Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world last Saturday when he stopped Anthony Joshua in seven rounds to crown himself the new WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion of the world. It was one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport that left many speechless. Some responded angrily due to the much hyped Wilder-Joshua fight being off the table for now, while others were excited that a new heavyweight stat had emerged. Ruiz Jr.’s victory shook up the sport for sure, but is he now considered the best heavyweight in the world? Is it Wilder or Fury? Where does Joshua stand in the heavyweight rankings now? Lets take a look.
10. Kubrat Pulev
Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14KOs) has been one of the better heavyweights for some time now. His lone loss came at the hands of the great Wladimir Klitchsko back in 2014. Since then he has won 6 straight including a big knockout victory of Bogdan Dinu (18-2, 14KOs) earlier this year. He was scheduled to fight Anthony Joshua last year but that fight ended up falling apart. It will be interesting to see if he still gets a crack at the top heavyweights later this year.
9. Adam Kownacki
Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15KOs) has been on a steady rise up the heavyweight rankings and is most recently coming of a knockout win over PBC heavyweight, Gerald Washington. Before that Kownacki had defeated Charles Martin and also holds a win over Artur Szpilka. Kownacki is a deceptively quick heavyweight with potential to give many of the elite heavyweights fits.
8. Alexander Povetkin
Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24KOs) is another heavyweight that has been around for years. He compiled an impressive record before falling hort to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 before going on another impressive run that earned him a shot at then champion Anthony Joshua in 2018. He suffered a spirited loss that frankly , was probably his last shot at a major title. Now 39 years old, he would have to go on another crazy run to get another crack.
7. Joseph Parker
Joseph Parker (25-2, 19KOs) is a former WBO heavyweight champion who holds a victory over current unified champion Andy Ruiz. Parker had the opportunity to become just that when he squared off against Anthony Joshua in 2018. Parker fought well and despite losing, he was the first man to take Joshua the full 12 rounds. His following loss to Dillian Whyte is a loss that hurt him a lot more. Parker rebounded back with a knockout victory over Alexander Flores late last year.
6. Luis Ortiz
Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-1, 26KOs) nearly stopped Deontay Wilder in their highly anticipated 2018 fight. It was a back and forth affair that showed how good Ortiz was, until Wilder’s one a million power took over. Nonetheless, Ortiz is a fantastic boxer who has won 3 straight since his loss. He has now signed to a rematch with Wilder and it will be interesting to see what adjustments the Cuban slugger makes.
5. Dillian Whyte
Dillian Whyte (25-1, 18KOs) has shown his quality in recent years. When he lost to Anthony Joshua in 2015 ,many expected that to be the highlight of Whyte’s career and that his ceiling was that of a decent domestic boxer. But he has proven everyone wrong and notched the biggest win of his career when he defeated former champion Joseph Parker last year. He also holds victories over Dereck Chisora and Lucas Browne. It is inevitable that Whyte will get a crack at some of the heavyweight beltholders in the near future.
4. Anthony Joshua
Less than two weeks ago, Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21KOs) would’ve been sitting at the top of this list, but oh how things can change in the sport of boxing. Joshua suffered a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz last Saturday and lost his WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO world titles. Nonetheless, Joshua is still one of the heavyweight elite and holds victories over several people on this list. He is widely expected to have a rematch with Ruiz next, and that will be a crucial fight if he hopes in regaining his status in the sport. With big money fights against Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder riding on the result, Joshua will no doubt be looking to win in huge fashion.
3. Andy Ruiz Jr.
Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-1, 22KOs) went from unranked and unknown, to an overnight sensation and one of the best heavyweights in the world. His victory over Anthony Joshua was one of the biggest upsets this sport has ever seen and crowned him the new unified champion. He has an argument for being number one on this list and a repeat victory in his upcoming rematch over Joshua would strengthen that argument. A victory over the two fighters above him on this list would cement that argument.
2. Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19KOs) sits at number two on our heavyweight rankings, despite not currently holding a world title. He is however the “lineal champion” due to his victory over Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015. Klitschko was at the time, the best heavyweight in the world and was widely expected to make easy work of Fury. Fury didn’t get the memo and outboxed the Ukrainian to become the unified champion. He was then stripped of his titles due to personal issues and took a step away from the sport for two and a half years. Fury returned in 2018 and took two tune-up fights before fighting WBC Champion Deontay Wilder in December 2018. Despite suffering two knockdowns, Fury largely out-boxed Wilder and showed his skills are still well intact. He currently has an upcoming fight against Tom Schwarz and should he get past him, a massive rematch with Deontay Wilder awaits.
1. Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs) is currently the WBC heavyweight champion and is coming off a one punch knockout victory over rival Dominick Breazeale. Wilder’s ridiculous power was once again on display. However, his highly controversial draw over Tyson Fury earlier this year made it very hard to place him at number one. But given that he holds a belt, is undefeated and has had a knockout in all but one of his victories, his resume is more compelling than Tyson Fury. He was widely out-boxed before he knocked down Fury in the last round. Many thought Fury had still gotten the victory, but Wilder will have the chance to erase all doubts as he has reportedly signed up for a rematch with Fury later this year, provided he gets past Luis Ortiz first.