Fury tops BM heavyweight ratings

Graham Houston
25/06/2019 10:38am

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heavyIn the new Boxing Monthly ratings, which are updated every month, there are big changes at heavyweight, with Tyson Fury taking over at number one. Editor Graham Houston explains…

After Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat against Andy Ruiz Jr, AJ tumbles from the top spot in the July BM heavyweight world ratings.

However, this doesn’t make Ruiz the automatic No. 1.

Would Ruiz beat Tyson Fury? We don’t think he would. Fury would be the clear betting favourite in that fight.

We also would have to favour Deontay Wilder to defeat Ruiz although that would be an intriguing match-up. And Wilder got a draw with Fury, debatable though it was. This makes Fury and Wilder pretty much neck and neck, although in the majority view, Fury won their fight.

So here’s what we did.

Fury moves into the No. 1 spot.

We rate Wilder No. 2. Sure, we could have a joint No. 1 but we don’t like doing that. The draw was the official verdict, but almost everyone saw Fury as the victor.

Ruiz takes the No. 3 spot. There are always going to be those who feel it was more a matter of Joshua losing than Ruiz winning, that it was just a bad night for Joshua.

The oddsmakers have installed Joshua as something like a 7-2 on betting favourite for the rematch. Still, Ruiz won fair and square. So he has to be ranked above Joshua.

We put Joshua in fourth spot. How the mighty have fallen.

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