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Crashing Dashing Kid

I try not to comment these days and all lists are subjective but this list fails to accept the consensus of those who actually saw some of the old time fighters in their prime. My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that some fighters here are ranked too low and others fighters have been carelessly overlooked. My list reads. Also we must recognise that some fighters on the list were never undisputed:
1. Ted Kid Lewis – fought the best available opposition during his era from featherweight to light-heavyweight Carpentier, Glover, Leonard, Britton, Gibbons. He was rated the best british fighter those who should know; Fleischer, Dempsey, Berg, Gutteridge, Carpenter & by the British Boxing Writers
2. Jimmy Wilde – missed top spot due to the uneven quality of opposition he faced. Sure he gave away weight but always had speed and experience on his side. Wilde was unbeatable in his prime at his weight but Kid Lewis fought the better quality of opposition & gave away home advantage, home refereeing too.
3. Bob Fitzsimmons – won the heavyweight title, light heavyweight title and the middleweight title against all time greats. Like Ted Kid Lewis he fought on way beyond his prime primarily to earn his daily bread but won his titles when each championship was undisputed.
4. Lennox Lewis – he beat every man he ever faced and was the most avoided heavyweight of the modern era. Tyson paid millions to avoid him and Bowe dumped the WBC belt rather than face Lewis. The knock that Holyfield was past it when he faced Lewis ignores the fact that they were about the same age when they did fight and that Lewis gave up home advantages in those fights and had to contend with US referees and some suspect judging.
5. Joe Calzaghe – this modern great should rate higher but he avoided US soil for too long, defending the WBO title from Europe. Still he managed to beat Jones, Hopkins, Kessler, Eubank & Lacy at a time when Lacy was a feared fighter.
6. Benny Lynch – missed off the EB list but though his rule was short, we saw enough to recognise that this man had it all, style, power, experience and toughness during the golden age of Flyweights.
7. Jackie Kid Berg – another who fought on too long but we should remember he beat a prime Kid Chocolate, handing him his first loss and also fought the best Americans in the US
8. Ken Buchanan – Duran was once asked who his toughest opponent was. He snarled back “Buchanan”. Nuff said.
9. Ricky Hatton – overlooked already but this light welterweight was a force of nature in his prime and only lost to two of the greatest fighters of all time in Mayweather and Pacquiao. Forced to fight at welterweight where the big money was but won world crowns at two weights and was a success in the USA.
10. Randy Turpin – beat Sugar Ray and was ahead in the second fight too until the maestro stormed back in the 10th. That alone gets you on this list.

Fighters who lost out but I’d accept anyone’s decision that they replace anyone on the bottom half of my list:
Nigel Benn: beat the unbeatable GMAN and was a success in the US until he became avoided.
Owen Moran: just came up short a couple of times when most neutrals thought he’s won but chased the best the world over
Jim Driscoll: best featherweight of his time but refused to chase the title at a time when the champ was cheat

Fighters who harmed their legacy by either avoiding the best, refusing to fight in the US or Unify: Hamed, Welsh & Eubank.

Posted April 28, 2013 7:42 am 

Neil (pomy)

I still dont understand how people can rate fighters they have never even watched?

Posted August 7, 2012 11:14 am 

Neil (pomy)

So Bwen Johnson was born in West Ham London and lived there until he was 12 years old ….. i did not know that!!!! Ben Johnson muct be British aswell then

Posted August 7, 2012 6:22 am 


Neil… most of the time i agree with your Post/veiws…. But Joe C wanted to fight the best?? Well Lacy…. Yes …. Kessler… Yes but an over the hill Roy Jones and B’hop…. more like past there best!!

Posted August 7, 2012 4:17 am 


Between the wars: In no order.
Len Harvey.
Eric Boon/Arthur Danahar.
Peter Kane.
Jackie Brown.
Ernie Roderick.
Tommy Farr.
Benny Lynch.
Jock McAvoy.

Posted August 7, 2012 2:55 am 


:Shane…..the truth is a bitter pill for some to swallow

Posted August 6, 2012 8:04 pm 


Sorry corbet was a mistake.

