born: 14/09/1965, Kirkby, Merseyside
At the age of 10, Paul Hodkinson's father took his son to Kirkby to keep him off the streets. Paul won 101 of 111 amateur fights, including the ABA crown in 1986. However, he was left out of the 1986 Commonwealth Games squad for training in the United States (Nigel Benn was omitted for the same reason), and so turned professional. In May 1988, he stopped Welshman Peter Harris in round 12 to win the British title, defending it in December against Kevin Taylor in front of his home crowd. The following year, Hodkinson beat France's Raymond Armand for the European crown, before beating Harris again to win the Lonsdale Belt outright. Having relinquished the British title, in 1990 he fought for the WBC world title, being stopped in round eight by Marcos Villasana, but outpointed the Mexican in a rematch in November 1991. Hodkinson held the title for 18 months before losing to Gregario Vargas in Dublin, and was then beaten by Steve Robinson in a bid for the WBO title in 1994, prompting his retirement.
Hoko proudly shows off his British and European title belts
⊕ Paul Hodgkinson