British Boxing Board of Control
|Replaced||National Sporting Club|
The British Boxing Board of Control initially refused to grant Jane Couch a professional licence on the sole ground that she was a woman, and argued that PMS made women too unstable to box. Claiming sexual discrimination and supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission, Couch managed to have this decision overturned by a tribunal in March 1998.
The Board divides the country into seven Area Councils: the Scottish Area, the Northern Ireland Area, the Welsh Area, the Northern Area, the Central Area (including the Isle of Man), the Southern Area, and the Midlands Area. There was previously a Western Area, which was merged with the Southern Area.
The Board also sanctions bouts for British boxing's most prestigious title: the Lonsdale Belt. The Lonsdale Belt is awarded to the champion of the United Kingdom in each respective weight class and to win the belt outright it must be defended against a British challenger on at least three occasions.
The Board is known for its unique scoring system. Except for title fights (where the bout is scored by three judges, none of whom serve as fight referee), the referee is the sole scorer. After the bout (if the fight goes to points decision), the referee hands his decision to the MC and the winner is announced, the referee then raising the arm of the winner – or, in the event of a draw, both boxers' arms.
|Weight class:||Reign began:||Champion||Record:||Defenses:|
|Flyweight||18 September 2021||Tommy Frank||15–2 (3 KO)||0|
|Bantamweight||16 November 2019||Lee McGregor||11–0–1 (9 KO)||0|
|Super-bantamweight||11 March 2022||Marc Leach||18–1–1 (4 KO)||0|
|Super-featherweight||30 November 2019||Anthony Cacace||19–1 (7 KO)||1|
|Welterweight||24 July 2021||Ekow Essuman||16–0 (7 KO)||1|
|Super-welterweight||9 October 2021||Troy Williamson||18–0–1 (13 KO)||1|
|Super-middleweight||27 March 2021||Lennox Clarke||20–1–1 (8 KO)||0|
|Light-heavyweight||20 November 2021||Dan Azeez||15–0 (10 KO)||0|
|Heavyweight||28 November 2020||Joe Joyce||13–0 (12 KO)||0|
- List of British heavyweight boxing champions
- List of British light-heavyweight boxing champions
- List of British middleweight boxing champions
- List of British welterweight boxing champions
- List of British lightweight boxing champions
- List of British featherweight boxing champions
- List of British bantamweight boxing champions
- List of British flyweight boxing champions
- Commonwealth Boxing Council
- Amateur Boxing Association of England
- List of British world boxing champions
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