The Heavyweight Division Ranked Following Tyson Fury's Win Over Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury's win over Deontay Wilder on Saturday night handed him the only major title he was yet to win, the WBC belt, and also returned him to the top of the heavyweight rankings.
The Gypsy King's performance was one of the most dominant in recent memory for a fight that was expected to be close, and completely went against the script that said he could only win on points.
Fury's win shakes up the sport's blue riband division and the Athletic have ranked the top 10 heavyweights in the world right now:
1. Tyson Fury
2. Deontay Wilder
3. Anthony Joshua
4. Andy Ruiz Jr
5. Oleksandr Usyk
6. Dillian Whyte
7. Luis Ortiz
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8. Adam Kownacki
9. Daniel Dubois
10. Joseph Parker
Fury's victory, paired with the performance, makes him the unquestionable number one. When added to the performance in the first fight, and his dethroning of Wladimir Klitschko four and a half years ago, there's no doubt the Manchester born boxer is the best in the world.
Wilder keeps his place in the top two despite the loss, mainly because he's never lost until Saturday night and, as Anthony Joshua proved in his rematch win against Andy Ruiz Jr, one loss doesn't mean anything.
AJ will be hoping he gets the next shot at Fury's title, in a bid to unify the division, and Riaz's knockout ability, proved in beating Joshua, keeps him in fourth.
Oleksandr Usyk's position in fifth is interesting considering the former cruiserweight champ has only had one fight at the weight.
Brit Dillian Whyte's only loss is to AJ and he is due a shot at the WBC belt in January 2021, whoever is the champion at the time.
Luis Ortiz came close to beating Wilder himself, dominating in the first seven rounds before being knocked out and Kownacki remains undefeated having beaten some of the biggest names below the top 10.
Daniel Dubois might be the most intriguing name on the list. The 22-year-old has only had 14 professional fights, winning all by stoppage, and has his biggest test yet against Joe Joyce coming up.
The Englishman is already ranked number three by the WBO and looks certain to be a future champion.
Lastly is former champ Joseph Parker. Losses to Joshua and Whyte have dropped him down but he remains a tricky opponent for anyone else on the list.