Top 10 Heavyweight Boxers in the World

“Catch a break, shuffle around, and jab across the face,” that’s what top boxers do. Yes, we are talking about Boxing, one of the most compelling yet brutal games in today’s world, Heavyweight boxing. 

But the actual question is, are you willing to step onto that ring and go head-to-head against a 220 pounds Heavyweight boxer? Think twice before you choose.

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Heavyweight boxing has been one of the standout categories in the boxing world with no upper limit. A sport where every second counts. However, when we talk about  Heavyweight Boxing, it’s not always the case about strength. 

So without any further ado, here are the top 10 Heavyweight boxers in the world. 

Top 10 Heavyweight Boxers in the World

Fist throwing, dodges, and knockouts, here is the list of the top heavyweight boxers that we will be going through. 

Player’s NameNationality
10. Tony YokaFrance
9. Joseph ParkerNew Zealand
8. Joe JoyceGreat Britain
7. Michael HunterUnited States of America
6. Andy Ruiz Jr.United States of America
5. Oleksandr UsykUkraine
4. Dillian WhyteGreat Britain 
3.  Deontay WilderUnited States of America
2. Anthony JoshuaGreat Britain
1. Tyson FuryGreat Britain

10. Tony Yoka 

  • Date of Birth: 28 April 1992, Age: 29 years old
  • Height: 6 ft 7 in
  • Weight: 238.8 lbs (108.3kg)
  • Boxing record: Total fights – 11, Wins – 11, Wins by KO – 9, Losses – 0

The 2016 Olympic Gold medalist and one of the most talented prospects in heavyweight boxing, Tony Yoka, has been under the spotlight for a while.

At 29 years of age, the undefeated Frenchman has reigned victories over eight opponents as he attempts to replicate his Olympic success at the highest professional level. 

Tony Yoka during the Olympic event in 2016 (Source: Wikimedia)

Since facing his opponent Jonathan Rice in just his second match, not a single match has ended without a knockout to his name. Achieving an impressive eighty knockout ratio, he continues to rise through the heavyweight rankings. 

He is already set to fight on the biggest stages and challenge an upcoming generational talent for that title.

With other notable achievements, such as being the Gold medalist in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and the 2015 World Championships, the audience has high hopes for his hunger of becoming the number one in heavyweight boxing. 

9. Joseph Parker

  • Date of Birth: 9 January 1992, Age: 29 years old
  • Height: 6 ft 4 in
  • Weight: 236.7 lbs (107.4 kg)
  • Boxing record: Total fights – 31, Wins – 29, Wins by KO – 21, Losses – 

Born in New Zealand, Auckland, Joseph Dennis Parker fell in love with boxing and greatly admired his idols, David Toa and Maselino Masoe, from his area.

During his sixty-six fight amateur career, Parker had success, becoming a two-time New Zealand amateur heavyweight champion in 2010 and 2011.  

Parker became the first heavyweight boxer from Newzealand to win a World title as he won via majority decision. With a rise in his performance, he won several awards, including the 2015 World boxing organization Oriental Heavyweight Fighter of the Year.

Joseph Parker after winning the Heavyweight champion (Source: Wikimedia)

Countless titles such as the WBO boxing title from 2016 to 2018, multiple Regional Heavyweight Champions, and, to top it off, a silver medalist in the 2010 Youth Summer Olympics held in Singapore, certainly has proved to the world that he is one of the finest heavyweight boxers of his generation. 

8. Joe Joyce

  • Date of Birth: 19 September 1985, Age: 36 years old
  • Height: 6 ft 6 inches
  • Weight: 262 lbs (118.8 kg)
  • Boxing record: Total fights – 13, Wins – 13, Wins by KO – 13, Losses – 0

One of the most rigid and durable forces in heavyweight boxing, Joseph Obey Joyce, often referred to as “The Juggernaut,” has left many spectators and opponents speechless with his brilliant performance. 

