An unbeaten boxer is always an unknown quantity and until they suffer that first defeat you never know how good they could actually turn out to be or indeed how great they may become. There is the view that a boxer can become a better fighter because of a defeat and learn valuable lessons from it, indeed a loss in some cases can improve a boxer and go on to enhance their career but there is no doubt all fans love an unbeaten fighter and an ‘0’ on a record is always fiercely protected by the pugilist. In the UK we have a number of unbeaten boxers all at different stages and in this article, I have chosen a subjective top 12 and a summary of their record, achievements and future potential. I have also added the boxers Twitter accounts so you can keep up to date with their progress. Here are the Top 12 Unbeaten British Boxers.

1: Scott Quigg scott quigg boxing

  • Record: 27-0-2, 20KOs
  • Division: Super-bantamweight
  • height: 5′ 8″
  • Age: 25
  • From: Bury, Greater Manchester
  • Pro Debut: April 2007
  • Pro Achievements: British champion and WBA world super-bantamweight champion

Scott Quigg made his professional debut at the age of 18, after a short amateur career and a background in martial arts. He had and 11 fights in the first 18 months, working with Manchester coaches Brian Hughes and Pat Barrett. After three years he took the international route by beating Santiago Allione for the WBA inter-continental super-bantamweight title, a belt he defended twice before making his name on the domestic front. In 2011 he changed trainers and has since been coached by Joe Gallagher. On 22nd October 2011, Quigg claimed the British title by stopping Nottingham veteran Jason Booth in 7 rounds. He went on to defend the title against Jamie Arthur (TKO8) just four months later before a clash with Rendall Munroe was set up for the summer of 2012. The fight ended in anti-climax following a tense build-up. A clash of heads in the third round brought matters to an abrupt end after Munroe suffered a huge gash to his forehead, a rematch was arranged and this time Quigg left no room for question stopping the Leicester man with a brutal left hook to the body in round 6 in November 2012. Promotional troubles frustratingly halted Quigg’s momentum but he returned in June this year after signing with Matchroom to take on William Prado in a warm-up bout before his first crack at a world title. Already the WBA’s interim champion, Quigg was upgraded to full champion status prior to his fight with Yoandris Salinas last month, in which he battled from being behind early, to show his class by storming back to nearly stop Salinas. Quigg had to settle for a draw, but retained his new title. Quigg was in fine form on the Carl Froch-George Groves bill in Manchester in his last fight, when he blew away a tough challenger in Argentinian Diego Oscar Silva (TKO2). The future for Quigg looks bright, with huge fights ahead but the one that the British fans want is against Belfast’s Carl Frampton and that fight could be just around the corner. Scott Quigg on Twitter: @scottquigg

2: Carl Framptoncarl frampton boxer

  • Record: 17-0, 12KOs
  • Division: Super-bantamweight
  • height: 5′ 5″
  • Age: 26
  • From: Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Pro Debut: June 2009
  • Pro Achievements: Celtic, European and Commonwealth titles and the IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight champion.

Carl Frampton is probably the most popular Northern Irish boxer since Barry McGuigan the former featherweight world champion. who now manages and promotes ‘The Jackal’ – Unbeaten and never looking close to defeat in his 4 year pro career to date, Frampton is also trained by McGuigan’s son Shane, he is on the verge of a world title shot and looks to be getting better. He claimed the Commonwealth belt in 2011, stopping Mark Quon in 4-rounds and then the following year picked up the IBF Inter-Continental with a win over unbeaten Mexican Raul Hirales (UD12). Frampton added to that impressive performance with a victory over former world champion Steve Molitor, before dispatching Kiko Martinez (TKO9) (Martinez has since become world champion) picking up the European strap. In his last fight Frampton stopped Frenchman Jeremy Parodi in the 6th round. Martinez is now the IBF champion after defeating Jhonatan Romero in August and talks are apparently taking place for Frampton to rematch Martinez for a shot at his new title. If Frampton wins that fight and there is no reason he shouldn’t going off form, then a fight against Scott Quigg would be one of the biggest UK fights to be made in 2014. Both boxers want the fight and when the time is right, this fight will happen and what a British boxing feast that one will be. Carl Frampton on Twitter: @RealCFrampton

3: Kell Brookkell brook

  • Record: 31-0, 21 KOs
  • Division: Welterweight
  • height: 5′ 9″
  • Age: 27
  • From: Sheffield
  • Pro Debut: September 2004
  • Pro Achievements: British and WBA/WBO Inter-Cont – IBF International champion.

