Is Tyson Fury now the best heavyweight boxer in the world?
Anthony Joshua will disagree but the case for Fury is even stronger after his sensational victory over Deontay Wilder.
The Gypsy King became the new WBC heavyweight champion after a resounding TKO win over Wilder.
Fury made the previously-undefeated Wilder look like an amateur, dominating from the first bell and earning the victory in the seventh round.
Attentions can’t yet be turned to a possible clash between Fury and Joshua as Wilder can activate a trilogy clause.
But right now the British pair may just sit at the top of the heavyweight pyramid.
That’s now how The Athletic see it, though.
They’ve ranked the current top 10 heavyweights after Fury’s win and Wilder still manages to make the two top.
10. Joseph Parker (26-2, 20 KOs)
Parker lost his WBO title to Anthony Joshua in 2018 but he took the Brit all the way.
He followed that up by losing to Dillian Whyte but has fought back with wins over Alexander Flores and Alex Leapai, and fights Shawndell Winters in Texas on Saturday.
9. Daniel Dubois (14-0, 13 KOs)
A rising star, Dubois’ immense power has drawn comparisons to Mike Tyson.
The 22-year-old Brit will be tested when he takes on the unbeaten Joe Joyce in London on April 11.
A bright future is in store.
8. Adam Kownacki (20-0, 15 KOs)
Kownacki has beaten Charles Martin, Gerald Washington and Chris Arreola in the past 18 months.
The Brooklyn fighter will take on Robert Helenius on March 7.
7. Luis Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs)
It’s doubtful that Ortiz, 40, will earn another title shot but he caused Wilder problems when the pair met last November.
The Cuban was ahead before being knocked out by the Bronze Bomber in the seventh round.
Wilder is the only boxer to defeat Ortiz, having done so for the first time in March 2018.
6. Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs)
Whyte is desperate for a title shot and he probably deserves one, even if his win over Mariusz Wach in December wasn’t spectacular.
The Body Snatcher has a deal to fight Alexander Povetkin in the late spring and a win over the Russian would go a long way to securing a title opportunity.
5. Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs)
The former unified cruiserweight champion has only competed in one heavyweight bout and he came in weighing just 215 pounds.
However, the Ukrainian is set to become Joshua’s mandatory later this year and will have no problems increasing his size.
His left-handed stance will cause many opponents problems.
4. Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-2, 22 KOs)
Does Ruiz have the desire to recover from his defeat to Joshua?
The Mexican allowed a bad diet and lifestyle habits to affect his performance in the rematch, suggesting a level of unprofessionalism.
However, the 30-year-old is reportedly close to a deal to hire disciplinarian Teddy Atlas as his trainer.
That’s the direction Ruiz needs to go down as he looks to return to the heights he reached by beating Joshua in June 2019.
3. Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs)
Joshua was cool and calculated in his win over Ruiz in December, a victory that saw him recapture his WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
Did we see signs of a transition from someone always looking for the knockout? Possibly.
We’ll get a better idea when Joshua takes on Kubrat Pulev on June 20.
2. Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs)
“Even the greatest have come back,” Wilder said after losing to Fury.
It was the first time that the American has tasted defeat in his professional career and many believe that he was exposed.
In his toughest challenge yet, Wilder was made to look seriously weak. He’s relied heavily on his devastating right hand and when that was taken away from him, he had nothing else to offer.
It’s back to the drawing board for the 34-year-old and his team.
1. Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs)
Fury’s performance in the Wilder rematch makes you wonder what might have been had his career not spiralled out of control following his win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
The 31-year-old deserves enormous praise for having the will to come back in stunning style.
Fury sat on a throne during his ring walk and he’s certainly the king right now.