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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.

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