Kevin Finnegan

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Kevin Finnegan boxer
Birth Name Kevin Finnegan
Weight class medium weight
nationality United KingdomUnited Kingdom British
birthday April 18, 1948
place of birth Iver
style Left-hand boom
size 175 cm
Combat Statistics
Struggles 47
Victories 35
Knockout victories 13
Defeats 11
draw 1

Kevin Finnegan (* 18th April 1948 in Iver , Buckinghamshire , † 23. October 2008 in Hillingdon , Middlesex ) was a British boxer in the middleweight division . He was three-time British champion and two-time EBU European champion .


Kevin Finnegan was the brother of Olympic champion Christopher Finnegan and began professional boxing in 1970. In February 1974 he was British champion with a points victory against Bunny Sterling and in May 1974 he won the European title against Jean-Claude Bouttier (record: 63-5). Bouttier had fought against Carlos Monzón for the world championship in 1972 and 1973 . In the first defense of the title, Finnegan lost the European Championship belt to Frenchman Gratien Tonna (35-4), who had fought for the world title in the last fight against Rodrigo Valdez and then got another title chance against Carlos Monzón.

Against Frank Lucas he became British champion again in May 1977, but lost his first title defense against Alan Minter . Finnegan also remained without a win against Minter in two other career matches. In 1978 he boxed twice in the Boston Garden against Marvin Hagler and lost each time by technical knockout. In December 1978 he was also defeated by Ayub Kalule .

In November 1979 he won the points against Tony Sibson (33-2) for the third time British champion and in February 1980 he also beat Gratien Tonna (44-7) in the fight for the vacant European Championship. He defended the title in May 1980 in the Olympiahalle in Munich with a draw against Georg Steinherr . In September 1980 he lost the European Championship belt by losing points to the Italian Matteo Salvemini (21-0). This was also his last boxing match.

After boxing

After his active career, he bought a farm and painted pictures, a passion that he had lived out during his time as a boxer. He also ran a bar in Marbella for a few years . He spent the last years of his life in Hillingdon, where he died at the age of 60.

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