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Old 12-11-2007, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default When was British boxing last this big?

given the number of world champs we have, and the mainstream recognition for boxing in the sports personality of the year, is this the strongest British boxing has been for 20 years?

The acheivement is all the better as Ricky & Joe are not prime time terrerstial viewing, as their peers were, but are stuck away on satellite obscurity fighting at all hours of the day and night
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Old 12-11-2007, 12:41 PM   #2
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Probably when Hammed and Lewis were both PPV, or most liley Benn vs Eubank days when Bruno was going for a world title, just before Sports Network moved to Sky.
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Old 12-11-2007, 04:45 PM   #3
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Probably when Jem Mace unified the British and American titles.
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: When was British boxing last this big?

British boxing is as big as it has ever been since Naseem left ITV in 1995.

But it is still no where near what it once was in the 70's, 80's and early 90's.
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:05 AM   #5
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Default Re: When was British boxing last this big?

I agree with Rob.
Probably since the early ninties - Benn, Eubank, Hamad, Watson, Lewis, Bruno, et al. When boxing moved away from terrestrial tv it was a big loss to the profile of the sport...just as I feel the increasing coverage on the Beeb (at first) and now ITV have helped to develop names amongst the public again.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:01 AM   #6
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Default Re: When was British boxing last this big?

Two cruiserweight champions: Haye (WBC, WBA) and Maccarinelli (WBO)

One light-heavy champion: Woods (IBF)

One super middle champion: Calzaghe (WBC, WBA, WBO)

Light welter: Witter (WBC), Rees (WBA)

Other famous fighters, including Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton, Alex Arthur, Carl Froch and Kevin Mitchell.

It's fairly good. Lennox is obviously being missed at heavyweight, and Naseem was one of a kind.

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Old 12-12-2007, 09:14 AM   #7
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Default Re: When was British boxing last this big?

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Originally Posted by Akxtinguish
Two cruiserweight champions: Haye (WBC, WBA) and Maccarinelli (WBO)

One light-heavy champion: Woods (IBF)

One super middle champion: Calzaghe (WBC, WBA, WBO)

Light welter: Rees (WBA)

Other famous fighters, including Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton, Junior Witter, Alex Arthur, Carl Froch and Kevin Mitchell.

It's fairly good. Lennox is obviously being missed at heavyweight, and Naseem was one of a kind.
u listed gavin rees and not junior witter? WBC champ
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Old 12-12-2007, 01:36 PM   #8
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u listed gavin rees and not junior witter? WBC champ
Thanks for pointing it out. I'll edit it in.
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