Boxing is once again huge in Britain due to the number of British world champions over the past few years such as Anthony Joshua, Carl Frampton, Amir Khan, Chris Eubank Jr., Lee Selby, James DeGale, and Kell Brook. Britain has always been known for producing fine boxers, but they often failed on the world stage.
That isn’t the case anymore and in truth it wasn’t always the case in the past either. This list features the 10 best all-time boxers to come out of Britain. There were others who came close to making it, but fell just short, such as John Conteh, Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn, Paul Hodkinson, Randy Turpin, Ted ‘Kid’ Lewis, Benny Lynch, Henry Cooper, Frank Bruno, Howard Winstone and Duke McKenzie.
10. Amir Khan
If 30-year-old Amir Khan of Bolton, England had a chin he’d be near the top of this list. Khan has everything else a slick boxer needs such as speed, footwork, snapping jab and combination punching. He lacks a bit in power, but his Achilles heel is definitely the ability to take a punch. Even so, he was the youngest-ever British medal winner in Olympic boxing when he won the silver in Athens in 2004 at the age of 17. He then won a world boxing championship by the time he was 22. Khan has been a Jr. Welterweight Titleholder, but took a risk when he jumped to middleweight and was stopped by Canelo Alvarez. Khan was definitely outboxing Canelo until he was stopped in the sixth round in May, 2016. Khan’s record stands at 31-4 with 19 Kos and he’s beaten Marco Antonio Barrera, Chris Algieri, Devon Alexander, Luis Collazo, Julio Diaz, Carlos Medina, Zab Judah, Dmitry Salita, Andriy Kotelnik, Marcos Maidana and Paulie Malignaggi. He was also blatantly robbed against Lamont Peterson by split decision and Peterson then failed his post-fight drug test. Khan simply doesn’t get the credit he deserves.