Promoter Frank Warren says Tyson Fury is the No. 1 heavyweight in the world… but knocks Anthony Joshua out of his top five.
The 69-year-old – who has been part of the Gypsy King’s team ever since he returned from a battle with drinks, drugs and mental health – now considers Oleksandr Usyk the second best in the division after his win over AJ.
Then he believes Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois – whom he also promotes – are in fifth and WBC mandated Dillian White in third and fourth.
Speaking to BT Sport he said: “I put Tyson No. 1, he’s head and shoulders above them all. He’s a fantastic champion and he’ll be with greats of all ages, he stands by them.
“I’ll be a little biased and we promote Joe Joyce who is WBO No. 1 and we’re also involved with Daniel Dubois who is No. 1 in the WBA.
“Then you have Usyuk, so we saw what he did to Anthony Joshua and then you got Dillian White.
“So, if you want me to put them in that order, Tyson is No. 1, Usik is No. 2 and I think the other three you can add them all as far as I see it.
“I don’t think Dillian beat the other two guys. We offered him to fight him which he didn’t take. Anthony Joshua, I think he comes in at No. 6 now.”
As well as knocking Joshua out of his top five, Warren also dropped Deontay Wilder, which Fury dealt with strongly over the weekend.
Fury cemented himself as the best heavyweight in the world with a sensational knockout in the 11th round of Wilder in Las Vegas.
The 33-year-old climbed onto the canvas twice to ward off the American late in the fight and defend his WBC belt.
But Joshua faced an entirely different fate two weeks ago, when he was outboxed by Usik after a unanimous decision loss at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He will rematch the unbeaten Ukrainian in the early part of 2022 as he bids to reclaim his three world titles.
Meanwhile, Joyce’s big win came in November last year when he defeated fellow Warren-promoted fighter Dubois by a 10th-round stoppage.
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The Olympic medalist is now a mandatory challenger for the WBO belt that Usyk currently holds.
And White has established himself as a heavyweight contender with victories over the likes of Derek Chisora, Joseph Parker, Oscar Rivas, and Alexander Povetkin.
He will secure a fight against WBC champion Fury if he overtakes Swede Otto Wallin on October 30.