That Makes Him Harder Then a Coffin Nail

[Unlicensed Boxing] What Happens When You Headbutt A Maniac


Lenny McLean was one of the deadliest bare-knuckle fighters Britain has ever seen. He had dear, powerful friends, but he also had terrible enemies. So much so that he has two bullet wounds in his back — each from a different attack. He has also been stabbed repeatedly — always from behind. Lenny, however, is also a warm, grizzly bear of a man, whose main weakness is an overwhelming desire to put the welfare of his mates ahead of his own well-being. #beast.

Being raised by an abusive step-father, Lenny had an incredibly difficult upbringing. At the age of 10, he’d had his jaw broken twice and many broken bones. At the age of 15, he was fired from his first job after beating up the foreman.

Lenny is a man who has years of abuse bottled up, that he would one day unleash on his opponents.

This is what happens when instead of touching gloves, you headbutt him:

Boxing Life

When Frank Warren formed the National Boxing Council in the 1970s, it allowed the toughest underground fighters in Britain to compete legally. McLean, unable to become a licensed boxer due to his violent reputation and criminal record, entered the world of unlicensed boxing (which, though legal, was not sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control), and he quickly became one of its brightest stars. His most famous bout was against James ‘Foreman’ Soreman. The notorious Essex fighter had earned a name for himself by flattening skulls with his forehead. The fight went down to the final round, where Soreman illegally headbutted Mclean and was subsequently disqualified.

McLean, who in his prime was six feet two inches (188 cm) tall and weighed over twenty stone (127 kg), boasted that he could beat anybody, in either a legitimate match or in an unlicensed match with or without gloves, and reputedly sent out challenges to many of the famous boxers of the day, includingMuhammad Ali and Mr. T, though neither contest materialised. He was challenged by the king of the gypsies Bartley Gorman to see who was the hardest unlicensed fighter in the united kingdom but he refused leading to many to believe Bartly to be the better fighter.

McLean had a brutal trilogy of unlicensed matches with arch-rival Roy “Pretty Boy” Shaw, a former patient of Broadmoor Hospital. McLean lost to Shaw once via verbal submission, which McLean justified by claiming his gloves had been tampered with, thus reducing their maneuverability. McLean beat Shaw in a rematch with a dramatic first-round knockout in which Shaw was knocked out of the ring. In their final bout, McLean ended the feud with a brutal first-round knockout at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park, London in September 1978.

However, McLean was not invincible nor a professional athlete and large portions of his career cannot be verified. He was allegedly twice knocked out by Johnny “Big Bad” Waldron during the early days of his boxing career, both times in the first round. He was also knocked out in the first round by George Langley, twice stopped in matches against Cliff Field, and beaten on points by Kevin Paddock (none of which are mentioned in McLean’s autobiography), although McLean always maintained that he had never lost a fight “on the cobbles” or outside the ring.

Despite these defeats, McLean claims to have competed in almost four thousand fights over three decades, and winning a very large majority of these fights. This led many to accept McLean as the unofficial Heavyweight Champion of the World in unlicensed boxing.

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