Former world light-welterweight champion Junior ‘The Hitter’ Witter was one of the most naturally gifted and unorthodox boxers to come from the British isles. During his illustrious career Witter won British (twice) European, Commonwealth and world titles, but he isn’t done just yet!
The Sheffield boxer says he hasn’t retired from the sport and is ready to step back into the ring if there is a big fight is out there for him and the offer makes sense. Witter turned pro in January 1997, and to date has raked up a record of 43 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws, he ended 23 inside the distance, going in with some of the best fighters from his era.
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The fight that the British public always wanted was a Junior Witter vs Ricky Hatton matchup when the pair were both in their prime, but it never happened. Asked what fight would he have liked to have in his career that didn’t happen, Hatton is second and he says he would have beat the Hitman. But the one fight that eluded him that he wishes had happened was against Floyd Matweather Jr, who he was set to challenge for his world title, but the American moved up to welterweight to avoid him says Witter.
Asked how he would have faired against the pair, Witter says he would have ‘beaten Ricky and would have knocked Mayweather out!’
With a potential Mayweather return to boxing and Witter still a licensed boxer, who knows maybe it can still happen! We doubt it will now, but hear what Junior has to say about that and how happy he is in his life, now he is a coach at the Wincobank Gym in Sheffield, where he learnt his trade under the Ingle’s.