
Losses 7
Draws 2

Junior Witter (born 10 March 1974) is a professional boxer from Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. He is the former WBC, European, British, and Commonwealth light welterweight champion.

Career[edit]

Early professional career[edit]

Witter's first fight as a professional took place in January 1997 and scored a draw over Cameron Raeside at the Green Bank Leisure Centre in Derbyshire. He scored his first win as a professional in his next fight, travelling to Yarm to beat John Green over six rounds. Five more fights happened in 1997 (all wins) for Witter to end the year with a record of 6-0-1. Witters next year as a professional started in the same way as his first; a draw over Mark Grundy! Despite this he fought four more times during the year meaning that at the end of only his second year as a pro he had compiled of record of 12-0-2 scoring decent wins along the way over the likes of Jan Piet Bergman (35-1) and Mark Winters (13-1). The beginning of 1999 begun with a two-round win over Malcolm Melvin.

Defeat to Judah[edit]

Witter gained four more victories, then in June 2000, with a record of 15-0-2, he was given a late-notice shot at a world title against American Zab Judah. The fight, which took place in Glasgow in Scotland on the undercard of Mike Tyson's fight with Lou Savarese, ended with first career defeat for the Englishman.[1] Witter lasted the distance but lost on points to the champion. Speaking of the fight later on in his career and when he himself had finally won a World title, Witter said "It was a shot in the dark. During my first few years as a pro, I was struggling like mad financially, so when the shot came about it meant a really big payday. I thought: if I don't take it, I've got nothing - all my savings were gone and all my loans were on top of me. As far as the fight went, I didn't have enough experience. I wasn't even British champion and I had nine days to prepare for a shot at Judah, one of the best fighters in the world. I lost on points, but I learned so much. It taught me that I deserved to be at that level."[2]

British, Commonwealth and European champion[edit]

Witter's response to his first defeat was to go the traditional route towards another crack at a World belt. Witter fought six more times since the Judah defeat beating the likes of Steve Conway (TKO 4) and Colin Mayisela (TKO 2) before, in March 2002, meeting Alan Bosworth for the vacant British light welterweight title claiming the belt with a stoppage in the third round. Witter's next fight saw him pick up the vacant Commonwealth title with a win over Ghanain Laatekwei Hammond. Two more fights in 2002 saw him beat Lucky Sambo in a non-title fight and Italian Giuseppe Lauri in an eliminator for the WBO light welterweight title.

Only two fights in 2003 saw the double champion add to his collection when in April 2003 he beat Belgian Jurgen Haeck for the European Union title. A first defence of his Commonwealth title took place in September at the MEN Arena in Manchester with a win in the 2nd round giving victory over Kenyan Fred Kinuthia. Witter finally challenged for the full European title in June 2004 beating Italian Salvatore Battaglia at the Ice Arena in Nottingham. The year ended for Witter with a first defence of his European crown at the Conference Center in Wembley beating Polish fighter Krzyztof Bienias.[3]

Route to the World title[edit]

In February 2005, Witter travelled to Los Angeles for a WBC Light Welterweight eliminator against Australian-based Lovemore N'dou. The fight which also doubled as a further defence of his Commonwealth title ended with a 12 round points decision win for the man from Bradford. In July of the same year Witter returned to the Ice Arena in Nottingham to score a win over Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnik in a close fought fight which was also a defence of his European title.[4] Witter finished the year with a win over fellow Brit Colin Lynes in a fight which saw his British, Commonwealth and European titles all on the line at the same time. The fight, this time at the York Hall in London, ended with another points victory over 12 rounds for Witter.

WBC champion[edit]

September 2006 finally saw Witter win a world title when he challenged American Demarcus Corley for the vacant WBC light welterweight belt at the Alexandra Palace in Wood Green.[5] Eighteen fights and eighteen wins since losing to Zab Judah in 2000 Witter had finally achieved the pinnacle of his career so far. Two defences of the title followed in 2007 with wins over Mexican Arturo Morua (TKO 9) and Guyanan Vivian Harris (KO 7) before on 10 May 2008, losing the belt to mandatory challenger Timothy Bradley via split decision. Following his loss to Bradley, Witter declared he would continue fighting at a professional level and vowed to return to the ring to reclaim his WBC crown. Bradley commented that he would be happy to offer Witter a rematch if the money was right.

