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Ranking the 10 Worst World Champions in Boxing

Lee Haskins
IBF Bantamweight Champion

Lee Haskins vs Ryosuke Iwasa, JMP/REX Shutterstock
Photo by JMP/REX Shutterstock

When Randy Caballero missed weight in November, Lee Haskins was promoted from interim champion, which he won by upsetting Tyosuke Iwadsa, to fully IBF titlist.

One notable name he’s beaten is the granite Stuart Hall, another former IBF champ, just a year after Stuey dropped the European trinket to the exceptional Jamie McDonnell.

The 32-year-old Haskins holds a win over McDonnell too. But it was only an eight rounder and McDonnell, only 22 at the time, was a veteran of just 10 professional fights.

Three losses mar the switch-hitting Englishman’s record and none of them are to elite competition. Stephane Jamoye, whose current record stands at 28-7 (16 KOs), brutalized Haskins in 2012 en route to a Round 8 TKO.

There’s no upside left for Haskins. If his manager is serious, like he told BBC.com, about matching him up against Shinsuke Yamanaka, the premier bantamweight on Earth, then money is the deciding factor because his man doesn’t stand a chance.

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