Minter won the bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Soon after, Minter began his professional career in London on Halloween night of the same year by knocking out Maurice Thomas in six rounds.

McGuigan started his professional boxing career on May 10, 1981, beating Selwyn Bell by a knockout in two rounds in Dublin.

Chris Eubank spent his early years in Jamaica before returning to rough parts of southern and eastern London and in 1982 he flew to New York to be with his father.

Frank Bruno is one of Britain's best loved sportsmen. Bruno was renowned for his punches, but his fame rested as much on his charm outside the ring as his power in it. 

Some dates, for whatever reason, are etched indelibly into any sportsman's memory. In Glenn McCrory's case it is June 3 1989, the day he became the International Boxing Federation world cruiserweight champion.

At the age of 23, John Conteh of Liverpool became the first British boxer to hold the World Light Heavyweight Championship for a quarter of a century. 

John H Stracey will always be one of Britain's greatest World Boxing Champions of all time. He achieved the ultimate in December of 1975, when he became the undisputed Welterweight Champion of the World in Mexico City. 

Nigel Benn, known as the Dark Destroyer, was twice a world champion at middleweight and super middleweight. He lost only 5 of his professional fights, three of those defeats coming at the end of his career. 

Collins remains one of the most colourful characters in boxing. He made his mark during the 1990’s, holding the WBO Middleweight title between 1994 and 1995 before going on to become the WBO Super-Middleweight champ between 1995 and 1997.