‘The Gypsy King’ stopped ‘The Body Snatcher’ late in Round 6 with a peach of an uppercut in front of 94,000 fans in London. In the immediate aftermath of the bout Fury said he may be retiring, but we believe that is highly unlikely. Instead he is now waiting on the biggest fight of his career – for all the heavyweight marbles.
Oleksandr Usyk predictably leapfrogged Anthony Joshua in The Ring heavyweight rankings following his upset win over the British star last September. The pair are set to rematch – likely in July – with a massive showdown vs Fury awaiting the winner. If boxing’s politics allow of course.
Usyk#1, behind champ Fury
Usyk made the rapid leap up to #1 in the Ring rankings from a previous #10 when he defeated AJ, while Joshua dropped down to #2. The Ukrainian is also the only heavyweight currently in the Ring pound-for-pound top 10. He sits #2 in that list, behind only Mexican megastar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Deontay Wilder meanwhile if anything saw his reputation enhanced in defeat by Fury in their epic trilogy match in October 2021. As well as decking ‘The Gypsy King’ twice in Round 4, he showed admirable courage to hang tough until the penultimate session, when Fury finally closed the show. Deontay is #3 on the Ring’s rankings.
The rest of the 10 will surprise few people – a familiar cast of big men with the ability to test the best.
Frank Sanchez cracks top 10
Whyte was #4 in the latest rankings ahead of his title challenge vs Fury in April, while former WBO king Joseph Parker is at 5. Then come Andy Ruiz Jr and Luis Ortiz – both of whom we’d like to see be more active.
Unbeaten Brit Joe Joyce sits at #8 in the Ring list now as he awaits the chance of a potential title shot in the near future, while heavy-handed Croat Filip Hrgovic is #9.
The talented ‘Cuban Flash’ Frank Sanchez rounds off the current top 10, and he remains unbeaten in the pro ranks.