British Boxing Board of Control

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British Boxing Board of Control
ReplacedNational Sporting Club
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United Kingdom

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) is the governing body of professional boxing in the United Kingdom.[2]


It was formed in 1929 from the old National Sporting Club and is headquartered in Cardiff.

Until 1948, the BBBofC had colour bar in effect by means of its Rule 24, which stated that title contestants "must have two white parents".[3][4]


The Board divides the country into seven Area Councils: the Scottish Area, the Northern Ireland Area, the Welsh Area, the Northern Area, the Central Area (including the Isle of Man), the Southern Area, and the Midlands Area.[5] There was previously a Western Area, which was merged with the Southern Area.[citation needed]

Lonsdale Belt

The Board also sanctions bouts for British boxing's most prestigious title: the Lonsdale Belt. The Lonsdale Belt is awarded to the champion of the United Kingdom in each respective weight class and to win the belt outright it must be defended against a British challenger on at least three occasions.


The Board is known for its unique scoring system. Except for title fights (where the bout is scored by three judges, none of whom serve as fight referee), the referee is the sole scorer. After the bout (if the fight goes to points decision), the referee hands his decision to the MC and the winner is announced, the referee then raising the arm of the winner – or, in the event of a draw, both boxers' arms.


Weight class: Reign began: Champion Record: Defenses:
Flyweight vacant
Super-flyweight vacant
Bantamweight 16 November 2019 Scotland Lee McGregor 8–0 (6 KO) 0
Super-bantamweight 8 March 2019 England Brad Foster 13–0–2 (5 KO) 4
Featherweight vacant
Super-featherweight 30 November 2019 Northern Ireland Anthony Cacace 18–1 (7 KO) 0
Lightweight 19 March 2021 England Maxi Hughes 23–5–2 (5 KO) 0
Super-lightweight 28 August 2021 England Sam Maxwell 16–0 (11 KO) 0
Welterweight 24 July 2021 England Ekow Essuman 15–0 (6 KO) 0
Super-welterweight 27 March 2021 England Ted Cheeseman 17–2–1 (10 KO) 0
Middleweight 24 April 2021 England Felix Cash 14–0 (10 KO) 0
Super-middleweight 27 March 2021 England Lennox Clarke 20–1–1 (8 KO) 0
Light-heavyweight vacant
Cruiserweight 31 July 2021 England Chris Billam-Smith 13–1 (10 KO) 0
Heavyweight 28 November 2020 England Joe Joyce 12–0 (11 KO) 0

See also


  1. ^ Gems, Gerald R. (13 March 2014). Boxing. ISBN 9781442229914. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Sport | Round one for women's boxing". BBC News. 24 November 1998. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Manchester - People - The uncrownable champion". BBC. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  4. ^ JOHNES, MARTIN; TAYLOR, MATTHEW (14 February 2020). "BOXING, RACE, AND BRITISH IDENTITY, 1945–1962". The Historical Journal. Cambridge University Press (CUP). 63 (5): 1349–1377. doi:10.1017/s0018246x19000724. ISSN 0018-246X.
  5. ^ "British Boxing Board of Control". BBBofC. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2021.

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