Oleksandr Usyk named No 1 in Ring Magazine's pound-for-pound rankings

Oleksandr Usyk moves back to No 1 in Ring Magazine’s prestigious pound-for-pound rankings after defeating Anthony Joshua for a second time – as the Ukrainian closes in on an undisputed heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury

  • Oleksandr Usyk has been named as Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound No 1
  • The heavyweight earned the title following his rematch win over Anthony Joshua
  • Usyk became the first heavyweight to be named as the No 1 in over 30 years 
  • The Ukrainian is closing in on a heavyweight showdown with Britain’s Tyson Fury 

Oleksandr Usyk has reclaimed his spot as Ring Magazine’s pound for pound No 1 following his victory over Anthony Joshua.

Usyk defeated Joshua via a twelve round split decision victory – retaining the WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight titles.

And the victory resulted in the 35-year-old earning another prestigious title as he was named the No 1 by Ring Magazine.

Oleksandr Usyk has been named as boxing publication Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound No 1

The 35-year-old regained his title after his rematch victory over Anthony Joshua on Saturday

The Ukrainian had previously been given the title in May following Canelo Alvarez’s loss to Dmitry Bivol and became the first heavyweight to hold the crown since Mike Tyson 30 years ago.

Yet after Naoya Inoue’s victory over Nonito Donaire in June, Usyk was usurped by the Japanese bantamweight.

Yet following Usyk’s defeat of Joshua, the 35-year-old has leapfrogged Inoue in order to regain top spot.

Usyk’s win against Joshua has also pathed the way for a heavyweight showdown between the pound-for-pound No 1 and Tyson Fury, with both fighters calling each other out.

Usyk’s victory has set up a mouthwatering heavyweight clash with British boxer Tyson Fury

The Ukrainian also claimed the Ring Magazine heavyweight belt following the victory in Saudi Arabia. Fury had held the belt but vacated it as he claimed that he had retired.

And the British heavyweight has given his team a short deadline in order to make the crunch bout with Usyk. 

Fury said: ‘To all these suitors out there who want to make the fight, I’m gonna give you all seven days – til September 1 – to come up with the money. If not, thank you very much it’s been a blast!

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