British Light Heavyweight Championship

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The British Light Heavyweight Championship was a top British wrestling championship found throughout the country's circuit. The title's broken history dates back to the 1920s. After going inactive in 2004, the title was re-activated in 2014.

The championship was recognised and defended on matches screened by UK national television network ITV as part of the professional wrestling slot on World of Sport as well as standalone broadcasts.[1][2] Pre-publicity for these championship match broadcasts was given in ITV's nationally published listings magazine TVTimes.[3][4]

Title history[edit]

This is the combined list of different versions of the British Heavyweight Titles, each of which was probably the most significant version at the time. Each version may or may not be connected to another. However, all title changes are either actual or "official" unless indicated otherwise.


Wrestler: Times: Date: Place: Notes:
Sam Clapham 1 1920s First recorded champion.[5]
Atholl Oakeley 1 1930 Legacy from Clapham uncertain[5]
Dick Wills 1 1932 [5]
Robert H Cook 1 1936-1938 Manchester Won title from Wills 08/05/1936. Won European Light Heavyweight title from Milo Popocopolis 22/05/1936.[5]
Bill McDonald 1 1947 Legacy from Cook uncertain[5]
Charley Fisher 1 June 1950 [5]
Sonny Wallis 1 July 1950 Vacated title[5]
Norman Walsh 1 February 1951 Edinburgh Defeated Tony Baer to win the title.[5]
Les Kellett 1 [5]

Joint Promotions[edit]

Wrestler: Times: Date: Place: Notes:
Dennis Mitchell 1 1952 [5]
Ernie Riley 1 1952 Defeated "Iron Man" Steve Logan to win the title.[5]
Charley Fisher 2 Legacy from Riley uncertain. Vacated the title in 1955 after leaving the Light Heavyweight division.[5]
Ernie Riley 2 1955 Defeated "Iron Man" Steve Logan to win the vacant title.[5]
Billy Joyce 1 1957 [5]
Ernie Riley 3 [5]
Roy St. Clair 1 1960 Nottingham [5]
Ernie Riley 4 May 1961 Riley retired as champion in December 1969.[5]
Billy Joyce 2 27/03/1971 Blackburn Defeated Tony Charles for the vacant title. Retired as champion in 1976.[5]
Marty Jones 1 12/11/1976 Wolverhampton Defeated Mark Rocco for the vacant title. Jones vacates the title in 1982 after winning the World Mid-Heavyweight Championship.[5]
Dave Finlay 1 24/2/1983 Oldham Defeated Ringo Rigby in a tournament final[5]
Marty Jones 2 26/11/1983 Manchester [5]
Dave Finlay 2 before February 1984 N/A [5]
Marty Jones 3 8/2/1984 Leamington Jones vacated the title in 1984 after regaining the World Mid-Heavyweight Championship.[5]
Alan Kilby 1 16/1/1985 Walsall Defeated Steve Logan[Note 1] to win the vacant title.[5]

All Star Wrestling[edit]

Wrestler: Times: Date: Place: Notes:
King Ben 1 25/3/1988 Keighley [5]
Alan Kilby 2 1988 [5]
Skull Murphy (Peter Northey) 1 25/3/1995 Norwich [5]
Alan Kilby 3 Before September 1995 [5]
Danny Boy Collins 1 2/4/1996 Croydon [5]
Alan Kilby 4 Before January 1998 [5]
Ian Wilson 1 10/10/1998 Norwich [5]
Alan Kilby 5 November 1998 Norwich Last claimed the title on 1/11/2004.[5]
Dean Allmark 1 2014
Seiki Yoshioka 1 6 July 2014 Tokyo, Japan [6][7]
Dean Allmark 2 19 August 2014 Rhyl [8]


  1. ^ unrelated to the Steve Logan listed above

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marty Jones capture of vacant British Light Heavyweight title in tournament final over Mark Rocco in Wolverhampton 12 October 1976". World Of Sport - Wrestling. ITV. 23 October 1976. 
  2. ^ "Fit Finlay capture of vacant British Light Heavyweight title in tournament final over Ringo Rigby in Oldham 24 February 1983". World Of Sport - Wrestling. ITV. 12 March 1983. 
  3. ^ "For the vacant British Light Heavyweight Championship: Marty Jones v Mark Rocco"". Saturday 23 October - Friday 29 October 1976 - Saturday listings page. TVTimes. 
  4. ^ ""For the vacant British Light Heavyweight Championship: Fit Finlay v Ringo Rigby"". Saturday 12 March - Friday 18 March 1983 - Saturday listings page. TVTimes. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary (2000). "Europe - Great Britain: British Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling title histories: professional wrestling champions around the world from the 19th century to the present. Pennsylvania: Archeus Communications. p. 403. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ "Fighting Entertainment Wrestle-1 「衝撃~Impact~」". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). 2014-07-06. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  7. ^ "イングランド遠征中の吉岡世起選手初防衛戦決定のお知らせ". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  8. ^ "イングランドでの吉岡世起選手、初防衛戦結果のお知らせ". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 

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