Glenn McCrory, Jamie Moore and Ryan Rhodes chat about Lonsdale belt
Last Updated: 21/04/13 8:32am
The Lonsdale belt is one of the most cherished prizes in boxing and this week's Ringside guests Ryan Rhodes, Jamie Moore and Glenn McCrory explained why.
The title was introduced into British boxing in 1909 by Hugh Lowther, the fifth Earl of Lonsdale, and has been held by the likes of the late Sir Henry Cooper, heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis and reigning IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch.
Former light-middleweights Rhodes and Moore each won the Lonsdale outright after successfully defending the gold twice, but McCrory was unable to follow suit as he relinquished his British crown as he hunted for world honours.
The three-ex pugilists still hold the British belt in high esteem and told Ringside presenters Johnny Nelson and Adam Smith just what the sought-after strap means to them...
"After seeing Johnny [Nelson], Herol Graham and Brian Anderson have the belt in my gym [in Sheffield] and watched all the photographers follow them, it was always my goal to win the Lonsdale belt. I didn't realise how big it was, but to win it outright in 90 days was massive, and to win the British title again, 10 years after I first won it, in 2008 against Gary Woolcombe, was a massive achievement. I proved a lot of people wrong."
"As a young kid growing up in Britain and watching your idols hold that belt above your head, you always aspired to win it for yourself and put it on your mantelpiece. My title-fight win over Matthew Macklin, in 2006, sticks in the memory, which a lot of people say to me was the best British title fight ever, as I didn't have to take the fight. But I wanted to because the British title meant so much to me and what makes it even more precious is that you have to defend it to keep it."
"It obviously holds the name of Lord Lonsdale so you know it's got a great history, but having seen the craft and workmanship that goes into making it there is no other belt like it in the world. I am so glad it is British - and I am just disappointed I haven't got one to keep! It also represents the first step towards a world title and proves that you are the king of your country."