Top 11 British boxers yet to win a world title, including Dillian Whyte, Chris Eubank Jr and Joshua Buatsi

26 Mar

British boxing is undergoing a period of transition and uncertainty at present.

This transition has been brought on by multiple top level UK fighters drawing their careers to a close, while the uncertainty stems from those still active deciding to head to America in search of greater riches.

All world champions are excluded from this list, even if they’ve since lost their belts

Recently, to name but a few, the likes of David Haye, Tony Bellew, James DeGale and George Groves have retired, leaving the ring for good.

As well as this, boxers such as Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Amir Khan and Callum Smith are all scheduled to have their first fights of 2019 in the States.

Therefore, have taken a look at some of the country’s best fighters who are yet to claim world title belts.

You can see the top ten ranking, below….



This ranking is based on a subjective mix of the following three criteria:

  1. Result – The fighters’ official results always stand
  2. Performance – The manner in which the fighters win or lose
  3. Résumé – The opponents beaten/minor titles won

10. Kid Galahad (26-0, Featherweight)

In his next fight, Kid Galahad will challenge Josh Warrington for the IBF featherweight title. Despite his earlier drugs ban, the awkward Sheffield man has built his way back up and last year defeated Toka Kahn Clary in a final eliminator to earn his shot.

9. Daniel Dubois (10-0, Heavyweight)

He may not yet have the deepest résumé, but Daniel Dubois’ performances in his first ten fights speak for themselves. The 21-year-old heavyweight is one of the country’s brightest prospects and recently blasted through former title challenger Razvan Cojanu in two rounds.

8. Joe Joyce (8-0, Heavyweight)

Within eight fights, Joe Joyce has put names such as Lenroy Thomas and Bermane Stiverne on his record, and won the Commonwealth title. While his performance last time out might not have been as scintillating as Daniel Dubois’, his slate of opponents beaten is enough to ensure a higher ranking.

=7. Anthony Yarde/Callum Johnson (18-0/18-1, Light-Heavyweights)

It’s tough to split Anthony Yarde and Callum Johnson at present as both have put on impressive performances over the past year. Yarde is unbeaten, but relatively untested, while Johnson suffered a loss in October, though this was admittedly at the highest level against Artur Beterbiev.

6. Dereck Chisora (29-9, Heavyweight)

The majority of this list will be prospects and contenders, however Dereck Chisora is one ageing war-horse who it would be unfair to leave out. Although the 35-year-old’s career is winding down, he proved last year against Carlos Takam and Dillian Whyte that he can still mix it at fringe world level.

5. Joshua Buatsi (10-0, Light-Heavyweight)

After just ten fights, Joshua Buatsi has claimed the British title and knocked out the likes of Liam Conroy and Renold Quinlan. He is yet to face top opposition, but it is the manner of the 26-year-old’s performances that has ensured him this lofty spot. He appears a truly special talent.

4. Luke Campbell (20-2, Lightweight)

In late 2017, Luke Campbell proved he can mix it at world level against Jorge Linares. He lost by split decision, but the Olympic gold medallist showed he’s worthy of another shot and recently avenged his defeat to Yvan Mendy to become WBC mandatory challenger.

3. Chris Eubank Jr (28-2, Super-Middleweight)

By beating James DeGale in February, Chris Eubank Jr finally achieved a career-defining win. Although he’s previously twice fallen short against top opposition, the Brighton man has looked devastating when facing those below world class. He must now attack the world champions once again.

2. Josh Taylor (14-0, Super-Lightweight)

On the verge of a world title opportunity, Josh Taylor seems a champion in waiting. The technical specialist put on a beautiful boxing display in his last bout against Ryan Martin, having earlier also beaten former world champions Viktor Postol and Miguel Vazquez.

1. Dillian Whyte (25-1, Heavyweight)

It was tough to split our top two, but Dillian Whyte just about has the edge at present. His wins over Lucas Browne, Dereck Chisora and most notably Joseph Parker last year have cemented his status as a top heavyweight contender. Although he was beaten by AJ, Whyte has bounced back and is now ready to take on the elite once again.

Honourable mentions:

Hughie Fury, Nathan Gorman, Lawrence Okolie, Craig Richards, John Ryder, Liam Williams, Anthony Fowler, Josh Kelly, Robbie Davies Jr, Jack Catterall, Lewis Ritson, Sam Bowen, Jordan Gill, Thomas Patrick Ward, Sunnny Edwards