Lee Haskins

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Lee Haskins
Statistics
Real name Lee Haskins
Nickname(s) Playboy
Weight(s) Flyweight
Super flyweight
Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Reach 66 in (168 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1983-11-29) 29 November 1983 (age 34)
Bristol, England
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 39
Wins 35
Wins by KO 14
Losses 4
Draws 0

Lee Haskins (born 29 November 1983) is a British professional boxer from Bristol in England who has fought in the flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight divisions and is the former IBF bantamweight world champion. He also won Prizefighter in the super flyweight division in 2011. As of January 2018 he is ranked as the world's seventh best bantamweight by The Ring magazine, and eleventh by BoxRec.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Haskins made his professional debut in March 2003 when he took on and defeated Ankar Miah stopping him in the first round at Ashton Gate the home of Bristol City Football Club. In his very next contest he defeated future British champion Chris Edwards this time over 6 rounds at the same venue. By the time he had compiled a winning ledger of 9–0 he challenged journeyman fighter Delroy Spencer for the English Flyweight title and claimed the belt after Spencer retired after the third round of the 10 round contest. In February 2006 almost three years from his professional debut and now with a winning record of 13–0 Haskins challenged the Tanzanian fighter Anthony Mathias for the vacant Commonwealth Flyweight title. He stopped Mathias in the 2nd round at The Pavilions in Plymouth to pick up his second career title.[1]

Commonwealth title fights[edit]

Following the victory over Mathias, Haskins returned to Bristol just two months later for his first defence against South African Zolile Mbityi. The fight as reported by the BBC was often a 'messy and bad tempered affair' with Haskins never really hitting top gear.[2] Haskins won the fight on points over 12 rounds.

In October 2006 Haskins chose to move up a weight division and compete for the Commonwealth Bantamweight title. The current champion, another South African called Tshifhiwa Munyai had claimed the belt with an upset win over British Bantamweight title holder Martin Power. Going into the fight Haskins was confident saying "I think he's gonna come in and try to take me out. That's what I want. I've changed a few things, and hopefully it'll work on the night."[3] The fight which was Haskins debut at the York Hall in London ended in the 6th round with Munyai scoring a tko.

British title challenges[edit]

Following the stoppage, Haskins next meaningful fight was almost a year later in September 2007 when he returned to the York Hall to take on new British Bantamweight holder Ian Napa. The fight once again proved to be a disappointment for Haskins with ringside reporters claiming he was looking tired before he retired hurt with an arm injury in the 7th round, handing the feather-fisted Napa the only knockout win of his career.[4] in March 2008 Haskins put the memory of defeat behind him by scoring a win over former British title challenger Jamie McDonnell over 8 rounds in Barnsley. The win set him up for another crack at a title, this time against the British Super-Flyweight champion Andy Bell.[5] The fight with Bell took place in November 2008 and ended with a unanimous points decision for the Bristolian in what was considered to be a close fight. Speaking after the fight Haskins paid tribute to his opponent saying "I don't know what to say. It feels great. I knew Andy Bell is a great fighter, he is very tough. He hits hard as well and it just feels great to be champion"[6] On 10 July 2009 Haskins defended his belt for the first time against Sheffield's Ross Burkinshaw, winning in the 4th round.[7]

British and Commonwealth champion[edit]

On 11 December 2009 Haskins added the Commonwealth Super Flyweight title to his collection after defeating the unbeaten Don Broadhurst on points in Newport, Wales and becoming a two weight Commonwealth champion.[8] Haskins claimed the belt having scored a unanimous points victory on all three judges scorecards in what was described as a 'scrappy' contest.[9] Following the fight Haskins was scheduled to face Italian Andrea Sarritzu for the European title at super flyweight only for the contest to be called off on a total of four occasions, another fight against the Frenchman Karim Guerfi also fell through after the fighters failed to agree terms.[10] The delays meant that Haskins was out of the ring for over a year until on 30 April 2011 he met Bulgarian boxer Fikret Remziev over six rounds, scoring a fourth round stoppage, at the Olympiad Leisure Centre in Chippenham.[11] Speaking about the delays promoter Chris Sanigar described the period as being "very frustrating" and said that he'd like to see Haskins fight for the British title again with a view to stepping up to Bantamweight to challenge Jamie McDonnell at some point in the future.[10] To add to Haskin's disappointment, he was stripped of the Commonwealth belt after failing to defend it.[12]

On 14 July 2011, Haskins travelled to Morocco to accept a short notice challenge for the WBA Inter continental and the IBF International bantamweight titles. His opponent, Mohamed Bouleghcha had won the titles in April and as the fight was at bantamweight meant that Haskins would have to not only concede home advantage but also weight advantage as he had not fought in the division for four years.[13][14] Haskins won a victory over 12 rounds, including two knockdowns, and said that the victory represented that he was now ready for the world stage.[15]

Prizefighter champion[edit]

In October 2011 Haskins became Prizefighter champion, without losing a single round throughout the tournament.

