Famous British Boxers

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Tyson Fury
(British Professional Boxer and Two-Time World Heavyweight Champion)
Tyson Fury
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Birthdate: August 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wythenshawe, Manchester, England

A 2-time world heavyweight champion, British Tyson Fury has had an undefeated run in his 32 matches, with 31 wins and 1 unlucky draw in a match against Deontay Wilder. He has also released a bestselling memoir, Behind The Mask, and was named to the Forbes list of the World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2020.

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Amir Khan
(British Former Professional Boxer and the Youngest Boxing Olympic Medalist in 2004)
Amir Khan
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Birthdate: December 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bolton, England
British boxer Amir Khan is best known for his WBA, WBA (Super) and IBF Light Welterweight wins. His silver at the 2004 Olympics made him the youngest British Olympic medalist. An avid philanthropist, he owns a non-profit. He also co-owns the Super Fight League (MMA) and Super Boxing League.
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Dillian Whyte
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Birthdate: April 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Antonio, Jamaica

Born in Jamaica, Dillian Whyte moved with his family to the UK as a 12-year-old. Initially a British kickboxing champion, he later moved on to boxing. He was banned for 2 years for consuming a banned drug. He apparently had his first child at age 13, becoming one of the world’s youngest fathers.

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Chris Eubank
(British Former Professional Boxer Best Known for His World Title Contests against 'Michael Watson' and 'Nigel Benn')
Chris Eubank
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Birthdate: August 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dulwich, London, England

British boxer Chris Eubank has been ranked the third-best super-middleweight boxer of all time in Britain. Initially raised in Jamaica, he later returned to Britain but lived amid poverty and battled drug and alcohol addiction, till he stepped into boxing, inspired by his elder brothers.

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Anthony Joshua
(British Boxer and Two-Time Former Unified World Heavyweight Champion)
Anthony Joshua
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Birthdate: October 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Widely regarded as one of the best active boxers in the world, Anthony Joshua is the first British heavyweight to win both a major world title and an Olympic gold medal. Having avoided a life of crime, Joshua focused solely on boxing; his rags to riches story serves as an inspiration. He is one of the most influential Black Britons.

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Chris Eubank Jr.
(British Professional Boxer and Former WBA Interim Middleweight Champion (2015, 2021))
Chris Eubank Jr.
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Birthdate: September 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hove, East Sussex, England

The son of renowned British boxer Chris Eubank, Chris Eubank Jr. is a star the middleweight and super-middleweight categories. He moved to the US at age 16 and began his amateur boxing career there. He once revealed he cried the entire day when he learned of his brother Sebastian’s death.

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Billy Joe Saunders
(The First Boxer from the Travelling Community to Win World Championships in Two Weight Classes)
Billy Joe Saunders
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Birthdate: August 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England

Born into a Romani traveling community, Billy Joe Saunders is the great-grandson of popular bare-knuckle boxer Absolom Beeney. The British boxer has competed in the Olympics and has been a EU and Commonwealth welterweight champion. He has also been in the news for brawls and behavioral issues.

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Frank Bruno
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Frank Bruno
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Birthdate: November 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England

Former boxer Frank Bruno, known by his nickname True Brit, is best known for his 1995 WBC title win against Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium. In December 2021, he took to social media to debunk a death hoax targeting him. He has also released chartbusting cover versions and appeared on various TV shows.

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Lenny McLean
(British Unlicensed Boxer and Bouncer Who Was Known as 'The Hardest Man in ritain')
Lenny McLean
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Birthdate: April 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hoxton, London, England
Died: July 28, 1998

Better known by his nickname, The Guv’nor, boxer Lenny McLean had also been a nightclub bouncer and was held in high regard by the criminal world. He had even served prison time for petty crimes. While he participated in unlicensed boxing for money, he later turned to acting.

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Ricky Hatton
(One of the Most Beloved and Popular British Boxers of All Time)
Ricky Hatton
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Birthdate: October 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockport, Greater Manchester, England

Known as British boxing’s golden boy, Ricky Hatton has been both a light-welterweight and welterweight world champion. His popularity has earned him nicknames such as The Manchester Mexican and The Hitman. He now owns a boxing promotion firm, contributes to children’s charitable causes, and has also been a successful trainer.

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Carl Froch
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Carl Froch
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Birthdate: July 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nottingham, England

Sky Sports analyst and commentator and former boxer Carl Froch is known for his World Championship bronze and his double English National Championship gold wins, all in the middleweight category. Though he initially loved football, too, he eventually chose boxing as a career option. He is also publicly a flat-Earther.

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Nigel Benn
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Nigel Benn
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Birthdate: January 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ilford, East London, England

Known as The Dark Destroyer, boxer Nigel Benn has been both a middleweight and a super-middleweight world champion. He had also previously been part of the British Army in West Germany and Northern Ireland. He is also known for his rivalry with fellow British boxer Chris Eubank.

