British pound-for-pound update

By Cain Bradley on October 31, 2016
British pound-for-pound update
The most impressive win over the last six months was Frampton defeating Santa Cruz.

I did the first edition of this in six months and though the number of world champions has gone down, for me the quality has only gone up…

I did the first edition of this in six months and though the number of world champions has gone down, for me the quality has only gone up. The depth is so strong that this could be a top 40 list and not get near the bottom of the talent.

1. Carl Frampton
The most impressive win over the last six months from a British boxer was Carl Frampton defeating Leo Santa Cruz. The Mexican was a three-weight world champion and in the top twenty pound-for-pound boxers. Then Frampton took his belt away with an accurate display of big punches. A rematch is coming soon.

2. Kell Brook
Kell has experienced a defeat but it was against Gennady Golovkin. The Kazakh is two weight classes heavier and many were impressed with the performance of Kell. What he does next will be very intriguing. Also helping his ranking is the impressive performance of Shawn Porter against Keith Thurman.

3. James DeGale
No action from DeGale. He has finally got the fight he wanted. He will take on Badou Jack to be the undisputed super middleweight champion.

4. Scott Quigg
All quiet since defeat to Frampton there had been talks of a November return. That looks unlikely now but he is still respected for his efforts against Frampton where he fought to an awful game plan.

5. Terry Flanagan
For me, Flanagan is in an important time of his career. Frank Warren needs to be getting him big fights something he arguably failed to do with Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe. The Mancunian needs to be aiming for Jorge Linares.

6. Tyson Fury
Rarely out the news, it is hard to know where to rank the colorful heavyweight. He will be out the ring for a while which will harm his rankings but you have to remember the incredible performance against Klitschko.

7. Lee Selby
Lee Selby is probably quite underrated. He has had impressive wins on both the British and World level. His style is very difficult to pick up. It would be interesting to see how he gets on against the best fighters in his division.

8. Anthony Crolla
Crolla is one of the best stories in British boxing. He had a hell of a run which ended with wins of Perez and Barroso. He followed that up by facing Jorge Linares. He gave him a very tough bout before eventually dropping the decision but the quality of Linares means he does not fall down the standings

9. Jamie McDonnell
Liborio Solis is lined up as the next opponent for McDonnell. McDonnell is the favorite but Solis gave Yamanaka hell and dropped him. If Jamie can overcome this then a bout with Lee Haskins would be exciting

10. Anthony Joshua
Joshua is the driving force behind the increasing popularity of British boxing. Wins over American challengers Martin and Breazeale were impressive while Whyte keeps winning giving credence to the form. Next up seems to be a mega bout against Klitschko.

11. Billy Joe Saunders
Billy Joe has mainly been active on Twitter since winning his middleweight belt. Despite criticizing Golovkin for his choice of opponent and then agreed to a bout with Artur Akavov. Considering he turned down Rosado as he had nothing to gain, that was an interesting step. Hopefully Billy is back in the ring soon against someone that gets the fan excited.

12. Amir Khan
Khan needs a big fight that he can win. Last time he got to take on Canelo Alvarez. He started well but we all expected it was merely noise until he got caught. When it did it was goodnight.

13. Lee Haskins
Haskins continues to impress in a workmanlike fashion. His latest two wins were dominant decisions over Ivan Morales and Stuart Hall.

14. Tony Bellew
Granted, his first defense was a gimme against BJ Flores but the Makubu win still resonates an impressive performance. He called out Denis Lebedev and David Haye afterwards, both big step ups.

15. Ricky Burns
Another whose opposition has never been of the highest quality, Burns is one of three British three-weight world champions. Pretty esteemed company! He overcame Relikh last time out and a big domestic clash may be coming.

16. Nathan Cleverly
It is always hard to rate Cleverly in comparison to Bellew who beat him in their latest bout. A title win over Braehmer is better on paper than it actually was as he suffered an injury.

17. Liam Smith
Around this section it gets so hard to differentiate. Liam Smith has been a world champion and did well for a while against Canelo Alvarez.

18. George Groves
Groves finally seems to be bouncing back from defeats to Froch and Jack. If Jack beats DeGale it will make him look better. His last win against Martin Murray was impressive and he is looking to work towards a world title now

19. Callum Smith
George Groves said a clash with this man is inevitable. Since he obliterated Rocky Fielding it has been hard not to be frustrated with the level of opposition for Smith. He should be taking on opponents who bring him closer to a world title shot.

20. Luke Campbell
Luke Campbell has maybe looked the most masterful of the class of 2012. He looks like a future world champion. Since his split decision loss to Yvan Mendy he has looked impressive defeating Gary Sykes, Argenis Mendez and Derry Matthews.

21. Chris Eubank Jr.
I am not the biggest Eubank fan in terms of the eye test. I would be surprised if he could step up to world level but he was not far off in a loss to Saunders. He has dominated the domestic scene since.

22. Josh Taylor
Maybe a reach. Jack Catterall would no doubt believe he should be rated higher. The best down of Dave Ryan was one of the most impressive domestic performances I have seen. It was not supposed to look that easy. Hopefully the fights only get bigger and better from here.

23. Josh Warrington
He seems to be beating opponents that tend to only lose to the best. The eye test has not satisfied me but his results means he needs a step up to world level.

24. Ovil McKenzie
McKenzie is on the edge of falling off the list. Inactivity has plagued him as the Marco Huck bout has been cancelled after his draw with Victor Emilio Ramirez which was impressive. 

25. Khalid Yafai
The former amateur star has worked his way up through the ranks and has been impressive in the last few fights. Next up is a world title fight against Luis Concepcion.

Just missed out: Martin Murray, Paul Butler, Stephen Smith, David Haye, Liam Walsh

Soon will be on the list: Andrew Selby, Jack Catterall, Dillian Whyte, Liam Williams, Charlie Edwards

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:49pm, 11/01/2016

    Based on his two wins over “Homeboy” Kameda in Texas, I say Jamie’s American tour was more impressive than Carl’s and as a result he should be further up the list.

  2. Koolz 09:08am, 11/01/2016

    No Fury…means The Wlad Rein will start up Again! Jab Jab Jab Jab…..Hey I can do this till I am 50!

  3. The Thresher 06:49am, 11/01/2016

    Keep your eyes on Dillian Whyte

  4. Jeff Weston 04:59am, 11/01/2016

    Quigg is on the Matchroom/K2 card (very likely fighting at Featherweight): http://boxrec.com/show/739456 (10th December). We just don’t know his opponent yet.

  5. The Thresher 02:49pm, 10/31/2016

    ok, I get your reasoning, but I’m a big fan of Whyte and AJ sent him to dreamland. Plus many had him with a solid chance against Klit.

    Otherwise, DAMM GOOD WORK, but I’m stubborn on AJ.

  6. Cain Bradley 02:45pm, 10/31/2016

    My struggle with Joshua is he has beat no top ten heavyweight. He has points for how it looks but I can’t place him above many of those. 7 is the highest I could stretch o. And whatever is going on with Fury he beat a top ten p4p guy. He will gradually fall down this list but if he was back boxing he is the one everyone has to beat. I admit, I am not sold on a Eubank. From 17 down there is not much between them all. But his best wins are uninspiring. Billy going down these rankings also affects him. I do not see him beating any middleweight in the top ten.

  7. The Thresher 06:53am, 10/31/2016

    Nice job but I would place AJ a lot higher than 10 and I would remove Fury. Also, Eubank seems low, but hey, it’s your list and you did a fine job with it. All in all, I give you a high grade.

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