Welcome to a new mini-series where I pick a weight class and choose who I think are the top 5 British Boxers in that division. Today we start at Heavyweight, fitting as yesterday’s post was about the possibility of Tyson Fury retiring after his rematch with Klitschko so go check that out if you haven’t already.
5. DERECK CHISORA (25-5)
This spot could have been given to David Price (even if slightly controversial) but the Londoner just edges into the top 5 in my opinion. He has been involved in one world title fight in his career, losing out to Vitali Klitschko on points 4 years ago. At the age of 32, Chisora still has something left in the tank and he is preparing to take on Kubrat Pulev in an IBF Heavyweight title eliminator. Unfortunately, he is behind Hughie Fury due to the fact that he has been knocked out by David Haye and Tyson Fury has beaten him on two occasions very comfortably. I think the top 4 in this list would all beat him but some credit is due as he never seems to go away and could potentially have a shot at AJ’s IBF world title.
4. HUGHIE FURY (20-0)
Tyson Fury’s cousin is starting to attract some attention within the Heavyweight division after winning the WBO Inter-contential belt in a win over Fred Kassi. The 21-year-old has a perfect 20-0 record and is trained by Peter Fury, who also trains the Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. He is already being tipped as a potential opponent for Anthony Joshua and it certainly would be an interesting fight between the two young Brits. I said in my post yesterday that Tyson’s retirement could open up a massive opportunity for Hughie if he continues to climb up the rankings and he could definitely be a world champion in the future.
3. DAVID HAYE (27-2)
The former world champion has recently come out of retirement a few years after pulling out of a fight with Tyson Fury and is on the comeback trail. He comfortably knocked out his first opponent since returning and faces unbeaten Arnold Gjergjaj on the 21st of this month hoping to show he still has the ability to compete at world level. Providing he wins his fight and Shannon Briggs does the same, his third fight after coming out of retirement should see him meet the American Briggs – who has recently been offering out anyone and everyone in the UK. If Haye can beat Briggs convincingly should the fight happen, it should put him in a good position to challenge for a world title. A potential fight with Anthony Joshua has been talked about and will continue to be talked about, it would be a fantastic fight – one he has a chance in.
2. ANTHONY JOSHUA (16-0)
The fan favourite from Watford who recently claimed his first world title against Charles Martin is second in my list, the top 2 pick themselves really. Eddie Hearn is trying to create a global superstar out of Anthony Joshua and not many can disagree with it happening, he looks unstoppable. It is true that his opponents haven’t been of the best quality but you can only beat who is put in front of you and AJ shows no signs of slowing down. He faces another unbeaten Heavyweight in Dominic Breazeale soon in an attempt to start marketing himself towards the American public. Providing he can continue the way he has been, there could be some huge fights in the future for the chance to unify the division.
1. TYSON FURY (25-0)
The undisputed Heavyweight champion of the world and the best Heavyweight in British boxing, Tyson Fury completes my list at number 1. There is no doubt he is currently the best and hopefully he can prove that in his much-anticipated rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. Fury has said he will retire after the rematch and unfortunately it seems like he will actually do so with there being no other real motivation to continue other than for the money. He isn’t a fan of boxing as he has said in the past and is just doing it to create a better life for his family so it would be a perfect ending retiring as an undefeated world champion. The only fight that could potentially entice him to remain in the sport would be a super fight against Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium. The potential pay-day from this fight would be huge and it’s a fight everyone wants to see.