Top 100 Boxers in the UK Today P4P

Preface: Please note that this is a listing of recent achievement not of ability or aptitude. And no, achievement is not ‘which title shots my promoter or manager’ could get me – if you think that then you miss the central point that should underpin titles – the man should make the title; not the other way around. ‘Achievement’ for my purposes is: who you fought/beat & when you fought/beat them relative to their career curve in the short to medium term past with more weight given to the shorter term past. The fighters listed higher have – in my opinion – achieved more in the recent past. Whether this is because they have simply had the opportunity to achieve more or because they are intrinsically better fighters or a combination of the two will only be revealed with time. It is almost a universal truth that achievement is a product of opportunity, ability & application.

A great example (were they still in the same division) on a global scale would be Carl Frampton & Guillermo Rigondeaux – Frampton would (easily) land higher on a head to head basis as per the methodology employed within the list below because he has fought and beaten a higher calibre of opponent in the recent past. Does that mean I think he’s a better fighter? Certainly not. But because boxing is the ultimate cock-tease in failing to deliver such logical bouts I refuse to allow a sport & the calibration thereof to descend into a game of Fantasy Football altogether either. Rigondeaux hasn’t had the opportunities Frampton has but that’s effectively – as per this listing’s rationale – his problem. I thus seek…

the most impressive body of recent work of any British professional boxer

Individual biographies & motivations are being added sporadically/intermittently… bare with me (will take a while). As always this is a dynamic listing which will change to reflect the changing ladder of success enjoyed by Britain’s top boxers over time.

Key:

🌎 = World Champion (major only)[multiple indicate multiple titles held]
Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter = British Champion
= English Champion
= Olympic Medallist
🗺 = Former World Titlist (major only)
🔕 = Beaten World Title challenger
Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple = Has headlined a PPV Card
🛂 = Has fought outside the UK
💎=Blue Chip Prospect [prospect taken to mean under the age of 30; less than 15 pro fights & having never fought for a world title]
Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 = English
Flag for Wales on WhatsApp = Welsh
Flag for Scotland on WhatsApp = Scottish

