Thursday 29th September 2016,
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The Current Heavyweight Top 10

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Anthony Joshua won his fight against Dominic Breazeale in London this weekend. It was a very relevant fight in the division.

In light of this weekend’s fight, here’s an updated look at the heavyweight division’s top 10.

No. 1: Tyson Fury I never thought the outspoken Irish Traveller would earn this kind of status, but fair is fair. To be the man, you have to beat the man, and Fury did just that last year against Wladimir Klitschko.

No 2: Wladimir Klitschko The long-time champ looked so bad in his last fight against Fury that it honestly compromised his entire legacy. This July he will get the chance to prove that was a fluke.

No. 3: Alexander Povetkin He might have failed a PED test in advance of his fight with Deontay Wilder, but he still rates third best in the world, based on the best four-fight KO streak in the division.

No. 4: Luis Ortiz Ortiz’s interim WBA title is a meaningless belt. His back-to-back knockouts of Bryant Jennings and Tony Thompson have me convinced he’s actually the best big man on the planet.

No. 5: Deontay Wilder I was incredibly excited that Wilder was going to fight Alexander Povetkin. I’m a lot less interested in seeing him take on Chris Arreola. Still, Wilder’s undeniable power makes him a top fighter in the division.

No. 6: Kubrat Pulev He got smashed in his big chance against Wladimir Klitschko in 2014 but his size and bronze medal title still make him one of the toughest contenders out there.

No. 7: Anthony Joshua Joshua still hasn’t defeated a true contender, but he’s smashed every fringe contender and journeyman set in front of him. Based on the eyeball test and his meaningless title, he belongs in the top 10 at this point.

No. 8: Bryant Jennings Jennings was overmatched against Luis Ortiz, but I still view him as a top-10 fighter in the heavyweight division.

No. 9: Joseph Parker At 24, the New Zealand native and current Las Vegas resident looks like he should play a big role in the division’s future. He proved he is a true contender by defeating Carlos Takam in May.

No. 10: David Haye A dominant champion at cruiserweight and a title-holder at heavyweight, Haye has yet to fight a true contender during his recent comeback. Still, his explosive power and resume earn him a spot in the top 10.

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