BBC pound-for-pound British rankings

James DeGale and Lucian Bute

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. Kell Brook - Welterweight

Sheffield (36-0, 25KOs)

British fans wanted Brook to fight compatriot Amir Khan. However, Khan opted for Saul Alvarez instead and Brook defended his IBF title with an early stoppage of unheralded Kevin Bizier.

2. Carl Frampton - Super-bantamweight

Belfast (22-0, 14KOs)

Having outboxed arch rival Scott Quigg to unify the super-bantamweight division, Frampton is set to move up to fight Mexican Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title this summer.

3. 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 is a massive task for Khan but he is banking on his speed to prevail.

4. 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 July.

5. James DeGale - Super-middleweight

London (22-1, 14KOs)

DeGale says he wants a unification fight against Sweden's WBC champion Badou Jack. However, first is a mandatory defence of his IBF title against Mexican Rogelio Medina in April.

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' remains on a collision course with Leeds' Josh Warrington.

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 and he will make the first defence of his title against Ukraine's Max Bursak in April. After that, a rematch with Chris Eubank Jr?

10. Terry Flanagan - Lightweight

Manchester (30-0, 12KOs)

Flanagan defended his WBO belt with a hard-fought victory over Derry Mathews in March. A unification match against WBA champion and fellow Mancunian Anthony Crolla is a mouth-watering prospect.

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