After being awarded the Olympic Silver medal in 2016, Joyce began his professional career one year later, focused on a single goal of becoming the number heavyweight boxer.

With twelve wins and eleven knockouts, the undefeated juggernaut has repeatedly showcased his skill, experience, and power in any given circumstance.

Carrying over his amateur pedigree, his will to win has undoubtedly brought him much success in his career. Currently holding a 92% – knockout-to-win percentage, he is a tank inside the ring.

7. Michael Hunter 

  • Date of Birth: 10 July 1988, Age: 33 years old
  • Height: 6 ft 2 in
  • Boxing record: Total fights – 22, Wins – 20, Wins by KO – 14, Losses – 1, Draw -1
  • Weight: 201 lbs (91.1 kg)

Not all heavyweight boxers are fast, but that does not stop Michael Hunter from landing quick jabs and hooks on his opponent.  

An incredibly skilled and athletic individual who is perhaps the most underrated fighter in the heavyweight division, Michael “the Bounty” Hunter has terrorized the ring for the past few years.

Achieving significant success in his early career, Michale dared to put his ability to the test as he began seeking challenges on the highest challenges on the biggest stage of all, the heavyweight division. Many believed he would fail, but like his record, he broke a silence among his haters as he progressed instantly. 

Already several wins to his names and Gold medals in the 2011 Golden Gloves and U.S. National Championships, he continues to shoot for the top in search of becoming a World Champion. 

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6. Andy Ruiz Jr.

  • Date of Birth: 11 September 1989, Age: 32 years old
  • Height: 6 ft inches
  • Weight: 237 lbs (107.5 kg)
  • Boxing record: Total fights – 36 , Wins – 34, Wins by KO – 22, Losses – 2

Often a victim of a bully during his childhood, Ruiz did what every child had to do during such a situation, step up and fight back. It was then a real Mexican wonder kid was born.

At that time, Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr. was mainly ridiculed and humiliated by those of his age and even some of his relatives for being overweight. But if there was one person who never lost his hope in him was his father, Mr. Andrés Ruiz.

With solid support from his father and high determination, he rose step to step and defied all odds when he defeated Anthony Joshua to become the first Mexican ever to be Heavyweight Champion. 

From his debut win in 2009 as a professional boxer till December 2016, he remained undefeated for those seven years. With such impeccable quality, he continues to do so without dropping his form in the heavyweight category. 

5. Oleksandr Usyk 

  • Date of Birth: 17 January 1987, Age: 34 years old
  • Height: 6 ft 3 inches
  • Weight: 221 lbs (100.2 kg) 
  • Boxing record: Total fights – 19 , Wins – 19, Wins by KO – 13, Losses – 0

Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Usyk is arguably one of the best in boxing today due to his very clinical and fluid boxing style. Unfortunately, many of his opponents have struggled with this over his complete amateur and professional career. 

Oleksandr Usyk during the weigh-ins (Source: Flickr)

Having become undisputed Cruiserweight Champion in 2018, the Ukrainian has now moved up to heavyweight and aiming for a heavyweight title. 

At fifteen in his mid-teens, he amassed an incredible amateur record of three hundred and thirty-five wins and fifteen losses. It was no wonder he would become one of the most talented boxers in the sport today. 

Gold Medalist at the World Championships in 2011 and the London 2011 Olympics, he did not stop his grind there as he went on to winning ways securing hefty honors with staggering results. 

4. Dillian Whyte 

  • Date of Birth: 11 April 1988, Age: 33 years old
  • Height: 6 ft 4 in
  • Weight: 252.4lbs (114.4 kg)
  • Boxing record: Total fights – 30 , Wins – 28, Wins by KO – 19, Losses – 2

You may have heard him trash-talk to his opponents like many others. But the main difference? He keeps his promises. 

Dillian Whyte, the British professional boxer, has undoubtedly made a name for himself in quite a fashionable way. Starting his career as a professional Kickboxer and Mixed Martial artist, he certainly did bring the best out of it in the world of boxing, merging these two to create a unique and charismatic feature into his fight. 