Sheffield stylist Kell Brook was due to face American Devon Alexander for the IBF world welterweight title in May. But just a month before the fight was to take place he was forced to pull out after suffering another injury. The fight had already been re-schedule twice. Alexander instead took on Brook’s Matchroom stable mate Lee Purdy. The Brit did his best, but coming in late did him no favours and he was pulled out by his corner after 7 rounds. Alexander has since lost his title after dropping a decision to Shawn Porter in December. Brook is the No1 challenger for the IBF’s welterweight belt and is in line to face Porter this year. Both will have warm up fights before facing each other. The new champion may take a voluntary defence before facing the Sheffield man and Brook too is keen to get a tune up fight before taking on the aggressive Porter. Brook fought twice in 2013 with impressive wins over Carson Jones (TKO8) and Vyacheslav Senchenko (TKO4). Brook is regarded has one of the most naturally talented British boxers currently plying their trade and in 2014 hopes to finally get the world title fight he craves. Brook holds the longest unbeaten run in British boxing. Kell Brook on Twitter: @SpecialKBrook

4: Tyson FuryTyson fury manchester united fan klitschko

  • Record: 21-0, 15KOs
  • Division: Heavyweight
  • height: 6′ 9″
  • Age: 25
  • From: Manchester, England
  • Pro Debut: December 2008
  • Pro Achievements: English, Irish, British and Commonwealth champion and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title.

Tyson Fury turned professional in December 2008 at 20 years old, after winning the ABA finals. He stopped his first 7 opponents before facing John McDermott for the English heavyweight title. It was Fury’s first big test in the pros against the more experienced McDermott and the Mancunian giant who stands 6′,9″ was made to go the distance for the first time in his career, by a fired-up champion, determined to hang onto his title. Fury won on points but it was close, with many believing McDermott had done enough to retain against the rookie, but Fury’s work rate just nicked it. Nine months after their first fight, Fury and McDermott met again in a rematch, this time Fury left no room for controversy in the decision, he stopped Big brave John in the 9th in a rough old battle. The contest was for the English belt but also doubled has a British heavyweight title final eliminator and after just 11 fights Fury was in mandatory position to challenge for the Lonsdale belt. After another 3 wins Fury eventually got his British title shot a year later against the unbeaten champion Dereck Chisora, whose Commonwealth title was also on the line. Fury went onto outpoint Del Boy in a real war of attrition that swung backwards and forwards. But Fury took over and finished a comfortable winner on points, handing Chisora his first defeat in 15 fights in July 2011. Fury has since had 6 fights, scoring 5 KOs and in his last two fights has taken a big step into world class by beating world ranked Americans in Kevin Johnson (UD12) and former world cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (KO7) – In some of his last 6 fights Fury has tried to burn the candle at both ends and admits to taking his training and opponents for granted. Against Cunningham he had to drag himself off the floor in the 2nd round before going on to wear ‘USS’ down. Now trained by his uncle Hughie Fury, Tyson is reaping the rewards of being settled and is following the strict code of conduct and hard training regime that his uncle expects. Fury is responding and taking his career and conditioning as seriously has he has ever done before, which makes this naturally gifted fighter a very dangerous proposition in the world heavyweight rankings and it seems the top fighters are looking to avoid him. David Haye recently withdrew twice from facing Fury, albeit through injuries, but you get the sense that Haye new he would be up against it. Wladimir Klitschko knows it would be a big big fight against Fury and would sell not only in Germany and Ukraine, but around the world. Fury is a name boxing and he has wider appeal due to his terrestrial TV coverage, so why hasn’t Klitschko looked towards Fury? Is it because he realises the threat? In light of the Haye fight falling through, Fury and his team have signed a TV deal with Frank Warren to appear on BoxNation and will fight at the Copper Box Arena on February 15, against Argentinian Gonzalo Omar Basile. There is talk of Fury facing Chisora again in June, but there could be more twists and turns in the heavyweight division before then. Tyson Fury on Twitter: @Tyson_Fury UPDATED: British Boxing Rankings

5: Frankie Gavinfrankie_gavin_wins_

  • Record: 17-0, 12 KOs
  • Division: welterweight
  • height: 5′ 10″
  • Age: 28
  • From: Birmingham
  • Pro Debut: February 2009
  • Pro Achievements: British, Commonwealth, Irish and WBO Inter-Cont. champion