Northern-Ireland icon = Northern Irish

UK Top 100 Pound for Pound

  1. Carl Frampton 🌎Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple 🛂Northern-Ireland icon 21 February 1987Image result for premier boxing champions logoWins over Scott Quigg & more significantly Leo Santa Cruz make ‘The Jackal’ the owner of the most impressive body of recent work of any British professional boxer. The win over Santa Cruz & the manner in which it was achieved – on foreign soil – shifts the Belfast man neatly into the global pound for pound elite. Talk is currently of a Santa Cruz rematch; followed by a meeting with fellow Haymon Brit & #4 on this listing Lee Selby at Windsor Park but having expressed an interest in fighting Gary Russell Jr., Jesus Cuellar, and Oscar Valdez (but not Guillermo Rigondeaux) & with Al Haymon’s coffers running dry by some reports his future matching remains unclear at this point.
  2. James DeGale 🌎🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.163 February 1986Image result for premier boxing champions logo Has had a momentous 2 & a half years starting with his Wembley win over the highly touted Brandon Gonzales; which was followed by wins over the rugged Marco Antonio Periban (also on a PPV undercard); Andre Dirrell; Lucian Bute & perhaps least impressively (in terms of calibre of competition if not performance) Rogelio Medina. Has missed the opportunity to become a UK PPV headliner in favour of the mega-paydays handed out by one Al Haymon on PBC. Long may those last – although questions about the medium term health of the Haymon-Network TV experiment persist and grow over time.
  3. Kell Brook 🌎🔕Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.163 May 1986 Brook went out in a blaze of glory against the monster known as GGG in what was in flashes a modern day answer to Hagler vs. Hearns. The loss & more to the point the honour with which it was achieved has rendered the to this point under-appreciated Yorkshireman, to quote Carl Froch, “an international superstar”. After what has felt like years of attempting to lure Amir Khan into a showdown it is not unimaginable that the happenings of 2016 will render Khan the junior competent of any future negotiations. In a convoluted narrative that for so long seemed futile Kell Brook has become one of Eddie Hearn’s great promotional steering success stories.
  4. Lee Selby 🌎🛂Flag for Wales on WhatsApp  14 February 1987Image result for premier boxing champions logoA career that threatened to be torpedoed by a 2009 loss to 1-0-1 Samir Mouneimne has certainly come a long, long way since. The polished Barry boxer has accumulated wins over Stephen Smith (in sensational fashion); John Simpson; Rendall Munroe; Australian Olympian Joel Brunker; Evgeny Gradovich (in controversial circumstances); an ageing Fernando Montiel & the frustrating talent Eric Hunter. Taken as a whole its a decent body of recent work but much of his future trajectory will depend on how he navigates the ever evolving promotional landscape.
  5. Anthony Joshua 🌎Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1615 October 1989AJ is already the single biggest commercial animal in all of British boxing – generating upwards of £6 million every time he fights. With Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko yet to be confirmed only due to a hold-up over the WBA title – which frankly wouldn’t change much bar who he’s likely to fight after that – £6 million in revenue will seem positively quaint against estimates as high as £25 million for the crossroads fight of the decade in the heavyweight division.
  6. Chris Eubank Jr 🗺Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 18 September 1989 Talent: check. Profile: check. Managerial steering: yeah, but, no, but… Eubank Jr’s progress is now actively being sabotaged by the same overzealous influence which gift wrapped him his entree into the sport at an artificially inflated level of public interest. I don’t see any cataclysmic parting of ways between father & son & thus envisage a great talent will go whichever way the chip on his father’s shoulder deems appropriate.
  7. Scott Quigg 🗺🔕Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 9 October 1988Frampton vs. Quigg was for a good 2.5 years a bout the trade yearned for & Hearn was eventually able to deliver a bout that frankly failed to live up to the substantial hype – with Quigg conserving energy stores excessively in the early going & Frampton building up an unassailable lead on any sane card. Where to from here for the now just once beaten Lancastrian under the Matchroom banner? The answer will be intriguing to watch unfold.
  8. George Groves 🔕Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple 🛂 Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1626 March 1988Sauerland Promotion Groves is one of the sport’s older 28 year olds having been through two wars with Carl Froch; a still controversial fight with James DeGale;  a loss on American soil to Badou Jack & most recently a resurgent win over Martin Murray in his last outing.
  9. Tony Bellew 🌎Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 30 November 1982 Tony Bellew is one of the sport’s loveliest guys – & one of its true characters. A fighter & a warrior who owes his success more to sweat & super-human levels of self-belief than to any inherent talent – a guy many young pros could learn from.
  10. Jamie McDonnell 🌎🛂 Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1630 March 1986
  11. Amir Khan 🗺🔕Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple 🛂 Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.168 December 1986Image result for premier boxing champions logo L KO 6/12 & L TKO 5/12 look comparable enough on paper but there was a huge swing in status & fortunes between Khan’s last outing & his perennial would-be nemesis Kell Brook’s… & not in the favour of the Bolton born, American based Amir Khan either. Khan is no longer the A-side in any proposed future meeting between the two & you’d anticipate that someone who could rock GGG wouldn’t have too many problems doing likewise & far worse to the notoriously glass chinned Khan.
  12. Anthony Crolla 🗺🔕🛂 Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1616 November 1986Smashing lad who is now mixing it with the best fighters in the world in his division. Has made the most of the substantial promotional backing & upped his game through the increasing level of opponents faced.
  13. Billy Joe Saunders 🌎Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 30 August 1989Image result for queensbury promotions logoOne of the era’s true talents but has been kept inactive for a variety of reasons both before & after his career best win over Andy Lee. Were this a simple listing of natural talent Saunders would do no worse than a Top 2 place – on his worst day. Sadly for BJS – Gennady Golovkin & Canelo Alvarez would both view him as but one of a list of a dozen potential opponents on the B-side – paid accordingly, & of course, on the road. The investment seemingly isn’t there for any major bout with him as the A-side.
  14. Callum Smith Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter 🛂 Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1623 April 1990What can you say about the still just 26 year old super middleweight who holds an unusually high (for this era) knockout ratio of 76% through 21 bouts? With the exception of his first two four rounders – he has only failed to stop three men, two of whom (Nikola Sjekloca & Christopher Rebrasse) have never been stopped by anyone through 35 & 29 fight careers respectively. Callum is a superstar in waiting.
