Who's the best of the British light heavyweights?

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  1. ShovelHook

    ShovelHook Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I'm honestly thinking Dan Azeez may be that guy after his sublime performance last weekend. He's got such a great style, clearly inspired by greats like Tyson and Hagler and he does a very good imitation. In fact he's blended those two styles very nicely, essentially making it his own.
     
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    It's hard to say just yet because i think Yarde, Arthur, Richards, Callum Johnson, Callum Smith and Buatsi would have done the same to Burton in similar fashion and maybe in a shorter time.

    He's definitely going to be a tricky opponent for the top guys in britain.

    They all need to fight eachother to find out and make great matches.
     
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    destruction Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I would rank them as follows:

    1. Callum Smith
    2. Callum Johnson
    3. Lyndon Arthur
    4. Anthony Yarde
    5. Joshua Buatsi
    6. Dan Azeez
    7. Craig Richards
    *Others; Rocky Fielding/Hosea Burton/Shakan Pitters

    I agree with the OP, that Azeez was spectacular against Burton. It is a bit early to rank him any higher than 6th, as those above him have proven themselves at a higher level.

    The LHW division in the UK is on fire, so he needs wins at a higher level than Burton to get higher up the British rankings.
     
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    Should be no excuse for great domestic match ups not to be made in the 175 and 154 divisions.
     
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  7. ShovelHook

    ShovelHook Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I'm really thinking more H2H than anything based on the proven level of each fighters. Skillwise I place Azeez above the relatively limited guys above him. I can't wait to see him against that crop, the winner of Arthur vs Yarde could be his moment to truly prove his class and gain some credibility.
     
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    EJC83 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I'm intrigued to see how Smith does at that weight, I get the feeling that the same problems will occur if/when he goes up against the elite, too stiff.
     
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    Furey EST & REG 2009 Full Member

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    Agreed
     
  10. wavey

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    Strong division for the UK. Callum Smith is the best of the lot for me.

    Also, there's Lewis Edmondson and Karol Itauma who look like good prospects.
     
  11. tee_birch

    tee_birch Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Good list. I think Arthur drops down to 5/6 after the weekend and the rest shuffle up
     
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  12. Oneirokritis

    Oneirokritis The Scourge of Stupid Idiots. Full Member

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    Mundo is my pick too. It could've been Johnson, but he's squandered whatever momentum he gained from his showing against Beterbiev.
     
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    Wonder what Smiths plans are ? Surely after a warm up it would be easy to make the Bivol fight ? One which he probably loses but what else is out there for him ?

    I think Smith beats Johnson and then Smith v Yarde will be a great fight . Even though Johnson hits like a mule I see him wilting around the mid rounds. I think Yarde has a better chance v Smith
     
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    ryanm8655 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Yarde loses to anyone who can take the power, was impressed with him vs Arthur though, went for it. Buatsi would whip his head all over the place though with those fast combos and the footwork…
     
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  15. Oneirokritis

    Oneirokritis The Scourge of Stupid Idiots. Full Member

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    Buatsi's chin is still very much an unknown quantity. And tangential to this, I honestly think there's more to him pulling out of the fight with Vlasov -- an experienced and durable operator -- than we've been told.