Prince Naseem Hamed, Johnny Nelson, Junior Witter. The list is endless.
Nobody would ever associate boxing, though, with Ripon.
Even for someone from the cathedral city in North Yorkshire, like Ron Hopley, chasing the boxing dream had to be done far from where he grew up.
“My first few sessions were at the army barracks in Ripon, but after that I had to travel to Leeds to box at St Patrick’s,” says Hopley.
Training alongside future super middleweight world title challenger Henry Wharton - who would become a lifelong friend - Hopley made it to the professional game where he admits to an ‘average’ career.
"I probably didn't fulfil my potential, and when I realised I could make more money as a plasterer I packed it in,” he laments. "But I've always loved the sport, the friends I've made, what it can do for you."
So he started training amateurs and pros, this time at a club in York.
Then finally in early 2020, just before the pandemic, Hopley opened a club in Ripon and introduced the sport of boxing to his home city.
"I was training amateurs at Henry's gym but it was a long way to go so we just opened one for the few lads we had,” he says.
"We only had four lads to start with, just wanted to get them off the street, give them an outlet for their aggression and get them fit.”
Now Ripon Amateur Boxing Club is open to amateurs of all ages and experience, boys and girls, and on Friday breaks new ground with a first ever boxing show in the city, to be held at Ripon Bowling Club on Bondgate Green.
The show, which is already sold out, features 18 bouts and Hopley’s old friend Wharton is the guest of honour.
Hopley, whose club now boasts 21 carded fighters and last week produced a maiden Yorkshire champion, says: “I never got the chance to box in Ripon and giving these young fighters the opportunity is something I always dreamed of.”