Originally Posted by Jamesv3
I know it's everyone's own opinion but how can u have khan so low , are u telling me that maklin,cleverly and groves have beaten better opposition than khan ? Maklin has been ko'd severall times and doesn't have any world class wins , cleverly has been matched easily and struggled against an average tony bellew and groves has a worse defence than khan and has not boxed at world level . Even br ook shouldn't be higher than khan he struggled like **** with jones who is nothing special .
I have Khan so low because he hasn't exactly shone since scraping by Maidana. Sure, he knocked Judah out, but he's not been covered in glory recently. He fought Peterson, whose only credible result until then came from a gift of a draw against Ortiz, and lost a close decision. The Garcia KO was unlucky because his one major flaw was exposed probably by his gameplan instead of a mistake.
I'd say 1-3 are genuine world title contenders, while 4-10 are either a title fight or title and contendership fights away from entering the world class ranks.
As for Macklin, he would have beaten Sturm if the fight took place anywhere other than Germany and there is no shame in getting knocked out by many people's P4P #3 in the world so, in my opinion, Macklin has had the better run recently.
I agree with Cleverly's lack of opposition, but the talent is already there with him. I reckon it's more a case of Warren doesn't want to risk his big tap into the Welsh market than Clev not being able to unify the division.
Groves, I might have been a bit too kind with him but his last three fights have all been demolitions. The only thing he's missing for a push at a world belt is a win against a recognised opponent in the SMW division. I'd probably move him to 8th, now you mention it.