Tyson Fury is the only top 10 heavyweight without a professional defeat

Tyson Fury just keeps receiving great news after his stunning win over Deontay Wilder.

The dust has settled on a thrilling night in Las Vegas where the ‘Gypsy King’ secured the WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles after stopping his American opponent in the seventh round.

Since then, news and records surrounding Fury’s incredible comeback and second title reign have been underlining just how historic his victory at the MGM Grand Garden Arena truly was.

And his dominance over the heavyweight division has just been strengthened after contender Adam Kownacki was knocked out by Robert Helenius in New York on Saturday night.

Don’t follow? Well, Kownacki entered the WBA eliminator as the only other heavyweight in the Ring Magazine’s top 10 rankings along with Fury who had never suffered a professional defeat.

Top 10 heavyweights

As a result, Fury now stands alone as the only world-class heavyweight in the division with his 0 intact. Check out the full rankings down below and where all but one of them came up short:

10. Oscar Rivas

Defeats: 1 (vs Dillian Whyte)

The Colombian brawler came into his 2019 bout against Whyte with a 26-0 record and the chance to become the WBC mandatory, but ended up on the wrong end of a decision at London’s O2 Arena.

Rivas deserves credit for dropping Whyte during the contest, though, and you can expect him to rocket up the rankings again when he returns to the ring.

9. Adam Kownacki

Defeats: 1 (vs Robert Helenius)

Ah, the man that inspired this statistic. Kownacki looked like a fish out of water against Helenius, coming in for the fight heavy and using questionable defensive tactics to try and get on the inside.

And that’s not something you can afford to do with a big puncher like Helenius, who now moves within one bout of the WBA mandatory slot after knocking out his Polish rival in Brooklyn.

8. Michael Hunter

Defeats: 1 (vs Oleksandr Usyk)

Technically speaking, Hunter has never lost at heavyweight, but we can’t ignore the fact he was outboxed by former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk during a 2017 title fight.

7. Joseph Parker

Defeats: 2 (vs Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte)

Parker was the first boxer to go 12 rounds with Joshua in the professional ranks, but still left their unification bout in Cardiff with regrets and should have let his hands go more in the later stages.

Just four months later, though, and Parker left nothing in the ring during an absolute brawl with Whyte that saw both fighters on the canvas. The Kiwi once again lost a unanimous decision.

6. Alexander Povetkin 

Defeats: 2 (vs Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua)

Despite having one of the most impressive resumés in the heavyweight division, Povetkin was completely outclassed by Klitschko during a 2013 bout that saw him dropped three times.

The Russian was then defeated in even more emphatic fashion when Joshua knocked him out at Wembley and he was arguably lucky to escape with a draw after going the distance with Hunter.

5. Andy Ruiz Jr

Defeats: 2 (vs Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua)

Ruiz, like Parker, holds the distinction of being a fighter on the list to have lost at heavyweight and not been knocked out. Plus, his 2016 title shot against Parker could easily have gone his way.

However, there was no debating the judges’ scorecards during his rematch with Joshua where, having come into the fight overweight, he won just two rounds.

4. Luis Ortiz

Defeats 2 (vs Deontay Wilder (x2))

In truth, fourth place is a little kind to Ortiz. His only two fights of note were WBC title shots against Wilder and although he won plenty of rounds, the Cuban was convincingly knocked out both times.

3. Deontay Wilder

Defeats: 1 (vs Tyson Fury)

The boxing world stood still in shock when Wilder was blown to pieces during his rematch with Fury last month, hitting the canvas twice and being mercifully saved by his cornerman Mark Breland.

But even if you believe Wilder’s farcical excuse about his ring-walk costume, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ was lucky to not have a loss on his record when Fury looked to have outboxed him in 2018.

2. Dillian Whyte

Defeats: 1 (vs Anthony Joshua)

Respect to Whyte because his defeat is the oldest of them all, dating back to 2015 when a crushing uppercut from Joshua flattened him in the seventh round of their domestic dust-up.

But Whyte has since vindicated his second-place ranking with impressive wins over Parker, Rivas, Helenius, Lucas Browne and Dereck Chisora twice.

1. Anthony Joshua

Defeats: 1 (vs Andy Ruiz Jr)

Who could forget Joshua’s defeat at Madison Square Garden last June? The unified champion completely unravelled when he took an overhand right in the same round he knocked down Ruiz.

Four knockdowns of his own later and Joshua looked like a drunken sailor, eventually being saved by referee Mike Griffin after a seventh-round onslaught.

Champion. Tyson Fury

Defeats: 0

That’s right, no defeats to be seen here.

In fact, strangely, the closest Fury has ever come to losing his 0 as a professional was during an English heavyweight title fight against John McDermott in just his eighth outing.

But what’s most impressive about Fury’s record is that he hasn’t lost a single fight despite hitting the canvas four times, suffering knockdowns to Wilder, Steve Cunningham and Neven Pajkic.

Fury reigns supreme

It just goes to show that Fury is the king of the comeback.

Despite coming close to a knockout defeat four times and ballooning up to 28 stone after his first title triumph, Fury has proven everybody wrong to reclaim his heavyweight thrown.

So, not only does Fury have what everybody wants in the final pieces to the heavyweight puzzle, but he’s the only fighter to do so without having to taste defeat. Take a bow, Tyson.

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