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Carl Froch breaks down the five best pound-for-pound boxers

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Carl Froch has revealed his top five pound-for-pound boxers in the world - and his selections have certainly got fans talking. 

Nottingham-born former super-middleweight WBC, IBF and WBA world champion Froch enjoyed a fruitful career of his own, winning 33 of his 35 fights, and peaking at number six on The Ring Magazine's pound-for-pound rankings in 2013. 

Following his retirement in 2014 - after his spectacular knockout of George Groves in front of a then-record 80,000 fans - 'The Cobra' has since turned his hand to punditry.

Now, prior to the much-acclaimed Vasyl Lomachenko's showdown with Brit Anthony Crolla, the former champion broke down his top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

5. Oleksandr Usyk

A name now familiar to millions around the UK after his savage demolition of Tony Bellew, Usyk is a man who has got plenty of boxing's biggest names talking over the past two or three years. 

Completely dominant in the cruiserweight division - becoming the first fighter ever to hold all four belts (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO) simultaneously - the Ukrainian cemented his place in the sport's history after conquering the division in just 16 fights. 

Now, having made the bold decision to step up and take on some of the sport's biggest names in the golden heavyweight division, many are waiting with bated breath to see how the classy hit-man will fare against the very best. 

"We knew Usyk could box," Froch told Sky Sports. "But the way he ended that fight against Tony Bellew showed me another side to him. He's also displayed real character while getting the job done in his opponent's back yard. 

"With his skill set, if he can demolish [Carlos] Takam, and someone like Alexander Povetkin, then you can start talking about an Anthony Joshua fight."

Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew - Cruiserweight World Title Fight

4. Naoya Inoue

Perhaps a name less familiar to boxing fans around the world, Inoue has been quietly establishing his reputation as a highly talented - and hard-hitting - young fighter, who could be set to take the sport by storm. 

Already a three-weight world champion at just 25, Inoue has held titles at light-flyweight, junior-bantamweight and bantamweight - winning all 17 of his professional fights to date, 15 of which came via devastating knockouts. 

Whilst arguably yet to face off against an opponent who would truly test his standing as an elite level boxer, Inoue certainly excites fans, and is a fighter who's progress many will be monitoring closely over the coming years.

"I just like the way [he] demolishes his opponents. He's based his career in Japan so far, apart from his American debut, but he's got a big unification fight against Emmanuel Rodriguez in Scotland next.

Naoya Inoue v Juan Carlos Payano - World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Quarter-Final

"It takes real character to battle through a tournament against the world's best. Let's hopes he finds an opponent willing to engage with him in the final. His power is impressive."

3. Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez

Arguably the biggest name in world boxing right now, the only shock at Alvarez ranking in this list is perhaps that he doesn't occupy the number one spot. 

Canelo's controversial draw, and subsequent 2018 victory over the much-revered Gennady Golovkin has gone a long way in bolstering his already incredible reputation in many's eyes.

After also triumphing over British champion Rocky Fielding in December of last year, Alvarez is now set to face off against American Daniel Jacobs, a fight which has many fans drooling over the prospect of seeing two of the sport's biggest names go toe-to-toe.

Canelo Alvarez v Rocky Fielding

"He got past Gennady Golovkin in their rematch, then he had a foray up at super-middleweight, and will next take on Danny Jacobs.

"He seems to be getting better and better, and I respect the level of opposition he's faced. I would have loved to have greeted him at 168lbs, because I think I would have been too big, and too strong for him".

2. Terence Crawford

The heir-apparent to Floyd Mayweather's illustrious throne, Terence Crawford's utter dominance across his lengthy professional career has been nothing short of spectacular. 

A multiple world champion across the lightweight, light-welterweight and welterweight divisions, 'Bud' has won all 34 of his professional fights to date, 25 of which came via knockout.

Terence Crawford and Amir Khan Press Conference

A former undisputed light welterweight world champion, Crawford is, too many, the most talented fighter in the world right now, and was only the fourth man ever to hold all four belts in a division - fifth-ranked on this list Oleksandr Usyk becoming the fifth man to do so in 2018. 

"Crawford still hasn't come close to losing. I like his no-nonsense attitude in the ring and I think he's probably the one out of all the welterweights who would take the least persuading to fight the other champions.

"I hope those unification fights will be made, so we can really see how good he is. He could be a potential number one in the future".

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

Another Ukrainian with a seemingly near-mythical reputation, two-time Olympic gold medallist - 2008 Beijing featherweight, and 2012 London lightweight - Lomachenko has already had a career like no other in the history of professional boxing. 

Vasiliy Lomachenko v Anthony Crolla

A world champion after just three fights, a two-weight world champion after seven, and a three-weight world champion after an unprecedented 12, Lomachenko is a near-perfect fighter - infamous for his speed, footwork, and all-round ability to make even the most talented opponent look ordinary. 

"You could have argued that Lomachenko hadn't really been pushed in any of his wins, where he was forced to dig deep, but then he got rid of Jorge Linares, even though he got dropped and his shoulder was injured.

"Lomachenko also defeated the potentially tricky Jose Pedraza, and was very good that night. His level of opposition has been higher than Crawford this past year, and he can certainly box a bit too!".

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Naoya Inoue
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