Top five British Boxing fighters 2022

In this 4 belt era, it’s increasingly hard to make history. There are boxers who have fame, and then there are boxers who have game. Britain has been producing some of the world’s finest champions, but who stands out? Here are our top 5 British boxing fighters, in no particular order.

Tyson Fury

British professional boxer Tyson Luke Fury is famously known as the ‘Gypsy King’. The undefeated King of British Boxing has held the World Boxing Association (Super), International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organization, International Boxing Organization, and The Ring belts. After Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali, he is the third boxer to hold The Ring magazine championship twice. He has held the WBC championship since defeating Deontay Wilder in 2020 as well as The Ring magazine title from 2020 to August 2022. Fury has announced his retirement as of August 2022, but it’s questionable whether the heavyweight will stay out of boxing forever.

Height 6 ft 9.1 in
Reach 216 cm
Stance Switch: Both Orthodox and Southpaw
Ape-Index 10 cm
K.O. Rate 69.7%

Lawrence Okolie

The WBO cruiserweight championship has been held by British professional boxer Lawrence Okolie since 2021. The 1992-born cruiserweight fighter has held the Commonwealth cruiserweight championship at the regional level from 2018 to 2019, as well as the British and European cruiserweight titles independently in 2019. Okolie is renowned for his strong hitting ability, his long reach, and his ultra-precise jabs. As of 2022, Okolie has been dubbed the second in the list of best active cruiserweights in the world by Ring Magazine. The TBRB and BoxRec rank him third.

Okolie fought as a heavyweight for team Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics but didn’t find fame in that weight class. Fighting as a cruiserweight turned out to be his forte, winning him knockout after knockout professionally. Known as ‘The Sauce’, Okolie is most famous for his punching strength.

Height 6 ft 5.17 in
Reach 210 cm
Stance Orthodox
Ape-Index 14 cm
K.O. Rate 77.8%

Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor is a professional boxing light-welterweight champion of Scottish origin. Born in 1991, the ‘Tartan Tornado’ as he has come to be called, has held championship after championship.  He was the Commonwealth light-welterweight champion regionally in 2016 and had won both gold and silver at the Commonwealth games previously. As a professional, his first title was the Ring championship in 2019, and then the World Boxing Organization belt in 2021. He has also held the World Boxing Association (Super) championship, as well as the World Boxing Council title. Most recently, he was the holder of the International Boxing Federation’s title.

He’s one of the few men who has been an ‘undisputed’ champion of late, meaning that he has held all 4 belts from the big leagues simultaneously. He’s the first Briton in the 4 belt era to have this honour. Boxer has ranked him as the best active light-welterweight in the world. His fight against Jack Cattrall, however, saw a decision in his favour that many in the boxing world find controversial. 

Height 5 ft 10.08 in
Reach 177 cm
Stance Southpaw
Ape-Index -1 cm
K.O. Rate 68.4%

Callum Smith (Super-middleweight):

Callum John Smith is a professional boxer from England who is the youngest of the Smith brothers, a prominent boxing family. Born in 1990, he was the holder of the British and European super-middleweight championships from 2015 to 2017. He also held the super-middleweight championship of the World Boxing Association (Super) between 2018 to 2020. He was the recipient of the Muhammad Ali trophy in 2018 after winning the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight competition. Currently ranks number eight on BoxRec’s list of best light-heavyweight boxers in the world by BoxRec. So far he has suffered a loss from Canelo Alvarez.

Height 6 ft 3.2 in
Reach 198 cm
Stance Orthodox
Ape-Index 7 cm
K.O. Rate 70%

 Anthony Joshua

Born in 1989, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua isn’t just a holder of multiple fighting titles: this heavyweight has also been awarded an MBE as well as an OBE, which is a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for his contribution to boxing. He has formerly been recognized by all the boxing big leagues, winning the World Boxing Association (Super), International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organization, and International Boxing Organization heavyweight belts twice between 2016 and 2021. This made him a two-time former unified world heavyweight champion. From 2015 to 2016, he captured the Commonwealth heavyweight title as well as the British heavyweight title at the local level.

His prowess is not limited to the boxing world’s own bodies: he also represented Great Britain at the Olympics in 2012 and brought home a gold. This actually predated him becoming a professional boxer. His entry into professional boxing had him called the Prospect of the Year by various outlets, and Joshua vs Klitschko was famously called Fight of the Year in 2017. However, he has seen some great highs and lows so far: after his record of 20 knockout wins, he was defeated by Joseph Parker. After this, he was beaten by Andy Ruiz jr. and Oleksandr Usyk. However,  Joshua is undoubtedly a very promising fighter: he boasts a knockout-to-win percentage of 91.67%.

Height 6 ft 5.95 in
Reach 208 cm
Stance Orthodox
Ape-Index 10 cm
K.O. Rate 85.2%

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