Wilder v Fury preview: Bookies agree with Lennox Lewis’ heavyweight rankings

Leigh Copson:

Anthony Joshua may hold the most world heavyweight titles at this time, but according to boxing legend Lennox Lewis the two best heavyweights on the planet are going head-to-head this weekend when Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury face off in their long-awaited rematch.

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Wilder and Fury fought to a controversial draw back in December 2018 and have made fight fans wait for the rematch, but these two heavyweight stars will finally share the same ring for the second time on Saturday night and former undisputed champion Lennox Lewis believes those in attendance, and those watching on television, will be witnessing a bout between the top two heavyweights on the planet.

“Right now the top man is Deontay because of how he looked in his last two fights,” Lewis told Sky Sports News. “Both of these guys are number one and number two. Arguably, number one and number two – it can be switched either way. On Saturday they get the chance to prove to the world who is number one and who is number two.”

Some will question the motives behind Lewis’ comments – he has had a war of words with Joshua in recent years and was branded a “clown’ by the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion – but there can be no disputing that the former undisputed king has the credentials to make such a claim, and the bookmakers agree with Lewis’ claim.

Wilder and Fury are both men odds-on favourites for potential showdowns with Joshua further down the line.

Fury’s US promoters have revealed that a unification clash with Joshua could take place before the end of 2020 if their man topples ‘The Bronze Bomber’ on Saturday night, and bookmaker William Hill believes Fury would come out on top if the two men met.

Fury is a 4/6 favourite for a potential domestic super-fight with Joshua, who is considered a 6/5 underdog, while Wilder is a slight 4/5 favourite should he go on to face the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion later this year. Joshua is available at 10/11.

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