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Let’s take a look at the three current heavyweight champions, Deontay Wilder (WBC), Andy Ruiz Jr. (WBA/IBF/WBO), and Tyson Fury (lineal).
Deontay Wilder has held the WBC belt since 2015, and in doing so became the first American in nine years to hold the heavyweight title.
His ring record is an outstanding one: 41 wins, no losses, 1 draw, with 40 knockouts. Since winning the title he has had nine successful title defenses, with his next scheduled fight a rematch with top contender Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz, on November 23.
Wilder will certainly have his hands full with Ortiz, as it was Ortiz who was leading on the scorecards in their first fight before Wilder stopped him in the 10th round in March 2018.
Andy Ruiz Jr. is the surprise amongst the three champions, pulling off a huge upset while becoming the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent with his 7th round stoppage over previously unbeaten Anthony Joshua in June 2019.
His ring record is a good one: 33 wins, 1 loss, with 22 knockouts. He has a rematch set with Joshua scheduled on December 7, with the bout, of all places, being held in Saudi Arabia.
Tyson Fury has been the lineal champion since November 2015 based on his unanimous decision victory over Wladimir Klitschko.
His ring record is a great one: 29 wins, no losses, 1 draw, with 20 knockouts. His most recent fight was last month, September 2019, winning by decision against a tough undefeated Otto Wallin.
There is no official date set for Fury’s next fight, but the latest news is his twisted turn into World Wrestling (WWE) for a proposed match with wrestler Crown Jewel on October 31 in Saudi Arabia.
However, in the boxing ring, a future rematch for Fury with Wilder would be the best thing, with that winner to face the winner of Ruiz Jr. versus Joshua to unify the heavyweight championship!