As one might imagine for the marquee weight class in boxing, the heavyweight rankings are the subject of much debate and speculation.
Most self-respecting fight sport outlets have their own rankings and furyjoshua.com is no different – we update our rankings after every major fight weekend involving the sport’s stars.
There are also a plethora of sanctioning bodies who have rankings system which chart the path to a potential world title shot for any up-and-coming fighter. The most important – which give out accepted world titles – are:
- World Boxing Council (WBC)
- World Boxing Association (WBA)
- International Boxing Federation (IBF)
- World Boxing Organization (WBO)
And finally, boxing bible The Ring also has a hugely respected set of rankings which are topped by the prestigious Ring heavyweight title.
There has not been an undisputed world heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis back in 1999, and currently all of the belts reside in the United Kingdom, in the ownership of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. Further afield the top challengers to ruin the UK status quo are Americans like Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr along with Ukrainian maestro Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury and Joshua are expected to meet at some stage in the near future in the biggest fight in British boxing history. Contracts are signed for a two-fight deal despite the fact that August date in Saudi Arabia fell through. Assuming Fury overcomes Deontay Wilder in October and AJ defeats Oleksandr Usyk in late September, early 2022 anyone?
Who is the number 1 heavyweight boxer?
Ah, the eternal question to which there is no easy answer. Put simply, no fighter will ever top the rankings with every single body and rankings system. Such are the workings of the so-called alphabet organisations.
As well as having champions and rankings, some bodies also have interim champions, super champions and now in the case of the WBC, franchise champions.
It is a murky minefield for anybody new to the sport (very different to the likes of UFC for example which has one champion for each division), but it certainly adds to the debate for fight fans everywhere.
Our own rankings gives a pretty good guide to the top heavyweights out there, and specifically who is ranked number 1. Sometimes there is a consensus and right now it is likely pretty much everybody would take Fury or Joshua, with the majority plumping for the former.
Who are the top 10 heavyweight fighters?
Again, there is very rarely a consensus here, but at furyjoshua.com we can give you our definitive guide to the current world top 10 heavyweight fighters.
Our rankings are impartial and completely separate to any thought process employed by the major governing bodies.
They are based on achievement to date – nothing more, nothing less.
Maybe you’ll agree, maybe you won’t. But we will sleep easy in the knowledge they are based on cold hard fact, and impartial analysis.
When do the top 10 heavyweights fight?
The boxing schedule for 2021 is changing at pace with different countries at different stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our heavyweight boxing schedule gives you the most up-to-date take on when the sport’s elite big men will be in the ring next.