S57’s British pound for pound rankings

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British boxing has been experiencing a boom in recent years. The amount of fighters performing at the highest level has increased and the number of World titles held by British fighters have gone through the roof. They are spread across the weight categories and from all around the British Isles. We take a look at the top 10 fighters from these shores and rank them in order. It has not been easy settling on a decision and if you have any fighters who you think deserve to be included please feel free to leave a comment.


Terry Flanagan

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  • Age: 28
  • Nickname: Turbo
  • Fighting out of: Crumpsall, Manchester
  • Record: 33-0-0 (13 KO’s)
  • Weight: Lightweight
  • Titles: WBO World Lightweight Title

Flanagan was the first British man to win a World title at lightweight when he beat unbeaten Jose Zepeda. ‘Turbo’ and won the WBO title, left vacant by Terence Crawford, after Zepeda had to retire due to a shoulder injury in 2015. The Manchester fighter declared he was open for a rematch with Zepda but it never materialised. ‘Turbo’ has gone on to establish himself as one of the best fighters at his weight defending his title 5 times.


9. Scott Quigg

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  • Age: 28
  • Nickname: N/A
  • Fighting out of: Bury, Greater Manchester
  • Record: 33-1-2 (24 KO’s)
  • Weight: Featherweight
  • Titles: N/A

Quigg campaigned at Super-bantamweight during the majority of his career so far. He held the WBA title in the division before he lost his biggest fight of his career against Carl Frampton. Quigg’s performance was initially questioned as he did not seem his usual self. After the fight it emerged that Frampton had broken his opponents jaw in the early rounds. Now Quigg is looking to dominate the featherweight division. He is 2-0 after moving up and has decided that a change of trainer from Joe Gallagher to legendary trainer Freddie Roach. The future looks bright for Quigg.


8. Khalid Yafai

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  • Age: 28

  • Nickname: Kal

  • Fighting out of: Birmingham, West Midlands

  • Record: 22-0-0 (14 KO’s)

  • Weight: Super Flyweight

  • Titles: WBA World Super Flyweight

Claiming silver at the 2010 Moscow European Championships Yafai did not turn pro until mid 2012. He fought 6 times before the end of 2012 showing his hunger and his eagerness to impress on the professional stage. He got his World title chance in 2016 when he beat Luis Concepcion by unanimous decision in Manchester for the vacant WBA title. A succesful defence 5 months later in his home city has set up a chance to make even bigger moves in the division this year.


7. Tony Bellew

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  • Age: 34

  • Nickname: The Bomber

  • Fighting out of: Liverpool, Merseyside

  • Record: 29-2-1 (19 KO’s)

  • Weight: Cruiserweight

  • Titles: N/A

What a roller-coaster Bellew has been on in recent times. After his emotional victory at Goodison Park for the WBC Cruiserweight title, which he won with a big knockout against Ilunga Makabu, he then defended the title against BJ Flores where ‘the Bomber’ destroyed his opponent before calling out David Haye. The fight was made at heavyweight where Bellew did not look comfortable. He won the fight in a strange series of events. What he will do next is not known. Back to cruiserweight? Big pay day at heavyweight? Continue working as a pundit? Who knows. Perhaps another Rocky movie?


6. Lee Selby

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  • Age: 30

  • Nickname: Lightning

  • Fighting out of: Barry, Wales

  • Record: 25-1-0 (9 KO’s)

  • Weight: Featherweight

  • Titles: IBF World Featherweight title

Selby is a quality operator and has been called ‘the Welsh Mayweather’. His slick boxing skills got him that name and it shows when he is in the ring. He won the IBF title in 2015 and has successfully defended it 4 times since then. His defeat came early in his career in a points loss to fellow Brit Samir Mouneimne. He is looking for a fight win Carl Frampton in the near future. It would surely be a brilliant advert for British boxing.


