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Top 10 British boxers in Telford

Joe Calzaghe
Daniel Dubois is following in the footsteps of these notable British boxers who fought in Telford
  1. JOE CALZAGHE
    A super-middleweight great who moved up to light-heavyweight at the end of his career and notched two major stateside wins, Calzaghe outpointed Bobbie Joe Edwards over eight rounds at Telford Ice Rink in 1995.
  2. RICKY HATTON
    The hugely popular Hatton made his mark on both sides of the Atlantic at super-lightweight and welterweight. In 1998, “The Hitman” halted Paul Salmon in less than two minutes at Telford Ice Rink.
  3. JUNIOR WITTER
    Witter was a top-level super-lightweight and famous rival of Hatton, although the two never actually fought. Telford Ice Rink was the venue for his eight-round points victory over Mark Winters in 1998.
  4. RICHIE WOODHALL
    Fighting out of Telford, Woodhall enjoyed significant success at middleweight and, even more so, at super-middleweight. The local favourite performed in the Shropshire town on 10 occasions, boxing in Commonwealth, European and WBC title contests.
  5. NATHAN CLEVERLY
    Light-heavyweight standout Cleverly competed at Oakengates Theatre in 2005, where he dispatched Lance Hall in three rounds. “Clev” would later progress to big fights in America and Germany.
  6. GLENN CATLEY
    In 1998, Catley challenged Woodhall for the WBC super-middleweight belt at Telford Ice Rink, with the champion retaining via majority decision. Catley, though, would later go on to take the title from Markus Beyer.
  7. GAVIN REES
    After a highly successful spell at super-lightweight, Rees stepped down to lightweight and prospered there, too. “The Rock” made his professional debut at Telford Ice Rink in 1998, outscoring John Farrell over four.
  8. HENRY AKINWANDE
    Heavyweight giant Akinwande was a notable player in the division who boxed in nine countries around the globe. His second-round stoppage of Michael Richards came at Telford Ice Rink in 1992.
  9. ROBERT McCRACKEN
    Now a leading trainer, McCracken made his name as a fighter at super-welterweight and middleweight. He won two out of two in Telford, with his appearances coming at Oakengates Town Hall and the Ice Rink.
  10. ESHAM PICKERING
    Lower-weight talent Pickering produced his best form at super-bantam. He took part in a six-rounder at Telford Ice Rink in 1999 and defeated Ian Turner over the distance.

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