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Oleksandr Usyk leads the way as Ring Magazine release new top ten heavyweight rankings after Tyson Fury win

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Oleksandr Usyk has claimed his place at the top of the heavyweight throne after beating Tyson Fury.

The Ukrainian star crowned himself undisputed champion in the blue-riband division for the first time since Lennox Lewis achieved the feat in 1999, as he beat Fury by split decision in their Saudi clash.

Usyk has etched his name into the record books, but has also placed himself as the king of the division, despite question marks over his size after graduating as the undisputed champion at cruiserweight.

That is a sentiment that is shared by Ring Magazine, who have released their latest top ten after the showdown, with Usyk sitting top of the tree.

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Despite losing his WBC title and undefeated record against ‘The Cat’, Fury remains in the highest position below the champion and will get a shot at immediate redemption in a sequel targeted for October.

Anthony Joshua rounds out the top three as he eyes a shot at the top two fighters, with Joseph Parker landing next after his dominant win over Deontay Wilder.

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Agit Kabayel follows behind Parker after his stunning upset victory over Frak Sanchez, while Zhilei Zhang, Filip Hrgovic and American talent Jared Anderson make the top seven behind Usyk.

Completing the set, Briton Joe Joyce who returns against Derek Chisora sits in eighth, with veteran Wilder and Daniel Dubois rounding off the list.

It is no surprise that Usyk sits top of the pile given his dominant performances have seen him dismantle the division’s finest athletes.

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He has also been ranked as the leading pound-for-pound fighter by the publication, ahead of Naoya Inoue and Terence Crawford who are both undisputed at both super-bantamweight and welterweight respectively.

It is an exciting time for the division, with movement expected regularly, especially as Wilder will face Zhang, while Hrgovic will duel with Dubois on June 1.

The ‘Gypsy King’ could claim his spot in supremacy back, if he is to overturn his defeat but he faces a significant uphill battle.

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Despite Usyk likely going into any immediate second meeting with Fury as favourite, Carl Froch has suggested Usyk should now avoid the clash and retire.

Speaking on talkSPORT’s ‘The Verdict’ podcast with George Groves, he said: “I think the only thing Usyk will do is retire, he will either have the rematch or retire.

“He is the generational great for me. Usyk is the main, he is the leader of the pack.

“When you look back at this generation of heavyweights you’re going to look back and say ‘Oleksandr Usyk is the main man, he’s dominated’.

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“In my opinion, he should retire, he’s done everything he needs to do, he’s made enough money, he’s mastered the game, he’s completed boxing.

“He’s completed boxing, hang up the gloves, and turn it in. That is my advice to him.”

Meanwhile, Derek Chisora has cast doubts over the Usyk vs Fury rematch.

‘Del Boy’ insists he’s heard ‘rumours’ that Usyk is set to move back down to cruiserweight for his next fight – although at present it is unclear how much substance exists behind the claim.

“There’s no point bothering with a rematch because the undisputed is done,” Chisora told Boxing Social, referring to the strong possibility that Usyk will be stripped of the IBF title.

He then added: “I heard a rumour, I’m gonna start this rumour anyway. Oleksandr is dropping down to cruiserweight. That’s the rumour right now.”

 

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