A lot of fellas I know have the following criteria when it comes to deciding what country a fighter comes from: 1) Birth place - but they also had to grow up in the country of birth and learn to box there. 2) Titles fought for - a fighter born in a country who leaves at a young age and never returns and never fights for his birth countries belt e.g. British title would not be a British fighter. 3) Desire to return in any capacity to the country of your birth. OK now for examples to illustrate the above: Bob Fitzsimmons (Not a British fighter) Leaves Britain at 9 and never sets foot in the country again. Learns to fight in New Zealand and Australia. When he arrived in American he was billed as a Down Under fighter. Became a US citizen while fighting in America. Jimmy McLaurin - Canadian (Not an Irish or British fighter) Leaves Ireland at three and learns to fight in Canada. Denounces Canada and fights in America and decides to use his Irish roots to sell himself. He was an Ulster Protestant whose family would have viewed themselves as British. Never fought in an Irish or British ring in any capacity. Lennox Lewis - British Fought for the British and Commonwealth title and based himself in Britain as a pro. He waved the Canadian flag but as a pro boxer he was British Barry McGuigan - Irishman but British Fighter Choosing to fight for Britain as an amateur "Barry the Brit" based himself in England and made his name in the English ring winning a British Title and more. Wayne McCullough - Irish fighter though British by upbringing in Sandy Row. Declared for Ireland as an amateur which would have annoyed some of his neighbours. Never fought for a British title and had no interest in it. Got himself to America at the earliest opportunity. Always fought as Irish. Sailor Tom Sharkey - Irish Born in Dundalk runs away to sea at 12 on his own and basically became a man that day. Ends up in the US Navy and starts his pro career in Hawaii. Is essentially an American boxer but always declares himself Irish. Shows his Irishness by returning to fight three times in an Irish ring. He visits Ireland and considers it his homeland. Sharkey just about makes it as an Irish fighter in my book but others see him as Irish American. I really believe it is difficult to say a fighter is from a country if they have never fought in that country and particularly in the cases of Fitz and McLarnin where they left their country of birth at a young age and never returned. I know patriotism can cloud the judgement and people from different countries want to claim good fighters but I think there has to be some fighting links or it just doesn't wash. That's my criteria and some example. What do others think?