From Tyson Fury to Josh Taylor – Here Are the Top 5 British Boxers of 2020

Published 12/27/2020, 7:06 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 14: Tyson Fury during his heavyweight bout against Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena on September 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson won by an unanimous decision after the 12-round bout. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)


Despite the chaos caused by COVID-19, it has been a good year for boxers, especially the Brits who unveiled back-to-back nail bitting thillers in a controversial calendar like 2020.

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From the very beginning of the year to its final days, British boxers have had a successful camp as many of them stayed and many became world champions. Although some of them failed to replicate the former WBC Interim champion, Dillian Whyte, several Britisher boxers nailed their performances.

Here’s a look at the top five British performances in boxing that left fans spellbound.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 22: (in black//yellow trunks) Tyson Fury goes 7 rounds with Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand Hotel February 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson Fury took the win by TKO in the 7th round as the towel was thrown in by the Wilder team for the world heavyweight championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

British boxers and their wings

While many fighters are worthy of applause, these five really stood out and assured fans of an even bigger 2021 for themselves with a splendid display of boxing.

Tyson Fury

The year began with a shock as Tyson Fury knocked out Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title. While the original fight ended in a controversial draw, Fury left no doubts in the rematch.

He outpointed Wilder throughout the fight before making his ultimate statement in round seven, and the year began on a pleasant note for Brit boxing fans.

Anthony Joshua

The unified heavyweight champion regained his KO ride by knocking out Kubrat Pulev in the 9 round of their 12-round headliner. A lot of people had belittled Anthony Joshua ahead of the fight and even touted him to lose.

However ‘AJ’ unpacked a violent game inside the ring and thoroughly outclassed Pulev. He floored him several times and defended his unified straps in the best possible way.

Joe Joyce

The unbeaten Brit heavyweight faced another unbeaten Britisher in Daniel Dubois on November 28. While both the pugilists risked their clean records, it was the veteran Joe Joyce who walked away with the win.

Joyce knocked out Dubois on fight night and became the British, European and Commonwealth heavyweight champion. He will now look for the bigger belts in the upcoming year as he holds a pro record of 12 wins with 11 knockouts.

Josh Taylor

29-year-old Josh Taylor defended his WBA and IBF super-lightweight titles by knocking out Apinun Khongsong on September 26. It was a lopsided show from Taylor which earned him a clean pro record of 17 wins.

While Taylor has already beaten several elites, 2021 can bring him a fight against Ramirez. It will be a tough call for Taylor, but looking at his sensational 2020, the Brit has all the chances of retaining his dominance, and his perfect boxing record.

Joshua Buatsi

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Another lopsided win from a Brit champion was when Buatsi defended his WBA light heavyweight title with a seventh-round stoppage over Marko Calic.

Buatsi is a great showman and a terrific puncher. He put forth a serious assault on Calic, which forced Calic corner to throw in the towel in round seven. Following a brutal encounter for all the seven rounds, Joshua Buatsi walked away with the last laugh.

While 2020 was an alluring Brit fest, the upcoming year will demand more from the champions. They have bigger challenges ahead, and fans can expect some fireworks soon.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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