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This Year’s Heavyweight Top 10

This Year’s Heavyweight Top 10

Deontay Wilder fights Gerald Washington this weekend, in Wilder’s native Alabama. The 6’7″ Bronze Bomber holds the WBC heavyweight championship. But it’s a mistake to call him a “world champion.” He’s just one particular belt holder in the heavyweight division.

With that fight on the horizon, here is an updated Heavyweight Top 10:

Fighters not ranked:Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko would have been one and two on this list a year ago. But neither man has entered the ring in over a year. So they are deemed inactive.

No. 1: Alexander Povetkin Holds no alphabet-soup belts but has by far the best resume of any active fighter in the division.

No. 2: Anthony Joshua His IBF title is a joke. His ability to starch contenders and his willingness to step up against Wladimir Klitschko in April, after less than 20 professional fights, is serious as a heart attack.

No. 3: Luis Ortiz Based on his dominant stoppage of Bryant Jennings, I consider him the top talent in the division–he’s big, athletic power puncher with outstanding technical skill. May turn 40 before another top fighter is willing to face him.

No. 4: Deontay Wilder Nobody can argue with Wilder’s power. He could knock down a barn. But sustained campaign against faded journeymen and second-tier contenders has grown tiresome.

No. 5: Joseph Parker His WBO belt has no more legitimacy than Joshua’s IBF crown. But Parker is clearly one of the division’s top current fighters.

No. 6: Kubrat Pulev Got demolished by Klitschko, but has been too big and skilled for anybody else he has faced, including some decent, second-tier contenders.

No. 7: David Haye A former dominant champion at cruiserweight and the quickest, most athletic man on this list.

No. 8: Andy Ruiz Lost against Parker in his bid to capture the WBO trinket, but turned in a solid performance.

No. 9: Christian Hammer Got knocked out by Tyson Fury in 2015, but is coming off from two good wins over Erkan Teper and David Price.

No. 10: Lucas Browne His WBA “regular” title is an absurdity. But his stoppage of Ruslan Chagaev to capture that belt was a very good performance.

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