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Josh Taylor is No. 1 pound-for-pound British fighter in 2019

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Josh Taylor's epic points win over Regis Prograis has secured him the top spot in British pound-for-pound rankings at the end of 2019.

The Scot jumped up from sixth place after an outstanding year, which saw him win his first world title and then defeat Prograis in a world super-lightweight title unification clash at the World Boxing Super Series final in October.

Others, like Anthony Joshua, have had an up-and-down year and Britain ends 2019 with five world titleholders, just as it did 2018.

Some well-known British boxers miss out on our top 10 -- Carl Frampton, Amir Khan, Kell Brook -- while there are some new faces.


1. Josh Taylor (16-0, 12 KOs)

Up from 6th place.

While the status of who is the world's best super lightweight is still up for debate, the quality of Taylor's fights was unequivocal.

The Scot claimed the top spot in our British pound-for-pound rankings due to two brilliant performances in his last two fights. Taylor earned scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 117-112 to add American Regis Prograis' WBA belt to his IBF title. It was a thrilling, ferocious battle, which Taylor edged thanks to his determination, work rate and variety of punches.

Taylor, who won the title with a unanimous points decision over Ivan Baranchyk in May, now wants to meet American Jose Ramirez, who holds the other two world title belts. Victory over Ramirez would secure Taylor a place in the global pound-for-pound rankings.


2. Callum Smith (27-0, 19 KOs)

Up from 3rd.

Many felt Smith was fortunate to get a unanimous points win (116-112, 116-112 and 117-111) over John Ryder in November, in a second defence of his WBA world super-middleweight title. Despite the criticism, Smith remains the man to beat at super-middleweight and No. 1 in the ESPN rankings for the division. The Liverpool boxer needs a big fight, and is on a shortlist of opponents to face Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in May 2020.


3. Josh Warrington (30-0, 7 KOs)

Down from 2nd.

Warrington has assumed top place in ESPN's divisional rankings while others -- Erik Morales, Oscar Valdez -- have stepped up a division. The Leeds boxer has done what has been asked of him this year, but like Smith he wants a top name. Warrington feared his mandatory defence against Yorkshire rival Kid Galahad might not be fan-friendly, and so it proved. After a split decision win over Galahad in June, Warrington took out his frustration on Sofiane Takoucht in a two-round win for a third defence of the IBF world title in October.


4. Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs)

Down from 1st.

Joshua finished the year on a high, back in possession of the three world heavyweight titles he began the year with, after losing them in June to Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua silenced the doubters in a rematch in December, boxing cleverly to win a wide points decision over the American, who had previously dropped him four times in a seventh-round stoppage in New York. It was one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight history -- and left Joshua fighting to save his career in Saudi Arabia.

Kubrat Pulev and the dangerous Oleksandr Usyk, the former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, lie in wait for Joshua next year. He still needs to do more to regain the world No. 1 spot he occupied before losing to Ruiz.


5. Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs)

Down from 4th.

Former world heavyweight champion Fury, 31, gets the chance to regain one of the four belts against Deontay Wilder, the WBC titleholder, in 2020, after a year of waiting. Fury got off the canvas in the last round of an entertaining draw with American Wilder in December 2018, but we've had to wait for the rematch, which is now scheduled for Las Vegas on Feb. 22.

Fury came perilously close to being stopped in his last fight against little-known Otto Wallin, a contest that was supposed to be an easy, routine warmup in September. Fury suffered a cut above his right eye in the third round, later requiring 47 stitches, before taking control in the second half of the fight to earn a unanimous decision. Fury came through another warmup fight, against Tom Schwarz, more convincingly by second-round stoppage in June. If Fury beats Wilder, he becomes British boxing's P4P No. 1.


6. Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs)

Down from 5th.

What was looking like a terrible year for Whyte ended OK. Only the champions Joshua and Deontay Wilder, as well as former champion Fury, are above Whyte in independent heavyweight rankings and he is long overdue a shot.

Although Whyte is first in the queue with the WBC, do not rule out a rematch with Joshua at some point in the next year. Whyte retains his lofty position in our British P4P rankings despite a poor performance in his last fight in December. A positive drugs test was also withdrawn on the eve of his last fight, which perhaps contributed to Whyte's off-night.


7. Khalid Yafai (26-0, 15 KOs)

Up from 9th.

The Birmingham junior bantamweight is Britain's longest-serving world champion after winning the WBA belt just over three years ago. Yafai, 30, has had just one outing this year -- a points win over Norbelto Jimenez -- and he needs to face one of the other world champions for greater recognition and pay-days. A fight against Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada, the division's No. 1 and WBC titleholder, is perhaps next and would be the biggest fight of Yafai's career.


8. Billy Joe Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs)

New at 8th.

Saunders, 30, switched promoters and divisions this year, and 2019 has been an improvement on a disappointing 2018. Saunders captured the vacant WBO world super-middleweight title on points over Shefat Isufi before a knockout win over Marcelo Esteban Coceres in November. Saunders failed to excite in his last fight and he is another hoping to get the call for a big fight in 2020.


9. Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs)

New at 9th.

Campbell, 32, has yet to win a world title, but it is not through lack of talent or trying. The Hull lightweight has fought the best two lightweights of his era -- Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares -- and this year can be proud of his effort against Lomachenko, the world's best boxer. Campbell's survival instincts and boxing IQ denied Lomachenko the spectacular finish as he had to settle for a unanimous points win for three world titles in August. Time is running out, however, for 2012 Olympic gold medallist Campbell to win a world title.


10. Charlie Edwards (15-1, 6 KOs)

Down from 7th.

After a dominant defence against Angel Moreno in March, Edwards clung on to his WBC flyweight title when a knockout defeat was dramatically overturned and the outcome ruled a third-round no contest due to Julio Cesar Martinez hitting the Londoner when he was already on the canvas. Edwards, 26, has since relinquished the belt to move up to junior-bantamweight, where there are potentially bigger fights to be made.