… as Fury laughs off standings

Anthony Joshua has climbed up Ring Magazine’s rankings after his devastating victory over Francis Ngannou.

The Ring Magazine belt though not a typical world title like the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO is regarded as a prestigious trophy handed out only when the best fight the best.

AJ’s strong recent performances have seen him climb up from third to second in the Ring Magazine heavyweight rankings.

The 34-year-old floored the UFC champion in the first round and early in the second before delivering a destructive second-round knockout. Ngannou had to be treated by medics as he appeared motionless when he hit the canvas.

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The former heavyweight champion has now won four bouts in a row against Ngannou, Otto Wallin, Robert Helenius, and Jermaine Franklin after his back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk.

Oleksandr Usyk on the other hand has maintained the Ring magazine title, having first secured the crown in his second win over AJ in 2021 and retained it a year later when facing the British heavyweight again in Saudi Arabia. Usyk’s ninth-round knockout win against Daniel Dubois in August was enough to retain the Ring heavyweight honours, but Fury is very confident about being the champion again after May 18.

“I’m the craziest MF out there.

“I gave up the Ring belt so I could win it three times,” Fury said on social media Page.

Tyson Fury will become the undisputed heavyweight champion on May 18 if he can beat Usyk, and could become the holder of the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles