"You weighed 168 pounds, you were beautiful—you could have been another Billy Conn," words from On the Waterfront and one of cinema's most indelible scenes.
Since Conn resigned the The Ring magazine light-heavyweight title in 1941, two British fighters have held that crown, with a third having a good claim to being the best in the world at the weight.
After the US, easily the dominant nation in light-heavyweight history, only Canada matches the British record of two champions thanks to the recent successes of Jean Pascal and the reigning king Adonis Stevenson.
Prior to the first The Ring champion, Maxie Rosenbloom in 1930, one Brit held global supremacy—Bob Fitzsimmons, whose reign lasted from 1903 to 1905.
Looking back at the holders of the British light-heavyweight championship, you find two fighters who were world champions at lower weights—the welterweight Ted "Kid" Lewis and the middleweight Randolph Turpin.
Neither Lewis nor Turpin really pursued international honours at light-heavyweight and therefore they aren't considered here.
The same goes for Fitzsimmons who, along with British light-heavyweight champions Jack Petersen and Don Cockell, is instead featured on our list of the top British heavyweights.
With those stipulations in place, here are the top 10 British light-heavyweights of all time.
All boxers' records and statistics from BoxRec.