The 10 greatest welterweights of all time

Tony Connolly, with his weekly column, this week asks Birmingham Mail boxing journalistic legend Mike Lockley to name the 10 greatest welterweights of all time


Possibly the greatest boxer Britain has produced. Born Gershon Mendeloff, The Kid fought 238 times from 1909 to 1929 – and in pretty much every weight division, writes Mike Lockley.

Lewis was successful in America where he and arch-rival Jack Britton took it in turns to take possession of the title belt.

They met an incredible 20 times, the pair even played cards together before contests.

Ted Kid Lewis


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  • So Mike Lockley thinks that Manny and Mayweather should be in the top 10 but that the likes of Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran and Wilfred Benitez shouldn’t be – ridiculous!

    He also lists fighters that he could only have seen the merest fraction of their careers on film, if any at all – for these he’s essentially regurgitating older boxing writer’s and historian’s opinions rather than really his own.
    However he’s not the only one – there are many fans today who accept SRR to be the best boxer of all-time without seeing even one of his fights, many others do the same after seeing less than 20% of his 199 pro fights.


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