British P4P rankings
Britain currently has three world champions but many remain on the fringes of title contention and here we take a closer look at our list of 10 best domestic fighters.
Last Updated: 25/04/14 12:17pm
Boxing in this country is on a high with three 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' has carried all before him over the past few years, reaching the final of the Super Six, regaining the world title against Lucian Bute and avenging his earlier loss to Mikkel Kessler. In George Groves he faced, for the first time, a younger man representing the new generation. And Froch required all his reserves of experience, strength and skill to claw his way back from a heavy early knockdown to force an admittedly premature stoppage in the ninth round. Carl was behind on everyone's scorecard but his strength over the 'championship' rounds is well documented and who could say he wouldn't have forced a later stoppage anyway. Hopefully we will find out the answer in the rematch on May 31.
Quigg secured the WBA title in somewhat unsatisfactory circumstances after he was upgraded from 'interim' champion without stepping into the ring. However, his explosive two-round demolition of Argentina's Diego Silva in his second defence went a long way to reaffirming his world-class credentials after a frustrating majority draw against Cuban Yoandris Salinas just six weeks earlier. The fight most fans want to see remains a showdown with arch-rival Carl Frampton, but that is proving tricky to make. A devastating second round stoppage victory over Tshifhiwa Munyai mean Quigg remains one of the UK's hottest properties.
'Saint' George had won few fans with his pre-fight attitude in the run-up to his first world title fight with Carl Froch, but he - unlike so many - believed he was ready to take up the challenge. In the fight he won over fans and critics alike, flooring Froch with a huge right hand in the opening round and continuing to bombard the shell-shocked champion throughout the contest. However, the older man would not back down and in a massive ninth round he had Groves in trouble on the ropes before the referee stepped in prematurely. We'll never know whether Groves would have hung on for another three rounds to claim the titles, but we do now know he belongs at the top table. Can he do the business in the May 31 rematch?
From: St Helens
Fast becoming a conundrum wrapped in an enigma, Murray is in danger of slipping down the list as the memory of his brave world title shots fade. A draw with Felix Sturm and a narrow defeat to Sergio Martinez put him firmly in the upper echelons on the middleweight ladder, but injuries, contractual wranglings and disappointing 'keep-busy' fights are stalling his career. South African promoter Golden Gloves signed him to a big-money deal to fight three times in the next 12 months in Monte Carlo, but was less-than impressive in the first of these. A return on June 21 against Max Bursak will hopefully tell us more about his future direction.
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 was abandoned in favour of a clash with Floyd Mayweather, only for the world's best to opt for Marcos Maidana. Khan will now face former Ricky Hatton victim Luis Collazo on the Mayweather-Maidana show - which will tell us a lot about his future prospects in the 147lb division.
The 'Special One' remains poised in the lower reaches of the list as we await his ascent to world level. Three times his fight with Devon Alexander fell through and the American has now lost his IBF title - for which Brook is still the mandatory challenger - to Shawn Porter. Kell remained on course with a four-round demolition of Vyasheslav Senchenko, once again showing his undoubted class in the process before keeping busy with another authoritative display against brave Mexican Alvaro Robles in March. A world title fight against Porter surely now awaits this summer.
Jamie retains his place despite having fallen off the radar since beating Julio Ceja for the IBF bantamweight title almost a year ago. Since being controversially stripped of the belt he has had two 'keep-busy' fights but on May 31 takes on the experienced Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat for the vacant WBA title. Unbeaten in six years, McDonnell will be hungry to prove himself once more on the Froch-Groves undercard at Wembley.
It is 18 months since Burns demolished Kevin Mitchell inside four rounds, since when he has had three unconvincing world title fights. A gutsy victory over Jose Gonzalez, who quit on his stool, was followed by a dubious draw with Ray Beltran who broke the Scot's jaw and had him on the deck. Mandatory challenger Terence Crawford came to Glasgow and claimed the WBO strap in a fight in which Burns was again out of sorts. Has joined Tony Sims' gym and is poised to return to action in June, when he will have a lot to prove.
Rarely is Frampton's name mentioned without Scott Quigg's also popping up, but it was the latter who won the race to become champion first. However, the 'Jackal' is unlikely to be very far behind, having beaten Kiko Martinez earlier in the year before the Spaniard grabbed the vacant IBF strap during Frampton's injury hiatus. The Northern Irishman returned eight months later by dominating limited Frenchman Jeremy Parodi before stopping veteran Hugo Fidel Cazares with a stunning one-punch KO in April, and now appears on the cusp a title shot against WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz.
From: New Moston
It is almost 18 months now since 'Million Dollar' Crolla embarked on a six-fight unbeaten streak that has taken him to the brink of a world title shot. The loss of his British title to Derry Mathews was a devastating blow but he has regrouped and beaten former European champions Gavin Rees and John Murray in his last three fights. A real fan-favourite, Crolla deserves all the accolades that come his way in the wake of his latest Manchester derby win.