  15. Nathan Cleverly 🌎Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple 🛂Flag for Wales on WhatsApp  17 February 1987 Many will deem Nathan Cleverly’s win over Juergen Braehmer fortuitous – which, perhaps, to an extent it was – but he had to show a great deal of grit & determination to just be around to accept said good fortune. Nathan was exceptional in a losing effort against Andrzej Fonfara a year ago & his recent success is proof positive of my countryman Gary Player’s favourite saying, “The harder you work the luckier you get.” Few within the trade will begrudge Nathan a win that stemmed from years of hard toil.
  16. Terry Flanagan 🌎Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 11 June 1989Image result for queensbury promotions logo A legitimate top tier lightweight but one lacking true elite level opposition on his resume. Undefeated but I’d argue that a competitive loss to a Jorge Linares counts for more in my book than a ‘world title defence’ against a 42 year old who was 7-5 in his previous 12 bouts.
  17. Josh Warrington 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 14 November 1990Derided in some circles for being a coddled money spinner in the town he effectively owns – Leeds. That characterisation is getting less & less fair with every win over an international level operator – Joel Brunker & Hisashi Amagasa weren’t mugs & Josh’s wins over them aged still just 25 should be respected. Having turned pro at just 18 Warrington’s peak athletic & revenue generating years will unfold in the next 36 months & to quote Tom Petty, “the future was wide open.” I’d not hold my breath waiting for Selby vs. Warrington anytime soon although eventually, who knows…
  18. Lee Haskins 🌎🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 29 November 1983 Proof were it needed that not all world titles were created (nearly) equally. Haskins failed by way of stoppage at both British & Commonwealth level at bantamweight (where only around 30 British fighters ply their trade at any one time) & had to move down to super flyweight (where only around 15 British fighters ply their trade at any one time) to pick up a domestic title yet is now, somehow, a ‘world champion’ among the 1,000 or so bantamweights the world has to offer. Consider he got laid out by Stephane Jamoye – a man who both Ryan Farrag & Scott Quigg knocked out & you realise how meaningless the term ‘world champion’ is nowadays. To be fair, though, Haskins did enjoy domestic success earlier winning the English title – against an opponent who was 9-24-1 coming in. When boxing asks itself why it isn’t taken seriously by a sizeable chunk of the population it should have a look at cases of attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of the sporting public such as this one before it starts to feel too sorry for itself.
  19. Dereck Chisora Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple 🛂 Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1629 December 1983Sauerland PromotionDereck’s athletic prime is probably behind him but the allure of Chisora was only ever partially predicated on his technical ability – the drive/insanity/lunacy remains & I’d be veering toward a Dillian Whyte convert to a larger degree were the latter to face & beat a guy who is still somewhat competitive against Top 5 competition in Kubrat Pulev.
  20. Khalid Yafai Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 11 June 1989 Supremely talented fighter who at 27 & 19-0 with the backing of the promotional hyper-power in the UK is potentially, in time, the nearest thing Roman Gonzalez might actually consider a legitimate challenge at super flyweight. There are other exciting fights out there for Yafai in theory – 23 year old Naoya Inoue & Juan Francisco Estrada both spring to mind in what is evolving into a tasty little division on the global level.
  21. Martin Murray 🔕🛂 Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1627 September 1982  Martin will perhaps be best remembered for his controversial loss to Sergio Martinez & an equally laughable so-called draw with Felix Sturm in that great home of unbiased judging Germany. At 34 years old the metabolic reality seems to mean his new home is at 168lbs with no way back down to the middleweight division where he enjoyed his greatest performances. Should Martin retire sans a world title he will be one of the era’s best fighters to do so. Fantastic character; chin & heart make him a hardcore fan favourite who took on challenges no one else would & did so the hard way. A tribute to the spirit of the sport.
  22. Luke Campbell Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1627 September 1987  I’m unsure whether I had some sort of viral infection that rendered me inaccurate in my observations but having been to hundreds of cards & seen thousands of bouts over the years I left Campbell vs. Coyle about as impressed as I’ve ever been with any fighter’s performance. Campbell is a polished; slick; refined fighter with the blue chip amateur pedigree to back it up. His bout with Derry Mathews was one part stepping stone & one part examination of his will to ascend to the heights his talents surely merit. Needless to say his dismantling of the seasoned Mathews was a test Luke passed with flying colours. Once more there is reason to be excited about the 29 year old’s future.
  23. Ricky Burns 🌎🛂Flag for Scotland on WhatsApp  13 April 1983 
  24. Liam Smith 🗺🔕🛂 Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1627 July 1988Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  25. Frankie Gavin 🔕Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1628 September 1985
  26. Stephen Smith 🔕🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 22 July 1985
  27. Brian Rose 🔕🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 15 February 1985
  28. Stuart Hall 🗺🔕🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 24 February 1980
  29. David Haye 🗺🔕Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple 🛂 Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1613 October 1980 Image result for hayemaker promotions logoDifficult entity to quantify considering all ‘those clowns on that joke channel’ but Haye remains a peripheral if increasingly irritating figure loitering around the elite level of British boxing on the basis of laurels alone – as much as the future exploits of  Mark de Mori & Arnold Gjergjaj are on the tip of every working man’s tongue up & down the country.
  30. Gavin McDonnellFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 30 March 1986 
  31. Liam WalshFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 18 May 1986Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  32. Jack CatterallFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 1 July 1993Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  33. Tommy Langford 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 12 July 1989Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  34. Liam Williams Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter Flag for Wales on WhatsApp  26 May 1992Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  35. Paul Butler 🗺Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 11 November 1988Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  36. Bradley Skeete Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 17 October 1987Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  37. Tyrone Nurse Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 4 January 1990
