British P4P rankings
The British fight scene is awash with talent, now with four fully-fledged world champions and several other contenders on the verge of title shots. We assess the relative ability of the best fighters around.
Last Updated: 25/11/13 4:19pm
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! Rankings are based on performances over the past 12 months or so.
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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 defending 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. A different test awaits against young Brit George Groves, a fight in which Froch will enter as hot favourite.
A long-awaited entry for the likeable North Londoner after a difficult two during which he considered retirement. After losing to Sergio Martinez the former European champion had hip and elbow injuries that threatened his career and kept him to just two low-key outings before he was matched against IBF champion Daniel Geale. Although Barker entered the ring a slight underdog there were few in the UK who felt the win was beyond him - and so it proved. 'Dazzler' showed tremendous heart to get off the floor from a body shot in the sixth round to secure a points victory and set up a potential fight with Martin Murray.
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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. Travels to Australia next to fight Garth Wood with WBA champion Gennady Golovkin on the horizon.
Jamie is prominent in 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. However, contractual wrangling has meant another period of inactivity with the IBF ultimately stripping him of the belt. We can only hope Jamie puts his problems outside the ring behind him and gets back to what he does best.
Quigg now holds the WBA title in somewhat unsatisfactory circumstances after he was upgraded from 'interim' champion without stepping into the ring. And while his performance against Yoandris Salinas should have been enough to give him a narrow points win, the majority draw verdict means he will have something to prove to some critics when he returns to defend the title. Fans still crave a fight with arch-rival Carl Frampton but Scott will be out again on the Froch-Groves undercard in a voluntary defence.
Ricky remains high on the list despite being fortunate to be handed a draw in his latest WBO lightweight title defence. The Scot suffered a broken jaw in the second round of his fight with Ray Beltran, and while credited with immense bravery his belt should have gone home with the America-based Mexican, who dropped the champion in the eighth and dominated large parts of the fight. It was the second lacklustre performance in a row from Burns, and the jury is now out pending his return - when, or indeed if, that happens.
We'd like to see Amir fight more often - his ascent to elite level and defeat - a shock at the time - to Danny Garcia means he has fought only three times in two years. And we still don't know when he will be fighting next after a potential December date with Devon Alexander fell by the wayside. Victories over Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz are not exactly the best preparation for a fight with Floyd Mayweather - but who knows what Team Khan has in store?
The 'Special One' remains poised in the lower reaches of the list as we await his ascent to world level. The Devon Alexander saga may yet rumble on, with Brook still the mandatory challenger for the American's IBF belt. Kell remained on course with a four-round demolition of Vyasheslav Senchenko, once again showing his undoubted class in the process. All he needs to do now is prove it against a top quality opponent, like Alexander or even Amir Khan.
Bellew deserves an entry despite failing in his only world title fight to date against Cleverly. 'Clev' rightfully got the decision, but it was a close call and the likeable Scouser has performed with credit since as he continues his development. The momentum stalled in a WBC eliminator against Isaac Chilemba, Bellew finding the Malawian too slippery as he failed to land his big bombs. However, he righted that wrong with a clear-cut victory in the rematch nine weeks later and will now fight new WBC champion Adonis Stevenson at the end of November.
His fight with David Haye may have fallen through - for now - but Fury's performance against Steve Cunningham earlier this year proved him to be Britain's best active heavyweight. Fury's career has arguably contained more hype than substance but there is little doubt that the curve is an upward one, with the 6ft 9in giant now highly ranked by all the sanctioning bodies. A win over Haye in February puts him front and centre for a showdown with Wladimir Klitschko.