The British title is the oldest championship in boxing history. The Londsdale Belt was originally created in 1909 by Hugh Lowther, Earl of Lonsdale.
But it wasn’t until the 1980’s that boxing’s sanctioning bodies started to recognise super-middleweight as a weight division (168lbs)
During the 1990’s fights involving British boxers became top box office with millions of TV viewers, has our fighters had real success on the world stage has boxers naturally progressed from middleweight to super-middleweight, including Michael Watson, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Steve Collins.
‘The Fab Four’ has they have been called, after the 1980’s era of great fighters in Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran, who slogged it out with each other in classic battles that have been etched into the memories of boxing fans.
The success of the super-middleweight division in Britain in the 90’s opened the way for the likes of Joe Calzaghe, Ritchie Woodhall, Robin Reid and Carl Froch to carry on the proud tradition the Brits hold in this weight class.
In the great archive video by SkySports (above), Steve Collins, Joe Calzaghe and Ritchie Woodhall all give an account of there careers and opinions on the super-middleweight legacy.