Who Is The Best Heavyweight On The Planet Now?

By James Slater - 09/26/2021 - Comments

Tyson Fury will no doubt have plenty (more) to say about it, but it really could be that Oleksandr Usyk is the best heavyweight on the planet right now. Certainly, in light of his brilliant win over Anthony Joshua, Usyk has proven he is the most skilled heavyweight in the world today. The big talk going into last night’s fight was Usyk’s lack of bigness – that he was he “too small” to be able to beat Joshua.

We sure got our proof to the contrary; Usyk, with his constantly fast-moving, in-his-face-all-night, hands, gave Joshua the proverbial boxing lesson at times. Never slowing down, never really appearing to feel the pace – certainly not as much as Joshua, who was very nearly taken out in the 12th and final round, the soon to be ex-champ clearly feeling the lung-burning fatigue – Usyk was simply brilliant.

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So we must see Usyk and Joshua do it again, as per the rematch clause. Is there any real reason to think Joshua can get his revenge? Usyk is no Andy Ruiz, and he will not blow up in weight from excess partying the way Ruiz did after his upset win over Joshua in the summer of 2019. No, Usyk, ever the true pro, will head back to the gym in an attempt to get even better. Is Usyk good enough – and the question of whether or not he is big enough will also surely raise its head – to beat the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder winner? I sure wouldn’t bet against it.

Speed and skill, along with fierce determination and a desire to achieve true greatness, can overcome size, bulk and firepower. But we must wait and see what happens (could we see another upset on October 9?). The heavyweight division is very exciting and interesting right now, no doubt about it. And the boxing genius of the southpaw from Ukraine is the big reason for the excitement and the interest. Usyk, in joining fellow greats Evander Holyfield, Michael Spinks and Roy Jones in beating a bigger man due to skill, speed and sheer smarts, IS the best heavyweight in the world today until proven otherwise.

Let’s never hear the tired, old argument, ‘he isn’t big enough’ again whenever a special fighter like Usyk is in action (and ask Joshua if Usyk can punch!). Okay, the argument, ‘we didn’t know Usyk was so special before last night,’ might be put forward. But we certainly know now how special, how very special Oleksandr Usyk really is.

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35 thoughts on “Who Is The Best Heavyweight On The Planet Now?”

  1. Once upon a time there lived a giant evil ogre with magic boxing gloves. The sorcerer apothecary conjuring up a sleeping position for Deontay Wilders water spiking. Deontay Wilder, our hero, was unknowingly being fed this poisoned water by his trusted envious comrade mark Brealand, giving the villainous fury, ample opportunity to swirl his magic loaded gloves spiking like propellers striking Deontay Wilder behind the head again and again and again. And that’s how our story began in a forest far far away.

  2. I think the big network’s have chosen Oleksandr Usyk and fury because all they have to do it poison Deontay Wilder again and it’s two great white hope’s for the price of one.

  3. Yeah, you tell us, it seems you fix all the fights, I quit buying pay per view ever since fury Wilder 1 rip off.

  4. The very fact that fury would risk going to prison rather than fight Deontay Wilder is proof of who is the top heavyweight.

  5. Eddie Hearn just wishes that Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz didn’t exist. That way he can continue to have Anthony Joshua fights Usyk and pretend Luis Ortiz wouldn’t be a much more formidable opponent.

  6. Now Eddie Hearn is going around discrediting Deontay Wilder who never lost and knocked out all of his opponents. Only fights where his opponent is allowed to put horse shoes in his gloves are even questionable.
    Cause Deontay Wilder scares Eddie

  7. Any time there’s a good fighter like Luis Ortiz no top fighters will fight him because they are afraid of losing. He has gone decades without fighting Anthony y, fury, Dillian Whyte and these imposters are going around calling themselves champions.

  8. And you jack ass promoter’s won’t fight a good fighter like Luis Ortiz, he can wait for decades and never fight the top fighters because they’re afraid of losing.

  9. That’s what all these fights have been supposed to figure out and answer. Who is the best?

  10. Boxing is a skill set that has its rules that can be taught and learned. Eddie Hearn has not seen to it that the information has reached Anthony Joshua. Anthony Joshua is the smartest, best genetically gifted, quickest learner and one of the worlds most marketable boxers. Do your job Eddie and see to it that Anthony Joshua receives proper instruction. No longer can he coast along on gog given attributes.

  11. Oleksandr Usyk is the same size as big George Foreman. Deontay Wilder would crack his jaw. It just goes to show you what we are privileged to whitniss in today’s boxing.
    These are the good old days.
    The best fighters in history.

