British P4P rankings
The British fight scene is awash with talent, with three current world champions and several other contenders on the verge of title shots. We assess the relative ability of the best fighters around.
Last Updated: May 12, 2013 3:31pm
Boxing in this country is on a high with three active world champions and many 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!
Martin Murray returns to the list after his gallant defeat in Argentina, while Amir Khan's victory in Sheffield proved he is still worthy of a place in the top-four.
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Few would challenge the 'Cobra's position as the best fighter in Britain after his performances in 2012. Bouncing back from a defeat to Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six series, Froch ripped the IBF super-middleweight belt from Bute inside five rounds and then defended it with a stylish finish against the over-matched Yusaf Mack. His last nine fights have had at least one world title on the line, and he is one of only three current world champions from these shores. His May re-match with Mikkel Kessler is likely to be the biggest fight of the year.
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 fight for the lightweight strap. A convincing win against Michael Katsidis and two successful defences since mean the affable Scot takes high rank in our list. Frustrated to see two defences fall by the wayside, Burns has switched promoters and makes his next defence against Jose Gonzalez in Glasgow in May.
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, starting with a comeback against Manuel Charr on June 29.
The merits of the Bolton brawler have been discussed on these pages at length but he retains his place in the top 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.
From: Cefn Fforest
That Britain's third and final reigning world champion 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 Welshman. 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.
The 'Special One' is poised in the top six 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.
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.
From: St Helens
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.
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 looks set for big things in 2013 providing promoter Ricky Hatton can secure the right opponents.
The Irish heavyweight champion makes his debut in the list following victory over former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham on his first outing Stateside. Fury may not be easy on the eye but he continues to get the job done. For a very big man he is mobile and has fast hands and a heavy right hand. Highly ranked with the WBC and the IBF the unbeaten Briton should get his title shot by the end of the year.