Who are heavyweight duo Joshua and Wilder’s biggest threats?

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Dillian Whyte’s career-best victory over Joseph Parker on Saturday in London proved beyond doubt that Britain has a further contender capable of threatening the reigning world heavyweight champions.

Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder remain the division’s leading figures, but where Tyson Fury was once considered the only rival with the ability to overcome them, promising alternatives have since emerged.

With the heavyweight division potentially entering another glamorous era, Press Association explores the landscape.

The champions

Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin – Press Conference – Wembley Stadium
Anthony Joshua fights Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on September 22 (John Walton/PA)

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America’s Deontay Wilder, 32, is the reigning WBC heavyweight champion (Dave Thompson/PA)

The leading contenders

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Dillian Whyte defeated former WBO champion Joseph Parker in his finest victory to date (Nick Potts/PA)

Oleksandr Usyk
The gifted Ukrainian, 31, this month became the first cruiserweight to hold all four world titles when he outclassed Russia’s Murat Gassiev in the final of the World Boxing Super Series. Despite having a significant size disadvantage, his talents are such that he is already considered a future world heavyweight title challenger and could prove the biggest threat to the reigning champions. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already discussed a fight with him, suggesting it is a case of when and not if they will fight; he would have a greater chance of success if he makes a slower transition into the heavyweight division.

Tyson Fury v Sefer Seferi – Manchester Arena
The undefeated Tyson Fury eased past Sefer Seferi in his comeback fight in Manchester (Nick Potts/PA)

The best of British

It is not just at the top of the heavyweight division that British boxing has the greatest presence; there are further fighters close to establishing – or re-establishing – themselves among the leading contenders, and others who are expected to join them.

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Dereck Chisora secured his finest ever victory against Carlos Takam to revive his career (Nick Potts/PA)

Sam Sexton v Hughie Fury – Macron Stadium
Hughie Fury, the younger cousin of Tyson, has also fought for a world title, losing narrowly (Dave Thompson/PA)

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Joe Joyce has made a promising start to his career, which is being guided by David Haye (Nick Potts/PA)

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Daniel Dubois has won his first eight professional contests and has a growing reputation (Steven Paston/PA)

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