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 leading contenders
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.
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.