  12. Eddie Hearn’s therapist was seen and overheard hugging Eddie and patting Eddie on the back saying,” everything is going to be alright Eddie, things can only get better from hear, so dry your tears, and blow your own nose because you are a nig boy now.”

  13. Deontay Wilder, Luis Ortiz, Anthony Joshua, these are stand up guys. They would never think of cheating by spiking water and glove tampering. Technically sound and elite athletic superstars. This is what a heavyweight champion is supposed to be about.

  14. Y’all musta forgot. Anthony Joshua started training as an adult, even older than Deontay Wilder. This one of a kind athlete won the gold Olympic metal armed with little more than God given speedy reflexes and power. And Anthony Joshua is smart, don’t let his kindness be seen as weakness.
    Don’t make Anthony Joshua angry, you would not want to see Anthony Joshua angry.

  15. Anthony Joshua has lousy representation, Barry hearn would have been a much better representative than Eddie Hearn, they just don’t make them like they used to. How in the hell can you allow the most genetically gifted athlete in pro boxing to be so neglected training wise?

  16. What kind of spastic question is that to ask? Who is the best heavyweight on the planet now? As of you guys didn’t know. Let me give you a hint, it’s not Anthony Joshua and it’s not Dillian Whyte and it’s not fury, or Usyk or the cuban guy, Luis king Kong Ortiz. It’s not Andy Ruiz, it’s not Chris Ariolla, it’s not Effi Ajabba, nor is it Anderson. It’s the greatest heavyweight boxer ever living or nonliving, the anointed one, the living legend in his own time, none other than the Canastonia New York international boxing Hall of fame inductee, the ten time title defenses in 5 years, the fighter you gotta cheat to beat Deontay Wilder.

  17. If Usyk was able to beat Anthony Joshua on an off day, imagine what would happen if Luis Ortiz were to be fought like Yordenis Ugas, forget about it, there would be hell to pay. But no!

  18. Anthony Joshua was drugged in the first Ruiz fight, he didn’t have a panic attack as in a mental health issue, he panicked realizing he was drugged, like Deontay Wilder was drugged in the second fight.
    Hop up the winning horse with speed, you drug the other horses with muscle relaxers. You got a gambling tip on a sure thing.
    American wise guys, criminal theives, racketeers.

  19. Anthony Joshua, if that was you who called me a muppet, my intention wasn’t to insult you sir. You are a decent man with extra ordinary talented gifts. Once you loosen up and get into the zone, what we call in America hot , meaning you warm up, relax and can’t miss. You can beat Usyk.

  20. I wouldn’t be bragging about the heavyweight division and it’s recent fight record. Your fight promoter’s have been so busy ducking Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz they have allowed them to grow old and a new crop of heavyweights has been developing.
    That’s bad for boxing and extremely irresponsible.
    Why didn’t you have Luis Ortiz fight fury or Anthony Joshua in his prime? Soon those fights won’t be able to be made.

  21. Styles make fights. usyk whooped Anthony Joshua because of speed, stamina, and a goodly amount of power. That doesn’t necessarily transfer over to being able to whoop Deontay Wilder or the extremely technically sound south paw, Luis king Kong Ortiz, does it?
    The answer is hell no. Anthony Joshua was really promoted with obstacles removed from his path.
    He is big, smart, athletic and very marketable. Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz will mop the floor with all of them, that’s why nobody wants to fight them.

  22. The best heavyweight boxing champion ever is Deontay Wilder
    1. Deontay Wilder
    2. Luis Ortiz

    • What’s a muppet supposed to be? Maybe someone who is saying what somebody’s telling them to? Or somebody who is speaking for somebody else?
      Really, in all fairness, Anthony Joshua got beat by hard work and dedication, Oleksandr Usyk won fair and square. No dirty tactic, he is a well deserved winner and deserves my respect.
      If you don’t like it feel free to post your comment about it.
      Anthony Joshua is not that good yet.

  23. Dillian Whyte always being used to protect Anthony Joshua from Deontay Wilder was getting tiresome, now Anthony Joshua will have to stand on his own two feet.

  24. Perhaps Usyk s team will match him up with all comers unlike Anthony Joshua’s team avoiding Deontay Wilder, Luis Ortiz and such. In that way, we can find out who’s the best at this time.
    It’s criminal to allow a top contender to go his whole career without a title shot.

    • What kind of question is that? Deontay Wilder is the best heavyweight champion that ever lived without question. If you disagree, sign the contract and prove it wrong, stop avoiding Deontay Wilder.

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