Posted August 6, 2012 7:59 pm 


In my mind, pre World war I happens to be.
Bob Fitzsimmons.
Jimmy Wilde.
Freddie Welsh.
Charlie Mitchell.
Billy Edwards.
Jem Mace.
Tom Allen
Jim Carney
Billy Wells.

Matt Wells.
James J.Corbett.

Posted August 6, 2012 7:58 pm 

Kid Blast

Neil (pomey) has the beat

Posted August 6, 2012 4:14 pm 

Kid Blast

No Calzaghe, how ridiculous !!

Posted August 6, 2012 4:13 pm 

Kid Blast


Posted August 6, 2012 4:12 pm 


McGuigan was British champion

Posted August 6, 2012 3:33 pm 


This new ESB stinks! Where all the British posters attacking me! I goaded them good here but noone is here! It used to be fun guys but it looks to be the past, I shall miss going back and forth throwing out posts that get some knickers bunched up! :sad:

Posted August 6, 2012 3:15 pm 


Lewis is the most overrated fighter of recent date. He got KTFO with ONE punch TWICE by C level fighters. Went life and death with a shot old Holyfield almost losing the rematch and took 8 rounds to beat a shot to complete pieces Tyson. His biggest wins came from shot fighters way past their best. Rest of the list looks good and Calzaghe was left off the list the same reason Lewis should have been. Best wins are ALL fighters past their best or never were’s. :cool:

Posted August 6, 2012 2:33 pm 

limey jay

Bikermike ….Lennox was born in east London where he lived till he was
Twelve, before he went to live in your great country……..I have four boys at 15 yrs and under…..if I move to China, it don’t make em Chinese, they will always be English….you might wish he was Canadian,and the Jamaicans might wish he were Jamaican, but he ain’t he,s from London, which makes him British…….you can have Bute…….that’s a fair deal. :wink:

Posted August 6, 2012 2:00 pm 

boxing barlow

Nah thats crap mate. Being british is a way of life. I can understand the Lewis is not British stuff as where he is ‘really’ from is clouded by the Canada thing. But guys like Haye are a part of British culture now.

Posted August 6, 2012 12:37 pm 

boxing barlow

Agreed! Eubank was a good fighter but Calzaghe was really something special

Posted August 6, 2012 12:32 pm 


“Minus Lewis”?? haha you mug!

Posted August 6, 2012 11:34 am 


Lennox Lewis is about as British as Ben Johnson is Canadian….
I was surprised that Sir ‘Enry wasn’t mentioned…and I agree Calzaghe should be there as well…….
but the fighters listed(minus Lewis) are worthy and noble warriors….absofknlutely

Posted August 6, 2012 10:38 am 


Jimmy Wilde? Did anyone look at his record? After more than 80 fights he fought a guy with a 0-4 record. His whole record is padded with guys like this.

Posted August 6, 2012 9:33 am 

Neil (pomy)

… Good fighter but not on Calzaghes level.

Posted August 6, 2012 9:26 am 

Neil (pomy)

The best British fighter I have seen in the 25 years of following the sport ….. is Calzaghe (followed closely by Lennox Lewis)

Posted August 6, 2012 9:22 am 

Tyson G

Calzaghe should be ranked no. 3 – crazy he is not even mentioned.

Posted August 6, 2012 9:21 am 

Neil (pomy)

I cant agree with that. When Eubank fought Calzaghe, Calzaghe was green and had never been 12 rounds. Calzaghe beat the best of his division and was dominant. Eubank and Benn were satisfied with just fighting their domestic rivals and dodgey, sub-standard challengers ….. especially Eubank with the Dan Cherrys of this world. Both Benn and Eubank had great careers but were never interested in fighting the likes of Roy Jones and James Toney. I think the difference is that Calzaghe wanted to fight the very best …. Benn and Eubank were not so bothered.

Posted August 6, 2012 9:21 am 


Hatton is always underated by boxing fans and is a top ten brit but again if we look at facts he beat the great Tzsyu and only lost to the 2 best our generation. Before someone starts he never lost to Collazo (look at the score) and it was a close fight that was ultimately decided by the 1st round knock down.

