BOXING: Our Top 5 British Rankings and Potential World Title Contenders

The last few years have been rather successful for British Boxers with us having a number of World Titles come back to the UK. Currently, there are 11 World titles (WBC,WBA,IBF,WBO) on our shores and with many British fighters progressing through the rankings it wont be long till the next title comes to the UK with the next opportunity being a big fight for Liam Walsh against Mayweather Promotions highest rated fighter and IBF Super Featherweight Champion Gervonta Davis on May 20th at the Copperbox Arena.

The 5 fighters below are who we believe to be the best British fighters as we speak.

5. Terry Flanagan- WBO Lightweight Champion- He has the best undefeated record of any UK fighter at the moment and has the WBO Lightweight belt. If he can get through Petr Petrov comfortably on 8th April then hopefully he can go onto bigger tests, maybe Jorge Linares or Mikey Garcia or possibly a fight with fellow Mancunian Anthony Crolla that has been called for the last couple years.

4. Callum Smith- He is highly rated by his 3 fellow fighting brothers who consider him the best of the bunch and with a British title, European title and WBC Silver title along with his 22-0 record this year could see a potential World title fight with much talk of a fight with James DeGale for his IBF belt and possibly the WBC title now Badou Jack has vacated the belt.

3. Anthony Joshua- IBF Heavyweight Champion – Ever since his gold at the 2012 Olympics, Joshua has been touted for big things. 18 KO wins from 18 fights, sell out crowds and the IBF belt has made ‘AJ’ a big brand in the UK and he is beginning to do the same over the US with a fight deal with Showtime. His next fight will be his toughest, Wladimir Klitsckho at Wembley Stadium in front of 90,000. This will prove if the hype is real and will certainly give him the test he needs against a Klitsckho who wants to show the world he still has what it takes after his loss to Tyson Fury in November 2015.

2. Kell Brook- IBF Welterweight Champion- The unbeaten Welterweight Champ faces American Errol Spence at Bramall Lane in May as he returns to Welterweight after his loss to GGG at Middleweight that gained him lots of respect for taking the fight and holding his own against a man many fear. Hopefully he comes through the Spence fight and we could maybe see the big fight against Amir Khan all UK fans want to see!

1.Carl Frampton- A two weight world champion at Bantamweight and following in the footsteps of manager Barry McGuigan with the Featherweight title, Carl Frampton is a top British fighter coming off his first ever loss in his career from his rematch with Leo Santa Cruz. It was a shame to see the Belfast man lose the fight but he never seemed to get going in the bout and will definitely be looking for the Trilogy fight. His name has also been mentioned to fight the ‘Welsh Mayweather’ Lee Selby in the future and that’s the fight I would like to see him in the most.

Potential World Title Fighters from the UK:

O’Hara Davies

Josh Taylor

Dillian Whyte

All 3 of the fighters above are looking for World title fights in the future. It may even take Davies and Taylor to a potential fight against each other to get a title shot as both are getting through the Super Lightweight division very well in the UK and many are touting them for a World title in the next few years. Taylor is only 9 fights into his pro career and it may be seen as too soon for him but his promoter Barry McGuigan rates him highly and I believe after his last win against Warren Joubert who Taylor finished with a cracking straight left, he will start to fight a higher calibre of fighter and we could see the Davies fight sooner rather than later. Davies beat Derry Matthews by TKO on the Haye/Bellew bill and will certainly go onto bigger fights as he has gained a lot of attention recently by his talking and his disagreement with Floyd Mayweather which lead to Davies offering to fight Mayweather Promotion’s Ashley Theophane.

Whyte could be seen as a longshot, Joshua knocked him out and he had a close win against Chisora that many saw as ‘Del-Boys’ win but he looks a new man under Mark Tibbs and seems to be taking himself a lot more seriously and he wants the big fights too. Deontay Wilder is one of his targets but has also taken aim at Tony Bellew if the Liverpudlian stays at Heavyweight.

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