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Tyson Fury now the number one heavyweight in the world, above Wilder and Ruiz Jr

Tyson Fury tops our poll asking who is the current best heavyweight in the world, beating Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua

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Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury by Esther Lin/Showtime
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury by Esther Lin/Showtime

At least since December, when Tyson Fury twice rose from the canvas to draw with fellow unbeaten and WBC king Deontay Wilder, who appeared fortunate to avoid defeat, a fragile consensus appeared to elevate the pair, plus then-unified champ Anthony Joshua, above the rest of the heavyweight division.

 

This concept of a top three endured until Joshua shockingly lost his own undefeated record - and his belts - to Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday. Ruiz Jr did not seem to simply replace his victim in the elite triumvirate, due to Joshua’s far superior roster of previous opposition.

 

So, to find a definitive leader, we took the only logical step and asked our Twitter following who is the best heavyweight in the world: Wilder, Fury or Ruiz Jr. The result, derived from over 500 votes, was conclusive and can be seen below, along with selected (anonymised) comments from our followers.

 

1. Tyson Fury (63% of the vote)

"Fury the only undefeated heavyweight out there now... Unofficially of course since we’re all not stupid."

 

2. Andy Ruiz Jr (23%)

"The man with most belts at the minute but I think Fury is the best boxer of them."

 

3. Deontay Wilder (14%)

There were no user comments supporting Wilder so allow us to point out he is, by far, the longest reigning alphabet heavyweight champion and easily the biggest puncher of the three.

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