From Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua - Sport360's top five heavyweight boxers

Sport360 staff 11/04/2016

Champion: Tyson Fury (UK)

Record: 25-0-0

(18 KOs)

Title: WBO, WBA

Fury beat Klitschko, who was the man. He is the true heavy-weight champion of the world.

1. Wladimir Klitschko (UKR)

Record: 64-4-0

(53 KOs)

Rematches Fury on July 9 in Manchester. Previously ruled for a decade.

2. Alexander Povetkin (RUS)

Record: 30-1-0 (22 KOs)

Won four on the spin since only loss to Klitschko. Solid resume, challenges Wilder on May 21 in Moscow.

3. Deontay Wilder (USA)

Record: 36-0-0 (35 KOs)

Title: WBC

Explosive but lacks quality foes. Best win over Bermane Stiverne. Povetkin will be a good yardstick.

4. Luis Ortiz (CUB)

Record: 25-0-0 (22 KOs)

Known as ‘The Real King Kong’, the Cuban smashed Bryant Jennings to reach No1 in the WBA rankings. A serious threat.

5. Anthony Joshua (UK)

Record: 16-0-0 (16KO)

Title: IBF

Making it all look so easy. If he keeps winning he’ll become a global star.


David Haye (UK)

Record: 27-25-2-0

(25 KOs)

Plans to fight Arnold Gjergjaj and then Shannon Briggs. That tells you he only really has eyes on a big pay day versus Joshua.

Joseph Parker (NZL)

Record: 18-0-0 (16 KOs)

Untested Kiwi fights

Carlos Takam in an eliminator for a shot at Joshua’s IBF belt. Could well be an opponent in the near future.


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Fights that could tempt Pacquiao out of retirement

Sport360 staff 11/04/2016
Manny Pacquiao's potential opponents.

Manny Pacquiao admitted he was “50-50” about retirement after bidding farewell to boxing on Saturday with a vintage performance to defeat longtime rival Tim Bradley.

The 37-year-old had promised to deliver an explosive display and did not disappoint the 14,665 fans who had crammed into the MGM Grand Garden Arena to catch what may have been the final curtain call for an icon.

Pacquiao, the only man to capture world titles in eight different weight divisions, produced flashes of brilliance and knocked down Bradley twice on his way to a unanimous decision in this welterweight duel.

It was the sort of performance many believed could persuade him to prolong his career.

Following the win, Sport360 has taken a look at four worthy opponents who Pacquiao could be tempted to come out of retirement to fight.

There’d be an outcry, but enough people would still buy it. Neither could make as much money fighting anyone else.

Freddie Roach says 140lbs is Manny’s optimum weight. The man there is talented Top Rank stable mate Crawford.

Would mean stepping back up to light-middleweight, but would be a box office smash. Pacquiao has never lacked bravery.

Excelled at 140lbs and now has a belt at 147lbs. Needs a big name opponent to give his career a lift and Manny would fit the bill.

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Manny Pacquiao beats Timothy Bradley on points in final fight

Sport360 staff 10/04/2016
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Pacquiao acknowledges the crowd.

All three judges scored the bout 116-111 as the Filipino delighted the 14,665 strong crowd in Las Vegas.

He knocked his opponent down to the canvas three times in what was a dominant performance from Pacquiao who will now hang up his gloves in pursuit of a career in politics in his homeland.

It was the third time the two fighters have met in the ring, Pacquiao winning twice and Bradley once.

Pacquiao confirmed his retirement from fighting after the fight.

“Yes, as of now I am retired,” said Pacquiao. “I am going to go home and think about it, but I want to be with my family. I want to serve the people (of the Philippines).

“I have a commitment to my family that I am going to retire after this but I don’t know. Maybe I will enjoy being a retired man and helping the people. Thank you to all the fans in boxing, especially Filipinos. I appreciate all of your help and support.”

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