Who's The Greatest Ever British Boxer?

Discussion in 'British Boxing Forum' started by DefinitelyTheBestMan, Nov 15, 2022.

Who's The Greatest Ever British Boxer?

  1. Joe Calzaghe

  2. Jimmy Wilde

  3. Ken Buchanan

  4. Lennox Lewis

  5. Benny Lynch

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  6. Carl Froch

  7. Tyson Fury

  8. Ted Kid Lewis

  9. Bob Fitzsimmons

  10. Lloyd Honeyghan

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  1. mhudson

    mhudson New Member Full Member

    Nov 4, 2022
    Fitz is the obvious choice if you categorise him as British. It really depends on what your criteria is, and I don't have a problem either way as long as it's applied consistently. Lewis obviously competed for Canada as an amateur, and Honeyghan was born outside the UK, so these things aren't always cut and dried.

    Wilde is a strong candidate for division ATG in a traditional weight class; no other British fighter has a realistic claim to that.

    That said, it's very difficult and almost futile to compare fighters from the early gloved era to modern fighters, so I'm not a fan of saying (eg) Fitz was better than Calzaghe without qualifying that statement properly.

    Lewis is probably the obvious choice for post-war British fighters.
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  2. moog

    moog Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    I think he would have beat both in hard fights. Benn was really a middleweight who moved up to SMW.
  3. moog

    moog Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    My old man who knows his boxing, has always said to me Conteh was the best Brit he's seen at his best, but because of his lifestyle it was short-lived.
  4. Throwback

    Throwback "Somebody wake up Hicks" Full Member

    Jul 11, 2020

    Fair shout, although I wouldn't class Robin Reid and the unfeasibly tough Sakio Bika as crap, I do wish he'd have fought Pavlik though, as I think he'd have beaten him handily
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  5. write_mem

    write_mem New Member Full Member

    Nov 15, 2015
    Where's the prince?
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  6. EJC83

    EJC83 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    I was thinking that Patel surely deserves a mention, he hasn't been in action for a year now, I hope he's okay.
  7. DefinitelyTheBestMan

    DefinitelyTheBestMan New Member banned Full Member

    Nov 12, 2022
    and Byron Mitchell.
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  8. Mike Cannon

    Mike Cannon Well-Known Member Full Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    Hi Noel.
    I like your list, and in particular the 5th position of Kid Lewis ( have chatted to his son Morton on many occasions ) but sorry to say we part company on Lynch, the stats are not good reading- 14 loses 17 draws, crafty southpaw Jimmy Warnock beat him not once but twice, he was knocked down no less than 5 times by Len Harston, before Bennys cornerman leapt into the ring , earning Lynch a DQ loss, for sure some great wins, Kane, Brown, Montana, sadly Benny was very inconsistent, obvs the drink played a big part in his rapid and sad decline, nonetheless, I don't think his achievements surpass Galzages who would take my 2nd spot, this is not to deride your choice ( far from it ) it's just my opinion matey, enjoy your always interesting posts.
    chat soon buddy.
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  9. im sparticus

    im sparticus There Ye Go. Full Member

    May 16, 2010
    Wilde. J.C or Lewis for me. Probably Wilde.
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  10. Noel857

    Noel857 I Am Duran Full Member

    Mar 24, 2019
    Thanks for your comments Mike, you are probably right about Benny but he is a personal favourite of mine so i am somewhat biased.As for Benny`s drinking it certainly played a massive part in his decline
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  11. Bob Flaps

    Bob Flaps Active Member Full Member

    Mar 30, 2019
    Benn himself said he was a small SMW but at the same time he struggled to make MW by the time he fought Eubank the first time. Strange.

    He also couldn't pick a winner between himself and Froch "but he'd know he was in a fight". FWIW I think Froch would KO him late but Eubank would beat Froch on points.
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  12. EJC83

    EJC83 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Froch had a brilliant career all things considered, quite an amazing one but the best of British can't be someone who was schooled in their prime to such a degree that nobody really considered a rematch being worthwhile.
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  13. Furey

    Furey EST & REG 2009 Full Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    I'd take Froch against both Eubank and Benn in brilliant fights.

    Froch v Benn just has the makings of all out fireworks.
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  14. Bulldog24

    Bulldog24 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    By far it’s Carl Froch
  15. littlebrain

    littlebrain Active Member Full Member

    Sep 14, 2022
    Hamed is in Burger King
    Patel is still actively on his journey to be the greatest