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Best Boxers of All Time From Scotland

Updated on January 15, 2017

Benny Lynch (Former Flyweight Champion)

Ring legend Benny Lynch was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998.
Ring legend Benny Lynch was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998. | Source

Benny Lynch (Gorbals, Scotland)

Benny Lynch is the former world flyweight champion and he retired with a mark reading: 88-14-17 with 34 stoppage victories. A wizard on offense and defense, Lynch took on all comers and often pitched near shut outs against top rated boxers. Lynch controlled his bouts with an accurate stick and deft footwork.

Mr. Lynch's top wins came from defeating Peter Kane, Small Montana, Jackie Brown and Jackie Jurich.

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Ken Buchanon (Former Lightweight Champion)

Ken Buchanon is the former lightweight (135 pounds) champion of the world.
Ken Buchanon is the former lightweight (135 pounds) champion of the world. | Source

Ken Buchanon (Edinburgh, Scotland)

The "Fighting Carpenter" is the former lightweight champion of the world and he retired with a mark reading: 61-8 with 27 K.O. victories. Not a big puncher but he was very skillful on offense and his footwork was a thing of beauty. Buchanon lost his title to the legendary Roberto Duran.

Ken Buchanon's best wins came from besting the likes of Ismael Laguna, Ruben Navarro, Carlos Ortiz and Jim Watt.

Ken Buchanon's Best Wins

Jim Watt
Frankie Otero
Carlos Ortiz
Al Ford
Chang-Kil Lee
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8 of Ken Buchanon's most important ring victories scored during his Hall of Fame career.

Jackie Paterson (Former Flyweight Champion)

Jackie Patterson was the flyweight champion of the world and he was also a top rated Bantamweight as well.
Jackie Patterson was the flyweight champion of the world and he was also a top rated Bantamweight as well. | Source

Jackie Paterson (Springside, Scotland)

Jackie Paterson is the former flyweight kingpin. This boxer, who is the first ever southpaw flyweight champ, retired with a resume that reads: 64-25-3 with 41 stoppage wins. Paterson had one punch knockout power, as evidenced by his one round destruction of former champion Peter Kane. Paterson was not really fast but he knew how to time his opponents coming in and going out.

Mr. Paterson's top accomplishments came from besting Paddy Ryan, Peter Kane, Jim Brady and Johnny King.

Ken Buchanon vs Ismael Laguna (Video)

Ricky Burns (3 Division World Champion)

Ricky Burns has held world titles in the junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight divisions.
Ricky Burns has held world titles in the junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight divisions. | Source

Ricky Burns (Bellshill, Scotland)

"Rickster" is the former junior lightweight and lightweight world champion and, as of 2017, is the current junior welterweight crown holder. Ricky Burns has a current record standing at: 41-5-1 with 14 wins coming by way of knockout. Burns lacks power but he can get physical. Although he can box from a distance, Burns often finds himself trading in the trenches with his foe for better or for worse. Burns, still in his prime, has time on his side and may climb higher on this list with time.

Ricky Burns has some solid wins on his ledger including beating Michele Di Rocco, Kevin Mitchell, Michael Katsidis and Paulus Moses.

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Walter McGowan (Former Flyweight Champion)

Walter McGowan was a successful amateur and professional prizefighter during his heyday.
Walter McGowan was a successful amateur and professional prizefighter during his heyday. | Source

Walter McGowan (Burnbank, Scotland)

Walter McGowan was the former world lightweight champ compiling a record stating: 32-7-1 with 14 wins coming the knockout route. As an amateur he compiled a marvelous record of: 122-2. A fast boxer with an accurate jab and quick footwork to boot. McGowan had a good rhythm that helped him slip incoming fire as well as counter punch which he was excellent at doing.

Mr. McGowan's best victories inside the squared circle came against Jackie Brown, Salvatore Burruni, Alan Rudkin and Killer Salomon.

Jim Watt (Former Lightweight Champion)

Former lightweight champion, Jim Watt fought many great boxers including Alexis Arguello, Howard Davis and Sean O' Grady.
Former lightweight champion, Jim Watt fought many great boxers including Alexis Arguello, Howard Davis and Sean O' Grady. | Source

Jim Watt (Glasgow, Scotland)

Jim Watt is the former lightweight king who retired from boxing with a record that reads: 38-8 with 27 knockouts. Watt was a good boxer-puncher who had crippling power in his right hand and this guy could work the body like nobody's business. Most of his losses were to champions or former champions and Watt was a class act inside and out of the ring.

Mr. Watt's best victories came from besting Alfredo Pitalua, Sean O' Grady, Howard Davis jr. and Charlie Nash.

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Johnny Hill (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Johnny Hill was a former flyweight world titleholder and the first boxing champion to come out of Scotland. He retired sporting a mark of: 18-1-3 with 9 knockout wins to his credit. Although he had a short ring career he was still the champ and only one fighter could deal with him. A boxer who used footwork, distance, his jab and timing to execute his game plans and secure victory.

Mr. Hill's top victories came from beating guys like Newsboy Brown, Ernie Jarvis, Emile Pladner and Jim Hanna.

Tribute to Benny Lynch (Video)

Alex Arthur (Former Jr. Lightweight Contender)

Alex Arthur has competed in the junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight divisions.
Alex Arthur has competed in the junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight divisions. | Source

Alex Arthur (Edinburgh, Scotland)

"Amazing" is the former WBO junior lightweight world champion. His record upon retirement stands at: 31-3 with 21 stoppage wins. It is too bad, a shame even, that Arthur called it quits because he should flashes of superb skills and he had improved in a major way especially by using his stiff jab and moving side to side snapping out combinations.

Alex Arthur's biggest victories came from wins over Stephen Foster, Ricky Burns, Willie Limond and Sergio Gogoladze.

Birthplace of Alex Arthur (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Paul Weir (Former Minimumweight World Champion)

Paul Weir is the former minimumweight and former light flyweight world champion.
Paul Weir is the former minimumweight and former light flyweight world champion. | Source

Paul Weir (Glasgow, Scotland)

Paul Weir is the former Minimumweight and junior flyweight champion of the world. Weir finished his pro boxing career with a record reading: 14-6 with 4 knockouts to his credit. Weir is not great or special in any certain department but he is very good in all aspects of the game in particularly on offense.

Mr. Weir's top wins have came from topping Ric Magramo, Paul Oulden, Fernando Martinez and Lindi Memani.

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Scott Harrison (Former 2-Time Featherweight Champion)

"The Real McCoy" is a two-time featherweight world champion and he has also competed as a lightweight during his professional career.
"The Real McCoy" is a two-time featherweight world champion and he has also competed as a lightweight during his professional career. | Source

Scott Harrison (Bellshill, Scotland)

"The Real McCoy" is the 2-time WBO featherweight champion of the world and his record upon retirement stands at: 27-3-2 with 15 wins coming inside the distance. Harrison had boxing skills without a doubt and if he needed to he could slug it out. Above average power and a good beard round out his skill set.

Scott Harrison's greatest wins came against top boxers, Tracy Harris Patterson, Wayne McCullough, Manuel Medina and Michael Brodie.

© 2017 Buster Johnson

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