Posted August 6, 2012 8:48 am 


Also Reid and Hopkins did not beat him did they even if you think they did? I had him winning clearly vs B-Hop (unless you think holding and running the second half of the fight does it) and also had him just squeaking past Reid. Before you accuse me of being a fan boy I was at the Reid vs Calzaghe fight and as an Englishman was rooting for Robin all the way, Reid hit Joe with some superb right hand counters but as was often the case he was not quite active enough to take the decision and Calzaghe not at his best did his usual thing of keeping going until the final bell.

Posted August 6, 2012 8:40 am 


Simon that is an opinion so can never be fact, the fact is that when they did fight Joe won and he was still green, in my opinion a prime Calzaghe (vs Lacy) would have beaten any Eubank but its only an opinion surely lists like this should be based on facts. The fact is Joe was an undefeated 2 weight world champion which trumps any British supermiddle including Eubank and Benn. I would also have Benn above Eubank but he did lose one and draw one against the Brighton man.

Posted August 6, 2012 8:37 am 


P.S Eubank at his sharpest would’ve beaten Calzaghe inside the distance. The punches he let off against Benn (x2) and Watson (x2), Joe would not absorb and Chris would throw and land more right hands than ever against the wide open [to that punch] Calzaghe.

Posted August 6, 2012 8:30 am 


I totally agree on exclusion of Calzaghe -Eubank was unsharp, Lacy was overrated, and Hopkins/Jones were 15 yrs past their best. Reid and Hopkins beat him.

However, having Eubank over Benn on greatness is sac religious. Disgrace. Benn went to USA to take out DeWitt and Barkley, both gave Tommy H fits and Benn stormed them. G-Man stormed Julian Jackson twice and Benn takes him. Benn takes the W.B.C belt- far more predigious than a WBO cardboard belt at the time, he also clearly beat Chris in the rematch.

Posted August 6, 2012 8:29 am 


I am actually agreeing with you and to say we are German or French was more in sarcasm. If you want to be silly we are all Ethiopan as that is the birthplace of man (scientists say). If you feel you are British you are British no matter what your ancestry, for instance I am British or to go one further English but only 2 generations back my family come from County Cork (Eire) but I do not feel one bit Irish (ok maybe on Paddys night after a few Guniness)

Posted August 6, 2012 8:26 am 


Very good point, as per my previous post someones nationality should really be down to them if they feel British they are British. To say otherwise is ridiculous as ultimately Brits can be traced back to Saxon (German) and Norman (French) people’s does that mean we are not British.

Posted August 6, 2012 8:23 am 


What utter BS we are all Saxon and Norman by descent so are all German or French. They don’t come more British than Frank Bruno someones nationality should be decided by them not someone else if you think you are British then you are British!

Posted August 6, 2012 8:19 am 


You can hate Calzaghe all you like but he belongs on this list (near the top I would say) and whilst you may criticise his comp he fought all available oponents and beat every single one being a 2 weight world champ. This has to put him above fighters with multiple losses who never won a world title. Also this sway towards old timers whilst admirable is foolish, rose tinted bollocks as the game was far more corrupt back then (throwing fights for money all the time) with newspaper decisions often completely disputed, we also have virtually no footage of the fights!

Posted August 6, 2012 8:05 am 


Wilde and Calzaghe….the two best boxers in British boxing history….both Welsh :grin:

Posted August 6, 2012 8:01 am 


bob fitzsimmons lived in new zealand not australia. just so you know.

Posted August 6, 2012 7:02 am 

Neil (pomy)

what utter bollocks!!!!! Yet another white-supremist trying to hi-jack ESB.

Posted August 6, 2012 6:59 am 

Neil (pomy)

actually it is a decent list …. but to exclude Clazaghe and include Eubank seems weird to me.

Posted August 6, 2012 6:57 am 

Neil (pomy)

Eubank over Calzaghe? Not for me. If Eubanks makes this list then it is rediculus not to have Calzaghe in too.

