In the red corner... four-time world champion professional boxer from The Meadows in Nottingham, Carl Froch. In the blue corner... a British former professional boxer who claimed the IBO World Welterweight title at Nottingham's Harvey Hadden Centre, Jawaid Khaliq. Discover who else is a Notts associated boxer by reading on.
Jawaid Khaliq MBE
Local lad Khaliq defeated the holder Willie Wise to claim the IBO World Welterweight title at Nottingham's Harvey Hadden Centre in June 2001. Born in 1970, Jawaid entered the professional arena relatively late in life with his debut in 1997. His career record stands as follows: Total fights: 25, Fights won: 23 (KOs 13), Fights lost: 1, Fights drawn: 1.
William ‘Bendigo’ Thompson (1811-1880)
Bendigo (1811-1880) was a bare knuckle fighter born in Nottingham in 1811. He achieved the honoured role of Champion of England in 1835. And in 1855 Bendigo was entered in to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame. His name originates from the fact that he was called Abednigo by his mother when he was born. He was an exceptional fighter who was scientific, quick and tricky. He fought from a left-hand stance but could shift quickly and hit hard with both fists. Bendigo was also an all-round athlete who was agile in movement and a fast runner.
Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch is a four-time world champion professional boxer from The Meadows in Nottingham. He stared boxing from the age of nine and later joined the Phoenix ABC in Gedling, Nottingham.
As of 1 January 2013, he is the best British pound for pound boxer; out of 33 matches spanning a 11 year career, Froch has won 31 with 22 KOs to his name. His most recent achievement cemented earlier this year by a superb 12 round winning turn against Danish opponent Mikkel Kessler and saw him retain his IBF super-middleweight title.
On 16 October 2014, Froch was officially honoured as a Freeman of Nottingham. He will join an illustrious list of local legends to have been handed the honour, including Brian Clough, Sir Paul Smith, Alan Sillitoe and Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.