Last year was possibly the biggest 12 months we’ve seen in British boxing for some time and the nation now finds itself with an array of talented boxers throughout its weight divisions.
2018 was filled with so many huge fights: Callum Smith v George Groves, Josh Warrington v Carl Frampton, Anthony Joshua’s title defences and of course the return of Tyson Fury.
We’re only in the second month of 2019 but if all goes to plan it looks set to be another big year, with British boxers at the forefront of some of the biggest fights potentially in the offing.
With the pedigree of British boxing at its highest for years, GiveMeSport have had a look at how the top 20 boxers from these shores are actually ranked, according to their pound-for-pound rating, per BoxRec, boxing’s official record keeper.
As one or two rankings are likely to raise a few eyebrows, it is worth pointing out the rating is calculated per fight and is based on a structure which can be used for any division, fight length or outcome.
20. James DeGale – 72 points
DeGale has fought professionally since 2009 as a super middleweight. The 33-year-old has had 28 bouts, consisting of 198 rounds. DeGale has won 25, 15 by knockout, drawn one and lost twice, to George Groves and more recently to Caleb Truax in December 2017 in a fight for the IBF super middleweight title.
19. Amir Khan – 75 points
One of the biggest names in British boxing over the last 10 years, Khan is an orthodox welterweight with an impressive record of 33 wins, 20 knockouts and only four defeats. Khan is a former unified light-welterweight champion and WBC silver welterweight title holder.
18. John Ryder – 75 points
Ryder nicknamed ‘The Gorilla’ is a 30-year-old super middleweight in his ninth year as a professional. Ryder has had 31 professional fights, with 27 wins, 15 knockouts and four defeats.
He has challenged twice for the British middleweight title in 2013 and 2015, and once for the British super middleweight title in 2017.
17. Rocky Fielding – 79 points
Liverpool born Rocky Fielding won his first 21 consecutive fights between 2010 and 2015, suffering his first loss in a fight for the British super middleweight title and WBC silver middleweight title to fellow Merseyside man Callum Smith.
Fielding has had 27 professional bouts, winning 27 with 15 knockouts and losing two. His most recent defeat came in his WBA super middleweight defence against pound-for-pound king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in December.
16. Jack Catterall – 85 points
Catterall, nicknamed ‘El Gato’, is a 25-year-old super lightweight from Lancashire. Catterall has had 23 professional bouts, and has a 100% record, winning all 23, 12 of which were by knockout. Catterall is the current WBO Intercontinental super lightweight champion.
15. Anthony Crolla – 88 points
‘Million Dollar Crolla’ is a Manchester-born lightweight who made his professional debut in October 2006.
Crolla has had 43 bouts in his 13 years as a professional to date, winning 34, with 13 knockouts, losing six and drawing three. Crolla held the British lightweight title from 2011 to 2012 and held the WBA lightweight title from 2015 to 2016.
14. Isaac Dogboe – 90 points
Super Bantamweight Dogboe made his professional debut in 2013, aged 18. Dogboe won his first 19 bouts, with an impressive 14 knockouts and he won the WBO International super bantamweight title in July 2017. Dogboe suffered his first loss and his title in December 2018 at the hands of Emanuel Navarrete.
13. Kell Brook – 94 points
Brook is a 32-year-old super welterweight who has had 40 professional fights, winning 38, with 26 by knockout and losing only two. Brook held the IBF welterweight title between 2014 and 2017 and also stepped up to fight as a middleweight in 2016 against the formidable Gennady Golovkin where he lost after a fifth-round TKO.
12. Dillian Whyte – 94 points
The first heavyweight in the top 20 and yet still quite surprisingly ranked fairly low, Whyte is a 6’4 orthodox fighter who has suffered only one loss in his professional career, to the current world champion Anthony Joshua, back in December 2015.
Whyte has had 26 bouts in his eight years as a professional, winning 25, with 18 knockouts. The 30-year-old enjoyed a great 2018, beating Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora, and is likely to face AJ again later in 2019.
