British Title Holders to World Champions?

By Cain Bradley on October 12, 2017
British Title Holders to World Champions?
The Lonsdale is held by the British Champion and is one of boxing's more famous belts.

Most of the greatest British boxers of all time have held the belt before going onto bigger and better things…

The Lonsdale Belt is held by the British Champion and is one of boxing’s more famous belts. Most of the greatest British boxers of all time have held the belt before going onto bigger and better things. So which of today’s champion can is most likely to go on to hold a world title. Here they are ranked by likelihood. The current champions go from Flyweight to Heavyweight.

Andrew Selby (10-0) The Welshman has been given the nickname of ‘Superstar’ which basically says it all. He has long been considered a superb boxer and has almost always been higher rated than his brother Lee who is a world champion. He became British Champion in his fifth bout and his last two have been eliminators for the WBC title which he has come through easily. The man holding those belts is Daigo Higa, an absolute wrecking machine, which hinders his odds. However, Selby already looks like one of the best in his weight class and it is only a matter of time until he wins a world title.

Liam Williams (16-1-1) has already challenged for a world title and has a winnable eliminator coming up. Last time out he had a chance to beat Liam Smith for the WBO Light-Middleweight Title. He was winning the bout but a badly placed cut led to Gary Lockett pulling him out. He faces the same man in an eliminator in November. The current champion is Miguel Cotto but the Puerto Rican has plans to retire after one more bout. The only man above Williams in the WBO rankings is Magomed Kurbanov, a superb prospect. He would probably be an underdog but at only 25 and so close to a title shot, he has to rate highly here.

Bradley Skeete (27-1) The lanky Londoner has also positioned himself for a future shot at the WBO title. On a nine fight win streak since his loss to Frankie Gavin he has added the British and Commonwealth Titles to his résumé , beating highly rated Sam Eggington. He is ranked third by the WBO, the title that Jeff Horn holds. He is the least impressive Welterweight title holder to me and it gives Skeete a good chance of holding a world title.

Charlie Edwards (10-1) has already had a world title shot, when he lost to John Riel Casemiro. It came too soon for the decorated amateur and he moved up to Super Flyweight, winning the British title. You would probably argue that he has moved into a stronger weight division and that he is a way off beating any title holder. That is very true but he is only 24 and you have to assume within the next five years a title will be available for him

Rocky Fielding (25-1) begins the part of the ranking where these men are probably not expected to ever be world champions. He has great power and size but his one step up, against Callum Smith saw him comprehensively stopped in the first round. In a Brit heavy division, maybe he gets a chance in a big domestic clash to win a world title.

Thomas Patrick Ward (21-0) is only 23 but is seen as having a big future. He was maybe fortunate when a cut caused his fight against Jazza Dickens to go to scorecards just as Dickens was making a run. He used his technical ability to cause Dickens trouble. His age and the division he boxes in makes me believe he is a good chance here. The best young British talent in the division in Gamal Yafai, but he has a few years on Ward. There are a few young champions in the super bantamweight division but Ward has years before he needs to be rushed towards a world title.

Lewis Ritson (13-0) only won the world title this weekend. He dominated Robbie Barrett as an underdog, forcing a stoppage victory. He showed an ability to come forward on the front foot and mix up his great variety of combinations. He will look to dominate the British title level by beating Scott Cardle, Sean Dodd and Joe Murray before potentially moving up to the level of Terry Flanagan, Anthony Crolla and Luke Campbell.

Tyrone Nurse (35-2-2) has his toughest defense coming up soon against Jack Catterall who I would rank higher on this list. He boxes in the light welterweight division where titles are likely to be open when Terence Crawford moves to Welterweight. Nurse is the type of awkward opponent that no one wants to fight as he offers low reward, high risk.

Frank Buglioni (20-2-1) probably has his best chance when losing to Fedor Chudinov for the WBA World Title at Super Middleweight. At Light Heavyweight he looks a man who would struggle above British level especially given the strength of the division. He is only 28 but the division is full of high level competitors.

Martin Joseph Ward (18-0-2) is a boxer I am not as high as some on. He is the current British and Commonwealth Champion but has struggled at this level not winning any defense convincingly. The division is one of the strongest in world boxing but his youth and the likelihood that a few of the champions move up mean there is some potential to become a champion.

Josh Wale (25-9-2) begins to highlight the highly unlikely section. He came down to Bantamweight after losing to Gamal Yafai and has since won five fights with his aggressive tactics. He is still a long way off the big five of British Bantamweight boxing and at 29 you cannot see him ever getting to the world title level.

Tommy Langford (18-1) is also fighting in a couple of weeks. His last fight saw Avtandil Khurtsidze dominate him on the way to a fifth round stoppage in a bout for the interim WBO title. He does hold the British Title still and has a win over the Commonwealth Champion if that is the way he would like to go. He also has good domestic challenges in Jack Arnfield, Brian Rose and Martin Murray who would all be favored over him.

Matty Askin (22-3-1) was an impressive amateur who has gone on to a good career. His losses have come with his step ups in competition with his best wins coming against Tommy McCarthy and Craig Kennedy. Unfortunately he is in a really strong division and you cannot see him beating any of the champions.

Ryan Walsh (22-2-1) has a huge following along with his brother Liam. Unfortunately he has also lost whenever he stepped up, to Lee Selby and Dennis Ceylan. He has good wins at domestic level but at 31 in a strong division, even with British names, you struggle to see him ever getting a shot.

Sam Sexton (24-3) To be a champion of the world, in theory you have to be one of the best four boxers in your weight. In reality you can probably stretch to a boxer having a chance if he is in the top ten. However just looking at the UK, can you see any time in the next eight years when Cornish is going to be rated higher than more than five of Antony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Hughie Fury, Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, Joe Joyce, Tony Bellew, David Haye, Daniel Dubois and David Price? It is not happening.

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  1. Lucas McCain 02:06pm, 10/13/2017

    Nice lineup.  The British still take their fighters seriously.  The Liverpool city museum (worth visiting on the shores of the Mersey, near the Ferry dock, of course!) has a nice display of boxing stuff near the Beatles displays.  And the old boxing belts are a lot nicer looking—august, serious—than the loud, photo studded WBC leatherette models!

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