Dillian Whyte chooses his top five heavyweights boxing today

  • Tom Kelly
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Following Eddie Hearn's ranking of the heavyweight division, Dillian Whyte has responded in the typical Body Snatcher fashion and created a ranking of his own - and you probably won't be surprised with who he's named as number one. 

Yes, you guessed it. Whyte put himself top of his list.

"Eddie Hearn named his top five heavyweights in the world last week and he had me at number three. He had Anthony Joshua at number one, Tyson Fury at two, Deontay Wilder in fourth and Oleksandr Usyk fifth," Whyte shared in his column for talkSPORT.

"Eddie had me ahead of Wilder, but he should have had me ahead of Fury as well. While Fury was off doing whatever he was doing, I was fighting and beating top contenders.

"People will argue and say ‘ah, he beat Wladimir Klitschko’, but that was about 1,000 years ago and he hasn’t got a world title any more even though I thought he beat that fake, protected champion Wilder, who keeps running from me.

"AJ has beaten some good fighters and has most of the belts so he’s got every right to be considered number one. But if I was picking my top heavyweights in the world, it would be different to Eddie’s.

"For starters, of course, I’d be number one!

"I’d have AJ at number two, Fury at number three, Wilder at four and Parker at five. Behind them would be Rivas, Povetkin and Ortiz. Those are the best names right now."

It has also been announced recently that Whyte is going to face American fighter Oscar Rivas in his next upcoming bout.

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Whyte has spoken highly about his next opponent and compared his quality to Joshua's and Wilder's challengers. 

"He (Rivas) is top 10 across the board, undefeated, competed at the Olympics and has pedigree as an amateur. He’s dominated and beaten Andy Ruiz Jr – who is now facing Joshua – as well as Kubrat Pulev. Anyone who doesn’t know who Oscar Rivas is, just type his name into Google and you’ll find out very, very quickly who he is.

"I’ll do what I always do on July 20. I’ll be trying to knock Rivas out in every minute of every round. Anyone I’ve ever fought has either been hurt, knocked down or seriously wobbled at some point and I’m not looking to change that any time soon." 

If Whyte secures victory, he hopes he can use this win to guarantee a fight against Joshua, Wilder or Fury. 

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