Eddie Hearn questions Tyson Fury’s rankings rise after Deontay Wilder win

Hearn has questioned how Fury has jumped in the pound-for-pound rankings despite his victory over Wilder, pointing to the quality of the ‘Gypsy King’s’ resume and his number of world title defences

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Eddie Hearn has questioned Tyson Fury’s rise in the pound-for-pound rankings list after his trilogy victory over Deontay Wilder.

The ‘Gypsy King’ was rampant in a late stoppage victory over the American in Las Vegas earlier this month.

And he climbed up in the pound-for-pound rankings according to many boxing experts, solidifying his status as one of the modern-era greats.

Hearn has reacted to this reported rise questioning Fury’s overall professional pedigree, despite remaining undefeated.

“It’s very difficult to say anything negative about Tyson Fury at the moment, because you just get criticism for being ‘Ah, well, you’re just bitter, you’re just this’,”Hearn told Volume Sports.

“I do find it strange that you can continuously climb up a pound-for-pound ranking by beating the same person you’ve beat 2½ years ago – and the only person.

“But, you know, you look at the ESPN rankings, Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder, who he just stopped in [seven] rounds, in an absolute war, yet all of a sudden jumps up the pound-for-pound rankings [from sixth to fourth].

“Like, to be a heavyweight great, you have to have a brilliant resume that consistently beats the top heavyweights of your era. Now, don’t take nothing away from the performance, the last two performances.

“I mean, he probably won’t be happy with his last one because he was a bit wild. But it was a great fight.”

Fury was close to being defeated himself during his trilogy, bouncing back from a double knockdown in the fourth.

But he showed some dynamite in his right hand, sending his fatigued opponent crashing to the canvas.

And now he has hinted at retirement from the sport, despite the possibility of unifying the entire division in the future against Oleksandr Usyk.

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However that looks unlikely in the near future, with Hearn’s charge Anthony Joshua set to bid for immediate revenge against the Ukrainian next year.

Meanwhile, if Fury chooses to return to the ring he could face Joshua’s former opponent Dillian Whyte in a WBC mandatory title defence.

And the ‘Body Snatcher’ has called for the WBC to impose heavier sanction on Fury, to force through an all-British showdown.

“Fury has the belt. Wilder had the chance to fight me for three years but didn’t,” Whyte told Sky Sports News. “Hopefully now the WBC forces my position and Fury has no choice. It’s a massive British fight, a major fight for Britain.

“Fury is an unpredictable man who might say: ‘I am done!’ I hope we can make a fight when I get past Wallin. But Fury is a difficult guy to plan. I haven’t heard a word from him about making a fight.

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking at them, I am definitely looking at fighting Tyson Fury.

“My mindset is that I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m not scared to take risks. They see danger in fighting me. I will risk it all, if need be.”

For now Fury is set to relax from his fighting duties, and has returned home to the UK where he will reside in his new family home in Morecambe.

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