One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ornate belt awarded to a professional boxer winning a British title fight. A fighter winning three title fights in one weight division is given a belt to keep.
- ‘If Williams is successful he will get to keep his Lonsdale belt - and could fight John Ruiz for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title by the end of the year.’
- ‘Winning the Lonsdale belt has always been my dream.’
- ‘The Huddersfield champion's latest victory means he is only one win away from securing the coveted Lonsdale belt.’
- ‘The only sniff Swaby got of the coveted Lonsdale belt was before the fight when it was waved tauntingly under his nose by Hobson's camp.’
- ‘Gilroy, far right, was British champion, the first Irishman to win the prized Lonsdale belt outright.’
Early 20th century: named after the fifth Earl of Lonsdale, Hugh Cecil Lowther (1857–1944), who presented the first one.
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