Current British and Commonwealth Welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin was Britain’s only ever world amateur champion and still is. As a pro he has shown the skills and fighting instincts that made him such a formidable vested opponent and is beginning to mirror that in the pros. Gavin has amassed a perfect record of 18 wins from 18 fights and 12 KO’s, winning the Irish and WBO Intercontinental titles at light-welterweight before moving up to welter to capture the British and Commonwealth belts. 2013 saw ‘Funtime’ Frankie at his career best, with wins over Midland rival Jason Welborn, he then took the Commonwealth title off the undefeated Denton Vassell before outpointing David Barnes to win his Lonsdale belt outright and ended a good year with a points win over Bradley Price. Gavin is rated at number 3 by the WBO with Namibia’s Bethel Ushona at number 2, Filipino star Manny Pacquiao is at number one and American Timothy Bradley is the champion. Gavin’s promoter Frank Warren is looking to make an eliminator against Ushona and get into the mandatory position to face Bradley. Gavin needs 2014 to be his breakout year, he has the talent and ability to mix it on the world scene and you feel the better the opposition the better Frankie Gavin we will get, he has the potential to raise his game higher and can be a world beater. Frankie Gavin on Twitter: @frankiegavin1

6: Billy Joe Saundersbilly joe saunders boxer boxing

 

  • Record: 19-0, 10 KOs
  • Division: middleweight
  • height: 5′ 11″
  • Age: 24
  • From: Hertfordshire
  • Pro Debut: February 2009
  • Pro Achievements: Current British and Commonwealth champion

Billy Joe Saunders. The British and Commonwealth middleweight champion remains unbeaten and on course to enter European and international level in the next year or two. Last year he recorded wins over Matthew Hall, Gary O’ Sullivan and the dangerous unbeaten John Ryder, taking his record to 19-0, with 10KOs. 2014 needs to be the breakout year now for Saunders, but injuries have recently stalled his promising rise. Saunders pulled out of a fight in December because of a hand injury and is now out of Frank Warren’s CopperBox Arena show in February because of injuries and its looking like we wont see Saunders back in the ring now until April. He needs to get a move on and put his great potential to work, because this is a boxer who is held in high regard and is tipped by many knowledgeable fight folk to make it to the top, now is the time to step him up, but the question is can Saunders, who is trained by the father son team of Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, rise to the challenge? There is nothing to suggest he can’t. There is talk of a meeting with James DeGale in the pipeline and his team were looking to make that fight, but DeGale has other plans for now and that is unlikely to happen this year. The bad vibes between himself and upcoming prospect Chris Eubank Jnr have put some weight to a fight between the pair, but in fairness at this stage it would be a step back for Saunders and a huge chance for the novice Eubank, it is a fight that would create interest, but not one for now. A match with European champion Emanuele Blandamura would seem like a good target for Saunders. The unbeaten Italian defeated Austrian Marcos Nader recently and Saunders vs the unbeaten Blandamura (22-0, 5KOs) makes sense. The middleweight scene in Britain has been dominated for the last few years by Darren Barker, Martin Murray and Matthew Macklin and Saunders has been trail blazing them but now he is in pole position to start mixing in that class and with Barker recently retiring, Saunders is capable of filling the void. Certainly a boxer to watch, he comes to fight every time, knows how to win and it will take a special fighter to derail his road to world honours. Billy Joe Saunders on Twitter: @bjsaunders_

7: Paul Butlerpaul butler box

  • Record: 14-0, 7 KOs
  • Division: Super-flyweight
  • height: 5′ 6″
  • Age: 25
  • From: Ellesmere Port
  • Pro Debut: December 2010
  • Pro Achievements: British, Commonwealth and WBA/WBO Inter-Continental champion

Once in a while a boxer comes along who ticks all the boxes and stands out from the rest. Their aura shines brighter under the glare and the ring lights seem to bounce off there skin and fancy tassels more so than the other fighters on the bill. Their punches have more snap on connection and the impact of their shots echo around the arena followed by woos and ha’s from the crowd and you just know you have witnessed someone special. Well that is the unbeaten ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ Paul Butler. At domestic level he rules the roost and there isn’t an abundance of challengers lining up capable of worrying him. The main concern to his British title will be former stand out amateur Kal Yafai the up and coming prospect from Birmingham (10-0). But Butler may vacate the British title and move forward now with bigger fights being lined up for him and a potential world title shot. The Ellesmere Port star will headline promoter Frank Warren’s return to Liverpool on March 1 at the Equestrian Centre at Aintree where he will defend his WBO and WBA Intercontinental titles at super-flyweight. But recently Butler has spoken about moving up to Bantamweight to chase a fight with Darlington’s new IBF world champion Stuart Hall before the summer. Hall won the vacant world crown in December against Vusi Malinga and Butler having sparred with Hall, is confident he would have a good chance against him. Butler is trained in Manchester by former fighter Arnie Farnell and has recently also employed the help of a strength and conditioning coach and is revamping his diet in order to make him as strong as possible for a potential showdown with Hall. Butler does not see any move up to bantamweight as a long-term plan in his career and insists he will campaign at his normal weight even after a fight with Hall. Butler has heaps of class and the X Factor to shine in his chosen sport, a world champion in the making. Paul Butler on Twitter: @1PaulButler

