British P4P rankings
The British fight scene is awash with talent, now with four world champions and several other contenders on the verge of title shots. We assess the relative ability of the best fighters around.
Last Updated: 13/06/13 5:10pm
Boxing in this country is on a high with four active world champions and several others on the verge of breaking into the elite level.
With Sky Sports' Saturday fight night proving increasingly popular with the fans, you can follow the latest fortunes of your favourite pugilists right here.
Our pound-for-pound ratings will be updated on a regular basis, providing food for thought and much debate!
Jamie McDonnell enters our list for the first time after clinching the vacant IBF bantamweight title in Doncaster, while Carl Froch cemented top spot with a superb points victory over Mikkel Kessler at the O2
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The 'Cobra' continues to strike in his mid 30s. Having taken the IBF super-middleweight belt from Lucian Bute inside five rounds and then defended it with a stylish finish against the over-matched Yusaf Mack in 2012, the man from Nottingham once again proved himself one of the most exciting fighters in the sport these days with a thrilling points win in his rematch against Mikkel Kessler, securing the WBA title in the process. Froch showed his improvements from his first meeting with the Dane in 2010, dominating early on with his jab before coming close to forcing a late stoppage. Can promoter Eddie Hearn now tempt Andre Ward to take on Froch again?
Ricky is one of Britain's most improved performers and he is now on an unbeaten run stretching back to 2007. Winning the WBO super-featherweight title two years ago Burns went on to defend that belt three times before moving up a division to clinch the lightweight strap. After an eight-month hiatus and a contractual dispute the Scot was given all the trouble in the world by unbeaten mandatory challenger Jose Gonzalez, before the Puerto Rican quit before the 10th round. Burns may have dodged a bullet but proved beyond doubt that his chin and heart are second to none.
The Hayemaker features prominently in the list despite having fought only twice in the last two years. However, no-one can question the Londoner's credentials as an elite-level performer despite his desperately disappointing effort against Wladimir Klitschko. The former undisputed world cruiserweight champion emerged from 'retirement' with a spiteful stoppage of Dereck Chisora last summer and he is still chasing the fading WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. However, with that fight now unlikely Haye has vowed to work his way into a mandatory position, although an untimely hand injury has scuppered a clash with Manuel Charr in June.
The merits of the Bolton brawler have been discussed on these pages at length but he retains his place in the leading four having operated at the top table for some time. Wins over Paul Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana and Zab Judah established Khan as one of the best light-welterweights in the world. But defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, where his suspect chin was again exposed, mean Amir still has something to prove. His most recent wins against Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz offer the suggestion that improvements are forthcoming, but the vulnerabilities are still there. But that's what makes him so watchable.
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That one of Britain's few world champions is as low as five in the list is a testament to promoter Frank Warren's inability or unwillingness to move the Welshman on. It's two years since 'Clev' won the WBO light-heavyweight title but a victory over Tony Bellew aside, we've learned nothing new about the talented maths graduate. A recent defence against Robin Krasniqi once again emphasized his phenomenal workrate but bigger tests against Jurgen Braehmer or even Bernard Hopkins hopefully lie ahead. Some may argue that Bellew has moved past his great rival, but Cleverly is given the benefit of the doubt pending further evidence.
Jamie enters the list and not before time - it's three years since he added the European title to his British and Commonwealth straps. He has been ready to step up to elite level for some time and after a frustrating 18 months that saw him fight just 10 rounds he took on Julio Ceja for the IBF bantamweight title. And, in front of a home crowd in Doncaster, McDonnell did not disappoint as he out-battled his opponent for a majority decision. Having achieved a lot in a short space of time hopes are high that Jamie can stay at the top for many years to come.
Mack The Knife, The Irish Brummie - whatever you call him - Macklin is a proven performer who may yet become a world middleweight champion. Few would begrudge him that after he was on the wrong end of a dubious points loss to Felix Sturm back in 2011 that many felt he deserved to win. Macklin proved that was no one-off when he pushed WBC titlist Sergio Martinez all the way in March, level on one scorecard before he was stopped by the Argentine in the 11th round. A sizzling early KO win against Joachim Alcine in September keeps him in the title mix and now faces the dangerous and unbeaten Gennady Golovkin in June.
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Rising from virtual obscurity to force a draw with WBA champion Felix Sturm, Murray immediately put himself in the running for the list. Largely avoided since, the middleweight got another shot at the championship against Sergio Martinez, dropping the WBC titlist before going on to lose narrowly on points. A defeat rarely sees you elevated but in doing so Murray nevertheless proved beyond doubt he is an elite fighter. Hopefully he doesn't join the 'who needs him' club and will be involved in a big domestic fight soon.
The 'Special One' is poised in the top 10 after his stoppage victory over Hector Saldivia. Brook had a point to prove following his laboured victory over Carson Jones previously and he did so in some style. Whether Saldivia is world class is doubtful - he had been stopped early twice before - but Brook is now on the verge of a title shot. His thrice-cancelled fight with IBF champion Devon Alexander is, however, frustrating and his short-term future is unclear.
Quigg edged ahead in the domestic super-bantamweight division with his impressive stoppage victory over Rendall Munroe. He replaces fellow unbeaten rival Carl Frampton in the list as Quigg appears closer to a title shot after bagging the curious 'interim' WBA bauble. One could argue that his last three wins - against Jason Booth, Jamie Arthur and Munroe - have come against faded champions, but Quigg stopped all three and now looks set for big things in 2013 after joining the powerful Matchroom team.