“The Villian,” as most people refer to him, is packed with speed, unmatchable power, and the ability to put pressure on his opponents every round. 

Success has never been short to him as he got his hands on the WBC Interim Heavyweight since May 2021, the one which he had to his name from 2014 to 2020. And with multiple regional titles secured in his career, he is one of Britain’s most refined products ever to wear the boxing gloves. 

3. Deontay Wilder 

  • Date of Birth: 22 October 1985, Age: 35 years old
  • Height: 6 ft 7 in
  • Weight: 231 lbs (104.77kg)
  • Boxing record: Total fights – 44 , Wins – 42, Wins by KO – 41, Losses – 1

One of the most fearsome boxers and the hardest hitters in the game who has left his mark on his opponents’ faces to make him remember for a long time, Deontay Leshun Wilder is one of the kinds who overcomes his rivals with his unmatched intensity. 

If anyone knows how to defend a precious title like the WBC Heavyweight, it’s Wilder. He claimed the title in 2015 till 2020 with a couple of successful defenses.

Nicknamed “The Bronze Bomer” after winning a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics Heavyweight division, his record has sky-rocketed since then.

Remarkable achievements such as the three-time Premier Boxing Champion Knockout of the Year award (2016,2017,2019), a unanimous winner of the Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year (2019), and not to forget the forty-three unbeaten win streak, he has burst onto the scene with some style. 

2. Anthony Joshua 

  • Date of Birth: 15 October 1989, Age: 32
  • Height: 6 ft 6 in
  • Boxing record: Total fights – 26 , Wins – 24, Wins by KO – 22, Losses – 2
  • Weight: 240 lbs (108.8 kg)

Give this man any time or venue to prove his worth, and he surely will give you the answers. 

Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua or better know as Anthony Joshua, is a British professional boxer fighting and dominating the heavyweight category for over a decade. His hard work, dedication, most importantly, self-belief have brought him up to the point he currently is in. 

Anthony Joshua during an interview (Source: Wikimedia)

He doesn’t give up easily and still keeps his name amongst the Greats at the Top and carries his nation in the International sections. 

Some say his nature as a “not an easy giving up” guy, and if the man wants something, he will fight for it just like he did by making the WBA (Super) IBF and IBO titles to his name alongside a two-time Unified World Champion. You name it; he has won it all.

Form dropping has been speculation for the past few years, but “AJ” does what he does, hushing everyone. 

1. Tyson Fury

  • Date of Birth: 12 August 1988, Age: 33 years old
  • Height: 6 ft 9 inches
  • Boxing record: Total fights – 31 , Wins – 30, Wins by KO – 21, Losses – 2, Draws – 1
  • Weight: 256.5 lbs (116.3 kg) 

If there is one spot that rightfully belongs to him is none other than the “Gypsy King” or give you his name Tyson Luke Fury. Representing the United Kingdom, Tyson Fury is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight boxer. 

Tyson Fury, one of the greatest boxers of his generation (Source: Wikimedia)

A two-times World Heavyweight Champion, having held the WC and The King Mazagine titles since defeating Deontay Wilder in 2020, only a few dared to step up on the ring to face him. 

While one side of his life journey witnessed depression, criticism, and weight problems, the other side has seen him become the world’s undefeated Heavyweight Champion. 

A career-high of having fought in one hundred and sixty-three rounds, winning 67% of his fights by knockout, he was an unstoppable force. And with numerous titles to his name, his achievements have often been compared to the greatest in the history of boxing, Muhammad Ali

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Honorable Mentions

  • Otto Wallin 
  • Oscar Rivas 
  • Robert Helenius
  • Daniel Dubois
  • Charles Martin
  • Efe Ajagba
  • Alexander Povetkin

If ever in doubt whether they could come back from a career-ending injury or dropping of form, they always came up with an answer.

Sacrifice, stability, and constant work rate have certainly paid them. It is never easy in the ring, but it is also never impossible to showcase your hunger for the game. 

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