European champion[edit]

On 14 December 2012, Haskins had a big chance to step closer to a world title shot by facing Stuart Hall for the EBU European bantamweight title. He won the fight and became European bantamweight champion. Lee's next fight after that was to defend the title against Belgium fighter 'Stephane Jamoye' in Belgium. He lost the fight along with his European title, but the fight was rated by many critics as "one most the most entertaining fights of 2012". What followed over the next two years was being crowned British bantamweight champion, along with a few defences of the title. In February 2015 Haskins earned another opportunity to fight for the vacant EBU European title against French fighter 'Omar Lamiri' in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The fight was stopped due to Haskins suffering a cut over his right eye in a clash of heads during the 8th round. The fight went to the score cards, and as his first European title shot he was victorious.

World champion[edit]

In March 2015, Haskins received a call from the IBF confirming that he is to fight Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa, for the Interim world title due to the current champion Randy Caballero suffering from injury. Lee Haskins put on a remarkable display in his fight for the IBF world interim bantamweight title against Ryosuke Iwasa, and knocked out his opponent inside six rounds. Haskins is Bristol's first world champion in 15 years. He was set to fight Randy Caballero on 21 November 2015, however Caballero failed to make weight, and Haskins was promoted to full champion by the IBF. In May 2016, he defended the title for the first time, defeating Ivan Morales in Cardiff.

On 15 December 2016, Haskins made a successful second defence of his IBF World Bantamweight title on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook bill at The O2 against Stuart Hall. This would be the second time the pair had fought, with the first fight being for the vacant EBU Bantamweight title back in 2012. Haskins unorthodox angles and movement banked the early rounds to give Hall too much to do down the stretch and claim a unanimous decision win. The judges scored the bout 115-113, 117-111 and 116-112, all in favour of Haskins.

World Title loss & Comeback Trail[edit]

On 27 April 2017 it was announced that Haskins would make his third IBF Title defence against Ryan Burnett in Belfast at the Odyssey Arena.

Professional boxing record[edit]

