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Tony Bellew and Carl Froch pick their top five British heavyweights

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Ahead of Saturday's crossroads heavyweight fight between Londoner Dillian Whyte and Australia's Lucas Browne, two of British boxing's biggest names have listed their top five heavyweights in the country for Sky Sports.

Whyte (22-1, 16 KOs) returns to the scene of his only career defeat - to Anthony Joshua - as he faces the unbeaten Browne (25-0, 22 KOs) at the O2 Arena this weekend.

The Brixton-based fighter was included by both fellow heavyweight contender Tony Bellew and former super middleweight world champion Carl Froch as the pair compiled their lists of Britain's best heavyweights. 

Whyte was Bellew's number three pick, whilst Froch ranked Whyte as fourth best - calling him an "interesting" prospect. "He is the only one in the list who has not only fought Joshua but caused him a bit of a problem. He has built from that and is active and on the way up," stated Froch.

Bellew refused to rank himself, but did include fierce rival David Haye - whom he meets in a long-awaited rematch on May 5.

The Liverpudlian stated that he felt that Haye, alongside WBC heavyweight king Deontay Wilder, shared the distinction of being "the most dangerous heavyweight in the world with a single punch." Bellew ranked Haye at number two in his list.

Unsurprisingly, Froch also included Haye in his selections. The two fought alongside each other as amateurs and remain friends. He did not, however, rank fellow pundit Bellew.

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"Yes, he (Haye) is a friend of mine but he was a world heavyweight champion and did we really see the real him against Tony Bellew? We'll know more next month, but Bellew has only had one fight as a heavyweight, which is why I am leaving him out," reasoned Froch - who also included Haye protege Joe Joyce on his list at number five.

Froch placed Haye at number three beneath former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. - whom he praised for having opened up the division following his November 2015 usurping of Wladimir Klitschko. There was no place for Fury in Bellew's line-up, however.

"The minute Tyson Fury fights, he's No 2. Until then, he can't be. Fury is potentially the best in the world but how can you rank someone who hasn't fought in over two years?" Bellew asked.

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Despite disagreements elsewhere, both Bellew and Froch were unanimous in their top selection - current WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

"Josh stands out at the top, all on his own." Froch stated. He is not only the best heavyweight we've got, he is the best in the world right now."

Full Lists:

Tony Bellew

1. Anthony Joshua

2. David Haye

3. Dillian Whyte

4. Dereck Chisora

5. David Price

Carl Froch

1. Anthony Joshua

2. Tyson Fury

3. David Haye

4. Dillian Whyte

5. Joe Joyce

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Boxing
Tony Bellew
Heavyweight
Dillian Whyte
David Haye
Carl Froch

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