Comeback[edit]

Following the Bradley defeat Witter returned to the ring on 8 November 2008 and scored a third round knockout of Argentinian Victor Hugo Castro. He knocked his opponent down in the second but was unable to finish it due to the bell instead finishing the fight early in the following round. Witter was then given the chance to fight for his old WBC title when in May 2009, Timothy Bradley was stripped of the belt for choosing not to fight his mandatory challenger Devon Alexander.[6] This handed Witter an opportunity to fight Alexander for the now vacant belt. The contest took place in California on 1 August 2009 with Alexander proving too strong for the former champion with Witter, claiming an elbow injury in round four, having to retire at the end of round eight.[7] The injury meant that Witter did not fight again til 19 February 2011, a year and a half since the loss to Alexander.[8] The fight, this time in Ontario, Canada, resulted in another loss for Witter as he was beaten over 10 rounds by Romanian boxer Victor Puiu for the WBC International silver welterweight title.[9] On 7 June 2011 Witter entered the welterweight version of the Prizefighter tournament at the York Hall in London and defeated Nathan Graham and Kevin McIntyre on the way to the final. In the final, Witter lost a majority points decision to Moroccan born fighter Yassine El maachi, who claimed the tournaments top prize award of £32,000.[10]

On November 16, 2013 Witter faced an Albanian upcoming boxer Timo Schwarzkopf. He lost by majority decision

Personal life[edit]

Witter trained at the Police Boys Gym located in Bradford as an amateur boxer. He also supports Doncaster Rovers.[11]

Early life[edit]

Witter studied at Carlton Bolling College, a high school located in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Witter is Bradfords first World Boxing Champion.

Professional boxing record[edit]

