Champions

Wayne Elcock 

Wins 19. 4 defeats

Birmingham

British Debut -1999 – 2009​

Titles

WBU World Title 

British Middleweight title

The Mad dog was told at school by teachers he would never amount to anything. After taking up boxing as a kid and having a successful amateur career he went on to win the British Middleweight title and the WBU world Middleweight title. He now owns a successful company call box clever, has his own amateur gym and runs his own boxing store. 

Mathew Macklin

Super welterweight

Middleweight

Soilhull

35 Wins  6 Defeats

Debut 2001 – 2016

Titles

Irish National Middleweight title

British Middleweight title 

EBU Middleweight Title

Mathew Macklin Found glory on British and Irish soil winning both titles before going to America and fight for the world title 3 times. Macklin did win a IBF intercontinental middleweight title and a WBC international super welterweight at the end of his career and the started a successful promotion company  MTK global that boast boxers from all over the world in its stable

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Kal Yafia

26 win 0 defeats

Birmingham

Debut 2012 – still active.

Super flyweight

Titles

Commonwealth super flyweight

British super Flyweight

WBA super flyweight title

Kal Yafia has come thought the amateur ranks and has given Birmingham its first recognized World champion. The Yafia legacy continues in himself and his two boxing brothers Gamel and Galal

Sam Eggington

Welterweight

Super welterweight

Stourbridge

28 wins 6 defeats

Debut -2012 still active

Titles 

EBU welterweight title

British welterweight title

Commonwealth welterweight title

Midlands welterweight title 

IBO Continental Super welterweight 

IBF International Super Welterweight

The Savage has taken the welterweight division by storm winning title after title, Eggington has the Eastside gym mentally of wanting to fight the best and after losing his EBU welterweight title in 2017 he has now moved up to Super welterweight and has claimed the IBO Continental the IBF International titles and has also challenged for the WBC silver belt losing to Liam Smith.

Bunny Johnson

W-55 L-17 D-1

Debut 1968 retired 1981

Jamaica - Birmingham

Light heavyweight

Heavyweight.

Titles

British Light Heavyweight title (out right)

British Heavyweight title

Bunny won the British light heavyweight title out right, he

also won the British Heavyweight title and the

Commonwealth Heavyweight title.

Born in Jamaica he settled in Birmingham when he was 16, Bunny was the first Black boxer to win the British Heavyweight title

Tommy Langford 

Middleweight

Devon - West Bromwich

21 Wins 4 Defeat

Debut – 2012 Still active

Titles

Commonwealth Middleweight

British Middleweight title
 

Tommy Langford is originally from Devon but moved up to the black country as a young man to pursue his boxing career and follow his beloved West Bromwich Albion. After a good amateur career, Tommy turn to the professional ranks and  has won the British Middleweight title and the Commonwealth title

Don Broadhurst

Birmingham

Flyweight

Super Flyweight

Wins 20. 4 defeats. 1draw

Debuts – 2006 retired 2017

Titles 

Commonwealth super flyweight 

English flyweight

Midlands super flyweight

The Don had a great amateur career and won the Commonwealth super flyweight title in his first nine fights as a pro. His career was hampered by injuries but he contested for titles all the way through his career even moving up 2 weights to fight for a British title.

Pat Cowdell

Smethwick

Super Featherweight

Debut 1977 – 1988

36 wins 6 defeats

Titles

Commonwealth super Featherweight

British super Featherweight 

Debut 1977 – 1988

36 wins 6 defeats

Pat Cowdell was Originally from Smethwick Birmingham as a professional he won the British and Commonwealth super featherweight and had two attempts at the WBC world title. Pat turned to training and promoting when hungup the gloves and still keeps his hand in the game  promoting shows around Birmingham

Wally Swift jr

Super welterweight

Born Nottingham Resides Birmingham

26 Wins 11 Defeats 1 Draw

Debuts 1985 - 1995

Titles

British super welterweight

Wally Swift Jr (born 17 February 1966) is a British former boxer who was British light middleweight champion between 1991 and 1992, and also fought for the European title.

.Kostas Petrou

Kostas Petrou (born 17 April 1959) is a British former professional boxer of Greek Cypriot origin. Petrou was British Welterweight Champion in 1985

Petrou spent much of his childhood in Birkenhead where he became a renowned amateur fighter learning his ring craft with Willaston ABC. 

Petrou later moved to Birmingham and turned professional in 1981 with the Lynch brothers (Tommy and Paddy). After losing on his pro debut due to a cut eye, he raced to 15 successive victories. Petrou became Midlands Area Champion after outpointing Lloyd Christie and British Welterweight Champion on 13 April 1985 after defeating Rocky Kelly by TKO at 1:09 of the ninth round in Darlington.[3] He also contested the Commonwealth (British Empire) Championship against Sylvester Mittee and was at one time the Number 1 contender for the European Title, although Petrou was in fact never afforded the opportunity of fighting for the European crown.

