Tyson Fury is pushing for top spot in boxing’s pound-for-pound rankings after that sensational demolition of Deontay Wilder in their rematch in February.
Fury put on a career-best performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, coming in heavier than normal and using that extra power to hand ‘The Bronze Bomber’ a comprehensive first professional defeat.
That seventh-round TKO gave Fury the WBC world heavyweight title once again to add to his Ring magazine and lineal straps.
And now ‘The Gypsy King’ is closing in on another bauble – top spot in the P4P list from boxing data bible BoxRec.
They have Fury at number 2 in their current rankings, just one spot behind Mexican megastar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. He has also carried all before him in recent times, outpointing Gennady Golovkin in their middleweight rematch before stepping up to claim world titles at super-middle and light-heavyweight.
American world welterweight king Errol Spence Jr occupies third spot on the Boxrec list while Golovkin is #4 and Wilder – despite that humbling by Fury – remains #5.
Two more welterweight greats – Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao – occupy #6 and #7 – while Anthony Joshua, who is expected to meet Fury in a blockbusting heavyweight unification clash in the next 12 months is at 8.
Lightweight superstar Vasyl Lomachenko is at 9 on the BoxRec list after mopping up belts in three separate weight divisions in his relatively short pro career so far.
Russian light-heavy Sergey Kovalev is in the final spot on the top 10 despite being knocked out by the aforementioned Alvarez in their world title match last November.
With Fury due to meet Wilder next in their third fight and potentially a Joshua megafight after that, the man from Manchester could be challenging Alvarez hard to take that top spot within the next year. The heavyweight division appears to be in rude health and the P4P rankings are starting to be another source of proof.
World P4P rankings (BoxRec)
1 Saul Alvarez
2 Tyson Fury
3 Errol Spence Jr
4 Gennady Golovkin
5 Deontay Wilder
6 Terence Crawford
7 Manny Pacquiao
8 Anthony Joshua
9 Vasyl Lomachenko
10 Sergey Kovalev
NB: Rankings correct on May 14, 2020