By News Team
Last Updated: 18th February 2020
At this moment in time, we are very blessed with the heavyweight division we have. Top-quality boxers have put on top-quality bouts in the division and it seems as if 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 are the best fighters in boxing’s biggest division?
The world number one 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. He has also had one of the most controversial boxing careers in the division, having struggled with his weight and drug problems. The Wythenshawe-born boxer is technically the lineal world champion having had the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring magazine titles, though later seeing these stripped.
Fury has had some blockbuster fights, beating Wladimir Klitschko for the titles listed above, drawing with Deontay Wilder (controversially) and beating Dereck Chisora twice. He is set to fight Wilder in the rematch on February 22 and that could line up a potential fight with Anthony Joshua.
The Bronze Bomber, Wilder is known for his explosive punches and incredible knockout record. At 42 wins (41 KOs) and one draw, Wilder has one of the most impressive records in the heavyweight division. The reigning WBC world heavyweight champion has knocked out some of the best along the way and doesn’t look like stopping.
His next fight is against Fury, and similar to the Gypsy King, he will be eyeing up a dream bout against Joshua if successful.
The nation’s favourite, 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, only behind Fury and Wilder, Joshua is still a force to be reckoned with. He is the current IBO, WBA, IBF, and WBO world heavyweight champion and has beat some of the best in the division. Wins have come against former world champion Klitschko, Dillian Whyte, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin.
AJ will be eyeing up a unification fight against the winner of Fury vs Wilder, but will first have to defend his title against a mandatory challenger. This will either be Kubrat Pulev or Oleksandr Usyk.
Another Brit makes the list and this time it’s in the form of ‘The Body Snatcher’. Whyte has been a name in the heavyweight division for a long time and has already fought some of the best. His only professional loss came back in 2015 to Joshua and he has since gone on to beat the likes of Chisora, Parker and Oscar Rivas.
Whyte has been mandatory for Wilder’s title for more than two years now and continuously calls him out. With Wilder wrapped up in Fury currently, the future is unclear for Whyte. Possibilities of fighting either Povetkin or Ruiz Jr. have floated about and no doubt it would be an all-out battle if he stepped in the ring with either man.
Luis Ortiz is one of the hardest men in the heavyweight division right now. He is currently 31-2-0, with both defeats coming at the hands of the Bronze Bomber. He is the only man, apart from Fury, to truly rock Wilder and in the latest bout completely out-boxed him for large portions of the fight. His difficult southpaw style and his aggressive nature make him revered in boxing and he’s a name we will hear about for a long time.
His next opponent is unclear but after such a dominant performance only to be KO’d, he’ll have a few names knocking on his door. A potential opponent is Dominic Breazeale who has unsuccessfully faced both Wilder and Joshua. Another could be Chris Areola. Time will tell who Ortiz will face.