Five spars at Spurs: Tottenham ground has been hosting big boxing matches for almost a century


Five spars at Spurs: Tottenham ground has hosted big boxing matches for almost a century, like Frank Bruno winning Barry Hearn’s first big fight promoted and Michael Watson’s tragic loss to Chris Eubank

  • Anthony Joshua meets Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  • Former Tottenham home ground White Hart Lane staged legendary fights
  • Jim Smith defeated Pat King in the first fight at White Hart Lane in 1922
  • Bruce Woodcock won an epic Battle of Britain against Jack London in 1945
  • Frank Bruno stopped Joe Bugner in eight rounds in front of 40,000 fans in 1987
  • Michael Watson’s tragic loss to Chris Eubank was the last big fight at Lane











Anthony Joshua is preparing to meet Oleksandr Usyk at the brand new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

But the history of boxing on the Tottenham football ground dates back almost a century.

Sportsmail takes a look at five important fights in the former home of Spurs, White Hart Lane.

Anthony Joshua (pictured) will face Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

This is the first fight to take place at Spurs' new stadium, but White Hart Lane has staged plenty of fights

This is the first fight to take place at Spurs’ new stadium, but White Hart Lane has staged plenty of fights

JIM SMITH v PAT KING (April 13, 1922)

In the first outdoor fight held in London, 7,000 fans watched Smith beat King for the Dockland Settlements Championship.

FREDDIE MILLS vs. LEN HARVEY (June 20, 1942)

The event had to end in daylight to prevent the lights in the ground from breaching the blackout imposed during the Blitz. Fearless Freddie obliged by eliminating British and Empire lightweight champion Harvey in the second round.

Frank Bruno defeated Joe Bugner in eight rounds at White Hart Lane in 1987 in front of 40,000 fans

Frank Bruno defeated Joe Bugner in eight rounds at White Hart Lane in 1987 in front of 40,000 fans

BRUCE WOODCOCK v JACK LONDON (July 17, 1945)

In a much-anticipated Battle of Britain, Woodcock inflicted three knockdowns in the sixth round to relieve Jack London of the British and Empire heavyweight titles.

FRANK BRUNO v JOE BUGNER (October 24, 1987)

Forty thousand gathered for the first big fight promoted by Barry Hearn. Only family and friends backed Bugner, who had never been forgiven for his points loss to heavyweight favorite Henry Cooper. Bugner was out of retirement but fought until Bruno stopped him in the eighth round.

Chris Eubank's 1991 fight with Michael Watson saw Watson go into a coma

Chris Eubank’s 1991 fight with Michael Watson saw Watson go into a coma

CHRIS EUBANK v MICHAEL WATSON (September 24, 1991)

This tragic battle for the world super middleweight title ended with Watson fighting for his life and then cripplingly crippled. Watson was ahead on every scoreboard but was caught by a top cut in lap 11 from which he had not recovered when he was sent for the 12th. The fight was stopped and a few minutes later it collapsed. Without an ambulance, vital minutes were lost before he was given oxygen and rushed to hospital. Watson came out of a coma unable to speak or walk.