RichestSports Top 10 British Heavyweight Boxers Of All Time by Philip April 11, 2016, 8:34 am As Anthony Joshua prepares to challenge for the IBF world heavyweight title against Charles Martin, our boxing correspondent Gareth A Davies ranks Britain’s 10 greatest ever heavyweights 10. Bombardier Billy Wells (Record 52 fights, wins 41, wins by KO 34, losses 11) William Thomas Wells, better known as Bombardier Billy Wells, was British and British Empire Champion from 1911 until 1919, defending the British title a record 14 times. In 1911 he became the first heavyweight to win the Lonsdale Belt, which had been introduced for British champions at all weights in 1909. Wells, who stood 6ft 3in tall and at his heaviest was 192lb, had joined the Royal Artillery as a gunner. Posted to Rawalpindi, he thrived in army boxing matches. He bought himself out of the army in 1910 and pursued a professional career in an era when the sport was immensely popular. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES 9. Bruce Woodcock (Record 39 fights, wins 35, wins by KO 31, losses 4) Bruce Woodcock, from Doncaster, was known as a skilled and aggressive boxer with a good punch, however his face was vulnerable to cuts and as the result of reopened cuts and he was small for a heavyweight, standing 6ft tall. Woodcock was the British and Empire heavyweight champion from 1945 to 1950, and was the European heavyweight champion 1946-1949. In July 1945, at White Hart Lane, Woodcock defeated the current champion Jack London to take the British and Empire heavyweight tiles. He then fought unsuccessfully for a world title in June 1950 against Lee Savold at White City in front of 50,000 spectators. In September 1945, Woodcock was ranked third in the world by The Ring magazine, behind Tami Mauriello and Jimmy Bivins. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES 8. Henry Cooper (Record 55 fights, wins 40, wins by KO 27, losses 14, draws 1) Sir Henry Cooper was renowned for the power of his left hook, known as “Enry’s ‘Ammer”, and his knockdown of the young Muhammad Ali in 1963. Cooper held the British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight titles several times throughout his career, making eight defences of the British crown. In 1966 he unsuccessfully challenged Ali for the world heavyweight championship. One of only four sportspeople to twice win the public vote for BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, and the only boxer to be awarded a knighthood. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES 7. Tommy Farr (Record 137 fights, wins 84, wins by KO 24, losses 34, draws 17) Thomas George Farr was from Clydach Vale and nicknamed “the Tonypandy Terror”. Moving up from light heavyweight in 1936 as champion of Wales, he won the British and Empire heavyweight championship on 15 March 1937. He challenged for the world title against Joe Louis in the same year and gave the great American one of the toughest fights of his career, hurting him numerous times and lasting the full 15 rounds on his way to a wide unanimous decision loss. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES 6. Joe Bugner (Record 83 fights, wins 69, wins by KO 43, Losses 13, Draws 1) József Kreul “Joe” Bugner was Hungarian-born but became a naturalized citizen of both Australia and the United Kingdom. Bugner and his family fled to Britain after the 1956 Soviet invasion and settled in England. Standing at 6ft 4ins tall, and weighing 220lbs, Bugner twice held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles and was a three-time European heavyweight champion. Defeated Henry Cooper, who retired afterwards. Ranked among the world’s top 10 heavyweights in the 1970s, he fought greats such as Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. He fought for the world heavyweight championship in 1975, losing on points in a second bout with Ali. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES 5. Bob Fitzsimmons (Record 99 fights, wins 68, wins by KO 59, losses 8, draws 4, no contests 19) Robert James “Bob” Fitzsimmons was born in Cornwall and made boxing history as the sport’s first three-division world champion. Although Fitzsimmons emigrated to Australia, he is claimed as a British fighter. He achieved fame for beating Gentleman Jim Corbett, the man who beat John L. Sullivan and is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the lightest heavyweight champion. Considered one of the hardest punchers in boxing history, Ring Magazine has ranked Fitzsimmons as No. 8 on its 100 greatest punchers of all time. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES 4. David Haye (Record 29 fights, wins 27, wins by KO 25, losses 2) Won world championships in two weight classes. Haye was the first British boxer to reach the final of the World Amateur Boxing Championships, where he won a silver medal in 2001. He became the first British boxer to become a unified cruiserweight world champion in 2008, winning three out of the four major world titles, as well as The Ring magazine title. Moving up to heavyweight he became the WBA champion in 2009 after defeating 7ft tall Nikolai Valuev, who was seven stones heavier. Along with Evander Holyfield, Haye is one of only two boxers to have unified the cruiserweight world titles and become a world heavyweight champion. CREDIT: ACTION IMAGES 3. Frank Bruno (Record 45 fights, wins 40, wins by KO 38, losses 5) Franklin Roy “Frank” Bruno, stood 6ft 3ins tall, won the WBC and European heavyweight titles, and faced multiple world champions including Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. Bruno won the WBC heavyweight title in 1995, defeating Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium, his fourth world title attempt. Known for his punch power, he had a 95 per cent knockout rate from the fights he won. Like Sir Henry Cooper before him, Bruno was one of the most popular boxers with the British public. CREDIT: TELEGRAPH 2. Tyson Fury (Record 25 fights, wins 25, wins by KO 18, losses 0) Tyson Fury used all of his 6ft 9ins to win the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring magazine unified heavyweight champion, after defeating long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. Klitschko had gone unbeaten for nine-and-a-half years, the taller Fury bamboozling the Ukrainian by out-moving and out-jabbing him. Fury was subsequently stripped of the IBF title for being unable to grant a fight to the IBF mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov, due to agreeing to a rematch with Klitschko. CREDIT: ACTION IMAGES 1. Lennox Lewis (Record 44 fights, wins 41, wins by KO 32, losses 2, draws 1) The greatest British heavyweight in history, and the champion who set a new template for the rise of the ‘super-heavyweight champion’. Standing 6ft 5ins tall with an 85in reach, the huge man was a fighter, but also a modern athlete, with all the boxing skills, movement, footwork and power. Undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, the best heavyweight of the last 25 years and the leading heavyweight in an era of great tests. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES Source – telegraph Place your ad here Loading... See more Previous article New Twitter Calculator Tells You How Much You Can Earn Per Tweet Next article Restaurants Are Now Taking The Uber Route Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.