Tyson Fury’s spectacular match-up with Deontay Wilder has completely changed the landscape of the heavyweight division.
The 30 year-old Brit largely dominated the WBC champion in Los Angeles. Only to be caught by the powerful ‘Bronze Bomber’ and dropped on two occasions.
This gave the judges the opportunity to score the fight level. Seeing Wilder retain his world title for a certain rematch.
Fury proved without a shadow of a doubt that he’s the man in the top division and the one to beat. Keeping a firm grasp on his lineal tag in the process.
On the opposite side of the fence, Wilder showed he can defeat anyone at 200 pounds plus on any given day. Given the fact that he has unquestionable equalizer force.
Crashing the pound for pound Top 10 for the first time in his career, Fury went one better than his win over a faded Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. It wasn’t enough back then, although this time around Fury had to be in the shake-up due to his amazing comeback and performance at the Staples Center.
Behind Fury, there was a firm case to drop Anthony Joshua to number three. Wilder effectively drew with the number one fighter.
But a questionable scorecard sees Wilder and Joshua share the second spot behind the ‘Gypsy King’.
Wilder overtakes Joshua in the pound for pound list, but only just. Whilst ‘AJ’ drops out of the top ten to make way for Fury at eighth place.
The joint nature of Joshua and Wilder sees Luis Ortiz bumped up the heavyweight list to number five behind Dillian Whyte at four.
Joshua reclaiming top spot would now hinge solely on the 2012 Olympic champion defeating either Fury or Wilder over the next twelve months.
That could prove difficult for Josuha though. Fury and Wilder are set for a contracted rematch at some point in 2019.
An encounter with Whyte in April, which has long been expected, should now be pushed through by promoter Eddie Hearn.
That’s provided Whyte comes through Dereck Chisora in the rematch on December 22.