It seems a bit unjust that the greatest boxer(in my opinion) to have come out of Scotland, and also arguably out of the UK, has yet to be given the public sporting recognition he deserves, considering what he has achieved in the sport.
Ken was a genuine world title holder in his own right and accomplished all he did, the hard-way, by travelling to his opponent’s backyard to beat talents like Ismeal Laguna, Carlos Ortiz and to also defend his title against a legend in the making at the time, in one Roberto Duran.
When Duran, a man who, who baring in mind held the Lightweight Title for 7 years at post his fight with Buchanan, went onto win titles at 4 different weights from lightweight to middle, and shared the ring with other great household names such as Sugar Ray Leonard, was recently asked who was the toughest fighter he ever fought, Buchanan was the stand-out name to grace his lips(see media interview below):
Duran: “Buchanan was my toughest fight”
The late great Ray Arcel(a trainer of Duran) once commented that Buchanan reminded him in someways of Benny Valgar; which is, in and of itself, a compliment and testimony of how highly the legendary trainer rated Ken, as he(Arcel) had Valgar nearly on par with the great Benny Leonard when it came to boxing ability.
Whenever the younger or current generation of boxing fans discuss UK legends and greats of the sport, we invariably hear names like Naseem Hamed, Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and so on being mentioned, and with respect to Ken, only the boxing enthusiast and hardcore aficionado will speak-up and remind them to include the “Fighting Carpenter” in that list and to place him somewhere at the top of it as well.
To put it into perspective, if Buchanan had fought in the modern-era he would have easily been mixing it at elite level with the likes of Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.
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Ken Buchanan at his boxing best