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Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting: Five British Boxers You Need to See

Posted 28 Sep 2022

British boxing has never been more popular. With champions across the weight classes, including the biggest box office draws in the heavyweight division, it’s no wonder that more and more people are on the lookout for boxing tickets

But if you’re not familiar with the sweet science, which boxers will ensure you get a great, entertaining fight? We’ve looked everywhere from flyweight to heavyweight to find five British boxers that everyone needs to see.

Joe Joyce

When it comes to British heavyweights, Joe Joyce won’t be the first person you think of. Obviously there’s Fury and Joshua (more on them later), and most boxing fans will be familiar with Whyte and Chisora. But 37 year old Joyce has a chin made of granite and fists made of iron. As the WBO interim title holder, he’s due a chance to take on Usyk. If he can deliver the same crushing performance he delivered against former champion Joseph Parker, then we could be in for a very interesting contest.

Josh Warrington

At the other end of the scales comes two-time featherweight champ Josh Warrington. Josh Warrington tickets are always in demand, thanks to his voracious hometown following of fellow Leeds United fans, but his next fight could be his last in Leeds as he takes on challenger Luis Alberto Lopez.

Warrington has constantly proved the doubters wrong during his career, unleashing a high tempo high pressure style that delivers drama and entertainment time after time. He might not be a knockout artist, but The Leeds Warrior can certainly punch with the best of them.

Callum Smith

One of Liverpool’s famous fighting Smith brothers, youngest brother Callum might be the best of the lot. This long, rangy super-middleweight has picked up domestic and continental titles, along with a Commonwealth silver. But a coveted world title has always eluded him. 

With a recent move up to light heavyweight allowing him to pack on even more muscle and power, we could see that title drought come to an end very soon, courtesy of “Mundo” Smith’s technique and ferocity.

Anthony Joshua

We all know the story. Started boxing at 18, won gold at London 2012, knocked out everyone who shared a ring with him on his way to picking up the IBF from Charles Martinand the vacant WBA title from Wladimir Klitschko. Successful defences against dangerous fighters, before being knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jr and comfortably beaten twice by Olexandr Usyk.

Don’t listen to the people who tell you Joshua’s finished. He’s still got a point to prove, and the determination to learn how to do it. There’s a reason Joshua vs Fury tickets will be like gold dust if and when that fight is made. Because AJ is exciting, powerful, and definitely box office.

Tyson Fury

The Gypsy King. The #1 ranked heavyweight fighter on the planet. Never beaten. Seemingly knocked out by Deontay Wilder in their first fight, only to leap up after 8 seconds and pummel the American for the rest of the round. He’s beaten Klitschko, and he’s fought in the WWE. As infamous for his press conferences as he is for his unbelievable boxing skill, Tyson Fury claims that there’s no man born of a mother who can beat him.

Whether you believe that or not, you need to watch him to find out. Just don’t believe him when he says he’s retiring. He’ll change his mind within a week.

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