Boxing has a bustling heavyweight division and two of its marquee attractions, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, contest a high-profile rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday. Wilder, Fury, and 10 other heavyweights have been ranked by Business Insider ahead of the MGM Grand Garden Arena showdown. Joining America's heavy-hitting fighter and Britain's unpredictable boxer in this list are Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte, and Andy Ruiz Jr., who have all had good wins of late. Then there are rising stars Michael Hunter, Oleksandr Usyk, and Adam Kownacki. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 12: Luis Ortiz — Cuba.
Record: 31 wins (26 KOs) against 2 losses (2 KOs). Biggest wins: Bryant Jennings, Tony Thompson, and Malik Scott. At 40, Luis Ortiz's better days may be behind him, but he showed in his most recent bout, a 2019 knockout loss to Deontay Wilder, that he can still compete at a high level. Ortiz was doing everything right in that fight, winning every minute of every round until bang, he was knocked out by Wilder's right hand. 11: Kubrat Pulev — Bulgaria.
Record: 28 wins (14 KOs) against 1 loss (1 KO). Biggest wins: Alexander Dimitrenko and Tony Thompson. Kubrat Pulev's only loss was a resounding defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. Since then, he has gotten himself into a mandatory challenger situation, and will likely fight for Anthony Joshua's world titles in the summer. 10: Oleksandr Usyk — Ukraine.
Record: 17 wins (13 KOs), unbeaten. Biggest wins: Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev, and Tony Bellew. The way Oleksandr Usyk cleared out the cruiserweight division was truly a sight to behold. The 33-year-old left the 200-pound weight class in 2018, but has fought only once since then, an uninspiring win over Chazz Witherspoon at heavyweight in 2019. It is unclear when he will fight again, but if he is to climb this ranking he will need to take on other ranked fighters, and win. 9: Joseph Parker — New Zealand.
Record: 26 wins (20 KOs) against 2 losses. Biggest wins: Carlos Takam, Alexander Dimitrenko, and Andy Ruiz Jr. Joseph Parker's reputation as a world champion was so dangerous that, in 2018, when he fought Anthony Joshua, he made the Brit box differently — cautiously — in their unification fight. Though Parker lost by decision, he failed to win in his return, losing for a second time in a row against Dillian Whyte later that year. The 28-year-old has since claimed easy wins as he looks to rebuild his name value. 8: Adam Kownacki — US.
Record: 20 wins (15 KOs), unbeaten. Biggest wins: Charles Martin, Gerald Washington, and Chris Arreola. Volume-punching big man Adam Kownacki is a fast-rising heavyweight who has been making the Barclays Center in New York his home. Kownacki has fought at the Barclays Center since 2015, attracting attention for his activity in the ring and knockout-winning ability. His last three wins, Martin, Washington, and Arreola, show he is going name-hunting, and he is looking to add another scalp when he takes on Robert Helenius in Brooklyn in March. 7: Michael Hunter — US.
Record: 18 wins (12 KOs) against 1 loss and 1 draw. Best performance: The disputed draw with Alexander Povetkin. After a cruiserweight campaign in which his only loss was to the eventual undisputed champion of the division, Oleksandr Usyk, Hunter moved to heavyweight in 2018 and steadily tallied his wins. A decision win over Sergey Kuzmin in September, 2019, led to a match against Alexander Povetkin three months later and Hunter was faced with the biggest test of his career since the Usyk loss. Though Hunter and Povetkin fought to a draw, the nature of the American's performance — outlanding the Russian — showed he could compete with the top names at heavyweight. 6: Alexander Povetkin — Russia.
Record: 35 wins (24 KOs) against 2 losses (1 KO) and 1 draw. Biggest wins: Ruslan Chagaev, Marco Huck, and Carlos Takam. A former 2004 Olympic gold medallist, Povetkin has been boxing professionally for 15 years. He's fought a who's who of challengers and champions, losing only to Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua. At 40, his best days are behind him but he can still provide a rugged examination of his younger rivals, as he scored a draw against Michael Hunter on the undercard for the Ruiz Jr. vs. Joshua rematch in Saudi Arabia in December, 2019. 5: Andy Ruiz Jr. — Mexico.
Record: 33 wins (22 KOs) against 2 losses. Biggest win: Anthony Joshua. Andy Ruiz Jr. was brought in as a late replacement after Anthony Joshua's original opponent, Jarrell Miller, was found to have a cocktail of performance-enhancing drugs in his system as he failed three separate drug tests in April, 2019. Nobody expected Ruiz Jr. to win in June. But he shook up the world with a beatdown so convincing that it is still regarded as the greatest upset the heavyweight division has seen since Buster Douglas stopped Mike Tyson at the Tokyo Dome in 1990. Though Ruiz Jr. failed to repeat that feat in the rematch, weighing even heavier for the rematch in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, the Mexican has enough name value to warrant high-profile fights. Win those, and he could climb this ranking and challenge for a world title again. 4: Dillian Whyte — UK.