Richie Woodall

Telford

Super Middleweight

23 wins 3 defeats

Debut -1990-2000

Titles

WBC World Super Middleweight title

Commonwealth Middleweight title

British Middleweight title

Richie Woodall had a very impressive amateur career winning a Olympic bronze medal at Seoul 1988 (light middleweight) being beat by the young Roy Jane’s Jr. Richie also won a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland New Zealand 1990 (light middleweight). As a professional he won the British and Commonwealth titles as a middleweight, them moved up to Super Middleweight to win the WBC world super middleweight title. When Woodall retired he carved a careering in broadcasting as a pundit for the BBC and BT Sport’s, Richie was also a body double for Hollywood actor Brad Pitt in the film Snatch

Jack Hood

Middleweight

From – Birmingham

41 wins 6 defeats 6 draws

British Middleweight & Welterweight

EBU Middleweight & Welterweight

Debut – 1924 – 1935

From Birmingham, "Gentleman" Jack Hood made his professional debut in September 1924 with a win over Joe Boswell. Undefeated in his first seven fights, he lost to Edouard Verret on a points decision in September 1925. He fought Verret again in January 1926, this time winning on points over twenty rounds. His next fight was a challenge for Harry Mason's British welterweight title, winning a controversial points decision over 20 rounds and earning a Lonsdale Belt.[1][2] A rematch two months later ended in the same result. In 1926 he travelled to the United States for a series of fights with the aim of securing a shot at the world title,[2] which included wins over Paul Doyle and Meyer Grace, a draw with Jimmy Jones, and a defeat to Jack Movey.

Hugh Forde

Birmingham

Super Featherweight

24 Wins 7 Defeats

Debut – 1986 – 1995

Titles

Commonwealth Super Featherweight

British Super Featherweight

Hugh Forde (born 7 May 1964) is an English professional super feather/light/light welter/welterweight boxer of the 1980s and '90s, who won the inaugural British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) Midlands Area super featherweight title, BBBofC British super featherweight title, and Commonwealth super featherweight title, and was a challenger for the BBBofC British light welterweight title against Ross Hale his professional fighting weight varied from super featherweight to welterweight.

Frankie Gavin

Birmingham

Welterweight

Wins 26. 4 defeats 

Debut 2009 – still active

Titles

British Welterweight

Commonwealth welterweight

Frankie won every major title going as an amateur and won the British and commonwealth titles as a pro. He akso fought for the IBF world welterweight title losing to Kell Brook. Frankie continues as a pro boxer looking for that works title, he also owns his own gym in Acocks Green

Robert McCracken 

Birmingham

Middleweight

Super Welterweight

33 wins 2 defeats

Debut – 1991- 2001

Titles

Commonwealth Middleweight title

British Super welterweight title

Robert is another Birmingham boxer who had a great amateur career, as a professional boxer he went 31 fights undefeated winning the British super welterweight title outright and the Middleweight Commonwealth title. McCracken only defeats where at the end of his career where he  fought for the EBU Middleweight title and the WBC Middleweight world title against Howard Eastman and Keith Holmes. Robert is now rate as one of the top trainers in the world as he trains Heavyweights world champion Anthony Joshua

Bert Kirby

From - Birmingham

Flyweight

Debut -1924 -1938

125 wins 65 defeats 17 draws

Titles

British Flyweight title

Born in Birmingham, Kirby made his professional debut in March 1924 with a win over Billy Burns. Unbeaten in his first twelve fights, his first loss came in January 1927 at the hands of Dick Corbett. In a run of sixteen straight wins that followed in the first half of 1927, he beat Corbett three times.

In the late 1920s he moved to trainer Fred Dyer and boxed out of Dyer's gym in the Strand, London. 

In March 1930, Kirby challenged again for the British title at the National Sporting Club, this time knocking Brown out in the third to become British flyweight champion. He had two further fights later the same month, a win over Young Siki, and a loss by knockout to Frenchman Rene Chalange.

After retiring, Kirby claimed that he had turned down two world title fights during his career, due to the fights being 'fixed', with the boxers contracted for three fights, with an agreement that they each win one of the first two to build up interest and money for the third, which would be a straight fight

Jem Carney

Lightweight

4 wins 2 Draws

Birmingham

Debut 1879-1887

Titles

British Lightweight title

Born James Carney in Birmingham, England on November 5, 1856 to Irish parents. The 5'5” Carney began boxing in 1878. In 1881 he toured America where he engaged in boxing exhibitions in Boston, Philadelphia and a salon run by Owney Geoghegan at the Bowery in New York City. 

