The heavyweight division is currently full of top level fighters and is right now one of the most interesting divisions.
WBA – N/A – Currently nobody is the WBA champion as Tyson Fury did have the WBA strap but he vacated the belt after he admitted to having mental health issues. The WBA title will be competed for between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko on April 29th along with Joshua defending his IBF belt. Klitschko was the WBA champion until he was beaten in a huge upset by Fury back in Germany.
IBF – Anthony Joshua – Joshua who is currently 18-0 won his belt back in April of 2016. Since then he has defended the belt twice, knocking both Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina out. AJ is set to fight Klitschko at the end of this month (April 2017) where he will defend his IBF title for the third time and try to win the vacant WBA title.
WBO – Joseph Parker – Parker won his WBO title in his home country of New Zealand at the end of 2016 against Andy Ruiz. He has not defended his belt to date but is set to face Hughie Fury in May of 2017.
WBC – Deontay Wilder – Wilder is the longest reigning current heavyweight champion having become champion back in January of 2015. Wilder has defended his belt five times, most recently he was set to face Alexandre Povetkin but Povetkin failed a drugs test for the second time that year. Gerald Washington then stepped in and fought Wilder in a bout which saw the champion stop Washington in round 5.
The Top Contenders
Hughie Fury – Fury is set to face world champion Joseph Parker in May, whether he is a world class fighter is not currently confirmed. He hasn’t fought anyone who is world champion level standard. Questions have been asked about Hughie in the past, a lot of people believe that the only reason he can get the fights against top level opponents is because his cousin is The Gypsy King, Tyson Fury. Hughie might be a great fighter but until he fights Parker and other world class opponents, this can’t be confirmed.
Dillian Whyte – The Body Snatcher as he is otherwise known, has faced some tough opponents and shown some real skill. Whyte has shown his chin is solid and he can take really heavy shots. He was the first person to take Anthony Joshua past 3 rounds, and he was seen to wobble Joshua in round 2. Whyte most recently fought Dereck Chisora in a huge grudge fight, he won the fight on points after 12 rounds of heavy hitting.
Tyson Fury – Fury was the best fighter in the world when he fought Klitschko, he was the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world champion ad beat one of the greats (Klitschko) of boxing. Fury then let the ring due to mental health issues and admitted to taking cocaine. News of Fury possibly returning to the ring is huge as he made the heavyweight division fun. Come on, nobody else turned up to a press conference before a fight against the unified heavyweight champion of the world in a batman outfit. He not only was a great boxer but he challenged peoples views and spoke what he believes the be the truth. His view on how everyone now gets along with each other is boring as AJ and Klitschko do, is supported by some. Fury returning would see him most likely have a 1-3 ‘tune-up’ fights and then hopefully we will see him battle it out for a world title.
David Haye – David Haye used to be a great fighter 4 years ago and don’t get me wrong he is a good fighter now but does he have the skill to fight for and possibly win a world title? I’m not so sure. Off the back of a big loss against cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew will we see him fight for a world strap. Haye would be one of the biggest paydays for someone like AJ but would the fight just be a Joshua demolition as we have seen before. It would be good to see Haye get back to the top but I’m not sure if he has it in him. He says that he will retire by the end of 2018 but now with his injury that he obtained against Bellew will he have enough time to rise once again?
Tony Bellew – Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew was the WBC World Cruiserweight champion. Bellew fought David Haye and won in a huge upset victory in March 2017. Although Bellew’s ‘natural’ weight is at Cruiserweight, he says that he has a maximum of 3 fights in him and basically wants to earn as much money as possible for his family, as that is his most important thing, family. He could go for a unification bout in the cruiserweight division but that would not be as big as a fight with most top level fighters in the heavyweight division. If Bellew fought someone such as Dillian Whyte then it would easily headline an event and would be a sell out fight which would gain both fighters a big pay check.