Top contender Dillian Whyte has laughed at the suggestion that Tyson Fury is the number one fighter in the heavyweight division.
Whyte furthers his claim at the weight on July 20th, when he faces undefeated Oscar Rivas at The O2 Arena in London.
He views IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world champion Andy Ruiz as the top man in the weight class.
Last month, Ruiz dropped Anthony Joshua four times to secure a seventh round stoppage at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The win was one of the biggest upsets ever in the heavyweight division.
Whyte places Joshua in the number three position – and places himself at four. And Whyte regards WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder as the number two fighters out there.
He believes Fury, at best, is the fifth best fighter at heavyweight.
“Don’t get me wrong, Tyson Fury ‘s a great fighter, won world titles, but it’s a funny one because how do you go from Deontay Wilder to fighting Tom Schwarz? How do people justify him being number one heavyweight in the world?” Whyte told Talk Sport.
“[Joshua] won four world titles, Olympic gold medallist, this, that and the other, and he beat me. He won world titles which I haven’t won. I have to accept that fact, whether I want to or not. I’m a realist, of course he’s ranked above me. [Wilder is] a world champion. Simple as that.
“The reason I say [Andy Ruiz is] number one is he’s beaten Joshua and Joshua had four belts. He didn’t just beat him, he knocked him out so he went from being not even in the rankings to number one, this is boxing. But saying that, he lost to Joseph Parker and I beat Parker. Strange isn’t it?”