Eddie Hearn named his top ten heavyweights of all time and included Anthony Joshua on his list to bewilderment.
Joshua is a two-time world champion granted. However, the Londoner has done nothing in his career to suggest he could get anywhere near the top ten ever to lace up the gloves.
A 2017 win over Wladimir Klitschko is the highlight for AJ. With damaging defeats to Andy Ruiz Jr. and Oleksandr Usyk between wins against over-the-hill contenders Alexander Povetkin and Kubrat Pulev.
Joseph Parker was the only world-class undefeated fighter Joshua has faced. But in the years since that win, Parker’s form has made it look like he made more of the Kiwi than he should have.
Hearn has Muhammad Ali as his top dog, a position many would agree with today. Ali was a class act and deserved a place on the list.
Joe Frazier in second place is highly questionable, with Mike Tyson in third – another oddity. Tyson gets ranked over Lennox Lewis, the man who dealt with him efficiently.
Sonny Liston in fifth and Evander Holyfield in sixth could come with arguments. The same with Riddick Bowe and George Foreman in seventh and eighth.
But in what appears to be the most significant head-shaker, Hearn named Tyson Fury, Joshua, and Usyk in joint-ninth.
Fury is undefeated and a two-time heavyweight ruler with two victories over one of the best of their era in Deontay Wilder.
Usyk is an undisputed cruiserweight king who moved up and dethroned Joshua. So how Hearn can have them all level is dumbfounding.
Eddie Hearn – casual
The list led to Oscar De La Hoya branding the Essex man ‘a casual‘ in response to his views.
Among those missing from the list included Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis, Jack Jackson, Larry Holmes, and Jack Dempsey. Most of those seem out of Hearn’s era, though, and where De La Hoya’s snipe stems.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay. WBN Editor Phil has over ten years of boxing news experience.