8: Liam Smithliam smith boxing

  • Record: 16-0-1, 6KOs
  • Division: light-middleweight
  • height: 5′ 9½″
  • Age: 25
  • From: Liverpool
  • Pro Debut: October 2008
  • Pro Achievements: British and Commonwealth champion

One of the Liverpool fighting Smith brothers, Liam Smith has risen to the top of the domestic light-middleweight scene with only Brian Rose above him in the rankings. Rose had vacated his British title belt after winning it outright and Smith outpointed Erick Ochieng in September to claim the championship. Smith finished 2012 as the Commonwealth champion after defeating Steve O’Meara for that belt. Smith ended last year with a solid eye catching 4th round TKO over tough Mancunian contender Mark Thompson. Smith is as tough has old boots and has a great technique and style to his work. He naturally goes to the body with hurtful intent and can mix it up inside or looks at ease fighting on the outside. A former multi National champion as an amateur, Smith boxed for England, but his first love was always football and still is, and he often turns out for his local team but coming from a family of boxers, it was no surprise  he would follow Paul and Stephen, current British title holders, into the prize ring. Younger brother Callum is also making quick progress and looks to keep the Smith name going for many years. A product of the famous Rotunda ABC in Liverpool, Liam is now coached by Joe Gallagher in Manchester and is improving in every fight. This is now Smith’s 6th year as a professional and he has been learning his trade steadily and is still only 25. He is entering his prime years and is expected to blossom in the next few. First he will want to win the coveted Lonsdale belt outright by having another two successful defences. If he can do that this year, then after that he will have served his apprenticeship and can be has good has he wants to be. A real throw back style of fighter and another UK prospect to be happy about and one to get behind. Liam Smith on Twitter: @LiamBeefySmith

 

9: Kevin Satchellkevin satchell boxing

  • Record: 11-0, 2KOs
  • Division: flyweight
  • height: 5′ 6½″
  • Age: 25
  • From: Liverpool
  • Pro Debut: October 2010
  • Pro Achievements: British and Commonwealth champion

Kevin Satchell is theNo1 flyweight in the country. Bursting on the championship scene in May 2012 to claim the vacant Commonwealth title with a points win over Liverpool’s Paul Edwards, he followed up that victory with a great win over Chris Edwards to take the Stoke man’s British title with an 8th round stoppage. Satchell has since defended his titles twice against Luke Wilton and Iain Butcher both points wins. Satchell is a text book boxer, he does everything good, has pin point punch accuracy and throws plenty of them. What we also know about Satchell is that he has a lot of grit and determination to win. He will battle through tricky moments in fights and when his back is against the wall, he bites down on the gumshield and comes through. His grit and determination will win him fights at domestic level, but he does lack in punch power and when he steps up into international class that could be telling. But he is unbeaten, improving and doesn’t now how to lose, that makes him a dangerous boxer and on his night could box the ears off any flyweight. Kevin Satchell on Twitter: @Kev_Satch

10: Liam Walshliam-walsh-boxer

  • Record: 15-0, 10KOs
  • Division: Super-featherweight
  • height: 5′ 7½″
  • Age: 27
  • From: Cromer
  • Pro Debut: February 2008
  • Pro Achievements: Commonwealth, WBO International super-featherweight and WBO European lightweight champion.

Undefeated Walsh, 27, by nature always seems to be in a great fight, he battled against Maxwell Awuku over 12 hard rounds to win the Commonwealth title in 2010 and then defended the belt twice in 2011. Those two fights were against Jon Kays and then the fight of the year candidate against Paul Appleby. 2012 was a quite year for Walsh, he had just the one fight, stepping up to lightweight for a shot at the WBO’s European belt, Walsh stopped Domenico Urbano in the eighth. Last year Walsh won both his fights, coming through a tough battle against former two-time world champion Scott Harrison in April, in defence of his WBO European belt, he then inflicted the first loss to unbeaten Mancunian Joe Murray, both were impressive results. In his next fight Walsh gets the opportunity to add the British title to his Commonwealth and other straps, when he faces Doncaster’s former British champion Gary Sykes for the Vacant Lonsdale belt. Walsh’s Commonwealth title will also be on the line at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday February 15, in what should be a fantastic domestic tussle. If Walsh was to defeat Sykes and become British champion it could open up a few doors for him and a world title fight would then be in his sights. Never in a dull fight, but will need to be on his A game to beat Sykes and remain unbeaten and the jury is still out but defiantly a fighter of talent and could the dark horse of the UK unbeatens. Liam Walsh on Twitter: –

