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This is our interpretation of the current British heavyweight professional boxing rankings Top 12. Fighters are ranked on activity, achievements, level of opposition and record.
200lbs + (14st 4lb/90.7 kg)
|1||Anthony Joshua - IBF World Heavyweight Champion||London||18-0|
|Tyson Fury will be re-inserted when he is fighting again.|
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The heavyweight boxing rankings, division, or weight class, is for fighters who weigh over 200 pounds (14st 4lb/90.7 kg)
Most of the world boxing organisations have the maximum weight limit for a cruiserweight (weight below) at 200 pounds. Therefore, a boxer whose weight is over 200 lb would campaign as a heavyweight.
Because this division has no weight limit, it has been historically vaguely defined. In the 19th century, for example, many heavyweight champions weighed only 170lbs (12st 2lb, 77kg) or less (although others did weigh over 200 pounds) The modern day heavyweight boxer in general is much bigger in size than their predesessors of the past.
The first British heavyweight champion was Jack Palmer (18 December 1905 – 29 October 1906) The Lonsdale belt is the oldest boxing trpohy in the world. The first world heavyweight champion under the Marquess of Queensberry rules was John L. Sullivan, he weighed around 200 pounds in his prime and was a bare-knuckle champion too. He was defeated by Jim Corbett on September 7, 1892, in 21 rounds.
In 1920, the minimum weight for a heavyweight was set at 175 pounds (12 st 7 lb, 79 kg), which today is the light heavyweight division maximum. Since 1980.
Since the 1960s, the world heavyweight title has become fractured amongst various sanctioning organizations, and so what was once known as the single “Heavyweight Champion”, is now referred to as the “Undisputed Champion” as the one fighter that has defeated all the other titlists.
Most boxing fans though always hold the linier champion has the true world champion in each division (ie: the man who beat the man, who beat the man…)
If you feel these ratings are inaccurate in anyway, or we have missed someone you feel deserves a place in the top 10. – Please EMAIL us with the details.
Note: Any boxer inactive for 12 months is dropped from the rankings, unless the boxer has been a former champion and has not yet announced retirment. – Boxers who are active and unbeaten will take precedence.
* symbol denotes foreign based British boxers eligible for the British title.
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