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10. Damon Hague

WBF middleweight champion 2003

WBF super-middleweight champion 2004

I know I’m pushing it here by including a WBF champion, but bear with us . . . These were strange times indeed as the BBC tried to sell a born-again Christian from Derby as the middleweight champion of the world at a time when the rest of the world recognised some fella called Bernard Hopkins. No question, Hague, a former street fighter from the Ingles’ gym, was a good story and he had good fights – he got off the floor to chin Wayne Pinder for the WBF belt – but was barely British-title level, as proved by Carl Froch. He whacked out Hague in a round and he never boxed again. See also, Lester Jacobs.

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