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Tyson Fury’s dad believes his son is Britain’s best ever boxer

Is Tyson Fury the best fighter ever from the United Kingdom? He’s got at least one vote.

Tyson Fury Media Workout Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Is Tyson Fury the best heavyweight in the world today? Pretty much everyone agrees that he is. Is he the greatest British fighter of all-time?

That’s a much deeper question, but Fury’s dad John — who may be a tad biased, admittedly — believes that his son has already achieved that.

“My boy is not only the greatest heavyweight in the world right now but the best British fighter ever,” John said.

The 31-year-old Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) has achieved quite a lot. He’s the consensus No. 1 heavyweight in the sport in 2020, just as he was at the end of 2015, before he eventually left the sport until 2018.He’s held every major title you can hold — WBA, IBF, WBO, currently the WBC — though not at the same time. His LINEAL!!! claim either dates back to his 2015 win over Wladimir Klitschko or started again on Feb. 22 when he stopped Deontay Wilder, depending on whom you ask.

But the best ever? EVER ever?

For what it’s worth, BoxRec as of this very moment have Fury ranked No. 23 all-time, pound-for-pound, among British fighters.

He is behind Joe Calzaghe, Randolph Turpin, Lennox Lewis, Ricky Hatton, Naseem Hamed, Carl Froch, Len Harvey, Jack “Kid” Berg, Ernie Roderick, Seaman Tommy Watson, Herol Graham, Lloyd Honeyghan, Ted Kid Lewis, Tom Smith, Jock McAvoy, Jimmy Wilde, Johnny Nelson, Terry Downes, Nel Tarleton, Brian Curvis, Freddie Mills, and Arthur Danahar.

The only heavyweight ranked over him is Lennox, and the next-closes is David Haye (No. 39), and Haye was really better as a cruiserweight, so if you don’t count Haye, it’s Henry Akinwande at No. 43. (Anthony Joshua is No. 49, if you’re wondering, behind Bruce Woodcock at 46 and Henry Cooper at 48.)

Anyway, point is, I don’t care about this, but it’s content, so you can talk about it if you want!

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