10 Count: London's greatest ever pro heavyweights


As Daniel Dubois appears to be like to grow to be the most recent heavyweight from London to make his mark at the international level, listed below are 10 different heavyweights born within the country’s capital who did simply that…

1 Lennox Lewis

Born in West Ham, Lewis is a three-time international heavyweight champion and arguably some of the easiest boxers to ever fly the Union Jack. He beat, amongst many others, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Vitali Klitschko, Hasim Rahman, David Tua, and Frank Bruno.

2 Anthony Joshua

The wheels can have come off in opposition to Oleksandr Usyk ultimate yr, however earlier than that Joshua had accrued WBA, WBC and WBO heavyweight titles and proven his pedigree in wins in opposition to the likes of Alexander Povetkin, Dillian Whyte and, after all, Wladimir Klitschko in 2017.

3 Frank Bruno

An international champion on the 3rd time of asking, the preferred Bruno were given his arms at the WBC heavyweight identify in 1995, when outpointing Oliver McCall. His factor, alternatively, used to be current in the similar generation as Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson, either one of whom stopped him. 

4 David Haye

Even though Haye did his easiest paintings at cruiserweight, a 2009 resolution over Nikolay Valuev delivered him the WBA heavyweight identify. This then ended in a 2011 unification combat in opposition to Wladimir Klitschko, which used to be a step too some distance for Haye.

Frank Bruno
Frank Bruno

5 Henry Akinwande

By no means simple at the eyes, Akinwande used to be nonetheless an efficient, awkward heavyweight who gained the WBO heavyweight identify in 1996 with a stoppage of Jeremy Williams. He made two defences of that identify, then later misplaced in opposition to Lennox Lewis.

6 Michael Bentt

Whilst he boxed handiest 13 instances as a professional, Bentt surprised the boxing international in 1993 with a surprising first-round knockout of Tommy Morrison to win the WBO heavyweight identify. It used to be a belt Bentt then misplaced in opposition to Herbie Cover in his first defence.

7 Henry Cooper

An iconic face of British boxing, Cooper used to be a British, Commonwealth and Ecu heavyweight champion who famously knocked down Muhammad Ali in a dropping effort in 1963. He additionally shared a hoop with Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson.

8 Danny Williams

Unfortunately nonetheless boxing as of late, Williams, at his easiest, used to be a long-time British heavyweight champion whose profession spotlight used to be knocking out a light Mike Tyson in 2004 earlier than later that yr difficult unsuccessfully for Vitali Klitschko’s WBC identify.

9 Don Cockell

Cockell used to be basically a light-heavyweight, but nonetheless loved luck at heavyweight, beating an elderly Tommy Farr in 1953 after which profitable the British identify in opposition to Johnny Williams. He additionally outpointed Roland LaStarza and challenged Rocky Marciano for the sector heavyweight identify in 1955.

10 Audley Harrison

A miles-maligned determine, Harrison used to be nevertheless the most important one in British boxing. He additionally controlled to win a Ecu identify in opposition to Michael Sprott in 2010 and challenged unsuccessfully for a WBA belt in opposition to David Haye that very same yr.

Lennox Lewis