Carl Froch picks his top 10 pound-for-pound fighters

Carl Froch

With the season over and the new one coming our way, just who is the best in the world right now?

Well, we are asking The Panel to pick their top 10 pound-for-pound fighters, with our experts telling us who they rank where and why.

First up is Carl Froch. Where does he put old foe Andre Ward? Read on...

1 - Sergey Kovalev 

Sergey Kovalev with the WBO, WBA and IBF belts
Image: Sergey Kovalev is Froch's kind of fighter

The big-punching Russian is my kind of fighter. He has proven his credentials repeatedly and provided great entertainment in doing so. Impressive performances over fellow 175lb champions Nathan Cleverly, Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins deserve merit especially when it's been without any regard for where the bout has been held. He is far from the slickest, nor is he a multi-weight winner - but he is a highly-entertaining throwback who takes on all-comers. 

2 - Roman Gonzalez

Boxer Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua (C) celebrates after defeating Edgar Sosa of Mexico
Image: Is Roman Gonzalez is follwing in Alexis Arguello's footsteps?

It's a travesty that this big-punching three-weight champ has barely graced our TV screens. Finally he's getting recognised and I'm sure the late, great Alexis Arguello will be proud of today's best fighter from Nicaragua.

3 - Andre Ward

Andre Ward lands a right on Carl Froch of England during their WBA/WBC Super Middleweight Championship bout at Boardwalk Hall on December 17, 2011
Image: Andre Ward beat Froch thanks to his 'slippery, point-winning' style

He's an unbeaten and decorated fighter. But his slippery, point-winning style leaves many people cold. Recent years have seen him reluctant to take any risks at all and there is talk he may not fight Kovalev, which would be a shame as he really does need to fight a big name soon or he's going to become irrelevant. 

4 - Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury celebrates as he defeats Wladimir Klitschko
Image: Tyson Fury 'beat the man to become the man'

It's a shame we've not seen him fight since it happened but he is the top heavyweight in the world. Beat the man to become the man. Simple as that.

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5 - Guillermo Rigondeaux

Image: Guillermo Rigondeaux needs a big fight soon, says Froch

The king of stink in terms of who he's fought, but his pedigree is without question since his win over Nonito Donaire. But he does needs to fight someone decent soon or he will be even less relevant than he has unfortunately become. 

6 - Terence Crawford

Terrence Crawford reacts after defeating Bredis Prescott
Image: Terence Crawford is the current king at 140lbs

Not only can the American box, but I feel he can get in the trenches too when he wants and is an impressive fighter. How would he have fared in the recent 140lb heyday of Floyd Mayweather, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Kostya Tszyu? Tough to say but he's the king of that division at the moment. 

7 - Saul Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan
Image: Canelo Alvarez and his catchweights aren't ideal, says Froch

I know he gets deserved stick for his catchweight fights, but he's fought and beat Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, James Kirkland, Miguel Cotto and only dropped a points decision to Floyd Mayweather when he boiled down a bit himself. He gets stick for not yet fighting GGG, but even after the Amir Khan fight I still genuinely don't think he's a middleweight. He's a pure light-middle regardless of how chunky he is in between fights. 

8 - Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin could be facing Saul Alvarez next year
Image: Froch wants to see Gennady Golovkin take on well-known opponents

For all the talk of fighting from 154-168lbs, Triple G just hasn't fought anyone to justify his lofty place for me. I've literally never heard of some of his recent victims - it's a shame there isn't a prime Kelly Pavlik or Jermaine Taylor at 160lbs nowadays. Even the early 160lb  Arthur Abraham or the pre-Pavlik Edison Miranda would have took it to him and then we could gauge him. He's looked great in all his outings, but it's opponents we need to see and not just hear gym stories. I don't think he'll run through Kell Brook like many others are saying at all. I also think Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr would give him a fight.

9 - Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton (l) beats Leo Santa Cruz to win WBA Super world featherweight title
Image: Carl Frampton likes to stand and fight but also has plenty of skills

A second weight world title with that fight of the year candidate against Leo Santa Cruz earns his spot in my top 10. He looks like he wants to stand and have a fight but we also know he can box as well. 

10 - Kell Brook 

Kell Brook celebrates victory over Kevin Bizier
Image: Kell Brook might well be done at 147lbs with Golovkin lying ahead

A victim somewhat of his IBF mandatory defences of late. But since Floyd Mayweather retired it's been between him and the exciting Keith Thurman at welterweight. I'm unsure if he will return to 147lbs after his next fight, though. I can see him moving up to light-middleweight where his solid frame looks to be the perfect fit. 

We will be putting all our pundits' Top 10's together to come up with a final list that will let you vote and come up with the current top 10 pound-for-pound fighters...

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