By News Team
Last Updated: 25th November 2020
At this moment in time, we are very blessed with the heavyweight boxing division we have. Top-quality boxers have put on top-quality bouts in the division and boxing is on the rise yet again. It’s a division like no other, with entertaining characters and the unpredictability of every fight. So, who is the best heavyweight boxer now?
Fury is the world’s best heavyweight boxer, according to The Ring, and the most entertaining man in boxing. Love him or hate him, the Gypsy King knows how to put on a show. Tyson Fury’s record means that he is technically the lineal world champion having had the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring magazine titles, before winning the WBC title in February.
Fury has had some blockbuster fights, none more so than when outclassing Deontay Wilder to win that WBC title in Las Vegas. The rematch came after drawing with Wilder originally, while he beat Wladimir Klitschko to become world champion for the first time in 2015. He looks set to face the winner of Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte next, although a third fight against Wilder has also been touted. Victory in either of those could line up a potential undisputed fight with Anthony Joshua.
Joshua has had a stellar rise in the boxing division and was regarded as the world’s best before losing to Andy Ruiz Jr. last year. Still way up the ranks in The Ring’s ratings, behind only Fury, Joshua is a force to be reckoned with.
He is the current IBO, WBA, IBF, and WBO world heavyweight champion after reclaiming his titles from Ruiz Jr. in their rematch and has beat some of the best in the division. Wins have come against the likes of former world champion Klitschko, Whyte, Joseph Parker and Povetkin among others.
AJ will be eyeing up a mouth-watering undisputed fight against Fury, but will first have to defend his titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in London in December.
The Bronze Bomber is known for his explosive punches and incredible knockout record. At 42 wins (41 KOs), one draw and one defeat, Wilder has one of the most impressive records in the heavyweight division. The former WBC world heavyweight champion has also knocked out some of the best along the way.
That run came to an end against Fury in February, however, but Wilder is still hopeful of securing a third fight against the Gypsy King as he seeks to win back his old WBC world title belt.
Whyte has been a name in the heavyweight division for a long time and has already fought some of the best. His only professional losses came back in 2015 to Joshua and most recently in August against Povetkin. In between those fights he went on to beat the likes of Dereck Chisora, Parker and Oscar Rivas.
Whyte was mandatory for the WBC title for more than two years before slipping up against Povetkin. He’s set to face the Russian in a rematch in early-2021, which could propel him back among the mix for heavyweight title contention.
The newest name to the heavyweight division is Oleksandr Usyk. Having previously dominated the cruiserweight division, where he reigned supreme as undisputed world champion with a 100%-win record, seeing off the likes of Tony Bellew and Mairis Briedis along the way, the Ukrainian has since made the step up in weight class.
Usyk has started life in the heavyweight division well, winning his two bouts against Chazz Witherspoon and Chisora, particularly impressing in the latter fight. There do remain doubts about Usyk’s ability as an elite heavyweight fighter and he could come unstuck in bigger fights. As the mandatory challenger for the WBO title, he’ll be hoping he can set up a world title fight with Joshua sooner rather than later.