Ken Buchanan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 28th 1945; he is regarded as the finest Lightweight ever to come out of Scotland, but many would argue he is one of the greatest pound for pound fighters ever to come out of the Great Britain.

Ken Buchanan started boxing at the age of eight and turned professional in September 1965 with Welsh manager Eddie Thomas who was based in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
Eddie Thomas was the manager and trainer of the late great Howard Winstone, former Featherweight Champion of the World. Buchanan chose to go to Wales because of his admiration of the style and technique of the great Winstone despite being approached by many top British trainers and promoters to sign for them.
In his first professional fight Buchanan beat Brian Tonks by a knockout in two rounds in London. But Buchanan was to spend much of his early professional career fighting in the plush surroundings of the West End Sporting Clubs in London.

Buchanan soon won the British title by knocking out Maurice Cullen in 11 rounds, and became a world class title challenger. He continued his way up the world rankings by defeating the likes of Jose Luis Torcida, Angel Robinson Garcia and Vincenzo Pitardi. He challenged the then future world Jr. Welterweight champion Miguel Velazquez for the European Lightweight Championship, but Buchanan lost the 15 round split decision to Valazquez (later on Buchanan reversed the decision in a re-match).
Buchanan continued his ascent towards the world’s number one rankings by beating the likes of Leonard Tavarez and Chris Fernandez both over 10 rounds.

September 1970, Buchanan travelled to San Juan Puerto Rico where he would meet the formidable Ismael Laguna, the classy world lightweight champion.
Many top fight experts thought that San Juan’s warm and humid climate would affect Buchanan’s performance in the ring, but he upset those who thought that way and proved them wrong, and beat Laguna by a 15 round decision to become World Lightweight champion. That fight won him the Edward J. Neil Trophy for the ‘1970 American Fighter of the YearAward,’ the first and only British fighter ever to receive such an award.

At that time the British Boxing Board of Control was in the middle of a feud, and Buchanan was not allowed to fight in the United Kingdom.
He had to resort to fighting overseas for a lengthy period of time. He finished Donato Panuato by a ten round decision in a non-title bout, and then he began 1971 by going to Los Angeles where he retained his world title with a 15round decision over Ruben Navarro.

After that, he was allowed to fight in the United Kingdom again, and he returned home to beat former world champion Carlos Morocho Hernandez, by a knockout in the eight round.
Buchanan then flew to New York to meet Ismael Laguna once again, this time defending his world title against the former champ.
Buchanan easily retained his title with another 15 rounds decision over Laguna, and then had a couple of non-title affairs, one in London and one in South Africa against Andries Steyn, with the towel being thrown in the third round.

Buchanan was stripped of the WBC title for failing to defend against Pedro Carrasco, but he remained the WBA World Lightweight champion. His next defence came on June 26th 1972, against then undefeated Roberto ‘hands of stone’ Duran at Madison Square Gardens, New York.
The bout proved to be one of the most controversial in modern day boxing history. During an exchange of punches at the end of round 13, Duran landed a low blow, and replays, which have been shown countless times on TV and Video, are all inconclusive.
Referee John LoBianco said however, that he thought the blow was legal, and therefore the bout and the world championship was given to Duran by a technical knockout in the 13th round, Buchanan required hospital treatment and surgery after the bout.
But John LoBianco never refereed another championship bout ever again after that fight.

In his next fight, Buchanan beat 3 times former world champion Carlos Ortiz by a knockout in six rounds, also taking place at Madison Square Gardens.
In 1973 Buchanan started out by beating future world champion Jim Watt over 15 rounds to regain his British Lightweight title.
Buchanan had many more wins after, but decided to hang up his gloves and retire as undefeated British & European Lightweight Champion in 1982.



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