I can’t ever remember Britain having so many world champions.
With Froch retired, Khan still trying to get the big money fights and David Haye still on the comeback trail, there is an open door for a new PPV star. It’s wide open and waiting for one of the latest prospects to walk through it.
In this article I will talk you through each of our current World Champions and where I think they should go next if they want to earn the big bucks in boxing.
1. Kell Brook. (35-0)
Kell’s night in the Unites States was one of the real feel good moments of 2014.Winning a close split decision on foreign soil and remaining unbeaten.
He has since had 2 defences and looked very good against fellow Briton Frankie Gavin.
For me Kell still needs a huge scalp to cement his position and step into the PPV market. Tim Bradley, Maidana, Broner, or even Khan and then Kell will be able to demand home soil and the lion’s share against most in the division.
2. James Degale.
Degale is happy doing things the hard way! He was very keen to face George Groves again even though George was the only man to have beaten him on his way to World Title Glory. He was also happy to fight the Froch that knocked Groves out. With Froch retiring he then went and won the title on the road in the USA and then defended in Canada. With Andre Ward moving to Light Heavyweight this division is open wide and I think James is a head and shoulders above most including Groves.
An interesting situation to watch is that of Callum Smith. With the title wrapped around James’ waist surely he is the man in young Smith’s sights!
I think Degale should fight George Groves next if the fight can be made as the money in that fight will not get bigger unless Groves re-groups and wins a title. Other than that I think fighting Abraham will put Degale in the PPV mix.
3. Billy Joe Saunders
BJS is currently flirting with a fight with the dangerous puncher ‘GGG’ Gennady Golovkin.
I think the more sensible fight for him now is the Eubanks Jr rematch as it is worth a lot of money for both. With Eubanks now on the Sky platform a huge PPV fight between the two would be a must see considering how close their last fight was!
4. Lee Selby.
Selby is a great talent who seems to win, even on a bad night.
I think he is the most talented boxer in the UK at the moment. If he can lure Quigg or Frampton into his division he can make some serious money. Outside of that he will have to stay on the road and make a name for himself stateside and push for the big fights.
5. Jamie McDonnell
McDonnell has eyes on unification fights right now but should probably look to Lee Haskins who is knocking the door with an IBF title of his own to bring to the mix. Haskins already holds a win over McDonnell and I believe avenging that defeat will help McDonnell’s rating and be a good money earner. Other than that the current WBC title holder Shinsuke Yamanaka would be a great test for Doncasters first ever world champion.
The future for McDonnell financially could mean a step up in weight to challenge Quigg or Frampton.
6. Lee Haskins
Haskins beat Jamie McDonnell and Stuart Hall but had to wait in line while they both went ahead and won World titles.
Now having been made IBF champion he has something big to bring to the table and could potentially get on a big show in 2016.
As stated above the biggest fight out there for him now is a unification fight with McDonnell.
7. Scott Quigg
If Quigg beats Carl Frampton in their huge fight coming up on Sky PPV then there is nowhere to go except to fight a huge name next. Donnaire, Rigondeaux, and Ceja in this division or step up and fight Santa Cruz, Selby or Lomachenko. The talent around these 2 divisions is incredible but with Scott’s punching power he can mix it at the top-level and I can’t wait to see if he prevails over Frampton.
8. Carl Frampton
With the huge unification fight in sight, Frampton needs to improve on his last performance.
Similar opponents will be available should he beat Quigg.
9. Anthony Crolla
Crolla has to be looking at a unification fight with the winner of Terry Flannagan vs Derry Matthews. The first 2 fights with Matthews were great entertainment and Crolla is yet to beat his rival.
10. Terry Flannagan
Terry managed to rack up 27 wins pretty much un-noticed by the mass of boxing fans but then went and won a vacant world title, defended it and accepted the challenge of Derry Matthews.
If he beats Derry then he will be considered the real deal and a unification fight with Crolla would be huge!
11. Liam Smith
Liam is the 1st of the four fighting Liverpudlian brothers to have achieved a world title.
Big fights are there for him in the shape of Erislandy Lara and Jermall Charlo who are both huge in the USA.
12. Tyson Fury
Wow! Tyson Fury rocked the world and beat ‘The Champ’.
Now regarded as the number 1 heavyweight on the planet by many Fury is in the driving seat of any huge fights in the division. In the UK you have to consider David Haye and Anthony Joshua as huge PPV fights for him and across the pond Deontay Wilder holds the other title he hasn’t won yet and a unification fight with him would be massive worldwide!