List of British featherweight boxing champions

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List of British featherweight boxing champions is a table showing the boxers who have won the British featherweight championship. The title has been sanctioned by the National Sporting Club since 1909, and later by its replacement British Boxing Board of Control since 1929.

A champion may retire or voluntarily relinquish the title in order to fight for a higher-ranked championship. Where a champion relinquished the title, the date of his final defence is shown with “(rel)” after it. If he did not defend his title, then “(rel)” is shown after the date at which he won the title.

Name Duration of reign Defences
Jim Driscoll 28 May 1906 — 27 January 1913 (rel February 1913) 4
Ted "Kid" Lewis 6 October 1913 (rel 1914) 0
Llew Edwards 31 May 1915 (rel 1916) 0
Charlie Hardcastle 4 June 1917 — 5 November 1917 1
Tancy Lee 5 November 1917 — 24 February 1919 (rel 1919) 2
Mike Honeyman 26 January 1920 — 31 October 1921 2
Joey Fox 31 October 1921 (rel 1923) 0
George McKenzie 2 June 1924 — 30 March 1925 2
Johnny Curley 30 March 1925 — 24 January 1927 3
Johnny Cuthbert 24 January 1927 — 12 March 1928 1
Harry Corbett 12 March 1928 — 18 March 1929 1
Johnny Cuthbert 18 March 1929 — 1 October 1931 4
Nel Tarleton 1 October 1931 — 10 November 1932 1
Seaman Tommy Watson 10 November 1932 — 26 July 1934 2
Nel Tarleton 26 July 1934 — 24 September 1936 3
Johnny McGrory 24 September 1936 (rel 1938) 0
Jim "Spider" Kelly 23 November 1938 — 28 June 1939 1
Nipper Johnny Cusick 28 June 1939 — 1 February 1940 1
Nel Tarleton 1 February 1940 — 23 February 1945 (rel 1947) 1
Al Phillips 18 March 1947 — 11 September 1947 2
Ronnie Clayton 11 September 1947 — 1 June 1954 6
Sammy McCarthy 1 June 1954 — 22 January 1955 1
Billy Kelly 22 January 1955 — 24 February 1956 1
Charlie Hill 24 February 1956 — 13 April 1959 3
Bobby Neill 13 April 1959 — 27 September 1960 1
Terry Spinks 27 September 1960 — 2 May 1961 2
Howard Winstone 2 May 1961 — 7 December 1966 (rel 1969) 6
Jimmy Revie 24 March 1969 — 5 July 1971 2
Evan Armstrong 5 July 1971 — 25 September 1972 2
Tommy Glencross 25 September 1972 — 17 September 1973 1
Evan Armstrong 17 September 1973 — 8 July 1974 (rel February 1975) 1
Vernon Sollas 25 March 1975 — 15 March 1977 1
Alan Richardson 15 March 1977 — 20 April 1978 2
Dave Needham 20 April 1978 — 6 November 1979 2
Pat Cowdell 6 November 1979 — 29 May 1980 (rel April 1982) 2
Steve Sims 20 September 1982 (rel January 1983) 0
Barry McGuigan 12 April 1983 — 19 December 1984 (rel 1985) 1
Robert Dickie 9 April 1986 — 29 October 1986 (rel 1987) 2
Peter Harris 24 February 1988 — 18 May 1988 1
Paul Hodkinson 18 May 1988 — 6 September 1989 (rel) 2
Sean Murphy 22 May 1990 — 5 March 1991 2
Gary De Roux 5 March 1991 — 22 May 1991 1
Colin McMillan 22 May 1991 — 29 October 1991 (rel 1992) 2
John Davison 10 September 1992 (rel 1993) 0
Sean Murphy 27 June 1993 (rel 1993) 0
Duke McKenzie 18 December 1993 (rel) 0
Billy Hardy 24 May 1994 (rel 1994) 0
Mike Deveney 23 January 1995 — 20 September 1995 1
Jon Jo Irwin 20 September 1995 — 14 May 1996 2
Colin McMillan 14 May 1996 — 11 January 1997 1
Paul Ingle 11 January 1997 — 11 October 1997 (rel) 2
Jon Jo Irwin 9 May 1998 — 13 February 1999 1
Gary Thornhill 16 May 2000 (rel 2000) 0
Scott Harrison 24 March 2001 — 17 November 2001 (rel 2002) 2
Jamie McKeever 8 February 2003 — 17 May 2003 1
Roy Rutherford 17 May 2003 — 22 November 2003 1
Dazzo Williams 22 November 2003 — 16 June 2005 4
Nicky Cook 16 June 2005 (rel 2005) 0
Andy Morris 5 November 2005 — 9 December 2006 2
John Simpson 9 December 2006 — 6 June 2008 2
Paul Appleby 6 June 2008 — 25 April 2009 2
Martin Lindsay 25 April 2009 — 15 December 2010 1
John Simpson 15 December 2010 — 27 April 2011 1
Stephen Smith 27 April 2011 — 17 September 2011 1
Lee Selby 17 September 2011 — 1 February 2014 (rel) 4
Josh Warrington 21 May 2014 0

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Maurice Golesworthy, Encyclopaedia of Boxing (Eighth Edition) (1988), Robert Hale Limited, ISBN 0-7090-3323-0