11. Tyson Fury – 99 points
Another one who will feel he should be much higher in this list. The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ is one of the biggest names in the sport. A crazy character who shakes up any press conference, but a tactical mastermind in the ring.
Fury has an unbeaten professional record, he’s had 28 bouts, winning 27, 19 by knockout. His last fight, his biggest since his return in 2018, finished as a draw against American Deontay Wilder.
10. Khalid Yafai – 100 points
Yafai holds the WBA super flyweight title which he won back in December 2016. The 29-year-old often goes under the radar for his achievements and has an unbeaten professional record, winning all 25 of his professional fights, with 15 knockouts.
9. Carl Frampton – 112 points
Northern Irishman Frampton is a 31-year-old featherweight who made his professional debut in 2009. Frampton has had 28 bouts, winning 26 and losing just two, both of which were title fights on points. His last outing was one of those defeats for the IBF featherweight title against Josh Warrington.
8. Lee Selby – 116 points
Selby, another featherweight, is an orthodox fighter nicknamed ‘Lightning’ due to his quick speed.
The Welshman has had 28 bouts in his 11 years as a professional, winning 26, with 9 knockouts and losing two. Selby was another victim of Warrington’s last year, losing at Elland Road in May. His next fight is scheduled for the February 23 against American Omar Douglas.
7. Luke Campbell – 121 points
Campbell is a southpaw lightweight, Olympic gold medalist, who made his debut aged 25 in July 2013. Campbell has had 21 professional bouts to date, winning 19 and losing two.
6. Josh Taylor – 123 points
Scotsman Taylor, nicknamed ‘The Tartan Tornado’, is an undefeated super lightweight. A southpaw who made his debut in July 2017 and has won all his 14 bouts, knocking out 12 of his opponents. Taylor will fight Ivan Baranchyk in the World Boxing Super Series for the IBF super lightweight and WBC Silver super lightweight titles in Glasgow on May 18.
5. Chris Eubank Jr – 126 points
Eubank Junior, son of the former WBO middleweight and super middleweight champion, is himself a super middleweight who made his professional debut in 2011.
He has won 27 of his 29 bouts but has struggled whenever he has stepped to up face elite opposition in the form of Billy Joe Saunders and, more recently, George Groves. Hence there were plenty of boxing fans in dismay at his high ranking.
4. Billy Joe Saunders – 131 points
Saunders has won all 27 of his bouts, with 13 knockout victories, and held the WBO middleweight title between 2015 and 2018, defending his title on three occasions.
He vacated the title in October 2018 in anticipation of it being stripped from him due to testing positive for Oxilofrine, a stimulant.
Saunders’ last fight was in December, six days short of a full year since his previous outing, following a tricky 2018 outside the ring.
He will be fighting for a world title at super-middleweight on April 13 at Wembley.
3. Josh Warrington – 155 points
Warrington, a 28-year-old orthodox featherweight, made his professional debut in 2009. The Yorkshireman has won all 28 of his professional bouts, with six knockouts to his name.
Warrington won the WBC international featherweight title in 2015 and has successfully defended his title on five occasions since, with big fights against names such as Kiko Martinez, Lee Selby and Carl Frampton.
2. Callum Smith – 204 points
Smith, a super middleweight ranks in at second on a hugely impressive 204 points. The 6’3 orthodox fighter has won all 25 of his fights to date, serving up 18 knockouts along the way.
Smith’s biggest fight to date came against Groves in September last year in Saudi Arabia, where he knocked out the fellow Brit in round 7 to claim the WBO super middleweight title and win the World Boxing Super Series.
1. Anthony Joshua – 235 points
Currently the most sought-after man in boxing. Joshua sits comfortably at the top of the rankings on 235 points, which is no surprise given his professional record.
Since his debut in 2013, the 6’6 heavyweight has won all 22 of his bouts, with 21 knockouts.
Joshua currently holds the IBO, WBA, IBF and WBO titles, beating opponents such as Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin along the way.
Joshua will take on American Jarrell Miller in June in his first fight stateside across the Atlantic.