Greatest British boxer for each division?

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  1. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti Boxing Hagiographer Full Member

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    Just curitous who you guys pick for each of the main divisions. My initial thoughts would be something like:

    Heavyweight Lennox Lewis
    Light Heavyweight Joe Calzaghe
    Middleweight Bob Fitzsimmons
    Welterweight Ted Kid Lewis
    Lightweight Freddie Welsh
    Featherweight Jim Driscoll
    Bantamweight Pedlar Palmer
    Flyweight Jimmy Wilde

    But I'm sure I've overlooked some.
     
  2. SheenLantern

    SheenLantern Active Member Full Member

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    Nah Buchanan for Lightweight
     
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  3. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti Boxing Hagiographer Full Member

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    Why do you rate him ahead of Welsh?
     
  4. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

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    Pretty much how I'd have it, as well. Although I'd have Conteh at LHW, and maybe Rudkin at bantam.
     
  5. Tonto62

    Tonto62 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Lewis
    Conteh
    Fitzsimmons
    Lewis
    Welsh
    Driscoll
    Rudkin
    Wilde
     
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  6. thistle

    thistle Well-Known Member Full Member

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    S-HW Lewis
    Heavyweight
    Farr/Bugnar
    Light Heavyweight Harvey/Mills/Conteh
    S-MW Calzaghe
    Middleweight
    McAvoy/Benn
    Welterweight Ted Kid Lewis/Roderick
    Lightweight Freddie Welsh/Berg
    Featherweight Jim Driscoll
    Bantamweight Pedlar Palmer
    Flyweight Jimmy Wilde/Lynch

    and a good few more just as good or better.
     
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  7. Mike Cannon

    Mike Cannon Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Spot on. keep well.
     
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  8. Tonto62

    Tonto62 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I'm none to sure McAvoy should be rated above Turpin or Harvey,or that Mills would beat Finnegan and Cockell at175lbs. Wilde/Lynch is spot on for me.
    I don't think Berg did much at 147lbs certainly not as much as Stracey.
     
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  9. Mike Cannon

    Mike Cannon Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Good point on McAvoy/ Harvey , from memory Harvey has a 4/1 win ratio over McAvoy . keep well.
     
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  10. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails... Full Member

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    Jack Kid Berg for 140lbs, not a classic division unfortunately. Though I find Berg hard to rate as he scored his best stuff around different weight classes. It makes him more likely to be forgotten unfortunately.

    Also, I wouldn't rank him but a very underrated British fighter is Seaman Tommy Watson. He has a win over a (faded) LaBarba, fought Kid Chocolate to a decision and has wins over other top fighters and contenders, especially on the British scene. Very underrated imo. Record of 112 wins, 9 losses and 2 draws. I just wanted to mention him as I've been looking into him.
     
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  11. Mike Cannon

    Mike Cannon Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Good call, vastly underrated British fighter. keep well.
     
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  12. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

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    Conteh>Calzaghe but other than that, yeah that's bang on for me.
     
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  13. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    That is about how I have it.
     
  14. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Proved himself v Duran who would have torn Welsh apart.
     
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  15. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    No, Conteh was well beaten by Muhammad and too one fisted.