Ranking Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury’s best pro wins
1. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
In 2015, Fury confounded the doubters by venturing to Dusseldorf to bamboozle and ultimately dethrone Klitschko in a 12-round chess match. He got inside the Ukrainian’s head and forced him to malfunction on the night, thus ending a nine-year reign.
2. LUIS ORTIZ
Ortiz, unbeaten in 28 pro fights, was considered the avoided dangerman of the division when Wilder faced him in March. He showed why, too, winning all the early rounds before having the tables turned on him in the tenth.
3. BERMANE STIVERNE I
Stiverne, the WBC heavyweight champion, was the first man to take Wilder the distance as a pro and was, back in 2015, still ambitious. Settling for points, Wilder’s jab and patience impressed that night in Las Vegas.
4. DERECK CHISORA II
An underrated and almost forgotten win given what was to follow, this 10th round stoppage in 2014 saw Fury dominate from start to finish and control “Del Boy” in a way nobody had previously managed.
5. BERMANE STIVERNE II
By the time Wilder faced Stiverne a second time in 2017, the Haiti-born former champion was washed up and all out of puff. He was duly stopped inside a round, an impressive result nonetheless.
6. CHRIS ARREOLA
Wilder didn’t get the best of Arreola in 2016 but still looked impressive softening him up behind his jab, dropping him in round four, and eventually forcing him to retire after eight completed rounds.
7. DERECK CHISORA I
This 2011 fight was more competitive than the scorecards suggested, but Fury remained one step ahead of Chisora throughout and walked away with the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles after 12 rounds.
8. STEVE CUNNINGHAM
Cunningham, a former world cruiserweight champion, decked Fury heavily in round two of their 2013 thriller but was then emphatically wiped out along the ropes in the seventh.
9. CHRISTIAN HAMMER
Hammer was on a good run of form when Fury broke him up and stopped him in eight rounds in 2015. He would then go on to stop David Price and outpoint Erkan Teper.
10. ARTUR SZPILKA
Wilder struggled getting to grips with Szpilka in 2016, and was outboxed at times, yet the fleet-footed Pole had no answer for the destructive right hand that knocked him out cold in round nine.