Arguably the biggest debate in boxing right now is who the best of the heavyweight division among current champions Andy Ruiz Jr. and Deontay Wilder and former champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. In the mind of UFC President Dana White, the answer is Fury.
Fury is set to return to the ring tonight against Tom Schwarz in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing card in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury was once on top of the boxing world, claiming most of the heavyweight titles with a November 2015 upset of Wladimir Klitschko. But drug and mental health troubles caused him to later vacate his championships.
In his last fight, Fury challenged Wilder, the current WBC heavyweight champion. Fury looked to be on his way to winning the fight before suffering two knockdowns, including one in the final round that nearly caused a KO, and the fight was scored a split draw.
White says the fact Fury was able to get back up from one of Wilder’s punches that would put most heavyweights to sleep, combined with his title run, makes him the top dog.
“He looked great in the Wilder fight. Wilder crushed him with that shot he hit him with and he actually got back up which is crazy,” White told BT Sport. “When Wilder hits people they don’t get back up. He actually did. That Wilder-Tyson fight is a fun fight. Yeah, I’d say [Fury] is number one right now. It would be tough to not call him number one.”
White went on to state his full rankings of the four men, putting Wilder under Fury, followed by Ruiz and then Joshua.
“Now, you got four exciting, explosive guys with great personalities,” White said. “Real punching power to finish fights. It couldn’t be better.”
Wilder is slated to defend the WBC title in a rematch with Luis Ortiz this September. As long as he wins that fight, and Fury defeats Schwarz and another possible interim opponent, Wilder-Fury II is signed on for early 2020.
Ruiz defeated Joshua via seventh-round TKO two weeks ago to win the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in one of boxing’s biggest upsets ever. The two are slated for their own rematch in either November or December.
Endeavor, the parent company of the UFC, which White is the president of, was in talks with Al Haymon over potentially buying Premier Boxing Champions.
Original Story: Boxing Scene