41 Wins (22 knockouts), 6 Defeats, 2 Draws[12]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 41-7-2 Albania Festim Kryeziu MD 10 2013-11-16 Germany Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germanyn
Loss 41-6-2 England Frankie Gavin UD 12 2012-11-12 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Lost BBBofC British Welterweight title
Win 41-5-2 England Colin Lynes UD 12 2012-05-12 England Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, Yorkshire For BBBofC British Welterweight title
Win 40-5-2 Lithuania Arvydas Trizno PTS 6 2011-09-07 England Kings Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Loss 39-5-2 Morocco Yassine El maachi MD 3 2011-06-07 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Prizefighter tournament, welterweight final.
Won 39-4-2 Scotland Kevin McIntyre PTS 3 2011-06-07 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Prizefighter tournament, welterweight semi-final.
Won 38-4-2 England Nathan Graham PTS 3 2011-06-07 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Prizefighter tournament, welterweight quarter-final.
Loss 37-4-2 Romania Victor Lupo Puiu UD 10 2011-02-19 Canada Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada vacant WBC International Silver welterweight title
Loss 37-3-2 United States Devon Alexander RTD 8 2009-08-01 United States Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California, United States vacant WBC light welterweight title
Won 37-2-2 Argentina Victor Hugo Castro KO 3 2008-11-08 EnglandYork Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Loss 36-2-2 United States Timothy Bradley SD 12 2008-05-10 EnglandNottingham Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom WBC light welterweight title
Won 36-1-2 Guyana Vivian Harris KO 7 2007-09-07 EnglandDoncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom WBC light welterweight title
Won 35-1-2 Mexico Arturo Morua TKO 9 2007-01-20 EnglandAlexandra Palace, Wood Green, London, United Kingdom WBC light welterweight title
Won 34-1-2 United States DeMarcus Corley UD 12 2006-09-15 EnglandAlexandra Palace, Wood Green, London, United Kingdom vacant WBC light welterweight title
Won 33-1-2 England Colin Lynes UD 12 2005-10-21 EnglandYork Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom EBU Light welterweight, British light welterweight, Commonwealth Light welterweight titles
Won 32-1-2 Ukraine Andriy Kotelnyk UD 12 2005-07-09 EnglandIce Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom EBU light welterweight title
Won 31-1-2 Australia Lovemore Ndou UD 12 2005-02-19 United StatesStaples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States WBC Light Welterweight Title Eliminator
Won 30-1-2 Poland Krzysztof Bienias TKO 2 2004-11-12 EnglandConference Centre, Wembley, London, United Kingdom EBU light welterweight title
Won 29-1-2 Italy Salvatore Battaglia TKO 2 2004-06-02 EnglandIce Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom vacant EBU light welterweight title
Won 28-1-2 England Oscar Hall TKO 3 2004-04-16 EnglandPenningtons Nightclub, Bradford, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Won 27-1-2 Kenya Fred Kinuthia KO 2 2003-09-27 EnglandM.E.N. Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom Commonwealth (British Empire) light welterweight title
Won 26-1-2 Belgium Juergen Haeck RTD 4 2003-04-05 EnglandM.E.N. Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom EBU-EU (European Union) light welterweight title
Won 25-1-2 Italy Giuseppe Lauri TKO 2 2002-11-23 EnglandDerby Storm Arena, Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom WBO Light Welterweight Title Eliminator
Won 24-1-2 South Africa Lucky Sambo TKO 2 2002-10-19 EnglandBraehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Won 23-1-2 Ghana Laatekwei Hammond TKO 2 2002-07-08 EnglandGrosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) light welterweight title
Won 22-1-2 England Alan Bosworth TKO 3 2002-03-16 EnglandDerngate Centre, Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom vacant BBBofC British light welterweight title
Won 21-1-2 South Africa Colin Mayisela TKO 2 2001-10-27 EnglandM.E.N. Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom WBU International Light Middleweight Title
Won 20-1-2 England Alan Temple KO 5 2001-10-27 EnglandPonds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Won 19-1-2 Algeria Brice Faradji TKO 1 2001-05-22 SpainTelde, Islas Canarias, Spain
Won 18-1-2 England David Kirk TKO 2 2001-03-10 EnglandYork Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Won 17-1-2 Barbados Christopher Henry TKO 3 2000-11-25 EnglandWythenshawe Forum, Manchester, United Kingdom
Won 16-1-2 England Steve Conway TKO 4 2000-10-20 Northern IrelandUlster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Loss 15-1-2 United States Zab Judah UD 12 2000-06-24 ScotlandHampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom IBF light welterweight title
Won 15-0-2 England Arv Mittoo PTS 4 2000-04-08 EnglandYork Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Won 14-0-2 Romania Mihai Iorgu TKO 1 2000-03-21 SpainTelde, Islas Canarias, Spain
Won 13-0-2 England Harry Butler PTS 6 1999-11-06 EnglandKingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Won 12-0-2 Mexico Isaac Cruz PTS 8 1999-07-17 EnglandDoncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Won 11-0-2 England Malcolm Melvin TKO 2 1999-02-13 EnglandTelewest Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom vacant WBF light welterweight title
Won 10-0-2 England Karl Taylor PTS 4 1998-11-28 EnglandHillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Won 9-0-2 Northern Ireland Mark Winters PTS 8 1998-09-05 EnglandIce Rink, Telford, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Won 8-0-2 South Africa Jan Piet Bergman PTS 6 1998-04-18 EnglandNynex Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom
Won 7-0-2 England Brian Coleman PTS 6 1998-03-05 EnglandRoyal Armouries Museum, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Draw 6-0-2 England Mark Ramsey PTS 6 1998-02-07 EnglandGrundy Park Leisure Centre, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Won 6-0-1 England Michael Alexander PTS 4 1997-10-04 GermanyStadionsporthalle, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany
Won 5-0-1 England Brian Coleman PTS 4 1997-08-02 EnglandMetrodome, Barnsley, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Won 4-0-1 Cyprus Andreas Panayi TKO 5 1997-05-15 EnglandRivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Won 3-0-1 England Trevor Meikle PTS 6 1997-04-25 EnglandGolf and Country Club, Mere, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Won 2-0-1 England Lee Molyneux TKO 6 1997-03-20 EnglandThe Willows (Salford RLFC), Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Won 1-0-1 England John Green PTS 6 1997-03-04 EnglandTall Trees Hotel, Yarm, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Draw 0-0-1 England Cam Raeside PTS 6 1997-01-18 EnglandGreen Bank Leisure Centre, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, United Kingdom Professional Debut

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Preceded by
Ricky Hatton
Vacated
British Light Welterweight Champion
March 16, 2002 – October 21, 2005
Vacated
Succeeded by
Lenny Daws
Preceded by
Eamonn Magee
Vacated
Commonwealth Light Welterweight Champion
July 8, 2002 – October 21, 2005
Vacated
Succeeded by
Ajose Olusegun
Preceded by
Oktay Urkal
Vacated
European Light Welterweight Champion
June 2, 2004 – October 21, 2005
Vacated
Succeeded by
Ted Bami
Preceded by
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Vacated
WBC Super Lightweight Champion
September 15, 2006 – May 10, 2008
Succeeded by
Timothy Bradley
Preceded by
Colin Lynes
British Welterweight Champion
May 12, 2012 - November 12, 2012
Succeeded by
Frankie Gavin