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10 of Britain’s most successful veteran boxers

Martin Murray
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Ten notable current British pro boxers aged 35 and over
  1. RICKY BURNS (37)
    Technically talented and as tough as nails, popular Coatbridge warrior Burns has claimed versions of the world title at three different weights – from super-featherweight through to super-lightweight.
  2. MARTIN MURRAY (38)
    Another gritty fighter with sound technical skills, St Helens’ Murray has fought for world honours on five separate occasions – three times at middleweight and twice at super-middleweight.
  3. DERECK CHISORA (36)
    One of British boxing’s most colourful and controversial characters, unpredictable Finchley heavyweight Chisora is an ex-WBC title challenger and long-time contender on the world scene.
  4. JOE JOYCE (35)
    The man of the moment and reigning British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight king, Putney’s Joyce is coming off a stunning knockout victory over the previously unbeaten Daniel Dubois.
  5. STEPHEN SMITH (35)
    A former two-weight British titlist and IBF super-featherweight title contestant, Liverpool’s “Swifty” – one of the famous fighting Smith brothers – has mixed with some noteworthy names.
  6. DAVID PRICE (37)
    A huge hitter but vulnerable defensively, giant Liverpudlian Price has provided excitement aplenty over the years. The affable hulk is a past British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion.
  7. BRIAN ROSE (35)
    Boasting fine fundamentals and an abundance of heart, Blackpool’s Rose won the coveted Lonsdale Belt outright at super-welterweight, before later challenging for the WBO championship.
  8. ASHLEY THEOPHANE (40)
    Paddington’s globetrotting Theophane has never been afraid to fight on the road. A previous WBA super-lightweight title challenger, he has shared a ring with the likes of Danny Garcia and Adrien Broner.
  9. CALLUM JOHNSON (35)
    Hailing from Boston in Lincolnshire, the heavy-handed Johnson powered his way to British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight belts, prior to giving fearsome IBF ruler Artur Beterbiev a scare.
  10. BOB AJISAFE (35)
    Always an awkward and dangerous opponent, Leeds’ tricky Ajisafe has formerly held British and Commonwealth straps in the light-heavyweight division.

    Ashley Theophane was defeated in his farewell fight by Sam Eggington. Read more here

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