Barry Hugman's History of World Championship Boxing

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Having spent many years researching the history of world championship boxing from the start of gloves (1871 to date), I am happy to present my findings in association with BoxRec. This is due to the excellent research by Harold Alderman MBE in covering the early days in Britain (English championships) and my visits to various libraries around the world, as well as accessing thousands of newspapers on the internet. The names of the many people who helped along the way can be found under Acknowledgements.

To produce this work, wherever possible all of the leading fighters down the years since the early 1870s have had their known records analysed and cross referenced against thousands of newspapers and magazines in order to find the weight that their prime contests were made at. And work continues.

Still a work in progress, although I have proofed all text for tense, spelling and punctuation to a reasonable standard I will go further if and when I decide to turn the project into an ebook.

Current weight divisions have been maintained by flexing the weights from the early 1870s to those we know today and can be seen in the left-hand column as a point of reference.

This is not just a list of fights, it is the continuing history of world championship boxing, carrying a fight report (up to the end of 2005), all manner of risk fights of less than ten rounds (including no-decision contests), black title fights, politics, fights leading to championship bouts where applicable and eliminators, etc, etc.

To follow, initially go by (lbs) until you reach standard weights. You can then trace by recognition; ie: WORLD (undisputed), NBA, NY, IBU (EBU), GB, WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO, etc, which will allow you to remain in sequence. When a championship becomes fragmented and a vacant title fight is sponsored by a recognised body, supporting bodies are also stated if known.

After clicking on to a fight for relative details, a further click on any fighter mentioned will take you to his record on BoxRec. You can then move from fighter to fighter, biographies and pictures, etc. There are several early British fighters' records that are still missing, but Harold Alderman will aim to produce them as soon as possible along with additional fights for other men of the time.

If you wish to find all entries relating to a fighter right across the site, click on his name within a fight report and then press on 'what links here' in the sidebar. You next click on the fights listed for the requisite information.

To find the names of all those mentioned within a specific weight division, click on any fighter from that division and then click on the Index.

For further information on how to best understand the data go to the Introduction.

If you have any additional information you can contact me on the boxrec forum messaging system here

Mini Flyweight Division Junior Flyweight Division Flyweight Division Junior Bantamweight Division Bantamweight Division Junior Featherweight Division Featherweight Division Junior Lightweight Division Lightweight Division Junior Welterweight Division Welterweight Division Junior Middleweight Division Middleweight Division Super Middleweight Division Light Heavyweight Division Cruiserweight Division Heavyweight Division