Over the past 30 years British boxing has witnessed some of the best moments ever by UK fighters.
At this time with no ring action to be enjoyed by fight fans, I have picked out my top 10 UK fighters over that period.
The names were quite easy to pick out, but the order was not. So here goes…
1. Joe Calzaghe
Joe Calzaghe had an amazing career, going into retirement undefeated in 46 fights and managed to hold off the urge to return to the ring. He came to the fore when defeating Chris Eubank to lift the WBO super-middleweight title and after suffering a lot of injuries that seemed to keep him from really taking off, he then had one of the best wins ever by a British fighter when outpointing Jeff Lacy at the Manchester Arena to unify the WBO and IBF belts in 2006. Lacy was being described as a sawn-off version of Mike Tyson and many expected him to bash up the Welshman but Calzaghe gave him one of the best boxing lessons I've ever seen and Lacy was ruined after that. Calzaghe went on to have wins over Mikkel Kessler, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones jnr, who was admittedly at the end of his career. Beating Hopkins in America was a fantastic achievement. Calzaghe beat everyone he faced and you can't ask for more than that.
2. Lennox Lewis
Lennox Lewis is someone who I really admire but as a kid I have to admit that I did want to see him lose to Mike Tyson because I just had this attitude that I wanted to see English fighters lose, which looking back was a bit daft. Lewis was a true professional in everything he did. He had an explosive win over Razor Ruddock, came back from shock defeats against Hasim Rahman and Oliver McCall to win by stoppage and had two tough fights with Evander Holyfield. Somehow, the first fight was ruled a draw when everybody knew he won and then he came out on top in the second fight. He went out on a high with his exciting win over Vitali Klitschko. The only disappointment was he never faced Riddick Bowe - that would have been an epic heavyweight fight.
3. Tyson Fury
There can be no doubt that world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will be remembered for one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sport. When you think that he was making videos weighing around 27 stone saying that he was coming back to beat Deontay Wilder, while barely being able to run a mile and now see what he has achieved over the past couple of years, it is astonishing. He's unbeaten, defeated Wladimir Klitschko against all the odds in Germany and then beat Wilder but didn't get the decision when only half-fit. Then, after out-boxing Wilder, he runs right through him in the re-match. If he beats Anthony Joshua to unify all the belts, then this time next year, there would be an argument for him being at the number one position.
4. Carl Froch
He may not have been one of the most naturally skilled fighters but super-middleweight Carl Froch got the most out of his talent that he possibly could and what a hard, hard man.
He had that raw aggression and a seriously strong chin that saw him walk through trouble and come out on top. His 12th round stoppage of Jermain Taylor in the States with just 15 seconds remaining was a Rocky-type win. He had some great wins over Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler, after losing the first fight with the Dane and, his only other loss, was to the legend Andre Ward. He also enjoyed the perfect goodbye when stopping George Groves at a packed Wembley Stadium.
5. Ricky Hatton
The stand-out win for Ricky Hatton was the night in the Manchester Arena when he took the IBF light-welterweight title from Kostya Tszyu, a victory that was not expected. Tszyu was one of the fighters that I loved watching but Hatton used all his ring craft to get the win. He was a terrific body puncher - which is something of a lost art in UK boxing and he then went on to become a two-weight world champion, winning the welterweight title. With a massive fan-base, he went to the States and had good wins over Jose Luis Castillo and Luis Collazo but unfortunately lost in spectacular fashion to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. There have not been many more popular fighters than Hatton. I do wonder what he could have achieved if he had really lived the life.
6. Naseem Hamed
When people think about Naseem Hamed, they automatically recall the razzmatazz that he brought to professional boxing.
He was a true showman but also someone who brought explosive power. He will go down as one of the hardest-hitting featherweights ever, but Naz (below) also showed his bottle when he had to, such as the night he got off the canvas to stop Kevin Kelley in New York. Everyone wondered, because of his flashy style, if he would have the grit when under pressure and he showed he did. But, it has to be said he was totally out-boxed by Marco Antonio Barrera and was never the same after that.
7. Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua has had some incredible achievements for someone who started so late in boxing. After winning Olympic gold in London he has gone on to unify three of the world heavyweight titles. He has come through adversity in fights with Dillian Whyte and Wladimir Klitschko and after the shock defeat to Andy Ruiz, won the re-match very easily. The second fight might have been dull compared to the first but AJ (above) showed he could discipline himself to carry out a game-plan to succeed. He proved in that fight that he wasn't just a one-trick pony, looking for the konockout. AJ's a true athlete and if he wanted, he could fight into his 40s.
8. Josh Taylor
Josh Taylor has become one of the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world in just 16 fights and that leaves me wondering just how good can he become because there should be so many big nights ahead. After big wins against Miguel Vasquez and Viktor Postol, he won the IBF world title with victory over Ivan Baranchyk. Then came a contender for fight of the year when he defeated WBA champion Regis Prograis to unify the title and become the Ring Magazine champion as well as the World Boxing Super Series winner. He has real grit and great boxing ability. Now he has joined Top Rank, big fights with the likes of Terence Crawford, Mickey Garcia and Errol Spence are real possibilities.
9. David Haye
David Haye came back from an early career loss to Carl Thompson to become a unified world cruiserweight champion when he defeated Jean Marc Mormeck in Paris in 2007. He was always in exciting fights because he was such an explosive puncher. Being able to step up to win a world heavyweight title against Nikolay Valuev was terrific. The defeats to Tony Bellew came when he was well past his best. He gets stick for the loss to Wladimir Klitschko and for some of the things he has said leading up to fights, but I got to know him very well, working alongside him and he's a very generous guy, a good lad - very different to his media image.
10. Nigel Benn
Picking this last one was very hard because there were so many contenders but I've gone for Nigel Benn over Amir Khan, Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank because of the victories he had. The win over Gerard McClellan when he was a big underdog was amazing. He wasn't overly skilful but he had that raw aggression and was always at his most dangerous when hurt. I know he lost to Eubank in their first fight but most believed he should have got the decision in the second when it was declared a draw. He was one of the most exciting British fighters ever.
◊ Honourable mentions must go to Amir Khan, a two-weight world champion who fought some big names and had that stand-out win over Marcos Maidana. Super-middleweight champion Callum Smith has won the Boxing World Super Series and has the potential to crack the top 10, as has Billy Joe Saunders but needs to be more focused. If he was to shock Canelo Alvarez, he could be around the number one slot. World champions James DeGale, Wayne McCullough, Chris Eubank, Ricky Burns, Josh Warrington and Frank Bruno all deserve a mention - as does former world title challenger Michael Watson.