  38. Dillian Whyte Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter Banknote With Pound Sign on Apple Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 11 April 1988
  39. Tommy McCarthyFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 4 November 1990
  40. Jack Arnfield Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 22 May 1989
  41. Rocky Fielding Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 5 August 1987
  42. Ryan Burnett Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter 🛂Northern-Ireland icon 21 May 1992The coming attraction in the bantamweight division & in truth bar Jamie McDonnell already the premier 118lber in Britain – professional accolades pending of course. The Ryan Farrag bout served as a chance to showcase his talents & versatility as a boxer-puncher. Adam Booth regards the 24 year old from Belfast the single biggest talent he has ever worked with & that is some recognition considering the calibre of fighters the super trainer has worked with over the years.
  43. Matty Askin Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 24 December 1988Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  44. Bob Ajisafe 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 13 April 1985
  45. Martin Joseph WardFlag for United Kingdom on Twitter Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 13 July 1991
  46. David Price 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 6 July 1983 Sauerland PromotionDavid Price’s career has been hampered by three things: 1) opponents who were shown to be on drugs; 2) a chin that is still widely questioned & 3) simply bad luck in coming along at a time of promotional turmoil & era change. Still has something to offer & many potentially big fights remain out there for the likeable Scouser.
  47. Isaac Dogboe 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 26 September 1994
  48. Lenny Daws 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 29 December 1978Image result for hennessy sports logo
  49. John Ryder Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 19 July 1988
  50. Ashley Theophane 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1630 August 1980Image result for mayweather promotions logo
  51. Ryan Walsh Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 18 May 1986Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  52. Hughie Fury 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 18 September 1994Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  53. Derry Mathews 🗺Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 23 September 1983Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  54. Tom DoranFlag for Wales on WhatsApp  7 August 1987Image result for coldwell boxing promotions
  55. Scott Cardle Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 28 September 1989
  56. Craig KennedyFlag for Wales on WhatsApp  3 May 1985
  57. Robbie Davies Jnr Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.163 October 1989Image result for coldwell boxing promotions
  58. Ahmet Patterson Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1626 October 1987Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  59. Gamal Yafai Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16💎 4 August 1991
  60. Sam Eggington Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 15 October 1993
  61. Stephen Simmons 🛂Flag for Scotland on WhatsApp  6 August 1984
  62. Tommy Coyle Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 2 September 1989
  63. John Wayne Hibbert Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 12 December 1984
  64. Ryan Farrag 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 6 February 1988
  65. Luke Blackledge 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 6 August 1990Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  66. Hosea Burton Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 14 September 1988
  67. Isaac Lowe Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 21 January 1994
  68. Paul Smith🔕🔕🔕🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 6 October 1982
  69. Frank Buglioni 🔕Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 18 April 1989Image result for goodwin boxing logo
  70. Gary CornishFlag for Scotland on WhatsApp  10 April 1987
  71. Gary CorcoranFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 12 November 1990Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  72. Mitchell SmithFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 24 November 1992Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  73. Anthony Yarde 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16💎 13 August 1991Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  74. Lee Markham Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 24 October 1987Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  75. Kid GalahadFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 3 March 1990Image result for hennessy sports logo
  76. Sean DoddFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 28 June 1984
  77. Rick SkeltonFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 8 October 1993
  78. Iain Butcher Flag for Scotland on WhatsApp 2 May 1992
  79. George Jupp 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 18 December 1990Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  80. Craig CunninghamFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 26 February 1988
  81. Jazza Dickens Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.1612 April 1991
  82. Charlie Edwards 🔕Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16💎 8 February 1993
  83. Jason Cunningham Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 26 September 1989
  84. Tom Baker Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 18 November 1991Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  85. Jamie ConlanNorthern-Ireland icon 11 October 1986Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  86. Adam Etches Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 26 January 1991
  87. Callum JohnsonFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 20 August 1985
  88. Andrew Selby Flag for United Kingdom on Twitter Flag for Wales on WhatsApp 💎 25 December 1988
  89. Elliott MatthewsFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 23 April 1981
  90. Thomas Patrick WardFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 15 May 1994
  91. Anthony Cacace 🛂Northern-Ireland icon 2 February 1989
  92. Marcus Morrison Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16💎 9 March 1993
  93. Jamie Cox 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 24 August 1986Image result for queensbury promotions logo
  94. Leigh WoodFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 1 August 1988
  95. Sonny UptonFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 27 June 1989
  96. Martin WardFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 11 March 1988
  97. Joe HughesFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 6 August 1990
  98. Lewis TaylorFlag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 27 January 1990
  99. Glenn Foot Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16 5 November 1987
  100. Ohara Davies 🛂Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16💎 9 February 1992