5. Kell Brook

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  • Age: 31

  • Nickname: Special K

  • Fighting out of: Sheffield, Yorkshire

  • Record: 36-2-0 (25 KO’s)

  • Weight: Welterweight

  • Titles: N/A

It has been a difficult year for Brook. Frustration at the lack of big fights he was being given he decided to move up to middleweight and fight the unbeaten Kazakh Gennady Golovkin. He was beaten but not outclassed. GGG used his size to walk down Brook and the towel came in due to an eye injury. Then came his title defence at welterweight against Errol Spence. This was stopped again due to Spence taking over and another eye injury. Brook’s stock has gone down due to these defeats. He will need to decide at what weight he wants to fight at as he is a big welterweight. Everybody wants to see him face Amir Khan. Hopefully that fight happens.


4. Billy Joe Saunders

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  • Age: 28

  • Nickname: Superb

  • Fighting out of: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

  • Record: 24-0-0 (12 KO’s)

  • Weight: Middleweight

  • Titles: WBO World Middleweight title

Undefeated. World Champion. Saunders had to make the top half of the ranking. GGG has stated he wants the fight to try and completely unify the division. Obviously this would be a difficult fight for the British fighter but he has done it the hard way. He beat fellow Brit Chris Eubank Jr on a split decision. He will face Willie Monroe Jr in September hoping to defend his title for the second time. Who knows. At the start of next year we could be seeing ‘Superb’ Saunders take on GGG in a mega event.


3, Carl Frampton

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  • Age: 30

  • Nickname: The Jackal

  • Fighting out of: Belfast, Northen Ireland

  • Record: 23-1-0 (14 KO’s)

  • Weight: Featherweight

  • Titles: N/A

Frampton’s move up to featherweight began with the greatest victory of his career. A majority decision over Leo Santa Cruz in Brooklyn meant the Belfast fighter won the WBA world title in his first fight at the weight. Frampton moved up in weight after beating Quigg in their eagerly awaited clash at Super bantamweight. The glory did not last at featherweight as Santa Cruz overturned the defeat by majority decision. Frampton was set to fight at home in Belfast against Andres Gutierrez but the Mexican slipped in the shower and sustained an injury. What next for ‘the Jackal’? Hopefully completing the trilogy with Santa Cruz will come our way soon.


2. James DeGale

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  • Age: 31

  • Nickname: Chunky

  • Fighting out of: Hammersmith, London

  • Record: 23-1-1 (14 KO’s)

  • Weight: Super Middleweight

  • Titles: IBF World Suprer Middleweight title

DeGale has fought all over the world. He really does travel well and always puts on a show. A defeat to fellow British fighter George Groves early in his career had the potential to derail his train to success. Fortunately for everyone involved it did not. With that defeat outstanding a rematch would be mouthwatering. There has also been tension between DeGale and the Eubank Jr camp. The Eubank camp state that they have offered ‘Chunky’ the fight and the IBF champ is ducking them. But in reality who is not ducking Eubank in his teams eyes? DeGale will be hoping to get back in the ring and to winning ways soon after his last fight ended in a draw against Badou Jack.


1. Anthony Joshua

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  • Age: 27

  • Nickname: AJ

  • Fighting out of: Watford, Hertfordshire

  • Record: 19-0-0 (19 KO’s)

  • Weight: Heavyweight

  • Titles: IBO, WBA, IBF World Heavyweight titles

If one man embodies the British boxing boom it is Joshua. From winning gold at London 2012, to making his pro debut at the O2 on a Scott Quigg undercard, to his war with Dillian Whyte, to winning his first World title against Charles Martin and most recently his classic with Wladimir Klitschko it has been one hell of a journey. What next? It looks like a defence against Kubrat Pulev. It is difficult to look beyond another KO victory for ‘AJ’. who has a perfect record. His ability in the ring accompanied by his humble attitude make him a true winner. In the not so distant future we can see a few all nighters for us Brits watching Joshua take on the best in the division in Las Vegas.


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Author: Alan Brown

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