In recent years, the Heavyweight division has seen a surge in popularity with impressive numbers being generated. But how does the division rank up right now? I have ranked my top 10 boxers based solely on my personal opinion
10. Adam Kownacki 29, 17-0-0 (14 KO’s)
The unproven Polish-born boxer learnt his trade in America at Gleason’s Gym aged 16, moving to the country aged 7. His last 4 victories have all came in way of stoppage including Kownacki’s toughest opponent to date, Arthur Szpilka, with a 4th round TKO. Kownacki is forever improving with every fight and will be a worthy challenger to one of the belts in time.
9. Dominic Breazeale 32, 19-1-0 (17 KO’s)
Since his one and only defeat to Anthony Joshua for the IBF title in 2016, Dominic ‘Trouble’ Breazeale has bounced back strongly with two wins over the then-unbeaten Izuagbe Ugonoh and former Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder opponent Eric Molina. Breazeale has spoken in the past about wanting Deontay Wilder next and is ranked highly amongst the WBC, WBO and IBF rankings as of April 1st.
8. Luis Ortiz 39, 28-1-0 (24 KO’s)
The big Cuban may have lost the ‘0’ in his recent defeat to Deontay Wilder, but ‘King Kong’ is still highly rated in the Heavyweight scene. He may have lost on the night but that hasn’t stopped fans recognizing his ability. Ortiz can still give any heavyweight a run for their money and there are whispers of a rematch with Wilder.
7. Kubrat Pulev 36, 25-1-0 (13 KO’s)
Since his sole defeat at the hands of Wladimir ‘Dr. Stealhammer’ Klitschko back in 2014 and is now 5-0 since. He’s a very dangerous fighter who could definitely be trouble for any other boxer on this list.
6. Jarrell Miller 29, 20-0-1 (18 KO’s)
I have gone for the ‘Big Baby’ for my 6th position due to the threat he poses with his high knockout percentage and size. He is talked by many to be on the same level as the big boys in the division and he will have a big opportunity to prove himself on the 28th of this month when he faces Johann Duhaupas.
5. Alexander Povetkin 38, 31-1-0 (24 KO’s)
Like Pulev, Povetkin’s sole defeat was to Wladimir Klitschko but has gone on to beat some big names since such as Carlos Takam, Johann Duhaupas, Mike Perez and Christian Hammer as well as a recent brutal KO over David Price racking up a record of 8-0 (6 KO’s) since his defeat. A very dangerous fighter on his night, despite showing a few limitations.
4. Joesph Parker 26, 24-1-0 (18 KO’s)
Now former WBO world champion after losing his belt to Anthony Joshua in a unification battle, becoming the first man to take AJ the distance. He made a good account for himself too, and on another night, could have taken the belts for himself. Expect to see this young boxer rise back to the top again soon!
3. Dillian Whyte 30, 23-1-0 (17 KO’s)
In my last top 10 heavyweights article in July 2017, I put Whyte in the 10th spot but he has since beat Malcolm Tann, Robert Helenius as well as brutally knocking out the former world champion, Lucas Browne. In my last piece on this topic, I mentioned how I believed Whyte to be world champion ready and I couldn’t feel more strongly about this now. Countless offers have been sent to Wilder without reply and I believe Whyte to be a very tough challenger to not just Wilder but also AJ should they face one another once again.
2. Deontay Wilder 32, 40-0-0 (39 KO’s)
I must admit, Wilder has proven me wrong a lot in the past, to the point I no longer doubt his abilities and with a record like 40-0 with 39 of those in way of knockout is nothing to turn your nose at, whether his record is padded with weaker opponents or not. He adds a highlight to his spectacular knockout reel with every fight and his victory over the highly ducked, highly feared, world-class boxer Luis Ortiz added a whole lot of spice to the Joshua-Wilder debate but on this day and on this list, he misses out on the top spot.
1. Anthony Joshua 28, 21-0-0 (20 KO’s)
Top of my top 10 Heavyweights in the world right now is none other than Anthony Joshua. Despite coming under criticism in his last few fights with people questioning his power and skillset in his Parker fight, questions raised over stamina in the Takam fight and his chin being questioned constantly, I feel he has already proven all of which to be false and actually quite the opposite. There will always be critics around every corner but the fact remains he has beaten some very, very big names. I feel, as a matter of fact, Joshua is the best heavyweight boxing has to offer right now and the fact he still has people questioning his legitimacy in the division is well beyond me.
Summary: I do see where people are coming from with claims of the division being fairly stale and I actually agree with that to a degree but can’t deny there is still a lot of life in the division. For the first time in years, the heavyweight division is a massive talking point and a lot of fans and critics alike didn’t realize. We have two big world champions seeking a unification which could be the biggest fight of the decade without a doubt, we have solid challengers which would make for some very interesting nights and the young prospects climbing the ranks, soon to be in the frontline. The heavyweight division is creating a bigger buzz for boxing right now and that can only be recognized and appreciated and at the end of the day, we should show only our biggest respect for these men.