Boxing in the United Kingdom has long been a sport with most matches held for competition as well as entertainment. Just like other nations, Britain has produced some of the world’s famous boxers who have earned a repute for their country. Despite the stiff competition in professional boxing, a number of fighters have managed to fight their way to the top of the list in their respective weight categories thanks to their resilience, skills and hard work.
Top UK Fighters: Featherweight And Lightweight
Carl Frampton, renowned for his resilience and counterpunching, Carl Frampton is arguably the most distinguished figure in the list of current top UK fighters in the featherweight category. By outpointing Leo Santa Cruz, he became the first northern Irish boxer to win a global title in two weight divisions. Out of the 25 professional fights, he has had an impressive record of 14 knockouts and only one loss.
The lightweight boxing category has Terry Flanagan on top of the list. He is the world’s third best lightweight boxer according to the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. This British professional boxer has held WBO lightweight title since mid-2015. He was also the first Englishman to win the global title at lightweight. He also has a fantastic record of 13 knockouts and 33 wins in all his thirty-three matches.
Top UK Heavyweight Fighter
Anthony Joshua, a unified world heavyweight champion, has held the IBF title at the beginning of 2016, an IBO and WBA (super) titles since April 2017. At international level, he held the Commonwealth and British heavyweight titles between 2015 and 2016. Additionally, Joshua was named prospect of the year by The Ring Magazine. He has proven to be one of the best British fighters of all time with 19 wins in all his 19 fights, all of them being knockouts.
The Future Of UK Boxing
Based on the current impressive performance of British fighters in all weight categories, it is evident that the future of our boxing is in safe hands. UK fighters are thrilling fans not only in their country but around the globe even as their respective careers progress further. The boxing fan base is also growing making it one of the most watched sports both in the UK and around the globe.