The heavyweight division in boxing is flourishing at the moment leaving boxing fans excited about some huge clashes over the next couple of years to determine who is the best around in the division. Here is a look at the top five boxers who are vying for that position.
With the WBA, IBF and WBO titles at the moment, Anthony Joshua is currently leading the way as the number one heavyweight in the world right now. The British boxer is unbeaten in 23 bouts and has had impressive wins over Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin over the last couple of years. AJ takes on Andy Ruiz Jr in his next contest in New York where he is the odds-on favourite at 1/33 with Paddy Power to win the fight and set up a clash with one of his leading rivals in the division in September.
Deontay Wilder puts Dominic Breazeale on the mat with a vicious knockout just 2:17 into the first round. He retains his WBC heavyweight title.
For Wilder, it’s his 40th career KO in his 42nd fight.
His career record now stands at 41-0-1. pic.twitter.com/ZzL4mUPlWh
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 19, 2019
WBC champion Deontay Wilder enhanced his reputation with a first round stoppage over Dominic Breazeale in his last contest. The man nicknamed The Bronze Bomber has a 41-1-0 record and 40 of those victories have come inside the distance, therefore, he is arguably the biggest hitter in boxing today. In order to establish himself as the best in the division, he may need to defeat Joshua in what would be one of the most anticipated clashes since the early 00s in the sport.
When Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko to claim the IBF title, many felt the British man would go on to dominate the heavyweight division. Since then though, the 30-year-old has had his battles outside of the ring which has meant he was forced to take just over three years away from the sport. Fury returned to action last year and he proved he is still capable of mixing it with the best as he drew with Wilder following 12 tough rounds in Los Angeles. The former world champion has hopes of another world title shot in the near future against either Wilder or Joshua.
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Since he first became a world champion, Oleksandr Usyk won six title fights in his opponent’s country 😳
Not scared of beating you in your own backyard… pic.twitter.com/NB5xsDuEmZ
— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) November 11, 2018
Undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk is set for his first heavyweight clash this month and, as long he is able to make the successful step up in weight, the Ukrainian could go on to dominate another division. Usyk is considered by many as one of the leading pound-for-pound boxers in the world and will already be causing some heavyweights a headache about the prospect of facing him.
Dillian Whyte has one defeat on his professional record and that came against Joshua in 2015. Since then, the British man has won nine times and has had impressive victories over Parker and Dereck Chisora. Whyte is ranked highly with the WBC and WBO, therefore, he is on the fringe of a world title shot in the next 12 months. The current WBC Silver title holder will meet Oscar Rivas In July in London where victory will surely put him in line to meet Wilder.
It going to be exciting to watch the above five boxers battle it out to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis managed to hold all the major belts in the division in 2000.