John Conteh

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John Conteh
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Competitor for  England
Commonwealth Games
Gold1970 EdinburghMiddleweight
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John Conteh
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Competitor for  England
Commonwealth Games
Gold1970 EdinburghMiddleweight

John Conteh (born 27 May 1951 in Kirkby, Liverpool, England) is a British former boxer who was world light-heavyweight boxing champion.

Conteh is one of Britain's most successful boxing champions. At his peak in the mid-to-late 1970s he was considered good enough that he was touted as a possible opponent of Muhammad Ali. He enjoyed great fame in Britain and was often on the front as well as the back pages of the leading dailies due to his love of partying and women. Conteh said that his excessive lifestyle brought about a premature decline in his talents. He started boxing at age 10 at the Kirkby club that was a training ground for some of the best amateur boxers, Joey Singleton, Tucker Hethering and Stuart Morton were only a few. At 19, he won the middleweight gold medal at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games. He won the WBC Light Heavyweight crown in October 1974 by defeating Jorge Ahumada and held the title until 1977 when he was stripped for not going through with a mandated defense.[1] He was the loser in a fifteen round split decision to the Yugoslavian fighter Mate Parlov in an attempt to regain the title.[2] He failed twice in further efforts to win back his old crown in 1979 and then again seven months later in 1980 - both against the American Matthew Saad Muhammad. Muhammad won both bouts but his first victory was declared void because his cornermen used an illegal substance on a cut.[3]

He retired from professional boxing in 1980. His professional record is 34 wins, 1 draw, and 4 losses.

In 1973, Conteh was one of the celebrities featured dressed in prison gear on the cover of the Wings album Band on the Run.

Conteh also has the distinction of being British Superstars competition champion in 1974, the second year of the televised sporting event. Conteh is now an after-dinner speaker and speaks at venues all across the country.

Conteh appeared on the BBC television program Sporting Legends which was presented by Eamonn Holmes. On the show Conteh spoke at length at how he started out in the fight game and how Ali persuaded him to fight at Light-Heavyweight instead of Heavyweight as Ali believed that Conteh was too small to be a heavyweight, and how his lifestyle led to alcoholism and a charge of assault, he stated that at the time he appeared on Sporting Legends he had been dry for nine years. Conteh also made a starring appearance in the television show Boon in 1989, as a washed-up boxer. He more recently appeared on a boxing special of The Weakest Link in 2009, where he came in third place. His most recent TV acting appearance was in the crime drama "Justice", in which he again played an ex-boxer.


Professional boxing record

34 Wins (23 knockouts, 11 decisions), 4 Losses (1 knockout, 3 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Win12-14-1United States James DixonTKO531/05/1980England Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomReferee stopped the bout at 2:49 of the fifth round.
Loss24-3-2United States Matthew Saad MuhammadTKO429/03/1980New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWBC World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:27 of the fourth round.
Loss23-3-2United States Matthew Saad MuhammadUD1518/08/1979New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWBC World Light Heavyweight Title. 142-146, 143-144, 141-146.
Win19-6United States Ivy BrownPTS1004/06/1979England Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Draw18-8-1United States Jesse BurnettPTS1019/04/1979England Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Win8-2Dominican Republic Leonardo RodgersKO726/09/1978England Wembley, London, United KingdomRodgers knocked out at 1:15 of the seventh round.
Loss21-1-1Croatia Mate ParlovSD1517/06/1978Serbia Belgrade, SerbiaWBC World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win20-7-1United States Joe CokesPTS1007/02/1978England Islington, London, United Kingdom100-90.
Win26-2-1United States Len "Stinger" HutchinsTKO305/03/1977England Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomWBC World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win31-3Mexico Yaqui LopezUD1509/10/1976Denmark Copenhagen, DenmarkWBC World Light Heavyweight Title. 149-145, 149-145, 148-146.
Win11-3-3United States Willie "Bull" TaylorPTS1016/08/1975Pennsylvania Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Win24-2United States Lonnie BennettTKO511/03/1975England Wembley, London, United KingdomWBC World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:10 of the fifth round.
Win41-5-2Argentina Jorge AhumadaSD1501/10/1974England Wembley, London, United KingdomWBC World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win26-5-1United Kingdom Chris FinneganTKO621/05/1974England Wembley, London, United KingdomEBU/Commonwealth/BBBofC British Light Heavyweight Titles.
Win74-5-1Denmark Tom BogsTKO712/03/1974England Wembley, London, United KingdomEBU Light Heavyweight Title.
Win17-2United Kingdom Les "Is More" StevensPTS1012/02/1974England Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win37-15-1United States Fred "Airman" LewisTKO314/12/1973England Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win33-7-2The Bahamas Baby Boy RollePTS1523/10/1973England Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United KingdomCommonwealth Light Heavyweight Title.
Win39-11-1Venezuela Vicente RondonTKO910/09/1973England Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win25-4-1United Kingdom Chris FinneganPTS1522/05/1973England Wembley, London, United KingdomEBU/Commonwealth/BBBofC British Light Heavyweight Titles.
Win29-3-3Germany Rudiger SchmidtkeTKO1213/03/1973England Wembley, London, United KingdomEBU Light Heavyweight Title.
Win28-9-1United States Terry "TX" DanielsKO714/02/1973Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win16-1-1United States Dave "The Band" MatthewsPTS1015/01/1973England Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom50-48.25.
Win12-2-1United States Sam "Diamond Ray" McGillTKO905/12/1972England Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win14-13-5United States "Big" John HudginsKO214/11/1972England Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win32-11-3Canada Bill DroverKO731/10/1972England Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win3-11-1Hungary Ferenc KristofcsakDQ110/10/1972England Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Loss5-1-1United States Eddie "Big E" DuncanPTS1026/09/1972England Wembley, London, United Kingdom49-49.25.
Win7-14United States Johnny "Big" MacTKO219/07/1972Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland
Win12-3-1United Kingdom Billy AirdTKO806/06/1972England Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win8-6-1United States Joe "Top Cat" GholstonKO525/04/1972England Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win5-7Puerto Rico Ruben FigueroaKO228/03/1972England Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win2-1United States Larry "Legend" SykesKO115/02/1972England Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win11-2Germany Wilhelm JancoTKO125/01/1972England Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win6-16-2France Emilio OkeeTKO507/12/1971England Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win4-19-2United States Tony BurwellPTS824/11/1971England Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Win9-11Canada Frank BullardTKO216/11/1971England Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win25-17-2France Pierre MinierTKO508/11/1971England Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win8-3-1France Okacha BoubekeurKO118/10/1971England Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom

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