Record: 27 wins (18 KOs) against 1 loss (1 KO). Biggest wins: Dereck Chisora, Joseph Parker, and Oscar Rivas. Five years ago, two unbeaten British heavyweight headlined London's 02 Arena. In a lively battle, Anthony Joshua bettered Dillian Whyte, knocking him out in the seventh round. It remains the only blemish on Whyte's record, and he has since picked up good wins over many fighters in or close to the top 10. Whyte has been the WBC interim heavyweight champion since 2019, and has had a favorable ranking with the WBC for years. He's just not been able to force a mandatory challenge to the outright champion, Deontay Wilder. With Wilder tied up with the Fury rivalry, which could warrant a third fight as has been contracted, Whyte may not get his title shot until 2021. 3: Anthony Joshua — UK.
Record: 23 wins (21 KOs) against 1 loss (1 KO). Biggest wins: Dillian Whyte, Charles Martin, Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin, and Andy Ruiz Jr. Anthony Joshua was humiliatingly beaten in New York last summer. There is no other way to describe it. It was his American debut and those who attended Madison Square Garden, together with people who had tuned into the TV, were expecting to see a bulldozing Brit conquer America. He was supposed to be to boxing what Roger Federer is to tennis. But he failed. A late replacement opponent Andy Ruiz Jr., who had his weight ridiculed pre-fight, knocked Joshua down four times. It wasn't a lucky punch. It wasn't a fluke knockout. It was a resounding, one-sided, beatdown. But Joshua did something extraordinary in the months after. He refocused, called an immediate rematch, and won — easily. That is the mark of a true fighter and a real champion. World titles: WBA, WBO, and IBF championships. 2: Tyson Fury — UK.
Record: 29 wins (20 KOs) against 1 draw, unbeaten. Best performances: The Wladimir Klitschko win and the disputed Deontay Wilder draw. The tall tale-telling of Tyson Fury has sent media around the world into overdrive. He masturbates seven times a day, dips his fists into petrol to increase his punching power, and, after he beats Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday, he'll binge cocaine and prostitutes … … so he says. But look beyond Fury the raconteur and you'll see Fury the magician — one who has his opponents spell-bound by his box-and-move tricks. Fury, despite his 6-foot-9 size, has footwork that is more befitting to a sharp-shooting middleweight. And he is rarely, if ever, outboxed. The way he bamboozled Klitschko in Germany in 2015 is, by far, the greatest win any fighter on this ranking has ever secured. 1: Deontay Wilder — US.
Record: 42 wins (41 KOs) against 1 draw, unbeaten. Biggest wins: Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz (twice). Wilder, right now, is the best heavyweight on the planet. He takes extraordinary knockout-winning form into the high-stakes rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, having scored a 'KO of the Year' contender against Breazeale, before thumping Ortiz for good measure in 2019. There will be criticism regarding his No.1 spot. His resume, particularly when compared to Joshua, is thin. But Wilder remains unbeaten, has rarely been troubled, and has put everyone he has ever faced on their back. Now, if he adds Fury to his ever-growing list of "Bomb Squad" victims, there will be no question as to his status. World title: WBC championship.
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Tyson Fury partied at the Hakkasan nightclub in the MGM Grand after inflicting a heavy defeat...Tyson Fury partied at the Hakkasan nightclub in the MGM Grand after inflicting a heavy defeat onto Deontay Wilder. Wilder suffered a cut in his ear, which bled during the fight. His long-time trainer Jay Deas attended the post-fight press conference in Wilder's place and said he would need stitches. Tyson Fury, who remains unbeaten after his aggressive masterclass in Las Vegas, has moved to the No.1 spot in Business Insider's list of the top 12 heavyweights in the world. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. LAS VEGAS — Tyson Fury partied at the Hakkasan nightclub in the MGM Grand after giving Deontay Wilder a thorough beating in front of 15,816 people at the Garden Arena. Wilder was second-best throughout the fight and wound up on the canvas multiple times. He stopped on his feet in the seventh round, the end of an aggressive masterclass that Fury produced on Saturday, February 22. The American had made 10 defenses of his WBC heavyweight world title before he surrendered the belt to Fury. Wilder was absent from the post-fight press conference in Las Vegas, and The Athletic reporter Mike Coppinger tweeted that it was because he was sent to "local hospital." Coppinger said: "Deontay Wilder is headed to a local hospital for examination of an apparent ear injury along with general observation following a knockout defeat and seven rounds of punishment." Deontay Wilder is headed to a local hospital for examination of an apparent ear injury along with general observation following a knockout defeat and seven rounds of punishment. Wilder won’t appear at the post-fight news conference #WilderFury2 — Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) February 23, 2020 However, it was later reported by ESPN that Wilder was not hospitalized. His manager Shell Finkel said Wilder was "examined and stitched up in the dressing room" for a cut inside his ear. Finkel also said Wilder took "considerable time to produce a [drug test] sample for VADA collectors, another reason he did not [attend] the post-fight news conference," Dan Rafael reports. Wilder's long-time trainer Jay Deas, who attended the press conference in place of his fighter, said the boxer had a tear in the ear. "It may have affected his equilibrium [in the fight]," he said. "He's going to get a couple stitches there." The loss means Wilder's record falls to 42 wins (41 KOs) against 1 loss (1 KO) and 1 draw. Fury, the winner, advanced his record to 30 (21 KOs) against 1 draw, unbeaten. He left the press conference to celebrate victory at a local night club. Read more: Tyson Fury knocked Deontay Wilder out in the 7th round after an aggressive masterclass Tyson Fury sang 'American Pie' to his cheering crowd after knocking out Deontay Wilder Tyson Fury says his fight with Deontay Wilder 'is not a racial war' Tyson Fury licked the blood off Deontay Wilder's neck just before his fearsome 7th-round knockout Deontay Wilder's trainer says meeting the boxer 'has been the greatest thing that ever happened' to himJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not know
