TYSON FURY has been named in Ring Magazine’s latest top ten pound-for-pound rankings.But four of the seven judges disagree with the Gypsy King’s inclusion.
Tyson Fury has made it into Ring Magazine’s top 10 pound-for-pound rankings despite resistance from some judges
Fury has taken Teofimo Lopez’s spot after the American’s shock defeat to George Kambosos.
The Gypsy King made light work of Deontay Wilder the last two times the pair have met which has seen him recognised.
But the majority of the judging panel did not agree he should be there – despite him holding the WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles.
Adam Abramowitz suggested Fury be given the No 10 spot.
He said: “The Ring has had heavyweights in its pound-for-pound before and I don’t subscribe to the theory that a heavyweight can’t be in P4P discussions.
But Tom Gray – who does subscribe the ‘no heavyweights’ rule – wanted other names thrown in the hat.
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He said: “One of the Charlos? Fulton? Tank? Shakur? Kambosos? Someone else? Discuss…”
Diego Morilla backed the Gypsy King and said: “I don’t see why Tyson Fury can’t be our No 10 here.
“He’s got ample credentials, and an effective style even if it’s not too aesthetically pleasing to watch.”
But Michael Montero retorted: “I’m not against rating heavyweights pound for pound, but Fury hasn’t done a lot of P4P worthy work in my opinion.
“He destroyed Wilder twice, but Deontay wasn’t exactly elite in terms of skills and Tyson outweighed him by 50 pounds.
“I’m not sure who we bring in at No 10, though, nobody has really separated themselves from the pack.
“Chocolatito maybe? Many feel [Roman] Gonzalez beat [Juan Francisco] Estrada, our current No 8, earlier this year.”
‘I’M AGAINST FURY BEING IN’
Gray retorted: “I’m against Fury being in the pound-for-pound top 10 simply because he just doesn’t need it.
“Hey Tyson. We know you’re the best heavyweight in the world and you’d beat any man alive, but we’ve also got you pound for pound No 10 behind Kazuto Ioka.
“It just doesn’t work for me. Usyk gets a pass because he’s come up from cruiser.
Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fightCredit: Reuters
“Anyway, if the size is putting you off, Michael, then realistically Fury can’t make your P4P top 10.
“He’ll be 30 pounds heavier than Joshua and 50 pounds heavier than Usyk.
“The same argument applies even if he wipes out the best guys in the division.
“I thought Choc beat Estrada, but something doesn’t sit right about him re-entering. Anyone else?”
There was continued debate among the panel but it was eventually agreed Fury would make it in.
Canelo Alvarez remains top with Oleksandr Usyk still second.
Terence Crawford is up to third from fourth – leapfrogging Naoya Inoue.
Brit Josh Taylor and American Errol Spence are non-movers in fifth and sixth.
Lopez vacated seventh spot with Estrada, Vasyl Lomachenko and Ioka moving up a spot each to fill the gap with Fury completing the top 10.
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