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Written by Jake Wallwork

The best British boxers ranked by weight class. Click here for part one and part two of the Best British Boxers series.

Over the last few days I have looked at the British boxing scene to see who the best boxers are in each division. In some weight classes, it's pretty obvious who the number one guy is. Taker super middleweight for example - who could look past Carl Froch as the British king of that division?

Other weight classes are tricky, and heavyweight especially so; I put Tyson Fury as number one but you can make a good case for Dereck Chisora too. If you thought that was a tough one to decide, things are about to get harder. As we move down to the lighter weight divisions, we start to see a lot of quality competition. I'll begin with the best British middleweight boxers.

Light Middleweight

5) Steve O’Meara  (15 Wins, 2 Losses, 0 Draws)
It was always thought that the only way O'Meara could win a fight was to outbox his opposition. But in his last two matches he has scored one-punch knockouts. O’Meara’s new found power has put him in good stead for a shot at a British title, and exciting times are ahead for the fighter who has sparred with Floyd Mayweather.

4) Prince Aaron  (21 Wins, 4 Losses, 1 Draw)
While previewing his fight with Brian Rose on Ringside, Richie Woodhall described Prince Aaron as ‘The full package’. Aaron was expected to beat Rose comfortably but Rose didn't read that script. He fought to a 12 round split-decision win, leaving Prince Aaron beltless. Aaron and his trainer should look back at what they did wrong and campaign for a rematch with Brian Rose.

3) Jamie Cox  (16 Wins, 0 Losses, 0 Draws)


  
In September 2011 Cox won a decision over then-unbeaten light middleweight Obodai Sai in a close fight. Low blows from Cox caused controversy in the British boxing scene and damaged his reputation as a sportsman, but Cox is still one of the best British light middleweights.

2) Brian Rose  (18 Wins, 1 Losses, 1 Draws)
As we saw above, Rose outboxed and outpointed Prince Aaron against all odds to win the British Light Middleweight title. A potential fight between Rose and Ryan Rhodes or Steve O’Meara could happen in the near future and a win would solidy his position as a rising star in Britain.

1) Ryan Rhodes  (46 Wins, 5 Losses, 0 Draws)


   
Rhodes put up a valiant effort fighting unbeaten Mexican Saul Alvarez. Everything Rhodes tried Alvarez had an answer for and he was eventually stopped in the final round after losing a shutout on the cards.

Rhodes said he hopes one day to capture the belt he hasn’t won in his pro career - a world title. Rhodes has stated he would fight 'K9' Cornelius Bundrage, the thirty eight year old who holds the IBF belt. Rhodes would have youth on his side, but Bundrage has a better boxing CV. 


Welterweight

5) Frankie Gavin  (11 Wins, 0 Losses, 0 Draws)
Even though Gavin has put in two below-par performances and cancelled a fight on more than one occasion, he makes the list on pure potential. Gavin was meant to fight Junior Witter, but for unknown reasons backed out. This is strange because it is a winnable fight for him. Gavin can redeem himself by rescheduling the fight and beating Junior Witter.


4) Colin Lynes  (36 Wins, 9 Losses, 0 Draws)


   
In his last fight against Lee Purdy, Lynes was thought of as someone who could be easily beat. Lynes put on the performance of his career, outboxing the younger Purdy getting the better of their exchanges. He has revitalized his career and could fight Denton Vassell in a bout that would crown the winner the British and Commonwealth Welterweight champion.

3) Denton Vassell  (19 Wins, 0 Losses, 0 Draws)
The second unbeaten Brit on the list is Denton Vassell. Vassell is the third best British welterweight because he has two good wins on his boxing CV; one over lee Purdy and the other from then-unbeaten Bethuel Uushona. Vassell won the Commonwealth belt in his fight with Purdy and has defended it twice.

2) Matthew Hatton  (42 Wins, 5 Losses, 2 Draws)
Hatton was another brave Brit who travelled overseas to have a crack at light middleweight champion Saul Alvarez. He performed incredibly by going the distance but it was obvious from the get-go that Hatton should stay at 147. A fight with Kell Brook for an interim belt looks likely.

1) Kell Brook  (26 Wins, 0 Losses, 0 Draws)


   
Brook was dominant in his stoppage win over Luis Galarza, but a step up in competition is needed. Brook is in talks to fight brother of British boxing legend Ricky Hatton, Matthew Hatton. If Matthew was just another unknown British name then many people, including me, would be unhappy, but for this stage of Brook's career it is a big enough fight. A world title bout with Andre Berto or Mike Jones could be Brook’s next American match sometime in 2012.

There you have it, the five best British light middleweights and welterweight boxers. Part four of the Best British Boxers series is coming soon. In it I will rank the top five British light welterweight and lightweight boxers, including guys like Paul McCloskey and Kevin Mitchell. If you want to have part four delivered straight to you, follow this link to sign up to Punchbag Blog updates by email: 

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