By Charles Brown: Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder is now ranked #1 in Ring Magazine’s top 10 rankings after defeating Robert Helenius in the first round on October 15th.
The current Ring Magazine Champion is Oleksandr Usyk. WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has left the ring belt, so he is not on the list. It will be interesting to know Fury’s thoughts on Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) being ranked #1 by Ring Magazine.
It’s safe to say that the 6’7″ Wilder’s improvement since his loss to Fury last October would make a fourth fight between them 50-50.
Wilder is down from the 230s he weighed for his last two fights against Fury, and he’s heavier than ever in his career. Given the development of Deontay’s game, he could be the overall top heavyweight in the division and even better than Fury.
Champ – Oleksandr Usyk
1: Deontay Wilder
2: Anthony Joshua
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
What allowed Fury to beat Wilder twice, aside from the questionable length of the third bout, was his standing presence, which allowed Tyson to use his 270+ pound weight to his advantage.
Wilder was weakened by all the leverage, not to mention the illegal rabbit punch that Fury landed. Despite all of this, you could argue that Wilder should have won the first and third round by knockout.
Deontay had Fury knocked out in both of those fights, but the referee’s decisions in those fights saved ‘King Gypsy’ from being stopped.
“The wicked right hand. He has power,” Oscar De La Hoya told Fight Hub TV, reacting to Deontay’s first punch of Helenius. “I gave him a promotion because he fought 30 things. He always had power; he used to have charisma. A great man and a great ambassador of boxing. I love him.
“His head is in the right place, and his heart is bigger than anything else. His heart and head, it’s just the beginning, let me tell you,” said De La Hoya.
“I expected that. Deontay Wilder is Deontay Wilder,” said WBC 154-pound champion Sebastian Fundora. “Besides Tyson Fury, I think he’s the heavyweight king.
“His power is very explosive, and he is very fast. There are many more battles to be fought. I want to see him fight Anthony Joshua. It’s an interesting fight, and it’s going to push him out there again.”
With back-to-back losses to Usyk, Anthony Joshua is #2 and should be ranked even lower than that.
The undefeated Joe Joyce (15-0, 14 KOs) should be ranked higher than Joshua, especially considering his 11-round knockout victory over the former. WBO champion Joseph Parker on September 24.
Wilder wants the chance to challenge Usyk for his IBF, WBA and WBO titles, but that won’t happen unless he can make peace with Fury. Usyk said that after eliminating Fury, he will be interested in fighting Deontay next.
Of course, Fury will likely push Usyk again, making it impossible for Wilder to get a shot at four titles until after their second bout.