Tyson Fury has achieved the rank of best heavyweight in the world after the latest rankings saw Anthony Joshua slip three places down, below the ‘Gypsy King’ and American rival, Deontay Wilder.
The rankings, published by Ring Magazine, showed the effect of Joshua’s first defeat as a professional, the first blemish inflicted on his record by Andy Ruiz Jr.
A seventh-round stoppage at the prestigious Madison Square Garden saw Ruiz Jr crowned unified heavyweight champion, the first Mexican-American to do so.
Ruiz Jr’s gain came at the loss of three world titles for Joshua, who has been demoted from no.1 to no.4 in the rankings, one place behind the man who handed him his first loss.
Joshua’s compatriot, Dillian Whyte, finishes off the top five, and with a fight against Oscar Rivas coming up this month, Whyte will have an opportunity to put some pressure on the leading four in the heavyweight division.
Joshua has already triggered his rematch clause and will look to have reclaimed his world titles by the end of the year.