11: Terry FlanaganTerry Flanagan prizefighter

  • Record: 22-0,  7KOs
  • Division: Lightweight
  • height: 5′ 9½″
  • Age: 24
  • From: Manchester
  • Pro Debut: January 2009
  • Pro Achievements: English super-featherweight and Prizefighter lightweight champion

Behind Kell Brook, Terry Flanagan has the longest winning run of fights than any other British boxer at present. Flanagan is a skilful southpaw with fast hands, great movement and is tricky to fight, probably part of the reason why he has been over looked recently when the big domestic match-ups have been made at super-featherweight and lightweight. Flanagan had won the English super-featherweight title in 2012 against Dougie Curran in his 14th fight. After one defence of the belt, Flanagan was offered the opportunity to step up in weight and enter the lightweight Prizefighter tournament. Flanagan jumped at the chance and went onto win it. It was a stellar field of opponents and Flanagan avoided his friend Anthony Crolla in the tournament, but had to beat Patrick Walsh, Derry Mathews and then Gary Sykes in the final to get his hands on the trophy and the £32,000 prize money. Since the Prizefighter Flanagan has had another four wins at lightweight and he and his team are pushing for a big domestic title shot, with British champion Martin Gethin in there immediate thinking. Flanagan seems to have developed his power since moving up to lightweight. He was a massive super-featherweight, but at lightweight he still looks big, he is filling out and looks solid as he enters the prime years of his fight career. Flanagan has plenty of skills and when he uses them to full effect, its hard for his opponents to get near him and through his southpaw right jab but he like a scrap does this hardened lad from the streets of Manchester and can sometimes can get involved when he doesn’t have too. Questions still remain of Flanagan and how far he can go, but he has answered all the questions asked of him so far and there is no doubt he deserves his chance of a big title fight soon and the oppoertunity to show British boxing what he is all about. With his continued hardwork and dedication to the game, 2014 could be the year when Flanagan finally breaks through. His first fight of the year comes on March 1 in Liverpool, an opponent had not yet been named at the time of writing. Flanagan and his team have recently signed a deal with BoxNation and the fight fans will now have the chance to see more of ‘Turbo’ Terry Flanagan. Terry Flanagan on Twitter: @terryflanagan5

 

12: Rocky Fieldingrocky fielding boxing

  • Record: 17-0, 10KOs
  • Division: Super-middleweight
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  • Age: 26
  • From: Liverpool
  • Pro Debut: September 2010
  • Pro Achievements: English super-middleweight and Prizefighter champion

A former two time Junior ABA Champion, Four Nations Gold Medalist, Multi Nations Silver Medalist and Senior ABA Finalist, Rocky Fielding burst onto the professional circuit when after only three fights he entered the super-middleweight Prizefighter Tournament in 2011 and went on to win the trophy, stopping Tobias Webb in the final. Since then Fielding has gone about learning his trade while picking up the English title by stopping Carl Dilks (TKO5) in 2012. Last year Fielding had 5 fights, he defended the English belt and also added the Commonwealth title and finished the year with a dominant defence against Luke Blackledge (TKO1) In the fight Fielding shown again that he has a real instinct for finishing a fight when he gets his opponent in trouble. The Liverpool fighter carries an hefty dig and is on the verge of a shot at the British title, which is held currently by fellow Scouser Paul Smith. Fielding first though will face former British champion and another Liverpool man in Tony Dodson in his next fight in March, a good match up for Fielding and one that he can take a lot from. For Dodson this could be his last crack at a title and in a derby fight in front of the Liverpool faithful, Dodson could be dangerous for the first few rounds but Fielding should pick up his 18th pro win and in a division packed with talent finds himself in a very nice position and all the signs are looking very positive, a bright future lies ahead for Rocky. Rocky Fielding on Twitter: @Rocky87Fielding It will be interesting to follow the unbeaten records of these fighters and we will re visit this article this time next year and see how these boxers faired in the hardest sport of all and if they remained unbeaten in the hardest sport of all. You can Follow us on Twitter here: @britishboxers