12
Dec
2018

BRITS IN THE USA: Lennox Lewis RULES ALL with 93% title fight record

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Tyson Fury prepares to fight for a heavyweight belt for the first time on American soil against Deontay Wilder.

Research from Grosvenorsport.com has revealed the top-10 British boxers involved in most title fights on US soil during the Gypsy King’s lifetime – spanning across 30 years.

Lennox ‘The Lion’ Lewis has had more title fights in America than any other British boxer during this period.

Between 1993 and 2003, the London-born brawler had 15 fights in the States. He won all but one – a draw with Evander Holyfield – to record a 93% win rate across the Atlantic.  

Amir Khan has had the second most fights of any other British fighter during the last three decades.

The boxer from Bolton had 10 title matches in the US between 2010 and 2016, winning 70% of the bouts.

Despite Khan having fought more, Naseem Hamed, James DeGale and Ricky Hatton all hold better win rates.

‘Prince’ Naseem won four of his five title fights in the USA. James DeGale has three wins from four. Ricky ‘the Hitman’ Hatton was victorious in five of his seven scraps.

Henry Akinwande, who fought six title fights in America, won 67% of his contests.

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Carl Froch is joined by Nathan Cleverly, Clinton Woods and Carl Frampton on three title fights each in America.

‘Cobra’ won 67% of his title fights, compared to Cleverly’s 33%, while Woods failed to win any of his title deciders on American soil.



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While Fury has fought once before in America. A heavyweight contest against Philadelphia-born Steve Cunningham, although the Englishman has never experienced a title fight in the States.

Steve Munns, Head of Sport at Grosvenorsport.com, said“This is the one that boxing fans have been waiting for. This will be the first real test for Tyson Fury since his return to the ring. They don’t come much bigger than Deontay Wilder.

“Of the top-10 boxers who have had most title contests in the USA during this period, they have a 71% win rate. While this bodes well for the Gypsy King, he’ll need to be at his best to overcome Wilder.

“Both boxers are unbeaten in their careers so far. But our Wilder v Fury fight predictor shows that 47.5% of Wilder’s wins come in the first round.



“The majority of Fury’s victories come in the twelfth round, so it could be his night if it goes the distance. That said, we make Wilder favourite for this one at 4/7.”

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