Feature | Dec 28 2015

12 of the greatest foreign fighters to have fought in Great Britain

Some of the great fighters to have visited British shores
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JOHNNY TAPIA, Mikkel Kessler, Tim Bradley, Sergey Kovalev, Terence Crawford… these a just a few of the biggest names to have fought in Britain in recent years.

But if you delve deeper into British boxing’s rich history you’ll find some of the very best have plied their trade on these shores.

Going right back to 1927 and when the ‘Toy Bulldog’ Mickey Walker knocked out Scotland’s European champion, Tommy Milligan, in 10 rounds at Kensington’s Olympia, in the first defence of the world middleweight title he had controversially won from Tiger Flowers.

The great Ezzard Charles was disqualified in only the second round against Dick Richardson in 1956 at the famous Harringay Arena.

And in 1936 the brilliant Tommy Loughran dropped a decision to Tommy Farr at the Royal Albert Hall.

Here are 12 other greats to have battled in the arenas up and down Great Britain.

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