Pound for pound British rankings

FROCH

1. Carl Froch Nottingham (31-2, 22KOs)

2. Ricky Burns Coatbridge (36-2, 11KOs)

3. Nathan Cleverley Cefn Fforest (26-0, 12KOs)

4. Amir Khan Bolton (28-3 19KOs)

5. Kell Brook Sheffield (29-0, 19KOs)

6. Martin Murray St Helens (25-1-1, 11 KOs)

7. Matthew Macklin Birmingham (29-4, 20KOs)

8. Jamie McDonnell Doncaster (16-2-1, 6KOs)

9. Tony Bellew Liverpool (20-1-1, 12KOs)

10. Scott Quigg Bury (25-0-1, 18KOs)

May saw Carl Froch overcome Mikkell Kessler in their rematch at the 02 arena in London. Froch is now the IBF & WBA Super middle weight champion and has solidified himself at the top of the UK fight scene. A rematch with undefeated Andre Ward or a third fight with Kessler could be next for the Cobra with domestic rivals George Groves and James Degale waiting in the wings for their shot.

Ricky Burns came very close to his 3rd professional defeat when he took on mandatory challenger Jose Gonzalez, outclassed for much of the fight he managed to turn it round with his opponent running out of steam quiting on his stool at the end of the 9th round. A unification with Miguel Vasquez could be next.

Jamie McDonnell became Britain’s 4th world champion when he defeated Julio Ceja for the vacant IBF Bantamweight title in his home town of Doncaster. Big things await McDonnell but the real pay days at his weight class lie in America and Mexico so he may need to take his belt on the road for his next fight.

Tony Bellew became the WBC Light Heavyweight mandatory challenger by taking the judges decision over tricky Isaac Chilemba on the under card of Carl Froch Mikell Kessler. It was another close fight and the proud Evertonian will really need to step his game up when he takes on the winner of Chad Dawson vs Adonis Stevenson later on this year.

*David Haye isn’t ranked due to inacivity

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