There is a general feeling amongst boxing fans and pundits that British boxing is arguably at its highest ever level in terms of the sheer number of stars from these isles being at the top end of their respective divisions. With such a wealth of British boxing stars, the question remains, how do they stack up against each other? To find out, we’ve ranked our top British pound-for-pound boxers.
20) Luke Campbell
Campbell held the WBC Silver and Commonwealth lightweight titles from 2016 to 2017 and has challenged once for the WBA and Ring magazine lightweight titles in 2017. He’s won 21 fights and lost only twice.
19) Ricky Burns
The Scotsman has enjoyed an incredible career, with a record of 43-7-1 in 17 years of professional boxing. He is one of only three British boxers to have won world titles in three weight divisions.
18) Jamie Mcdonnell
The Doncaster-native was unbeaten from 2008 to 2017, before taking a no-contest result against Liborio Solis and a first-round TKO to Naoya Inoue of Japan.
17) Amir Khan
Khan is on the way back to the top after signing a deal with Matchroom Boxing. Victories against Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas have put him back on track in his career. Khan is facing a real test against Terence Crawford next month.
16) Lee Selby
The Welshman was beaten by Josh Warrington in the summer, but he had made five successful defences of his IBF world title prior to the defeat.
15) Scott Quigg
The 30-year-old has been involved in some high-profile contests recently, most notably against Oscar Valdez. Despite losing, the Bury-native rebounded against another Mexican in Mario Briones, with a swift TKO in the second round. He held the WBA super-bantamweight title from 2013 to 2016, and the British super-bantamweight title from 2011 to 2012.
14) Chris Eubank Jr
Eubank Jr secured a stunning victory over James DeGale at the 02 Arena earlier this year. After some disappointing years, he finally seems ready to step up to some big challenges.
13) Terry Flanagan
Turbo’ Terry Flanagan had been beating everything that dared to cross his path for the best part of eight years on the pro scene, before taking two damaging defeats to Maurice Hooker and Regis Prograis. He held the WBO lightweight title from 2015 to 2017, becoming the first Englishman to win a world title in that weight class.
12) Ryan Burnett
The Northern Irishman has an impressive record of 19-1. He is a former unified bantamweight world champion, having held the WBA and IBF titles between 2017 to 2018. At regional level he held the British bantamweight title from 2015 to 2017.
11) Anthony Crolla
Crolla bounced back in the perfect fashion after two defeats to Jorge Linares. He has 34 wins and six losses in his professional career.
10) Charlie Edwards
Edwards upset the odds when he earned a unanimous decision over Cristofer Rosales to lift the WBC flyweight world title when many thought he was not ready for the opportunity. Out of 15 fights, he has won 14.
9) Carl Frampton
Frampton lost to British rival Josh Warrington in December last year, which was the second defeat of his career and a crushing blow to his IBF world title hopes.
8) Khalid Yafai
Yafai was disappointed by the fourth defence of his WBA junior bantamweight title, a unanimous points win over Israel Gonzalez in November. Yafai (25-0, 15 KOs) also had a dominant seventh-round win over David Carmona in the United States in May.
7) Josh Taylor
Taylor picked up three sparkling wins in 2018 that have given him the chance to become world champion in his next fight. Taylor will contest his first world title fight in Glasgow in May when he faces IBF super-lightweight champion Ivan Baranchyk. He is very well known for his slick fighting style.
6) Billy Joe Saunders
Saunders has decided to step up to super-middleweight to challenge for the vacant WBO belt against Serbia’s Shefat Isufi at Wembley. He held the WBO middleweight title from 2015 to 2018, and previously the European, British, and Commonwealth middleweight titles between 2012 and 2015.
5) Dillian Whyte
The last few months haven’t been kind to Dillian Whyte, despite securing a win over Joseph Parker in 2018. His dreams of a rematch with Anthony Joshua have faded and Deontay Wilder is now fighting Dominic Breazeale.
4) Tyson Fury
Fury made a huge leap after coming back to boxing by taking on Deontay Wilder. The ‘Gypsy King’ was dominant throughout the fight, despite being knocked down twice. Many felt Fury should have won, but the fight was scored as a draw. We now wait and see what’s next for Fury…
3) Josh Warrington
Warrington overcame Frampton and has held the IBF featherweight title since May 2018. He has previously held the WBC International, European, Commonwealth, British, and English featherweight titles. He will take on Kid Galahad at the Leeds Arena on June 15th.
2) Callum Smith
Smith (25-0, 18 KOs) knocked out George Groves in the seventh round to be crowned WBA super middleweight world champion in the WBSS final in September. He has held the WBA and Ring magazine super-middleweight titles since 2018.
1) Anthony Joshua
Joshua is the current IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion. Joshua will go up against Jarrell Miller in New York later this year, a fight he should win comfortably.