Issue | Opinion | Premium | Oct 29 2019

10 of the best champions from Manchester

To celebrate Anthony Crolla’s final fight this weekend, here are 10 of the best champions to have emerged from Manchester

1. Ricky Hatton
Hatton spent years defending a fringe title in sold-out Manchester arenas and then had the night of his life against IBF super-lightweight champion Kostya Tszyu in 2005. He later added the WBA title to his collection – as well as one at welterweight – and would, at his best, lose only to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

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2. Tyson Fury
Larger-than-life Fury came of age in 2015 when he travelled to Germany to shock long-reigning world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. He left with his belts but would never defend them. More recently Fury held Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, to a draw.

3. Scott Quigg
Quigg became British super-bantamweight champion in 2011 and then the following year got his hands on the WBA title. He managed six defences of the belt before Carl Frampton, the IBF champion, snatched it in a dull fight in Manchester.


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