He was undefeated before challenging Jake Hyams for the English lightweight championship on December 20, 1884. Carney won the title after a 45-round battle that lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes. In June 1887 he beat Jimmy Mitchel over 11 rounds on a barge in Long Island Sound, NY. Five months later he engaged in his most famous battle, a 74-round draw with Jack McAuliffe for the World lightweight championship in Revere, MA. One of the most grueling duels ever contested at that weight in the U.S., friends of McAuliffe stopped the action after 3 hours and 40 minutes. Many observers of the day felt Carney was taking the lead at the time the bout was halted. In 1891 he lost his English lightweight title to Dick Burge on a foul in the 11th round. 

Carney retired after the Burge fight and became a bodyguard for millionaire George Alexander Baird. He died on September 8, 1941 in London. 

 

Brad Foster

Super Bantamweight

11 wins 2 Draw

Litchfield West Midlands

Debut 2012 Still Active

Titles

British super Bantamweight

Super Bantamweight Midlands Area

Brad won the British title on March 8th 2019  at the Metrodome Barnsley against the highly rated and experienced Josh Wale. Foster won on a unanimous decision.  He has now added to his British title winning the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight tile off Ashley Lane in a 12th round stoppage. Brad Is a welcome addition to the Birmingham Boxing Columns Hall Of Fame. 

 

Lloyd Christie

Super Lightweight

24 Wins 21 Defeats 1 Draw

Born London Resident Wolverhampton

Debut 1981 – 1984

Titles

British Light Welterweights title

 Wesley Lloyd Christie (born 28 February 1962), who fought as Lloyd Christie, is a British former boxer who was British light-welterweight champion between 1987 and 1989 and also fought for the European title.

Born in London, the brother of Errol Christie, Lloyd Christie was based in Wolverhampton and was managed and trained in Birmingham by Paddy and Tommy Lynch.[1][2] He began his professional career in January 1981 with a first-round knockout of Steve Tempro. By the end of February 1984 he had won only half of his 28 fights, with one draw against Terry Marsh (the only fight of Marsh's career that he didn't win).[3] In May 1984 he fought for his first title—the BBBofC Midlands Area welterweight title—losing on points to Kostas Petrou

Jason Welborn

Middleweight

28 wins 8 defeats

Tividale West Midlands

Debut 2005 Still Active

Titles

British Middleweight 

WBC International  Middleweight

Jason won the British title on May 4th 2018 in a titanic battle against fellow West Bromwich Albion supporter Tommy Langford on a split decision. Jason has ha 3 attempts at the British title and has now claimed the prestigious Lonsdale belt. Welborn has also won the Midlands area tile at welterweight and super welterweight and is also the current WBC International Silver Middleweight Champion. Jason Is a welcome addition to the Birmingham Boxing Columns Hall Of Fame. 

 

Kostas Petrou

The Greek Tank

Welterweight

30 Wins 7 Defeats

Born London Resident Birmingham

Debut 1981 - 1988

Petrou spent much of his childhood in Birkenhead where he became a renowned amateur fighter learning his ring craft with Willaston ABC.

Petrou later moved to Birmingham and turned professional in 1981 with the Lynch brothers (Tommy and Paddy). After losing on his pro debut due to a cut eye, he raced to 15 successive victories.  Petrou became Midlands Area Champion after outpointing Lloyd Christie and British Welterweight Champion on 13 April 1985 after defeating Rocky Kelly by TKO at 1:09 of the ninth round in Darlington. He also contested the Commonwealth (British Empire) Championship against Sylvester Mittee and was at one time the Number 1 contender for the European Title, although Petrou was in fact never afforded the opportunity of fighting for the European crown.

Martin Gethin

Super Lightweight

29 wins 9 defeats 1 draw

Walsall West Midlands

Debut 2004 - 2017

Titles

British Lightweight

IBF International Lightweight

IBF International Super Lightweight

Martin won the British lightweight title on 21st September 2013 against Ben Murthy with a ninth round TKO. Gethin also claimed the IBF International Lightweight and super Lightweight titles in a great career. Martin Is a welcome addition to the Birmingham Boxing Columns Hal Of Fame. 

 

Young Mutley

Born

West Bromwich

Career -1999 - 2012

Wins 30. 7 defeats

14 wins via KO

Light Welter/ Welterweight

Titles

Super Lightweight English

WBF Intercontinental Super Lightweight Title

British Welterweight Title

 

Lee Woodley (born 17 May 1976), better known by his nickname of Young Mutley, is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1999 to 2013. He held the British welterweight title in 2006, challenged once for the Commonwealth welterweight title in 2006 and once for the British and EBU European super lightweight titles in 2007.

Woodley was involved with gangs in his younger years, which led to him serving a prison sentence for assault. After being released from prison, Woodley took up boxing. His breakthrough came on 28 January 2006 when he beat Michael Jennings the reigning British Welterweight champion in a split decision at Nottingham Arena to claim his first British Championship.

 

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