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Tyson Fury Moves Up To Number Two In Pound For Pound Rankings

Tyson Fury Moves Up To Number Two In Pound For Pound Rankings

The lineal heavyweight world champion is the top of his weight in the rankings and only one man sits above him, but there's some controversy

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Ryan Sidle

Tyson Fury is now the second best pound for pound boxer in the world, according to Box Rec's controversial points based system.

The Gypsy King retained his lineal world title against Deontay Wilder back in February and became WBC champion for the first time, absolutely dismantling the Bronze Bomber in seven rounds.

He's considered by most as the best heavyweight in the world, though Anthony Joshua might argue with that until he gets the chance to potentially prove it next year, and Fury is also the second best in the world in any division, according to Box Rec.

Box Rec's top 25 pound-for-pound fighters. Image: PA Images
Box Rec's top 25 pound-for-pound fighters. Image: PA Images

Fury's place at number two might cause some controversy but top 10 spots for Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua is likely to cause more outrage.

Vasyl Lomachenko being as far down as number nine on the list also seems entirely ridiculous, considering many people would even name the Ukrainian as number one.

In fact, the lightweight champion is in Fury's number two spot when it comes to Ring Magazine's own pound-for-pound list, in which Fury isn't in the top 10.

The only heavyweight in Ring's list is Oleksandr Usyk and that's for his work at cruiserweight, although the WBC champ is head of the heavyweight list.

Box Rec's points system is partially based on the quality of opponent the fighter has faced and so Fury's win over Wilder, himself high on the list, will no doubt have helped raise his score.

The 31-year-old Mancunian will take on his American rival for a third time at some point this year and, should he get through that unscathed, will take on Joshua twice in 2021.

Standing in the two British world champions' way though is WBC interim champ Dillian Whyte. AJ's one time opponent is meant to be next in line to face Fury once his trilogy is over.

Fury may questionably be number two right now but if he takes on Wilde, Whyte and Joshua in the next 18 months and beats them all then they'll be no questions asked about his ranking.

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Topics: Heavyweight boxing, Tyson Fury, Manny Pacquiao, Boxing News, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Saul Alvarez, Vasyl Lomachenko, Gennady Golovkin, Deontay Wilder, Canelo Alvarez