Originally Posted by taansend
Sorry Mate, but I DO count Lewis. He's a West Ham fan. No one would put themselves through that without good reason.
But back on topic I suppose Ricky Hatton was the closest thing.
Before PPV Georges Carpentier was a mega star. His bout against Jack Dempsey had whole newspapers previewing the bout even going so far to say Georges would win because of the shape of his head!!!
Maybe Jimmy Wilde too.
Anyway, the answer is probably only Lennox. And maybe Ricky.
So was Schmeling. And Paolino Uzcudun. Anton Raa*** was a very good middleweight, as was marcel thil, and not forgetting Marcel Cerdan, the best of the lot. I'm sure there are a few more but PPV is far too new to include any of the above. It's only become a fixed part of bocing in the past few years. Even Tyson and Oscar were more or less early bloomers. There have been greatly popular European and british boxers that people over here have never heard of, like Bruce Woodc0ck, Freddie Mills, Kid Berg, Kid Lewis,Freddie Welsh, Jackie Patterson, Benny Lynch and others, all of whom except Woodc0ck were top class world champions.
Henry Cooper was a 3 time Lonsdale belt winner and more, then Len Harvey, and Bombardier Wells was the man on the J Arthur Rank org movie intro who struck the big gong with the long mallet. Terrific build.