Hellraiser Boxing News | UK Pound For Pound Top Ten: Paul Duckworth
The latest in our series of top ten UK pound for pound lists by our writers. This time it's Paul Duckworth selecting his best British boxers. How does it compare to your list?
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Always good for a debate, here’s my current UK Top 10 Pound for Pound List based on the four criteria points as described below:
FORM- A fighter's most recent results (nb: includes how active they have been.
RECORD- How many belts the fighter had had, at how many weights, plus what opponents they have faced.
PERFORMANCES- How well said fighter battled for example a valiant loss could trump a dodgy points win.
NATURAL ABILITY- Has the fighter under or over achieved with their natural skill set.
10. Josh Taylor, 10-0 (9)
Taylor was impressive in his destruction of Ohara Davies, in what was most certainly a genuine grudge match. Josh demonstrated maturity in his performance as well as natural ability that combined on the night to leave Davies beaten, humbled and not wishing to continue. Young and boasting plenty of potential Taylor has demonstrated power and a skill set that many feel will see him challenge for World honours sooner rather than later.
9. Terry Flanagan, 33-0 (13)
He might be WBO Lightweight World Champion and unbeaten in 33 fights, however Terry Flanagan seems to go under the radar. A prospective unification bout with WBA Lightweight and Ring Magazine Champion Jorge Linares may be in the pipeline which would bring exposure for the Manchester native and also provide a difficult task. Terry last fought in April 2017 when he was victorious via unanimous decision over Petr Petrov.
8. Scott Quigg, 33-1-2 (24)
He’s a former WBA Super Bantamweight Champion and looking to become a two weight world champion, Scott Quigg will become mandatory for the WBA Featherweight belt if he beats Ukrainian Oleg Yefimovych when they face off in Monte Carlo on 4 th November 2017 .
Quigg last fought in May 2017 gaining victory over Viorel Simion of Romania in which was his first fight since moving up a weight division and under the tutelage of Freddie Roach.
Possesses power and natural ability.
7. Callum Smith, 23-0 (17)
Smith won the WBC Diamond belt a few weeks ago against Erik Skoglund after a long abstinence from the ring, mainly due to the delaying tactics used by the Dirrell camp in respect to the WBC regular belt. Smith entered the Super Series Tournament and the hard fought victory over Skogland in September 2017 ensured that he continues onto the next stage. Powerful, rangy and said to be the, "best of The Smith Brothers".
6. Billy Joe Saunders, 25-0 (12)
WBO Middleweight Champion Saunders recently ended his unfortunate hiatus from the ring with an impressive performance and subsequent victory over Willie Monroe Jr. Billy called out Amir Khan in the post fight conference whilst continuing to chase a unification match up with either Golovkin or Canelo. He is a gifted boxer who holds a win over Eubank Jr., but needs to continue his noticeable improvements and maintain his current active training schedule under new trainer Dominic Ingle.
5. Chris Eubank Jr., 26-1 (20)
Chris Eubank Jr. is the IBO Super Middleweight Champion and currently competing in the World Boxing Super Series tournament (this was written prior to Eubank’s dominant 3 round KO of Avni Yildrim). His natural ability places him in fifth position with room to move higher. A solid victory over Arthur Abraham demonstrated that Eubank Jr. has what it takes to succeed in the Super Middleweight division following his decision to move up a weight division earlier in the year.
4. James DeGale, 23-1-1 (14)
IBF Super Middleweight Champion James DeGale is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury from his last fight, a draw with Badou Jack in January 2017. A performance that is looking all the more impressive following Jack’s dominant move up in weight to retire Nathan Cleverly. DeGale will be looking to fight the winner of Super Series tournament and further victories will allow him to potentially unify the super middleweight division.
3. Carl Frampton, 23-1 (14)
2016 Boxer of the year and former WBA and IBF Super Bantamweight Champion Carl Frampton holds a win over Santa Cruz in Las Vegas followed by an immediate defeat to the same competitor. Due to return in November with a new trainer Jamie Moore and promoter Frank Warren, he will be facing Horacio Garcia. There is potential to improve his standing with more historic performances and wins similar to those against Scott Quigg and the first Santa Cruz fight. A trilogy is being muted with Santa Cruz, possibly in Belfast if Frampton gets his wish.
2. George Groves, 26-3 (19)
WBA Super Middleweight Champion Groves was granted the prestigious Number 1 seeding in the World Boxing Super Series tournament. He is second on my list in recognition of these accomplishments. Victory in the tournament will solidify his position further. Considered to posses one of the best jabs in boxing he has the potential to become duel champion and even look towards unifying the division if he triumphs in the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
1. Anthony Joshua, 19-0 (19)
Top of the tree as an unbeaten double champion, Anthony Joshua. His performance in defeating Klitschko was all the more impressive when you consider AJ recovered from being knocked down in the fifth round to then halt Wladimir in the 11th. Due to face his mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in November 2017 in Wales,. AJ possess unlimited potential and could become one of boxing's main attractions for many years to follow.
Posted: 11th Oct 2017
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