Posted August 6, 2012 6:52 am 


McGuigan was Irish

Posted August 6, 2012 6:20 am 


Lloyd Honeyghan, John Conteh or McGuigan maybe ? Whilst i can appreciate the old timers fighting quite often i can’t understand the amount of no-decisions they have on their records Ted Lewis has 65 of them what the hell was happening in those fights !

Posted August 6, 2012 5:34 am 

gaz richards

my thoughts exactly

Posted August 6, 2012 5:05 am 


:shock: :shock: Where’s Lord Audley :?: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Posted August 6, 2012 4:38 am 


Half or more of Britain’s modern boxing champions are of Carribean descent.

In the eighties, Britain’s middleweight scene was in fact Jamaica’s middle championship.

Let’s not act as if Lennox, Benn, Eubank, Watson, Bruno, Mason, etc trully reflect the physical state of the UK.

They were all great champions, but still…

That’s like saying Cubans are American, if Cuba was part of the USA, like Puerto Rico does.

Posted August 6, 2012 4:23 am 


Nonsense. Calzaghe never fought the bets. What BS. Hopkins was 43 when they fought and despite still being relevent, fact is Hopkins was OLD AND PAST PRIME. Hopkins lost twice to Taylor and was just bested by Dawson, so quick high output fighters have bested Hopkins since hes turned 40. The Roy Jones fight was a Farse as Jones was so far gone as to not even be considered himself. There are two Jones, pre Ruiz and post Ruiz. Calzaghe fought a shell. calzaghe also cought Eubank at the end of his Career.

Comparing Calzaghe to older fighters who went to war on a monthly basis is not fair. He was a good south paw who was carefuly steered by Frank Warren and who only fought when he had a hometown advantage or when his opponent was on the downslide and no longer considered a major threat. Kessler is his only true impressive win but considering the way Kessler was destroyed by Ward and nearly (some say WAS) bested by Froch, im not so sure how good kessler is agaisnt top flight fighters either

Posted August 6, 2012 4:16 am 


Calzaghe was born in London. Doesn’t that make him British? :mrgreen:

Posted August 6, 2012 3:51 am 


I agree.

Posted August 6, 2012 3:05 am 


“Now that Welsh fighters…”?! This Welsh being British isn’t some recent bit gerrymandering. There is no reason or precedent for the Welsh not to be included. It’s a simple geographical fact. Great Britain is the largest island of the British Isles; Wales, along with England and Scotland, occupies part of it. The British Isles with Northern Island make up the UK. In fact, the Welsh would probably argue that thanks to their Celtic heritage they are the most British residents of the UK.

Posted August 6, 2012 2:59 am 

Swedish Boxing Fan

No Frank Bruno? Mabey not the greatest european fighter but he was a very loved champion from brittain and more loved then several names here on the list so he should have been included.

Posted August 6, 2012 2:50 am 


Not too bad an article this. However it really needs to be broken into pre & post WW II or weight divisions. All the Joe C lovers are a bit dilusioned if they believe he deserves a place on this list. Post war yes. UK top 10 of all time, no chance.

Posted August 6, 2012 1:47 am 


No Calzaghe? Excellent list!

Posted August 6, 2012 1:17 am 


What about Dave Charnley? Henry Cooper?

Posted August 6, 2012 12:59 am 


Now that Welsh fighters are included to represent the UK (most likely because it would look bad to EXCLUDE them when they qualify and you are hosting the olympics) they are doing well. I’m surprised how many fighters from Wales do so well when you consider the tiny population and percentage of population in relation to the entire UK

