Heavyweight boxing is hitting its peak once again.
After years of dominance from the Klitschko brothers, interest in the division plummeted. Quite simply, no one could get close to Wladimir or Vitali and their reign at the top meant more and more boxing fans lost interest.
However, when Tyson Fury travelled to Dusseldorf and toppled Wladimir, hope was restored, and what followed was a period of pure excitement and box office boxing.
Anthony Joshua emerged on the scene. Dillian Whyte made headlines news every time he fought, and a certain Deontay Wilder was quietly making waves over in America.
Now, in 2020, the division is alive and promising, with unification fights surely on the horizon.
- AJ’s in-depth analysis of Wilder’s last two fights
- Ring Magazine’s 2004 prediction to rule the heavyweight division
- Boxing fans vote on what fight they want to see in 2020
Wilder and Fury will do battle once more in February, AJ is likely to fight Kubrat Pulev and/or Oleksandr Usyk, whilst Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr plot their ways back to the top of the division.
Due to the pulsating division and the stacked category, people are starting to wonder and question who actually is the top dog right now.
Most believe it’s between Wilder, Joshua and Fury, which is a safe assumption, but what are their head-to-head records like?
Well, luckily for us, an infographic has emerged that shows the top 10 heavyweight’s head-to-head record against other fighters in the top 10 and it makes for very fascinating reading.
Considering he gets criticised a lot, Joshua’s resume actually looks the most impressive.
He’s fought four people currently inside the top 10 and has beaten all of them. In five fights, he’s won four and lost the one.
The man in the top 10 with the most wins after AJ is Wilder, who has beaten Luis Ortiz on two separate occasions. He’s also obviously got a draw under his belt for when he fought Fury back in 2018.
Behind AJ and Wilder are three fighters, who have all picked up one win apiece. Those three are Dillian Whyte, Ruiz Jr and Joseph Parker.
Whyte has beaten Parker, whilst Ruiz Jr has beaten Joshua and Parker has beaten Ruiz Jr.
Other boxers that make the top 10 without a win against a fellow top 10 heavyweight are Fury, Ortiz, Alexander Povetkin, Michael Hunter and Adam Kownacki.
Fury has drawn one, Ortiz has lost two, Povetkin has drawn one and lost one, Hunter has drawn one and Kownacki has yet to fight a single top 10 heavyweight.
So going off the graphic, maybe boxing fans have been too harsh on Anthony Joshua in recent years. He should be respected for his resume and respected for the fact he takes on the hard fights.
He just needs to get that fight with Wilder or Fury booked later this year!