British World Champions (1890-1980)


Flyweights


Sid Smith

1913: Sid Smith (Bermondsey)

Born: 25-02-1889 Died: 1948

Pro career: 1907-1919 (106 contests, won 82, drew 5, lost 18, 1 no decision)








1913-1914: Bill Ladbury (Deptford)

Born: 14-10-1891 Died: 1917

Pro career: 1908-1917 (53 contests, won 31, drew 5, lost 17)


1914: Percy Jones (Porthcawl)

Born: 26-12-1892 Died: 1922

Pro career: 1910-1915 (51 contests, won 45, drew 3, lost 3)


1915-1916: Joe Symonds (Plymouth)

Born: 28-12-1894 Died: 1953

Pro career: 1911-1924 (136 contests, won 97, drew 11, lost 27, no decision 1)


Jimmy Wilde

1916-1923: Jimmy Wilde (Tylorstown)

Born: 15-05-1892 Died: 1969

Pro career: 1910-1923 (153 contests, won 132, drew 2, lost 6, no decision 13)








Johnny Hill

1928-1929: Johnny Hill (Leith)

Born: 14-12-1905 Died: 1929

Pro career: 1926-1929 (23 contests, won 18, drew 3, lost 1, no contest 1)








Jackie Brown

1932-1935: Jackie Brown (Manchester)

Born: 29-11-1909 Died: 1971

Pro career: 1926-1939 (135 contests, won 103, drew 8, lost 24)








Benny Lynch

1935-1937: Benny Lynch (Glasgow)

Born: 02-04-1913 Died: 1946

Pro career: 1931-38 (110 contests, won 82, drew 15, lost 13)








Peter Kane

1938-1943: Peter Kane (Golborne)

Born: 29-04-1918 Died: 1991

Pro career: 1934-1948 (102 contests, won 92, drew 2, lost 7, no contest 1)








Jackie Paterson

1943-1947: Jackie Paterson (Springfield)

Born: 05-09-1920 Died: 1966

Pro career: 1938-1950 (92 contests, won 64, drew 3, lost 25)








Rinty Monaghan

1947-1950 Rinty Monaghan (Belfast)

Born: 21-08-1920 Died: 1984

Pro career: 1934-1949 (66 contests, won 51, drew 6, lost 9)








Terry Allen

1950: Terry Allen (Islington)

Born: 18-06-1924 Died: 1987 (Birth name: Edward Govier)

Pro career: 1942-1954 (74 contests, won 60, drew 1, lost 13)








1966: Walter McGowan (Burnbank)

Born: 13-10-1942

Pro career: 1961-1969 (40 contests, won 32, drew 1, lost 7)


Bantamweights


1892-1895: Billy Plimmer (Birmingham)

Born: 06-02-1859 Died: 1929


Pedlar Palmer

1895-1899: Pedlar Palmer (Canning Town)

Born: 19-11-1876 Died: 1949








Jow Bowker

1904-1905: Joe Bowker (Salford)

Born: 20-07-1883 Died: 1955

Pro career: 1900-1919 (50 contests, won 39, drew 1, lost 8, no decision 2)








Owen Moran

1907: Owen Moran (Birmingham)

Born: 04-10-1884 Died: 1949








Digger Stanley

1910-1912: Digger Stanley (Norwich)

Born: 28-02-1883 Died: 1919

Pro career: 1899-1918 (86 contests, won 56, drew 7, lost 21, no decision 2)








Teddy Baldock

1927: Teddy Baldock (Poplar)

Born: 23-05-1907 Died 1971 (Birthname: Alfred Stephen Baldock)

Pro career: 1921-1931 (81 contests, won 73, drew 3, lost 5)








Featherweights


1898-1899: Ben Jordan (Bermondsey)

Born: 01-04-1873 Died: 1945


1968: Howard Winstone (Merthyr)

Born: 15-04-1939 Died: 2000

Pro career: 1959-1968 (67 contests, won 61, lost 6)


Lightweights


Freddie Welsh

1914-1917: Freddie Welsh (Pontypridd)

Born: 05-03-1886 Died: 1927

Pro career: 1905-1922 (168 contests, won 76, drew 7, lost 4, no decision 13)








1970-1971 and 1971-1972: Ken Buchanan (Edinburgh)

Born: 28-06-45

Pro career: 1965-1982 (69 contests, won 61, lost 8)


1979-1981: Jim Watt (Glasgow)

Born: 18-07-48

Pro career: 1968-1981 (46 contests, won 38, lost 8)


Junior welterweights


Jack Kid Berg

1930-1931: Jack Kid Berg (Stepney)

Born: 28-06-1909 Died: 1991 (Birth name: Judah Bergman)

Pro career: 1924-1945 (192 contests, won 157, drew 9, lost 26)








Welterweights


Tom McCormick

1914: Tom McCormick (Dundalk)*

Born: 08-08-1890 Died: 1916

Pro career: 1911-1915 (46 contests, won 35, drew 2, lost 9)








Matt Wells

1914-1915: Matt Wells (Walworth)

Born: 14-12-1886 Died: 1953

Pro career: 1909-1922 (86 contests, won 34, drew 3, lost 19, no decision 30)








Ted Kid Lewis

1915-1916 and 1917-1919: Ted Kid Lewis (Aldgate)

Born: 28-10-1893 Died: 1970 (Birth name: Gershon Mendeloff)

Pro career: 1909-1929 (281 contests, won 170, drew 13, lost 30, no decision 68)








1975-1976: John H. Stracey (Bethnal Green)

Born: 22-09-1950

Pro career: 1969-1978 (51 contests, won 45, drew 1, lost 5)


Middleweights


Bob Fitzsimmons

1897-1899: Bob Fitzsimmons (New Zealand)**

Born: 26-05-1863 Died: 1917

Pro career: 1885-1914








Randolph Turpin

1951: Randolph Turpin (Leamington Spa)

Born: 07-06-1928 Died: 1966

Pro career: 1946-1958 (73 contests, won 64, drew 1, lost 8)








1961-1962: Terry Downes (Paddington)

Born: 09-05-1936

Pro career: 1957-1964 (44 contests, won 35, lost 9)


1980: Alan Minter (Crawley)

Born: 17-04-1951

Pro career: 1972-1981 (49 contests, won 39, lost 9, no contest 1)


Light-heavyweights


Bob Fitzsimmons

1897-1899: Bob Fitzsimmons (New Zealand)**

Born: 26-05-1863 Died: 1917

Pro career: 1885-1914








Freddie Mills

1948-1950: Freddie Mills (Bournemouth)

Born: 26-06-1919 Died: 1965

Pro career: 1936-1950 (101 contests, won 77, drew 6, lost 18)








1974-1977: John Conteh (Liverpool)

Born: 27-05-1951

Pro career: 1971-1980 (39 contests, won 34, drew 1, lost 4)


Heavyweights


Bob Fitzsimmons

1897-1899: Bob Fitzsimmons (New Zealand)**

Born: 26-05-1863 Died: 1917

Pro career: 1885-1914









*This was prior to the partition of Ireland and McCormick also held the British title.

** Though born in Cornwall, Fitzsimmons emigrated with his family to New Zealand when his was nine and never boxed in Britain. For this reason his qualification as a British world champion is debatable.

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