Via Barry Holbrook: In a big surprise to some, Anthony Joshua was rated #1 in Ring Magazine’s updated heavyweight rankings for the division. IBF, WBA & WBO Champion Oleksandr Usyk is Ring Magazine’s champion in the division, and he could cement that spot by beating WBC belt holder Tyson Fury next year.
Former two-time champion Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) has lost his last two fights and three of his last four, making him the most unlikely boxer to claim No. of Ring Magazine.
At the same time, WBC champion Tyson Furywho many boxing fans consider to be the true #1 fighter in the tournament, is not on Ring Magazine’s list of the top 10 heavyweights.
That said, Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) has previously said he’s retired, so it’s understandable why Ring Magazine chose not to list him in their rankings. they are heavyweight.
Joshua has a chance to solidify his #1 heavyweight spot by beating a top 20 fighter when he returns to the ring on December 17.
Updated Ring Magazines Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Oleksandr Usyk
1. Anthony Joshua
2. Deontay Wilder
3. Joe Joyce
4. Andy Ruiz Jr
5. Dillian Whyte
6. Luis Ortiz
7. Joseph Parker
8. Filip Hrgovic
9. Frank Sanchez
10. Zhilei Zhang
Like Joshua, the former WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder also lost his last two matches. Furthermore, Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) has not won a single game since 2019 and has been unbeaten in the last three attempts.
For Ring Magazine to give Wilder such appreciation, they’re looking at what he did in the past during his best years before he clashed with Fury.
Wilder will fight next week with Robert Helenius on October 15, and the way he performs against him will shed light on whether he deserves a #2 rating by Ring Magazine.
Some boxing fans would argue that Joe Joyce (15-0, 14 KOs) should be rated #1 on Joshua and Wilder after taking down Joseph Parker impressively.
The way Joyce went up against Parker and in his previous 14 competitions, it’s hard not to see him beat Joshua & Wilder. However, for Joyce to get to No. 1 in Ring Magazine’s heavyweight rankings, he’ll need to beat someone sturdier than Parker, as he was beaten by Joshua & Dillian Whyte.
Andy Ruiz Jr looks shaky at number 4 as he looks underwhelming in recent wins over Luis Ortiz and Chris Arreola. #8 Filip Hrgovic is supposed to be a better boxer than Ruiz and should be ranked higher than him.