BBC pound-for-pound British rankings

Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz
Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz

After much deliberation, staff at the BBC Sport website have come up with their top 10 British fighters, pound-for-pound.

Ignoring weight, this subjective list takes into account fighters' recent results, their skills, resilience and punching power.

The list will be updated periodically and should be treated as a talking point.

1. Carl Frampton - Featherweight

Belfast (23-0, 14KOs)

Frampton became the first Northern Irishman to win a world title in two weight divisions by outpointing Leo Santa Cruz in New York, one of the greatest overseas wins by a British boxer.

2. Kell Brook - Welterweight

Sheffield (36-1, 25KOs)

Brook jumped two weight divisions to challenge middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and gave a good account of himself before being ground down by his rival in the fifth round.

3. Tyson Fury - Heavyweight

Manchester (25-0, 18KOs)

Fury shocked the boxing world by bringing Wladimir Klitschko's nine-year reign as world heavyweight champion to an end in Dusseldorf. Fury and Klitschko are set to do it all again in October.

4. James DeGale - Super-middleweight

London (22-1, 14KOs)

DeGale says he wants a unification fight against Sweden's WBC champion Badou Jack after a successful defence of his IBF title against Mexican Rogelio Medina in April.

5. Amir Khan - Light-welterweight

Bolton (31-3, 19KOs)

Khan caused a major surprise when he announced he was jumping two weight divisions to fight Mexico's Saul Alvarez in May. It was a step too far for Khan who is now evaluating his options.

6. Lee Selby - Featherweight

Barry (22-1, 8KOs)

Selby put a scrappy defence against Fernando Montiel behind him with a stylish victory over American Eric Hunter. 'The Welsh Mayweather' could now be on a collision course with Carl Frampton.

7. Scott Quigg - Super-bantamweight

Bury (31-1-2, 23KOs)

Quigg turned up six rounds too late against Carl Frampton and lost his WBA belt. Having broken his jaw in the shattering defeat, Quigg will now have some well-earned time off.

8. Jamie McDonnell - Bantamweight

Doncaster (28-2-1, 13KOs)

The tough Yorkshireman stopped Mexico's Fernando Vargas in April and could now fight his fellow WBA title-holder Juan Carlos Payano, an undefeated southpaw from the Dominican Republic.

9. Billy Joe Saunders - Middleweight

Hatfield (23-0, 12 KOs)

Saunders was impressive in dethroning Ireland's WBO champion Andy Lee. After that performance, he believes he is good enough to take on hard hitters like Gennady Golovkin or Saul Alvarez.

10. Terry Flanagan - Lightweight

Manchester (31-0, 12KOs)

Flanagan defended his WBO belt with a points victory over Mzonke Fana in July. A unification match against WBA champion and fellow Mancunian Anthony Crolla is a mouth-watering prospect.

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