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Heavyweight Reshuffle: The 10 fights to make at heavyweight right now

Tyson Fury
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Forget titles, mandatory obligations, and fights already signed, these are the 10 best fights to make in the heavyweight division right now

1. Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua

Far and away the number one pick, if Fury and Joshua don’t fight while in possession of all four world heavyweight titles we may as well all give up and go home. There is no greater time for the fight to happen. There is no better fight.

2. Deontay Wilder vs. Andy Ruiz Jnr

With both coming off high-profile defeats, a fight between Wilder, the former WBC heavyweight champion, and Ruiz, the former WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, would make a lot of sense. Stylistically, too, with both eager to go on the attack, there could be fireworks.

3. Oleksandr Usyk vs. Dillian Whyte

Whyte is fighting Alexander Povetkin in May, while Usyk has got Dereck Chisora. A better idea, though, would be for Usyk and Whyte to cut out the middlemen and meet. Both have been winning and both have aspirations of fighting for a title this year or next.

4. Joe Joyce vs. Daniel Dubois

Good news: this fight is happening on April 11 and is one we will keep. It’s a fascinating fight between two undefeated Brits, with British and European heavyweight titles up for grabs, and will tell us a lot more about both by the time it concludes.

5. Joseph Parker vs. Dereck Chisora

This is a fight that was supposed to happen before a spider bite cut short Parker’s training camp and Chisora fought David Price instead. The fight still carries appeal, though, and would seem more competitive than Chisora’s next one against Usyk.

Parker remains a fringe contender at heavyweight despite high-profile defeats

6. Michael Hunter vs. Luis Ortiz

Hunter has proven himself a surprise package at heavyweight, having dirtied the unbeaten records of Martin Bakole and Sergey Kuzmin, while Ortiz, still a dangerman in the division, has lost only to Deontay Wilder (twice). It would seem an ideal crossroads fight.

7. Kubrat Pulev vs. Alexander Povetkin

Admittedly, it’s not the sexiest of heavyweight fights, but a match between perennial contenders Pulev and Povetkin would at least allow one of them to score one last big win while encouraging the other to slink off into retirement. Do it in Bulgaria or Russia. Tell them the winner fights a Brit.

8. Filip Hrgovic vs. Robert Helenius

Hrgovic, unbeaten in 10 fights, has made steady progress in his career so far and is always looking to step up the competition. A meeting with Helenius, fresh from stopping Adam Kownacki in an upset, could be a perfect next fight.

9. Charles Martin vs. Oscar Rivas

Martin, the southpaw who surrendered his IBF title to Anthony Joshua in 2017, is enjoying a bit of a resurgence and could be in line for another title shot if he keeps it up. Rivas, meanwhile, fights Devin Vargas in March in what is his first outing since giving a good account of himself against Dillian Whyte.

10. Efe Ajagba vs. Dominic Breazeale

Nigeria’s Ajagba is one of the division’s best up-and-comers, last seen involved in an engaging up-and-down war with Razvan Cojanu. Breazeale, on the other hand, is still coming to after being flattened by Deontay Wilder last May and will need a meaningful fight not long after he returns.

Wilder prepares to finish Breazeale (Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports)

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