Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Amir Khan, Carl Froch: Ranking greatest British boxers of 21st century

  • Tom Ward
Ranking the greatest British boxers of the 21st century including Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua

British boxing has changed quite a bit over the years since the turn of the century. 

Back then, it was Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis who did almost all of the heavy lifting, but these days it’s Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury who share that burden between them.

Meanwhile, Prince Naseem Hamed and Amir Khan have given British Muslim boys something to dream about for the rest of their lives, while Scottish fans have Ricky Burns and Josh Taylor to thank for many a night to remember.  

Here is GIVEMESPORT‘s list of the top ten greatest British boxers of the 21st century.

Amir Khan is a former super-lightweight and welterweight champion

10. Amir Khan

Let’s face it, Khan by his own admission isn’t exactly who he once was, but once upon a time the Bolton boxer was widely considered the best of Britain.

An Olympic silver medallist, ‘King’ Khan paved the way for future generations of British stars to come. 

The 35-year-old is also a former super-lightweight and welterweight world champion. 

Anthony Joshua is a two-time heavyweight world champion

9. Anthony Joshua

It’s impossible not to put AJ somewhere on this list simply for the fact that the sport in general would not be where it is today without him. 

Look, he might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’d wager even your grandma knows who he is, and that’s saying something.

Carl Froch holds wins over George Groves twice, Mikel Kessler and Jean Pascal

8. Carl Froch

Carl Froch can’t help but mention the time he beat George Groves at Wembley every time he does the commentary for Sky Sports. 

But, in fairness, few others can lay claim to such an achievement. 

His only two losses were against Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward, but the Cobra bounced back with a win over the Great Dane in their rematch and proved to be the better fighter on the night.

Prince Naseem Hamed throws a punch at Kevin Kelley

7. Prince Naseem Hamed

Prince Naseem Hamed is a name synonymous with the city of Sheffield and is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time. 

His rapid rise to super stardom took place in 1995 when he beat Steve Robinson by TKO to become the WBO featherweight champion at Cardiff Arms Park. 

‘Naz’ showed unparalleled skill time and time again against the likes of Jose Badillo, Vuyani Bungu and Wilfredo Vazquez. 

Ricky Hatton stares down Floyd Mayweather in the face-off before their fight

6. Ricky Hatton

Your dad’s favourite fighter, probably. 

Nicknamed ‘The Hitman’ in a nod to Tommy Hearns, Ricky Hatton took his army of fans with him wherever he went, from the streets of Manchester all the way to the strips of Las Vegas.

His true grit and determination saw him record 45 wins from 48 fights with 32 KO victories. Hatton’s granite chin held out for the best part of ten years until along came Floyd Mayweather.

David Haye made a comeback in 2021

5. David Haye

Before Tony Bellew bashed the living daylights out of David Haye, it seemed like there was no on the planet who could cope with his speed or power unless you got lucky like Carl Thompson.  

The faith cruiserweight Haye showed in trainer Adam Booth ended up paying dividends as he brushed aside the opposition until he got injured and dropped off after some humiliating defeats. 

Josh Taylor celebrates beating Jose Ramirez

4. Josh Taylor

The Scottish warrior dropped Jose Ramirez twice en route to becoming Britain’s first four-belt undisputed champion which makes the BBC’s decision to snub him from the 2021 Sport Personality of the Year shortlist all the more baffling. 

Taylor, 31, has defeated super-lightweights such as Ivan Baranchyk, Ohara Davies, Viktor Postol and Regis Prograis.

He’s currently scheduled to face Jack Catterall on February 26 in Glasgow.

Tyson Fury has his arm raised

3. Tyson Fury

Were it not for the man ranked above him, you could make a case for Fury being not just the best fighter of his generation, but also the most talented heavyweight these shores have ever produced.  

Fury’s highly-anticipated rematch versus Deontay Wilder is the stuff of legend and when they clashed again last October, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum described it as ‘the greatest heavyweight fight of all time’.

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Lennox Lewis

Where was Lennox Lewis born?

2. Lennox Lewis

Lewis narrowly misses out on top spot despite being a three-time heavyweight world champion who is the last man to hold the undisputed title.

His overall professional record stands at 41-2-1 (32 KOs), with his only losses coming at the hands of Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman. 

Lewis retired in 2004 after a knockout win over Vitali Klitschko a year prior. 

Joe Calzaghe finished his career with a record of 46-0

1. Joe Calzaghe

After some umming and ahing Welshman Joe Calzaghe is my No. 1.

It was a close-rung thing between Calzaghe and Lewis, but in the end Calzaghe got the nod, just like he always did during his unbeaten 15-year career. 

Calzaghe is the longest-reigning super-middleweight world champion in history having held the WBO title for over ten years from 1997 to 2007 before moving up to light heavyweight.  

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