Lee Haskins

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Lee Haskins (born 29 November 1983) from Lockleaze, Bristol has fought in the Flyweight, Super Flyweight and Bantamweight divisions.

Lee is a former undefeated English and Commonwealth flyweight champion and the British and Commonwealth Super Flyweight champion.

He is the current British Bantamweight champion and former European champion. Haskins made his professional debut in March 2003 when he took on and defeated Ankar Miah stopping him in the first round at Ashton Gate the home of Bristol City Football Club. In his very next contest he defeated future British champion Chris Edwards this time over 6 rounds at the same venue. By the time he had compiled a winning ledger of 9-0 he challenged Delroy Spencer for the English Flyweight title and claimed the belt after Spencer retired after the third round of the 10 round contest. In February 2006 almost three years from his professional debut and now with a winning record of 13-0 Haskins challenged the Tanzanian fighter Anthony Mathias for the vacant Commonwealth Flyweight title. He stopped Mathias in the 2nd round at The Pavilions in Plymouth to pick up his second career title. Following the victory over Mathias, Haskins returned to Bristol just two months later for his first defense against Former World Champion Zolile Mbityi from South Africa. Haskins won the fight on points over 12 rounds.

In October 2006 Haskins chose to move up a weight division and compete for the Commonwealth Bantamweight title. The current champion, another South African called Tshifhiwa Munyai had claimed the belt with an upset win over British Bantamweight title holder Martin Power. The fight which was Haskins debut at the York Hall in London ended in the 6th round with Munyai scoring a TKO. Following the stoppage, Haskins next meaningful fight was almost a year later in September 2007 when he returned to the York Hall to take on new British Bantamweight holder Ian Napa. The fight once again proved to be a disappointment for Haskins retiring hurt with an arm injury in the 7th round. In March 2008 Haskins put the memory of defeat behind him by scoring a win over future World Champion Jamie McDonnell over 8 rounds in Barnsley. The win set him up for another crack at a title, this time against the British Super-Flyweight champion Andy Bell. The fight with Bell took place in November 2008 and ended with a unanimous points decision for the Bristolian.

On 10 July 2009 Haskins defended his belt for the first time against Sheffield's serving soldier Ross Burkinshaw, winning with a comprehensive stoppage in the 4th round. On December 11, 2009 Haskins added the Commonwealth Super Flyweight title to his collection after defeating the unbeaten Don Broadhurst on points in Newport, Wales and becoming a two weight Commonwealth champion. Haskins claimed the belt having scored a unanimous points victory on all three judges scorecards. Following the fight Haskins was scheduled to face Italian Andrea Sarritzu for the European title at super flyweight only for the contest to be called off on a total of four occasions, another fight against the Frenchman Karim Guerfi also fell through after the fighters failed to agree terms. The delays meant that Haskins was out of the ring for over a year until on 30 April 2011 he met Bulgarian boxer Fikret Remziev over six rounds, scoring a fourth round stoppage, at the Olympiad Leisure Centre in Chippenham.

On 14 July 2011, Haskins travelled to Morocco to except a short notice challenge for the WBA Inter Continental bantamweight title. His opponent, Mohamed Bouleghcha had won the titles in April and as the fight was at bantamweight meant that Haskins would have to not only concede home advantage but also weight advantage as he had not fought in the division for four years. Haskins won unanimously on points over 12 rounds, including two knockdowns, and said that the victory represented that he was now ready for the world stage. On a home show in Clevedon, Somerset on July 7th Lee dismantled another future world champion in Stuart Hall for the European Bantamweight title winning a unanimous decision. After losing his title to Stephane Jamoye in Belgium he regained the British Bantamweight title with a win over world title challenger Martin Ward and subsequently defended against former world challenger Jason Booth.

Lee Haskins won the European title against Omar Lamiri live on channel 5, February 21st 2015. Following that he beat the highly rated Ryosuke Iwassa for the Interim IBF World Bantamweight Title on June 13th at the All Action Arena in Bristol.