Top ten heavyweights in boxing ranked following Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury draw, featuring Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte

Tyson Fury has shaken up boxing’s heavyweight division – and not for the first time.

After initially displacing long-reigning ruler Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, the Gypsy King spent two-and-a-half years out of the ring, but is now well and truly back in the mix having gone toe-to-toe with WBC champion Deontay Wilder on December 1.

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Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s fight was declared a draw

As far as most observers (including us) could see, Fury defeated Wilder by a score of around 115:111 or 114:112 and should now be a two-time heavyweight world champion.

Instead, the three ‘wise’ men in control of the decision scored it 114:112 (Fury), 115:111 (Wilder) and 113:113 – resulting in a split draw which meant the champion retained his title.

Elsewhere, unified king Anthony Joshua has picked up the other three belts and had quite clearly established himself as the division’s number one in Tyson Fury’s absence.

However, Fury is not absent anymore.

Scroll down to see our top ten heavyweight boxers in the world today…

10. Dominic Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs)

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Dominic Breazeale’s sole loss came to Anthony Joshua in the first defence of his IBF belt back in 2016. Since then, the American has returned with an impressive KO win against unbeaten rising Polish prospect Izuagbe Ugonoh, and a less enthralling stoppage of Eric Molina. Breazeale is currently WBC mandatory in waiting and will likely be called as Deontay Wilder’s next challenger after he fights Carlos Negron on December 22.

9. Kubrat Pulev (26-1, 13 KOs)

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Kubrat Pulev has defeated a number of notable heavyweights in his career and was only vanquished by Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. The Bulgarian became Anthony Joshua’s next IBF mandatory challenger – although that won’t be called just yet – after defeating Hughie Fury in a final eliminator on October 27.

8. Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KOs)

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Adam Kownacki is a rising Polish heavyweight prospect who is building a decent record with wins over the likes of Charles Martin and Artur Szpilka. The 29-year-old is far from technically superb, but comes forward with an all-action, high-intensity, high-pressure style which makes for entertaining fights. He returns on January 26 against Gerald Washington.

7. Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs)

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Alexander Povetkin proved he is still a solid operator with his display in the early rounds of his defeat to Anthony Joshua in September. The Russian veteran gave AJ trouble, but was ultimately KO’d by the younger man. Despite being 39, he has vowed not to retire and will fight on in 2019.

6. Joseph Parker (24-2, 18 KOs)

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Joseph Parker became WBO champion with a win over Andy Ruiz Jr in 2016, plus also picked up victories over Carlos Takam and Hughie Fury. However, the New Zealander then suffered back-to-back defeats to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, and will now start his comeback against Alexander Flores on December 15.

5. Dillian Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs)

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Dillian Whyte has built an impressive slate of heavyweight triumphs with names such as Joseph Parker, Lucas Browne, Robert Helenius and Dereck Chisora all on his record. He is on the verge of a world title opportunity, likely to be against Joshua, after his brutal knockout off Chisora in their rematch.

4. Luis Ortiz (30-1, 26 KOs)

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Luis Ortiz doesn’t quite have as strong a résumé as Dillian Whyte, yet the way he performed in his world title defeat to Deontay Wilder has established him as narrowly above the Brit in our rankings. The Cuban also holds a good win over Bryant Jennings from 2015.

3. Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs)

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Deontay Wilder finally proved himself as an elite force at heavyweight by beating Luis Ortiz in March. While his technical ability can be questioned, his sheer power certainly cannot. Nevertheless, he should have lost his WBC heavyweight title to Fury and will need to defeat the Brit in a rematch to redeem his place above him.

2. Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs)

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Anthony Joshua’s impressive record surpasses Deontay Wilder’s as it includes wins over Dillian Whyte, Alexander Povetkin Joseph Parker, Dominic Breazeale and most notably Wladimir Klitschko. There is no question that the current three-belt champion was the world number one… until Fury’s sensational return.

1. Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs)

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Tyson Fury had his troubles out of the ring which saw him drop from all rankings while AJ built a career in his absence, however he’s now proved that he’s back at an elite level and so must reclaim his spot on the throne. Fury has a more comfortable win over a younger, more active version of Wladimir Klitschko than the one Anthony Joshua faced, and has now also beaten Deontay Wilder in our opinion, which puts him above his fellow countryman.

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