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. Will come again.

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. What was less of a shock was Fury's subsequent fall from grace.

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 world title 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's next defence of his WBA title will be against Venezuela's Liborio Solis in November. A match with fellow WBA title-holder Rau'shee Warren could follow.

9. Billy Joe Saunders - Middleweight

Hatfield (23-0, 12 KOs)

Saunders was impressive in dethroning Ireland's WBO champion Andy Lee. He believes he is good enough to take on Gennady Golovkin or Saul Alvarez - but the unheralded Artur Akavov is next in October.

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 fellow Mancunian Anthony Crolla is a mouth-watering prospect but might be nixed by politics.

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