Currently British boxing is having huge success and is really in a good place. Following all of this success I decided it was time for me to create a pound-for-pound list of the top British boxers out there.
1. Carl Froch- A man who for deserves his place at the top of the British list. A boxer who has fought the best in his division time after time and brings excitement every time he enters the ring. Performances against the likes of Lucien Bute and Mikkel Kessler show what a ferocious boxer he is. Good power combines with a fantastic chin and underrated boxing skills to create an elite level fighter. Carl is my favourite boxer and a true warrior of a man. He is next out against fellow Brit George Groves and for me will show just why he is the top of my list with a devastating victory.
2. Ricky Burns- A hugely underrated boxer who goes about his work without all the fuss and hype that others see. A two-weight world champion who’s greatest asset would have to be his determination and belief in himself. A technically good boxer who for me beats anyone in the division except Adrien Broner should he ever fight at lightweight again. Burns is a relatively unknown boxer to the general public but one who deserves a lot more credit than he gets. Burns next opponent is Raymundo Beltran which should be a tough fight but one that I expect Burns to come through.
3. David Haye- A former unified cruiserweight world champion and WBA heavyweight champion. Haye has great power, speed and movement. He is also a very interesting guy who brings publicity to the sport. A celebrity as well as a boxer he is able to draw huge audiences.
Haye has been at the top of the sport for a long time now and yes he was beaten by Wladimir Klitschko but for my money he could beat any other heavyweight out there. He is a world class boxer and rightly is rated highly in the British pound for pound list. Haye can next be seen in action against fellow Brit Tyson Fury and for me will win via ko.
4. Amir Khan- A man who divides opinion. Amir has put on some fantastic displays in his career so far against the likes of Zab Judah and Marcos Maidanna. He has blistering hand-speed and is great going forward. Khan has slipped a bit in recent times following losses to Lamont Peterson (which was extremely controversial) and to Danny Garcia. Khan has a defensive issue but is great to watch and for me is going to win more world titles yet. Still young and for me will climb up these rankings again soon.
5. Darren Barker- The new IBF middleweight champion. Produced a fantastic show of grit and determination to get up from the floor and deservedly get the nod over Aussie Daniel Geale. Barker has really shaken up this pound for pound list with that performance and finds himself leaping ahead of others in the division such as Martin Murray.
6. Martin Murray- A man who for me should already be a world champion. Murray is a tough fighter who really turns up to fight. He is desperately unlucky not to have been given the decision in his 2 world title fights to date against Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez. For my money Murray won the fight with Martinez and was only not awarded the decision because it was in Martinez’s home country of Argentina. For me Murray has got to win a world title. I think he is too good not to win one and he just needs to keep doing what he is doing and his time will come.
7. Kell Brook- A man who is desperately unlucky not to have fought for a world title yet. Brook can often look several leagues above his opponents and can completely out-class them t times. Good speed, power and very good technique has meant that many see him as a world champion in the not too distant future. Injury has ruled him out of facing Devon Alexander for the IBF title several times and it appears as though fellow Brit and rival Amir Khan may get the shot first now. Brook is back in action soon against former champ and Ricky Hatton victor Senchenko which will show where Brook belongs in the sport.
8. Nathan Cleverly- A man who has struggled to get the big fights that he has so dearly pushed for. Cleverly has all the assets to be a really top boxer. He is tough, quick, technically good and has a good boxing brain. He has been an avoided fighter with other champions deciding against fighting him. His loss to Kovalev has left his career in tatters with some suggestions that he may even retire. I still believe that Cleverly can come back from this as he is still young.
9. Tony Bellew- An all action fighter who gives everything he has got every time he enters the ring. He may not technically be the best but he has got real heart. He has good power and can take a shot well. Bellew has a title shot later this year and it will be tough against either Adonis Stevenson or Tavoris Cloud but he can win. He has proved the doubters wrong before and who is to say that he can’t again.
10. Scott Quigg- Quigg is a fighter on the rise and following his switch to Matchroom Sport is receiving the exposure that he deserves. A top young fighter who will go into his world title fight with Yoandris Salinas very confident of success. The super-bantamweight really looks to be a star with good speed, and boxing technique and a real belief in his ability. Aged just 24 I am expecting big things from this man in the coming years.
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