Ranking the 10 Best Fighters in Boxing History from the United Kingdom

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Ranking the 10 Best Fighters in Boxing History from the United Kingdom
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Few countries have contributed more to the rich history of boxing than the United Kingdom. From 17th-century pioneers like James Figg and Jack Broughton to early gloved-era champion Robert Fitzsimmons to modern stars like Naseem Hamed and Ricky Hatton, U.K. fighters have always played an important part on the international scene.

The rules themselves of the sport we love derive from the Marquess of Queensberry rules of the 1860s. To this day, the domestic boxing scene on the British Isles continues to flourish.

To select my list I have chosen only from fighters of the gloved era. There are at least a few major names who ended up omitted, but that merely speaks to the depth of the nation's boxing tradition.

 

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