Special Sub-Topic: Boxing Throughout the Years
|Boxing fan King George I set up a boxing ring in which London park?|
Hyde Park. John 'Jack' Broughton known as the father of English boxing was the champ from 1729-1750. It is believed he fought in the very ring that the king commissioned.
|The Lonsdale belt is the oldest of its kind, it is named after the patron of which sporting club? |
National. The origins of the Lonsdale belt date back to 1909, and is named after Lord Lonsdale and was incredibly expensive to make.
|Who was the first man to win the Lonsdale belt in the lightweight division?|
Freddie Welsh. Freddie Welsh's real name was actually Frederick Hall-Thomas, but took the name Welsh in honour of his nationality, and to prevent his mother from finding out he was boxing.
|The original Lonsdale belt was made from porcelain and which precious metal? |
22 carat gold. The original belt is kept at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, but is not on display for the public.
|'Bombardier' Billy Wells won one of the first Lonsdale belts back in 1911, but at which weight?|
Heavyweight. Bombardier was the first British heavyweight to win the belt, when he beat Ian Hague by KO in the 6th round. He went on to defend his title a further 13 times, a record that stood for many years.
|In the early years, how many times after winning the title did the fighter have to successfully defend it before being awarded the Lonsdale belt?|
2. It is only in the recent years that a title needs to be defended 3 times instead of twice, this is thought to be due to the expense of the Lonsdale belt and to make it more difficult to earn.
|Which British heavyweight was the first to win 3 Lonsdale belts during his professional career?|
Henry Cooper. Some believe Henry Cooper might have beaten Cassius Clay (as he was then known), when they met at Wembley Arena back in the 60s, if it wasn't for the fact that Cassius was given extra recovery time due to a split glove that needed attention.
|Born in 1923, Rocky Marciano went on to win the the heavyweight title in which year?|
1952. He beat 'Jersey Joe' Walcott.
|Rocky Marciano took the the title from 'Jersey Joe ' Walcott and remained undefeated in all his 48 fights?|
f. Rocky Marciano had 49 pro fights and retired undefeated.
|'The Rumble in the Jungle' was the famous Ali-Foreman fight in Zaire 1974, but which round saw the Ali victory?|
8th by ko. This fight was postponed by 6 weeks as Foreman got a cut during training.
|Where did Barry McGuigan win his world Featherweight title against Eusebio Pedroza in June 1985?|
Loftus Road. Barry was born in Clones Ireland, and is one of a family of 8. 5 girls and 3 boys. His father was a singer and represented Ireland in the Eurovision song contest.
|Who was the first boxer to beat Nigel Benn? |
Michael Watson. Watson went on to fight Chris Eubank with disastrous near fatal results. The fight will never again be shown on (British) TV.
|Who was Britain's first undisputed world heavyweight champion after Bob Fitsimmons?|
Lennox Lewis. The only other World heavyweight Britain has seen in the 20th century is Frank Bruno.
|Chris Eubank made a name for himself with a 9th round victory over which boxer?|
Nigel Benn. Chris has until recently been known to be a monk in a secret order in Birmingham dedicated to the silent worship of 'Dubbin'from the latin meaning 'the inhabitable gut of our lord'...if you don't believe me check it out yourself, www.dubbin.com/eubankhtm
|Who did Lennox Lewis fight in Las Vegas in his first fight as world champ?|
Tony Tucker. Lewis held the title from 93-94, but after a couple of disasters went on to win it back it '97.
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