Representation in the Top 100 by Nation

86Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16

6Flag for Wales on WhatsApp

4 Northern-Ireland icon

4Flag for Scotland on WhatsApp

Promotional Strength in Depth

*100 points for #1…all the way down to 1 point for #100.

Only fighters listed officially on the promoter’s website or signed officially to the promoter are considered within these totals.

Totals by Promoter: 

2118

1124Image result for queensbury promotions logo

385Image result for premier boxing champions logo

229Sauerland Promotion

133

91Image result for coldwell boxing promotions

78Image result for hennessy sports logo

72Image result for hayemaker promotions logo

51Image result for mayweather promotions logo

32Image result for goodwin boxing logo

Promotional Leaders by Nation

Flag for England on WhatsApp 2.16

1896

1033Image result for queensbury promotions logo

229Sauerland Promotion

188Image result for premier boxing champions logo

83

78Image result for hennessy sports logo

72Image result for hayemaker promotions logo

51Image result for mayweather promotions logo

44Image result for coldwell boxing promotions

32Image result for goodwin boxing logo

Flag for Wales on WhatsApp

97Image result for premier boxing champions logo

85

67Image result for queensbury promotions logo

58

47Image result for coldwell boxing promotions

Northern-Ireland icon

100Image result for premier boxing champions logo

59

Flag for Scotland on WhatsApp

78

World Titles by Sanctioning Body

Image result for wbc beltTony Bellew

Image result for wbaJamie McDonnell; Carl Frampton; Nathan Cleverly

Image result for ibf beltAnthony Joshua; Lee Selby; James DeGale; Kell Brook

Image result for wbo beltTerry Flanagan; Billy Joe Saunders

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