Posted August 5, 2012 8:19 pm 


Before arguing the technicality of Wales/Britain and whether Wales fighters should be included remember the following:
Freddie Welsh was born in Wales. he fought his early fights in PA, and I imagine grew up there or nearby as many Welsh Americans settled there possibly due to the mining work similar to in Wales. (like my family’s historical background)
Jimmy Wilde of course also was Welsh.
Joe Calzaghe who beat numerous former and current at the time world champions included fighters who are STILL relevant contenders, who never lost since a kid, who earned the right to represent Wales(UK) in the olympics but was passed over because of British favoratism, weight class issues, who unified the titles, held them for over a decade, never dodged but still beat Hopkins, and Jones, as well as Ottke, and who beat the great Eubanks who is on this list for some reason is not. He MADE the super middle weight division, will be compared to Ward who Will probably reign over the next years and is clearly the best SUPER MIDDLE fighter since it’s inception from the last 80’s till at least his 2008 retirement somehow STILL isn’t on this list.
It isn’t because Wales as a country was excluded.
It’s also amazing how well Joe did with terrible hands his second half of his career. Other fighters still couldn’t take advantage of it. Another 5 years or so of better hands and he would have had 40 plus KO’s instead of 32 which still isnt’ a bad percentage 69.5% when you have something like 22 championship level fights.
I wonder why people still won’t give him his credit when it’s clear he beat the best opponents that were around untill Ward and nobody has a genuine argument that they COULD beat him. Makes you wonder if the authors requirements are that you dominate for 30 YEARS or more, or maybe you have to beat the writers on his list 2 times. Or maybe if you don’t beat them in their primes although they duck you like Hopkins or just are much older like Chris then you can’t get the credit.
I respect the older fighters that did so many great things. But you can’t include Joe as a guy who ducked anyone even if the fight game changed. 0 losses, and being the best, and fighting the best still Trumps classic era boxers who fought 60-150 times and lost 5-20 times.

Posted August 5, 2012 8:17 pm 


Agree fully, Benn was explosive, and won by 2-3 rounds in the wasted rematch. Another robbery! Such a long list…

Posted August 5, 2012 8:16 pm 


astro, the name you’re thinking of is Audley, who I actually do want to end his career positively. Lennox was the best since Holmes ffs and probably would’ve taken him out fairly comfortably.

Posted August 5, 2012 8:11 pm 


Joe not being on the list is tragic, much like the new format of this site. All apologies, but I really am past struggling with it. Like the 2012 emblem, or my girlfriend telling me she’s a lesbian and I’m not invited to the party. Why ESB?

Posted August 5, 2012 8:07 pm 


Lennox was a joke.

Posted August 5, 2012 8:06 pm 

Limey jay

Buchanan is on the list fella.

Posted August 5, 2012 7:45 pm 


What about the great Ken Buchanan

Posted August 5, 2012 7:40 pm 

Limey jay

Funny old list, no joe c..? …..benn went stateside and took on the dangerous dogs, while Chris fought the dan sherry,s at home in his slippers…..nah benn above Chris all day long , I know this author likes his old timers, but a top ten uk fighters, has to have, benn , calzaghe, hatton, Lewis in it .

Posted August 5, 2012 7:37 pm 

The Pinoy Pikey

OK. The he belongs on that list. Before Turpin and Eubank.

Posted August 5, 2012 7:34 pm 


Errr wrong.. Calzaghe is Welsh, Wales is a Principality within Great Britain, which politically, is part of “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island”….

Posted August 5, 2012 7:28 pm 


Of course Calzaghe is British!

Posted August 5, 2012 7:23 pm 


Britain includes Wales, look it up

Posted August 5, 2012 7:22 pm 


No Calzaghe, how ridiculous !!

Posted August 5, 2012 7:21 pm 

The Pinoy Pikey

Calzaghe is from the UK but not British…That certainly has to be the reason, as I thought the same thing.

Posted August 5, 2012 7:17 pm 


I’d stick Benn in ahead of Eubank!

At least Benn had the balls to pack his bags, get on the road, beat fighters in their own back yard and tear their titles off them!

Weren’t DeWitt a P4P fighter when he beat him?

Posted August 5, 2012 7:16 pm 


So wheres Nigel Benn??

Posted August 5, 2012 7:04 pm 


No Calzaghe, but Eubank is in there? ESB shouldn’t allow this absurd crap as boxing ‘journalism.’.

Posted August 5, 2012 6:15 pm 

The Kingslayer

Eubank shouldn’t be in the top ten.

Posted August 5, 2012 6:10 pm 

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