Dillian Whyte has listed his top ten heavyweights in the world and rated himself above rival Tyson Fury.
After 25-1 outsider Andy Ruiz Jr dethroned Brit superstar Anthony Joshua of the unified titles in New York last month, the division has been left wide open.
WBC king Deontay Wilder – the longest reigning champion in the division – has claim to be the man at the top of the pile.
However, Fury, who lost his belts due to personal demons outside of the ring in 2016, kept his Lineal heavyweight title having been “the man who beat the man”.
The Gypsy King’s performance against Wilder in December, that saw him unlucky to only be given a draw, has also left some admitting he is the No1 in the pack.
Whyte, who faces unbeaten Oscar Rivas in three weeks, gave his verdict to talkSPORT, listing in his own words the top ten in the division.
10. ADAM KOWNACKI
“Kownacki’s next fight is against Chris Arreola, he’s a zillion years old. Talk about wheeling out the dead, Jesus Christ.”
9. ALEXANDER POVETKIN
“Povetkin hasn’t fought since Joshua, has he? And that was a loss. Oscar Rivas has fought since then and Rivas has won.”
8. OSCAR RIVAS
“Rivas should be at eight. He’s a strong guy, undefeated, a come-forward fighter, pressure fighter. He seems to be a danger man, nobody wants to fight him.”
7. LUIS ORTIZ
“I’d put Ortiz at seven. Ortiz fought for the world title and lost it, Joseph Parker fought for it and won it.”
6. JOSEPH PARKER
“Parker’s the only one from 6 – 10 that’s been world champion so far, and he defended it two times. He’s only had two losses to two top fighters.”
5. TYSON FURY
“Fury’s gonna be number five. Don’t get me wrong, Tyson Fury’s a great fighter, won world titles, but it’s a funny one because how do you go from Deontay Wilder to fighting Tom Schwarz?
“How do people justify him being number one heavyweight in the world?”
4. DILLIAN WHYTE
“Number four is me. Anthony Joshua beat me. The stats and the numbers will say that he’s higher ranked than me. I’m honest, I’m not a bulls***ter, I’m honest. Facts are facts.”
3. ANTHONY JOSHUA
“Number three, Joshua. He won four world titles, Olympic gold medallist, this, that and the other.
“And he beat me. He won world titles which I haven’t won. I have to accept that fact, whether I want to or not. I’m a realist, of course he’s ranked above me.”
2. DEONTAY WILDER
“Number two, Deontay Wilder. He’s a world champion. Simple as that.”
1. ANDY RUIZ JR
“Andy Ruiz is number one. The reason I say he’s number one is he’s beaten Joshua and Joshua had four belts.
“He didn’t just beat him, he knocked him out so he went from being not even in the rankings to number one, this is boxing.
“But saying that, he lost to Joseph Parker and I beat Parker. Strange isn’t it?”