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Written by Jake Wallwork

The best British boxers ranked by weight class

2011 was a bad year for British boxing, with a few belts given away and world title fights lost. The new year is just around the corner so it is time to look at the best fighters Britain has to offer. I thought it would be a good idea to look at each weight class in turn, so here are my top five fighters in each division. For reasons of not knowing much about them, I haven't looked at the lower weight classes. Sorry folks, but maybe Ian will continue the series.

Heavyweight.

5) Richard Towers  (12 Wins, 0 Losses, 0 Draws)


Towers is an unbeaten prospect in the heavyweight division. He has potential but his lack of experience at his age (age 32 and just 12 fights) may work against him in the long run. It is rumoured Towers could face Tyson Fury in January 2012 for a European Heavyweight strap. 

4) John McDermott  (26 Wins, 7 Losses, 0 Draws) 
‘Big’ John caused a massive upset when he blitzed past Larry Olubamiwo earlier this year. The thirty-one year old not only revived his career, but put himself into the position of fighting in a mandatory bout with David Price. McDermott will cause another upset if he wins. 

3) David Price  (11 Wins, 0 Losses, 0 Draws)


The Olympic bronze medalist is building an exciting rivalry with fellow prospect Tyson Fury, which will hopefully end in a 2012 fight between the pair. Price fancies his chances in beating Fury, but first he has to get past the man who caused Fury big problems in their two fights back in '09 and '10 - John McDermott. Beating Big Bad John would make Price a mandatory to Fury’s British and Commonwealth belts. 

2) Derek Chisora  (15 Wins, 2 Losses, 0 Draws)
Chisora out-landed and out-pointed Robert Helenius but a poor judges decision stole a victory from him. Despite this, Chisora's stock has risen because he looked sharp against the Nordic Nightmare. His poor showing against Tyson Fury is the only thing that puts him in second place.

Chisora has a chance of being the number one in the heavyweight division next February when he takes on Vitali Klitschko.

1) Tyson Fury  (17 Wins, 0 Losses, 0 Draws)


He looked defensively poor in last showing against Neven Pajkic, but Tyson Fury’s points victory over Derek Chisora in July 2011 is enough to make him the top dog of the British Heavyweights. His record has him undefeated after seventeen fights, but Fury is making slow progress because of his low-level opposition. 

2012 will be a big year for the Manchester-born star and he has his sights set on WBA World Champion Alexander Povetkin.

Light Heavyweights

5) Danny McIntosh  (13 Wins, 2 Losses, 0 Draws)
Since losing his unbeaten record to Nathan Cleverly in 2009, McIntosh won the British and European Light Heavyweight belts and then lost them again. After being stopped in his most recent bout against Eduard Gitknecht, it would be a good idea for McIntosh to make his way back up the rankings by winning back his British titles. 

4) Ovill McKenzie  (19 Wins, 11 Losses, 0 Draws)
After losing two fights in a row to Tony Bellew, thirty-two year old McKenzie scored a knockout victory over Jeff Evans. A fight between him and number three Light Heavyweight Enzo Maccarinelli would be a good match-up and would guarantee a knockout. Make this a title eliminator and the winner will fight Cleverly.  

3) Enzo Maccarinelli  (33 Wins, 5 Losses, 0 Draws)
After being brutally knocked out too many times at Cruiserweight, Maccarinelli and his team decided it was the best option to move down in weight. ‘Big Mac’ won his first fight at light heavy by first round stoppage. An ‘All Wales’ clash between him and Nathan Cleverly would be a huge fight for the country.  

2) Tony Bellew  (16 Wins, 1 Loss, 0 Draws) 


Bellew proved he is world class in his fight with Nathan Cleverly. In the early rounds Bellew outboxed Cleverly with his jab but he tired late on. Bellew has expressed interest in fighting at Cruiserweight if it is for a world title. If he were to move up to Cruiserweight there is no doubt he would be the number one Brit in that division.  

1) Nathan Cleverly  (23 Wins, 0 Losses, 0 Draws) 


Cleverly defended his WBO Light Heavyweight title for the second time when he beat Tony Bellew to a majority decision in Liverpool. The fight was close, but the right man got the decision. Cleverly hopes for a unification bout with Beibut Shumenov in 2012 and from there he wants a fight with Tavoris Cloud or Bernard Hopkins. 

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