A nervous Anthony Joshua exorcised his New York humiliation by outboxing Andy Ruiz Jr. to win his world titles back in style
Anthony Joshua just became a two-time heavyweight world champion. The British fighter overcame nervous moments to...Anthony Joshua just became a two-time heavyweight world champion. The British fighter overcame nervous moments to defeat Andy Ruiz Jr. on Saturday, December 7 at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia. With a jabbing strategy, Joshua out-pointed Ruiz Jr. and reclaimed his world title belts. After the win, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn called him the king. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Anthony Joshua reclaimed his world heavyweight titles with a masterful but nervous performance, keeping Andy Ruiz Jr. at bay with a long jab on Saturday in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. With victory, he moved to 23 wins (21 knockouts) against one loss, but, far more importantly, was able to banish a bad memory. Six months ago, it was a humiliating, crushing defeat. On December 7 in the rematch, with a disciplined and cerebral strategy, he out-thought, out-jabbed, and out-boxed Mexico's first heavyweight champion. Considering how easily he was dominated in the first fight, dropped twice in rounds three and seven, concussed, and beaten in his American debut, Joshua had much to adjust, download, and activate in the rematch. It was not long into the "Clash on the Dunes" when Joshua's tactics became apparent. With feints — of his upper body, lead jab, even his footwork — it was clear he wanted to use boxing acumen, box at range, and use the full space of the 22-foot ring to frustrate Ruiz Jr., the heavier champion, and make him move and not plant his feet through every minute of every round that the bout would last. Having exchanged cuts in the opening rounds, Ruiz Jr. found that, when he was able to close the gap and punch in the clinch, he had success. The only problem for him was that it was a type of fight Joshua refused to engage in, happier to instead fight on the move. RUIZ IS CUT. 😱#RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/pGVgdxKIqo — DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 2019 With ring generalship, Joshua won all four of the opening four rounds on Business Insider's unofficial scorecard. It was clear he was wary of the champion, perhaps nervous about having to compete opposite the man who had embarrassed him so badly just six months prior, a stiff and long jab alone was enough to win the rounds. Varying his punch output, Joshua clobbered Ruiz Jr. with a mean hook in the sixth, a punch launched with enough venom that it snapped the Mexican's head sideways. Then Ruiz Jr. had his best moment in the eighth, swarming Joshua's head with fizzing shots from fast hands, panicking the challenger completely. It was the first round of the night where the champion out-landed the challenger (12 punches to six), according to Compubox data. The following round, Joshua did what he could to avoid similar confrontation, instead relying on a Wladimir Klitschko-esque jab-and grab — landing his powerful orthodox lead punch, before initiating an embrace to prevent Ruiz Jr. unleashing a combination. If the difference between fight one in June and fight two in December was not already apparent, it was clear toward the final third of the bout. If Joshua landed, he would back off and return to the outside, rather than the inside, patiently waiting for another opportunity. If Ruiz Jr. landed, he would do whatever he could to evade rather than engage. After 12 rounds, Joshua was announced as the winner, prevailing by way of unanimous decision with scores of 118-110, 118-110, and 119-109, reclaiming all of the world titles he had lost six months ago, exorcising the demons from humiliation in New York City. "The first time was so nice, I had to do it twice," Joshua said, regarding his new status as a two-time heavyweight champion. Smiling, he added: "Stay hungry, stay humble. I'm humble in defeat, remaining humble in victory." Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn lavished praise on Joshua. "You're the king, trust me!" Read more: If Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr. his promoter says he might raise his middle fingers to say 'f--- you' to all his haters 'They know what I possess': Deontay Wilder says Anthony Joshua will keep avoiding him even if he beats Andy Ruiz Jr. Saudi Arabia's Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua fight is littered with athletes who have been busted for drug use The $100 million Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua fight is 'masking a darker truth' in Saudi Arabia, and boxing is burying its head in the sand Wladimir Klitschko says Anthony Joshua should never have lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. and expects him to dominate once again at heavyweight Deontay Wilder says Andy Ruiz Jr. has Anthony Joshua's weaknesses all figured out Insiders are confident Anthony Joshua will beat Andy Ruiz Jr. in style the second time around despite 3 problems ahead of their first fightJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not know
Andy Ruiz Jr. says he lost his world titles to Anthony Joshua because he was undertrained, overweight, and partied for 3 months
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