Andy Holligan turned professional in 1987, and made his reputation with a points victory over fellow Merseyside boxer and future British super-featherweight champion Sugar Gibiluru in December 1988 in Kirkby, in an excellent contest. In June 1991, Holligan challenged Manchester's Tony Ekubia (winner of 16 of his 18 professional fights, including 13 knockouts) for the British and Commonwealth titles at the Everton Park Sports Centre, winning on points after a superb performance. Following a successful Commonwealth defence against Steve Larrimore, Holligan secured the Lonsdale Belt outright with victories over Tony McKenzie and Ekubia again, for both belts, in 1992. In 1993, now managed by Frank Warren, he challenged the great Julio Cesar Chavez in his home town of Puebla, Mexico, for the WBC world title, losing in five rounds. He then lost his British and Commonwealth belts to Ross Hale, but regained them in 1996 with a stunning first-round knockout of Paul Ryan. He then relinquished his titles in an unsuccessful bid for the WBU world crown against Jimmy Neary in 1998, after which he retired.
Andy Holligan with Lonsdale Belt
⊕ Andy Holligan with Lonsdale Belt