List of British lightweight boxing champions

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List of British lightweight boxing champions is a table showing the boxers who have won the British lightweight 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
Jack Goldswain 23 April 1908 — 23 November 1908 2
Johnny Summers 23 November 1908 — 8 November 1909 1
Freddie Welsh 8 November 1909 — 27 February 1911 1
Matt Wells 27 February 1911 — 11 November 1912 1
Freddie Welsh 11 November 1912 — 16 December 1912 (rel 1917) 1
Bob Marriott 23 June 1919 (rel 1920) 0
Ernie Rice 11 April 1921 — 18 September 1922 2
Seaman James Hall 18 September 1922 — 17 May 1923 0
Harry Mason 17 May 1923 — 21 November 1923 (rel) 1
Ernie Izzard 24 November 1924 — 22 June 1925 2
Harry Mason 22 June 1925 — 11 February 1926 (rel 1926) 1
Sam Stewart 17 September 1928 — 2 May 1929 1
Fred Webster 2 May 1929 — 21 May 1930 1
Al Foreman 21 May 1930 — 15 December 1930 (rel March 1932) 2
Johnny Cuthbert 11 August 1932 — 18 January 1934 1
Harry Mizler 18 January 1934 — 29 October 1934 2
Jack Kid Berg 29 October 1934 — 24 April 1936 1
Jimmy Walsh 24 April 1936 — 23 June 1938 2
Dave Crowley 23 June 1938 — 15 December 1938 1
Eric Boon 15 December 1938 — 12 August 1944 3
Ronnie James 12 August 1944 (rel June 1947) 0
Billy Thompson 16 October 1947 — 28 August 1951 3
Tommy McGovern 28 August 1951 — 25 July 1952 1
Frank Johnson 25 July 1952 (rel 1953) 0
Joe Lucy 29 September 1953 — 26 April 1955 1
Frank Johnson 26 April 1955 — 13 April 1956 1
Joe Lucy 13 April 1956 — 9 April 1957 2
Dave Charnley 9 April 1957 — 20 May 1963 (rel January 1965) 2
Maurice Cullen 8 April 1965 — 19 February 1968 4
Ken Buchanan 19 February 1968 — 12 May 1970 (rel 1971) 1
Willie Reilly 1 February 1972 (rel) 0
Jim Watt 3 May 1972 — 29 January 1973 1
Ken Buchanan 29 January 1973 (rel September 1974) 0
Jim Watt 27 January 1975 — 21 February 1977 (rel 1977) 1
Charlie Nash 28 February 1979 (rel July 1979) 0
Ray Cattouse 24 March 1980 — 12 October 1982 2
George Feeney 12 October 1982 — 10 February 1984 (rel 1984) 2
Tony Willis 16 May 1985 — 24 September 1987 3
Alex Dickson 24 September 1987 — 24 February 1988 1
Steve Boyle 24 February 1988 — 1 November 1988 (rel 1990) 1
Robert Clarke 14 November 1990 — 28 October 1992 5
Billy Schwer 28 October 1992 — 24 February 1993 1
Paul Burke 24 February 1993 — 10 November 1993 1
Billy Schwer 10 November 1993 — 16 February 1994 (rel 1994) 1
Michael Ayers 17 February 1995 — 20 November 1996 (rel 1997) 4
Wayne Rigby 10 January 1998 — 17 October 1998 2
Bobby Vanzie 17 October 1998 — 17 July 2003 5
Graham Earl 17 July 2003 — 19 June 2005 (rel) 3
Lee Meager 12 May 2006 — 8 December 2006 1
Jonathan Thaxton 8 December 2006 — 5 October 2007 (rel) 2
John Murray 11 July 2008 — 7 May 2010 (rel) 4
Gavin Rees 6 November 2010 (rel) 0
Anthony Crolla 12 February 2011 — 21 April 2012 2
Derry Mathews 21 April 2012 — 7 July 2012 1
Gavin Rees 7 July 2012 (rel) 0
Martin Gethin 18 January 2013 — 10 May 2014 1
Derry Mathews 10 May 2014 (rel) 0
Terry Flanagan 26 July 2014 0

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

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