British Boxing Board of Control

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British Boxing Board of Control
ReplacedNational Sporting Club
Official website
United Kingdom

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) is the governing body of professional boxing in the United Kingdom.[2]


The British Boxing Board of Control was formed in 1929 from the old National Sporting Club and is headquartered in Cardiff.

Until 1948, it had a colour bar in effect by means of its Rule 24, which stated that title contestants "must have two white parents".[3][4]

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.[5][6] Claiming sexual discrimination and supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission, Couch managed to have this decision overturned by a tribunal in March 1998.[7][8]


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.[9] There was previously a Western Area, which was merged with the Southern Area.[citation needed]

Lonsdale Belt[edit]

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 England Tommy Frank 15–2 (3 KO) 0
Super-flyweight vacant
Bantamweight 16 November 2019 Scotland Lee McGregor 11–0–1 (9 KO) 0
Super-bantamweight 11 March 2022 England Marc Leach 18–1–1 (4 KO) 0
Featherweight vacant
Super-featherweight 30 November 2019 Northern Ireland Anthony Cacace 19–1 (7 KO) 1
Lightweight vacant
Super-lightweight vacant
Welterweight 24 July 2021 England Ekow Essuman 16–0 (7 KO) 1
Super-welterweight 9 October 2021 England Troy Williamson 18–0–1 (13 KO) 1
Middleweight vacant
Super-middleweight 27 March 2021 England Lennox Clarke 20–1–1 (8 KO) 0
Light-heavyweight 20 November 2021 England Dan Azeez 15–0 (10 KO) 0
Cruiserweight vacant
Heavyweight 28 November 2020 England Joe Joyce 13–0 (12 KO) 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gems, Gerald R. (13 March 2014). Boxing. ISBN 9781442229914. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Sport | Round one for women's boxing". BBC News. 24 November 1998. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Manchester - People - The uncrownable champion". BBC. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  4. ^ JOHNES, MARTIN; TAYLOR, MATTHEW (14 February 2020). "BOXING, RACE, AND BRITISH IDENTITY, 1945–1962". The Historical Journal. Cambridge University Press (CUP). 63 (5): 1349–1377. doi:10.1017/s0018246x19000724. ISSN 0018-246X.
  5. ^ "Round one for women's boxing". BBC News. 24 November 1998. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
  6. ^ Bentham, John (February 1998). "12 and 13 February 1998 – Tribunal 1, 100 London Road, Croydon, UK". #4. Punkcast. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  7. ^ "March: Jane Couch". BBC News. 22 December 1998. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
  8. ^ "Couch Interview". 19 September 1999. Archived from the original on 22 June 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
  9. ^ "British Boxing Board of Control". BBBofC. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2021.

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