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Kell Brook
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Kell Brook
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Birthdate: May 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheffield, England

Kell Brook is an English professional boxer who held the International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight title between 2014 and 2017. Brook, who had also held the British welterweight title between 2008 and 2010, was named the best active welterweight in the world by The Ring magazine in May 2017.

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Callum Smith
(British Professional Boxer)
Callum Smith
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Birthdate: April 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Boxer Callum Smith not only has a GB Championship gold and a Commonwealth silver in his kitty but has also been the WBA super middleweight champion thrice. The youngest of the Smith boxing brothers, Callum is also known by his nickname Mundo, inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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Tommy Fury
(Boxer)
Tommy Fury
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Birthdate: May 7, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manchester, England
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George Groves
(British Former Professional Boxer)
George Groves
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Birthdate: March 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hammersmith, West London, England

Former British boxer George Groves has been a WBA super middleweight champion and won the British, European, and Commonwealth titles too. Since his retirement at age 30, he has focused on his career as a TV and radio boxing commentator and a motivational speaker. He is also a Wasserman advisor.

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Danny Williams
(British Professional Boxer)
Danny Williams
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Birthdate: July 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brixton, London, England

Best known for his surprise victory against boxing legend Mike Tyson in 2004, former boxer Danny Williams has won countless heavyweight titles, such as the Commonwealth and the British titles. Known to his fans as the Brixton Bomber, he retired in late 2020 owing to health concerns.

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Liam Smith
(British Professional Boxer and Former WBO Light-Middleweight Champion)
Liam Smith
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Birthdate: July 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England

Part of the Smith family of boxers, Liam Smith believes boxing saved him from getting into street fights as a rowdy teenager. The former WBO light-middleweight champion also once held the Commonwealth title. He once made headlines for refusing to shake hands with his opponent Anthony Fowler in a press conference.

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Naseem Hamed
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Naseem Hamed
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Birthdate: February 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

Known for his quirky ring entrances, such as entering in a palanquin or wearing a Halloween mask, former British boxer Naseem Hamed is also famous for his signature southpaw style. Known as the best featherweight from Britain, he has held numerous titles, such as the WBO and the WBC.

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Trevor Goddard
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Kano’ in the Martial Arts Action Film ‘Mortal Kombat’)
Trevor Goddard
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Birthdate: October 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England
Died: June 7, 2003

Apart from being an actor, best known for the film Mortal Kombat and the series JAG, Trevor Goddard had also been a talented light heavyweight boxer. He also played cricket and football in his youth. He died of an accidental drug overdose at age 40, in his North Hollywood home.

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David Price
(Heavyweight boxer who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics)
David Price
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Birthdate: July 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Best known for winning a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, former boxer David Price has also been a 3-time English National champion, a Commonwealth champion, and a EU champion. He retired at age 38, announcing the news on social media, after being inactive for a couple of years.

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Henry Cooper
(British Heavyweight Boxer Best Remembered for His Fight Against Muhammad Ali)
Henry Cooper
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Birthdate: May 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: May 1, 2011

One of Britain’s greatest heavyweight boxers, Henry Cooper was known for his signature move, the left hook known as Enry's 'Ammer. Known for his warm personality, he was liked even by his opponents. He almost won against Muhammad Ali in 1963 and 1966. He remains the only boxer to be knighted.

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Tony Bellew
(British Former Professional Boxer and Former WBC Cruiserweight Champion (2016 - 2017))
Tony Bellew
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Birthdate: November 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Former boxer Tony Bellew has been a WBC cruiserweight champion and is also a 3-time amateur English National champion. The biracial boxer has also been part of the reality show Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins and has also portrayed Ricky Conlan in the American sports drama Creed.

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James DeGale
(British Former Professional Boxer )
James DeGale
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Birthdate: February 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith, West London, England

Best known for his gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, former boxer James DeGale had also won a Commonwealth bronze and 2 EU silver medals in the middleweight division. In 2021, he took to Instagram to announce that his home had been burgled and his Olympic medal had been stolen.

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David Haye
(British Former Professional Boxer)
David Haye
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Birthdate: October 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

Former British boxer David Haye, or The Haymaker, was a WBA world heavyweight and world cruiserweight champion. He is best remembered for his record-breaking WBA title win against Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev, who was both taller and heavier than him. He owns a boxing promotion firm and a vegan protein brand.

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Michael Watson
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Michael Watson
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Birthdate: March 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England

Former Commonwealth middleweight champion Michael Watson had started boxing at age 14. A near-fatal brain injury in a fight against Chris Eubank in 1991 left him in a coma for 40 days. Though he recovered later, he never went back to the ring and won damages worth almost £1 million for the mishap.

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Daniel Dubois
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Birthdate: September 6, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England
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Audley Harrison
(British Former Professional Boxer )
Audley Harrison
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Birthdate: October 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England

Apart from winning a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, boxer Audley Harrison also earned a Commonwealth gold. Initially a street criminal, he was also once jailed for robbery. After serving his sentence, he not only excelled in boxing, but also earned degrees in leisure management and sports science.

