Name: Mike Holden
Birth Name: Michael
Birthplace: Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Hometown: Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Height: 6′ 4″ / 193cm
Reach: 81″ / 206cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainer: Bobby Shannon
When Holden challenged Julius Francis for the British title in March 2000, the Board of Control expressed concern over his selection, due to his unimpressive statistics of 7 wins and 4 losses. However, Holden justified his selection by scoring an upset points win over Francis, who had lost to Mike Tyson in his previous fight.
Holden's reign was dogged by injury and he was unable to make a single defence; he was forced to vacate when his doomed bout with Danny Williams fell through for a fourth time.
He has since lost a rematch to Francis and another title fight to Keith Long. At age 33, Holden's boxing career and championship days look to be at an end.
Holden retired at the age of 35 with 10 wins and 9 losses, with 6 KOs inside the distance. Holden boxed many good fighters like Matt Skelton, Michael Sprott , Julius Francis, Keith Long and Albert Sosnowski.