British Boxing Board of Control

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British Boxing Board of Control
Sport Boxing
Founded1929 [1]
Location Cardiff
Replaced National Sporting Club
Official website
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The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) is the governing body of professional boxing in the United Kingdom. [2]



The British Boxing Board of Control was formed in 1929 from the old National Sporting Club and is headquartered in Cardiff.

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

The British Boxing Board of Control initially refused to grant Jane Couch a professional licence on the sole ground that she was a woman, and argued that PMS made women too unstable to box. [5] [6] Claiming sexual discrimination and supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission, Couch managed to have this decision overturned by a tribunal in March 1998. [7] [8]

The British Boxing Board of Control gives out the British Boxer of the Year award. Natasha Jonas became the first woman to win this award upon winning it for the year of 2022. [9]


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. [10] 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.

British Champions


Weight class:Reign began:ChampionRecord:Defenses:
Flyweight 5 May 2023 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jay Harris 20–3 (11 KO)0
Super-flyweight vacant
Bantamweight 10 February 2023 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Sean McGoldrick 13–1 (3 KO)0
Super-bantamweight 11 June 2022 Flag of England.svg Liam Davies13–0 (5 KO)0
Featherweight 10 March 2023 Flag of Scotland.svg Nathaniel Collins 12-0 (6 KO)0
Super-featherweight vacant
Lightweight 15 April 2022 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Gavin Gwynne 15–2–1 (3 KO)2
Super-lightweight 6 August 2022 Flag of England.svg Dalton Smith 13–0 (10 KO)2
Welterweight 24 July 2021 Flag of England.svg Ekow Essuman 19–0 (7 KO)4
Super-welterweight 2 December 2022 Flag of England.svg Josh Kelly 13–1–1 (7 KO)0
Middleweight 13 May 2022 Flag of England.svg Denzel Bentley 17–2–1 (14 KO)1
Super-middleweight 16 July 2022 Flag of England.svg Mark Heffron 29–2–1 (23 KO)0
Light-heavyweight 20 November 2021 Flag of England.svg Dan Azeez 18–0 (12 KO)2
Cruiserweight 27 November 2022 Flag of England.svg Mikael Lawal17–0 (11 KO)0
Heavyweight 26 November 2022 Flag of England.svg Fabio Wardley 15–0 (14 KO)0


Weight class:Reign began:ChampionRecord:Defenses:
Welterweight 6 May 2023 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Lauren Price 4-0 (0 KO)0

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