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Sparring partner reveals who's the most powerful out of Fury, Joshua, Price and Klitschko

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The landscape of the heavyweight division is far clearer after a hectic month of March.

Deontay Wilder knocked out the much avoided Luis Ortiz to move to 40-0, Dillian Whyte put himself in prime position for a championship with victory over Lucas Browne and Anthony Joshua procured another belt by outpointing Joseph Parker.

Fight fans will have to wait until the politics and governing bodies fall into place until the next round of big heavyweight fights are announced.

Nevertheless, the scene remains as exciting as ever and no more so considering the return of Tyson Fury who will complete his comeback on June 9.

It's almost impossible to call just who the finest heavy puncher of them all, really is.

Prolific sparring partner: Adam Machaj

Well, one indication lies with the select group of fighters who have exchanged leather will a group of the biggest contenders. One such example is journeyman Adam Machaj.

In a 2017 interview with World Boxing News, Machaj revealed that he has sparred with Joshua, Fury, Wladimir Klitschko as well as British favourites David Price and Dereck Chisora.

He stated: “I’ve sparred all of them, I was in the Klitschko camp for three weeks. I’ve sparred Tyson and Hughie a lot of times, David Price I’ve done a lot of rounds with, I’ve trained with them all."

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The toughest, most powerful and fittest

Quite the selection of fighters, no doubt about it and Machaj had different ways of ranking their qualities.

He chose the 'toughest fighter' from the four, the best athlete and who punches the hardest.

Conveniently, four of the boxers fitted into at least one of the four categories. 

Machaj decided: “The toughest one I fought in terms of ability was Tyson, he’d beat most of the names out of shape now, getting off the settee. He’s too skilful.

“He runs you around and makes you angry. In terms of a physical athlete it has to be Klitschko and Joshua, they’re the biggest athletes.

“David Price was probably the biggest puncher as every punch he landed hurt, whilst Chisora was good as he was like a little Tasmanian devil, they’re all good in their own rights.”

Well, we'll give Chisora the 'Tasmanian devil' award then.

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

Perhaps the biggest comment of note is that Price is ranked as more powerful than three of the biggest names in 21st Century boxing.

Price is known for his power, but it's quite the accolade to pack more punch than Klitschko, Joshua and Fury.

However, if anyone would know, it's Machaj.

Who do you think is the best heavyweight in the division? Have your say in the comments section below.

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