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Rocky Fielding
(British Professional Boxer)
Rocky Fielding
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Birthdate: August 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England

Rocky Fielding is a British boxer who held the WBA super-middleweight title in 2018. Fielding held the Commonwealth super-middleweight titles on two occasions between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, he also held the British super-middleweight title.

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Conor Benn
(Boxer)
Conor Benn
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Birthdate: September 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England
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Joe Joyce
(Boxer)
Joe Joyce
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Birthdate: September 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
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Hughie Fury
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Birthdate: September 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
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Gary Stretch
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Birthdate: November 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St Helens, United Kingdom

Initially a light middleweight boxer, Gary Stretch had even earned a WBC title and fought against legends such as Chris Eubank. He later focused on modeling and then stepped into acting, appearing in films such as Dead Man's Shoes and Freebird. A ladies’ man, he is now married to actor/model Roselyn Sánchez

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Luke Campbell
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Luke Campbell
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Birthdate: September 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Olympic gold medal-winning British boxer Luke Campbell also has a European Championship gold and a World Championship silver in his kitty. The Hull-born lightweight champion retired in 2021, at age 33. He had once hidden the news of his father’s death and competed in a game days later.

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Dereck Chisora
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Birthdate: December 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mbare, Harare

Famous for his numerous heavyweight titles, including the British, the Commonwealth, and the European titles, boxer Dereck Chisora is known to his fans by his nickname, Del Boy. In late 2021, he dismissed all rumors of retirement via social media after his defeat to New Zealand boxer Joseph Parker.

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Joe Bugner
(British-Australian Former Heavyweight Boxer and Actor)
Joe Bugner
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Birthdate: March 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Szőreg, Hungary

Though born in Hungary, boxer Joe Bugner later gained citizenships of Australia and the UK, too. Known for fighting bouts against the likes of Muhammad Ali, he also won the European heavyweight championship. He later gained popularity as an actor, too, with films such as Street Fighter.

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Josh Warrington
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Birthdate: November 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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Martin Murray
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Martin Murray
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Birthdate: September 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St Helens, Merseyside, England

Martin Murray is an English retired boxer who competed between 2007 and 2020. From 2011 to 2014, Murray held the World Boxing Association (WBA) interim middleweight title. Between 2010 and 2012, he held the Commonwealth and British middleweight titles.

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Savannah Marshall
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Birthdate: May 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hartlepool, County Durham, England
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Viddal Riley
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Birthdate: July 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England
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Michael Bentt
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Birthdate: September 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East Dulwich, London, England

One of the most successful amateur boxers in the US, Michael Bentt earned countless medals, including a World Cup bronze and a North American Championship gold. Following his retirement, he joined Northampton College and also stepped into acting, with memorable roles in films such as Ali.

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Scott Quigg
(Former British Professional Boxer)
Scott Quigg
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Birthdate: October 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bury, Greater Manchester, England
Former boxer Scott Quigg stepped into the boxing arena as a child Muay Thai boxer and is known for winning titles such as the WBA (Regular) super-bantamweight title. He quit boxing after losing to Jono Carroll at the Manchester Arena in 2020.
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Lawrence Okolie
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Birthdate: December 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England
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Alan Minter
(Britih Professional Boxer and Olympic Bronze Medalist)
Alan Minter
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Birthdate: August 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Penge, Bromley, London, England
Died: September 9, 2020

British boxer and middleweight world champion Alan Minter is best remembered for his bronze-winning performance at the 1972 Munich Olympics and his trademark southpaw move. His boxing career began with an undefeated stint of 11 matches. The boxing legend died at age 69 after a long battle with cancer.

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Anthony Crolla
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Birthdate: November 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, England
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Bartley Gorman
(Boxer, Traveller)
Bartley Gorman
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Birthdate: March 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nottingham, England
Died: January 18, 2002
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Anthony Ogogo
(British Professional Wrestler and Former Professional Boxer)
Anthony Ogogo
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Birthdate: November 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Apart from winning a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, former middleweight boxer Anthony Ogogo has also bagged a Commonwealth Games silver. Now a wrestler, he represents All Elite Wrestling. Popular on TV, too, he teamed up with Oti Mabuse to appear on the dance reality show Strictly Come Dancing.

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Nicola Adams
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Nicola Adams
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Birthdate: October 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leeds, England

Retired British boxer Nicola Adams scripted history as the first female boxer to earn an Olympic gold and retain the gold at the following Olympic event. Openly lesbian, she is also an LGBT icon. Though shortlisted for Strictly Come Dancing, she withdrew after her partner tested COVID-positive.

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Johnny Nelson
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Birthdate: January 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
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Bob Fitzsimmons
(British Professional Boxer Who was the Sport’s First Three-Division World Champion)
Bob Fitzsimmons
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Birthdate: May 26, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Helston, England
Died: October 22, 1917

British boxer Bob Fitzsimmons initially spent a lot of time in his family’s blacksmith’s forge in New Zealand, thus later earning the nickname The Fighting Blacksmith. He later scripted history as the first boxer to win world titles in three categories, the middleweight, the light-heavyweight, and the heavyweight divisions.