British boxing is on the rise at the moment with the likes of Carl Froch and Amir Khan growing from strength to strength in recent years.

Here are the top three British fighters at the moment and the reasons why they made the list:

1 – Carl Froch

Froch is enjoying the best period of his career right now. He is without doubt the best pound for pound British fighter at the moment. 

His record stands at an impressive 31 wins and only two defeats. 

In 2009, Froch's career started to take off. He faced Jermain Taylor and beat the brash American in the dying seconds of the final round by knocking him out. 

Since then he has had superfights with Andre Dirrel, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Andre Ward. 

He bounced back after his defeat to Ward with a superb destruction of then IBF Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute taking the Canadian apart in five rounds to become the champion. 

He went on to defend his belt against Yussaf Mack and then avenged his defeat against Kessler in a thrilling fight.

One thing is for sure when Froch is fighting and that is you will see a warrior who isn't afraid to go toe-to-toe.

2 – Amir Khan

Khan is going through a change of style at the moment so it's difficult to judge whether he will once again be a world champion. 

Khan started to make waves in the boxing world when he signed with Golden Boy after losing in a shock first round knockout to Breidis Prescott. 

Khan bounced back after this defeat and went on to become WBA and IBF Light Welterweight champion before losing to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia. People say Khan has a glass chin and is not as good as he thinks he is - but if you look at his record you will see that is utter rubbish. 

Khan has beaten some of the best fighters around and some of the hardest hitters like Marco Madiana.

He is still undoubtably one of our best imports and has a great chance to become a champion again if he can make the step up to welterweight and beat the IBF champion Devon Alexander in a fight rumoured to take place in Dubai later this year.

3 – David Haye

People can say what they want about Haye as a person but nobody can deny he is a class above fellow British heavyweight boxers David Price, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora.

Haye was a cruiserweight world champion and made the step up to heavyweight in 2008 and beat Monte Barrett in front of a London crowd. 

He then went on to face Russian giant Nikolai Valuev who stands over seven feet tall in front of a German crowd to become the WBA World Heavyweight Champion. 

A belt that boxing greats like Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and fellow Brit Lennox Lewis had previously held. 

It was a great achievement. He later lost the title to Wladamir Klitschko and retired shortly afterwards.

He came back in 2012 beating mouthy Chisora. The fight was set after an extraordinary press conference altercation between Haye and Chisora after the latter fought Klitschko.

Haye beat Chisora easily and officially announced his return to boxing in 2013.

He is rumoured to be facing Tyson Fury in a British showdown later on this year. 

The winner should be in a position to challenge a Klitschko and there will only be one winner. Haye is a different class than Fury.

Other candidates:

Kell Brook 

After a disappointing 2013 plagued by injury Brook needs to get back to business and make himself a true contender again. 

He was due to face IBF Welterweight champion Devon Alexander earlier this year but had to pull out more than once due to injury.

Nobody is doubting his ability. He has the power and speed to go all the way to the top but he needs to prove it first in front of a world class opponent.

Anthony Ogogo 

Ogogo is a star in the making. With his good looks and nice guy personality he was signed up to Golden Boy straight after the 2012 Olympics. 

He won a Bronze medal for the UK in London 2012 and showed that he has the skills to become a future star and probably our next big import.

George Groves 

Groves is a good fighter. He is not nearly as good as he thinks he is though.

He has made a name for himself in the last few years with his devastating power and slickness in the ring. 

He has some good wins under his belt and has recently got himself into the IBF mandatary position to challenge for Froch's belt. He is definitely one to watch.

 

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