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
39 Win 35–4 Ghana Isaac Quaye PTS 6 15 Dec 2017 United Kingdom Merthyr Leisure Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, United Kingdom
38 Loss 34–4 United Kingdom Ryan Burnett UD 12 10 Jun 2017 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Lost IBF bantamweight title;
Originally a SD, later ruled a UD after an incorrect judge's scorecard
37 Win 34–3 United Kingdom Stuart Hall UD 12 10 Sep 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England, United Kingdom Retained IBF bantamweight title
36 Win 33–3 Mexico Ivan Morales UD 12 14 May 2016 United Kingdom Ice Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom Retained IBF bantamweight title
35 Win 32–3 Japan Ryosuke Iwasa TKO 6 (12), 2:10 16 May 2015 United Kingdom Whitchurch Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom Won interim IBF bantamweight title
34 Win 31–3 France Omar Lamiri TD 8 (12), 3:00 21 Feb 2015 Monaco Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco Won vacant EBU (European) bantamweight title
33 Win 30–3 Mexico Willy Velazquez PTS 10 05 Dec 2014 United Kingdom City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom
32 Win 29–3 United Kingdom Luke Wilton TKO 2 (10), 1:52 01 Mar 2014 United Kingdom City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom
31 Win 28–3 United Kingdom Jason Booth UD 12 08 Nov 2013 United Kingdom City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom Retained BBBofC British bantamweight title
30 Win 27–3 United Kingdom Martin Ward TKO 5 (12), 2:38 27 Apr 2013 United Kingdom City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom Won vacant BBBofC British bantamweight title
29 Loss 26–3 Belgium Stephane Jamoye TKO 8 (12) 14 Dec 2012 Belgium Hallo Omnisport La Préalle, Herstal, Liege, Belgium Lost EBU (European) bantamweight title
28 Win 26–2 United Kingdom Stuart Hall UD 12 7 Jul 2012 United Kingdom Hand Arena, Clevedon, Somerset, England, United Kingdom Won vacant EBU (European) bantamweight title
27 Win 25–2 United Kingdom Don Broadhurst UD 3 12 Oct 2011 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom Prizefighter Tournament, super-flyweight final.
26 Win 24–2 United Kingdom Ryan Farrag UD 3 12 Oct 2011 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom Prizefighter Tournament, super-flyweight semi-final.
25 Win 23–2 United Kingdom Terry Broadbent UD 3 12 Oct 2011 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom Prizefighter Tournament, super-flyweight quarter-final.
24 Win 22–2 France Mohamed Bouleghcha UD 12 14 Jul 2011 Morocco Place Jamaâ El Fna, Marrakech, Morocco
23 Win 21–2 Bulgaria Fikret Remziev TKO 4 (6), 1:31 30 Apr 2011 United Kingdom Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
22 Win 20–2 United Kingdom Don Broadhurst UD 12 11 Dec 2009 United Kingdom Newport Centre, Newport, Wales, United Kingdom
21 Win 19–2 United Kingdom Ross Burkinshaw TKO 4 (12), 1:09 10 Jul 2009 United Kingdom Seaburn Centre, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom
20 Win 18–2 United Kingdom Andy Bell UD 12 07 Nov 2008 United Kingdom Robin Park Centre, Wigan, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
19 Win 17–2 United Kingdom Jamie McDonnell PTS 8 28 Mar 2008 United Kingdom Metrodome, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
18 Loss 16–2 United Kingdom Ian Napa RTD 7 (12), 3:00 21 Sep 2007 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom
17 Win 16–1 Ghana Sumaila Badu PTS 6 24 Feb 2007 United Kingdom Filton College Wise Campus, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom
16 Loss 15–1 South Africa Tshifhiwa Munyai TKO 6 (12), 2:56 06 Oct 2006 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom
15 Win 15–0 South Africa Zolile Mbityi UD 12 07 Apr 2006 United Kingdom Whitchurch Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom Defended Commonwealth Flyweight Title
14 Win 14–0 Tanzania Anthony Mathias TKO 2 (10), 2:40 10 Feb 2006 United Kingdom The Pavilions, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom Won Vacant Commonwealth Flyweight Title
13 Win 13–0 United Kingdom Delroy Spencer RTD 2 (8), 3:00 19 Jun 2005 United Kingdom The Pavilions, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
12 Win 12–0 Poland Andrzej Ziora KO 1 (8), 1:00 29 Apr 2005 United Kingdom The Pavilions, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
11 Win 11–0 Kenya Moses Kinyua PTS 10 08 Apr 2005 United Kingdom Dolman Exhibition Hall, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom
10 Win 10–0 Spain Hugo Cardinale KO 1 (6) 18 Feb 2005 Spain Dalacio de Deportes, Torrevieja, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain
9 Win 9–0 United Kingdom Delroy Spencer RTD 3 (10), 3:00 03 Dec 2004 United Kingdom Dolman Exhibition Hall, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom Won English Flyweight Title
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Junior Anderson KO 3 (6), 0:40 01 Oct 2004 United Kingdom Dolman Exhibition Hall, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom
7 Win 7–0 Russia Sergey Tasimov TKO 5 (8), 2:15 03 Jul 2004 United Kingdom Dolman Exhibition Hall, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Colin Moffett TKO 2 (4), 1:05 8 May 2004 United Kingdom Whitchurch Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Marty Kayes PTS 6 13 Feb 2004 United Kingdom Dolman Exhibition Hall, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Jason Thomas PTS 6 05 Dec 2003 United Kingdom Dolman Exhibition Hall, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Neil Read PTS 4 9 Oct 2003 United Kingdom Whitchurch Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Chris Edwards PTS 6 13 Jun 2003 United Kingdom Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom
1 Win 1–0 Bangladesh Ankar Miah TKO 1 (4), 1:50 06 Mar 2003 United Kingdom Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lee Haskins". BoxRec. 1983-11-29. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived 14 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "britishboxing.net". Britishboxing.net. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Ringside Boxing Report: Ian Napa vs Lee Haskins". Saddoboxing.com. 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT | Boxing | Haskins gets British title chance". BBC News. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Haskins earns points verdict". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  7. ^ "BBC SPORT | Boxing | Haskins brushes Burkinshaw aside". BBC News. 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Haskins blunts Broadhurst". Sky Sports. 2015-11-03. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  9. ^ "BBC Sport - Lee Haskins beats Broadhurst to win Commonwealth title". BBC News. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  10. ^ a b "BBC Sport - Haskins ring return marred by Euro title fight problems". BBC News. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  11. ^ "BOXING: Home fighters shine on Chippenham bill (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)". Gazetteandherald.co.uk. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  12. ^ [2] Archived 17 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Mohamed Bouleghcha". BoxRec.com. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  14. ^ "Lee Haskins set for Moroccan experience". Thisisbristol.co.uk. 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  15. ^ "Boxer Lee Haskins 'ready for world stage' - BBC Sport". BBC News. 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 

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Preceded by
Andy Bell
WPTS 12
British Super Flyweight Champion
7 November 2008 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Dale Robinson
vacated
Commonwealth Flyweight Champion
10 February 2006 – 13 April 2007
vacated
Succeeded by
Chris Edwards
Preceded by
Don Broadhurst
WPTS 12
Commonwealth Super Flyweight Champion
11 December 2009 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
New title IBF Bantamweight Interim Champion
13 June 2015 - 20 November 2015
Promoted
Vacant
Title last held by
Randy Caballero
Stripped
IBF Bantamweight Champion
20 November 2015 - 10 June 2017
Succeeded by
Ryan Burnett