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The story of Peter Buckley, the world’s worst boxer

Many people argue that winning is not always the most important thing in sports. However, it is not easy to maintain such a poignant idea if you intend to dedicate yourself to a sport professionally. Even so, today we bring you a very particular case of an athlete who became quite well known, although not exactly for his achievements and victories. We are talking about Peter Buckley, a man who a few years ago earned the symbolic title of “worst boxer in the world”.

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This sportsman, born in Birmingham (England) in 1969, had a boxing career that few would want to boast about. In the two decades he dedicated to this discipline he won a total of 44 fights. At first glance it seems a pretty good record, however when we compare it with the record of defeats things change: we are talking about a total of 256. That’s not all, it should be noted that of those 256 defeats, 88 were consecutive, a world record that no one has been able to match.

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With that many disappointments, we’re sure many of you are wondering how Buckley was able to stay motivated. The answer is simple: even though he was (clearly) not the best boxer, his love for the sport is gigantic. Contrary to what anyone might think, our friend Buckley was neither lazy nor a slacker. In fact, he trained three hours a day and although he was never able to win a professional title, he was able to win a few regional titles such as the BBBofC Midlands area Super featherweight.

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But beyond that, this welterweight always emphasized that he was grateful to the sport because it had allowed him to emerge from his marginalized background in Birmingham: he had a very difficult childhood in a working-class family, his brother died when he was very young and two of his nephews were imprisoned. “I have boxing to be grateful to. It has given me house, car and vacations and thanks to it, my wife and daughter live without hardship,” he once said.

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He also fulfilled the dream of many: to face world champions like Duke McKenzie or Naseem Hamed (who knocked him out). During his career he participated in a total of 300 fights and retired on October 31, 2008. In his last fight, against Matin Mohamed, he won.

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