The 2nd editions come in a 3-volume series. Updated to December 2018 and featuring:

  • Several new fights from yesteryear.

  • Mentioned, where required, all men who have won titles in different weight divisions.

  • In an effort to find one champion per division, I have listed all title fights that I consider to be Lineal with explanations attached.

  • All dates and results have been re-audited.

  • Analysed all 'RSC' results since 1993 that could be considered a technical count out, such as the referee dispensing with the count so that a fighter can be seen by a doctor asap.

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“This 4-volume treasure is destined for the boxing reference Hall of Fame. A masterful entry.” - Don Cogswell, President of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO).

This work (both on this website and in the incredible 4-volume book series) came about due to limited information on world title fights being available when I was growing up, it becoming clearer to me each year that the record books of the day were merely scratching the surface. After discovering that boxing with gloves had started in Britain I could not understand why the majority of fights happened in America according to the record books, especially as some of the great fighters of the 1880s fighting in America were born in Britain, such as Nonpareil Jack Dempsey and Jack McAuliffe. I was already convinced that many of the contests recorded in the listings prior to the early 1900s were American title bouts only. Thus I began my research.
Years later, as the editor of the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) British Boxing Yearbook, I was introduced to Harold Alderman MBE who told me that, starting in the 1960s, he had documented all of the contests of note that had taken place in Britain since the early 1870s. I had already done much research of my own on boxing in Britain, Europe, the Commonwealth and America, visiting many libraries around the world, and Harold’s input was the missing link. Once the British (then known as the English) championship contests, winners and claimants at every two pounds had been built in everything came together.
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. This exercise also led to many more claimants and contests being discovered.
On this website you will find a fight summary for all of the championship contests from the year 2000 onwards. All are shown in chronological order within their respective weight divisions by date, weight, result, scheduled rounds, venue, recognition, referee (if known) and scorecards. Full details of all fights from 1873 up to the latter part of 2016 are published in the companion books - over 1.2 million words in total, no wonder the project took 30 years to complete.


In the days leading up to ‘modern day’ boxing, when there were fewer recognised weight divisions and therefore a wider range of weights within each division, I have detailed the stipulated fight weight (shown in brackets) after the fight date. Therefore there are many ‘claimants’ at varying weights within each division at any given time. From thereon in use ‘Recognition’ to follow the body in question’s champions, as well as relative information. Because the term ‘Junior’ was the original name used to determine recently added weight divisions, I have continued in that vein rather than using the term ‘Super’, other than for 'Super Middle'. 

Barry J. Hugman