JEFF POWELL: As the last undisputed champion, Lennox Lewis is STILL the greatest British heavyweight of all time… but Tyson Fury will take that title if he beats Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua

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  • Tyson Fury is reluctant to discuss his place in the heavyweight pantheon of greats
  • Who is the greatest British heavyweight now? It’s either Fury or Lennox Lewis
  • Lewis ends hundred-year drought without Britain’s world heavyweight champion
  • He is also the last undisputed heavyweight champion, although Fury will be next.
  • Fury will overtake Lewis if he can beat Alexander Usic or Anthony Joshua

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Tyson Fury was more interested in starting his vacation here at the Red Hot Weight Republic pool party than talking about where he now stands in the heavyweight pantheon.

Dancing with his wife Paris and drinking Bud Lights with his brothers in celebration of his massive world title trilogy victory was the order of the day.

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The Gypsy King is absorbed in boxing history, but has always hesitated to discuss where he might rank among the legends of the past.

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Tyson Fury is reluctant to discuss his place in the heavyweight pantheon of greats

The Gypsy King's victory over Deontay Wilder brings back memories of Muhammad Ali

The Gypsy King’s victory over Deontay Wilder brings back memories of Muhammad Ali

The battle to be crowned the best British heavyweight of all time comes down to Lennox Lewis and Fury

The battle to be crowned the best British heavyweight of all time comes down to Lennox Lewis and Fury

So when it was emphasized how his latest victory brought back memories of Muhammad Ali to many, this was Fury’s response: ‘The only thing I would say is that I believe that I I am the best heavyweight of my generation.

‘Achieving this has always been important to me. Really that’s all one can say. You cannot compare with the champions of the previous era. Leave it to the keyboard geeks.

‘There are so many great ones and I would not insult any of them by saying that I would have beaten them. Not even from those early years when he only weighed 13 stone. More than a hundred years old to Bob Fitzsimmons.’

In 1897 Cornish Bob became the first English-born fighter to win the heavyweight title, defeating the great Gentleman Jim Corbett to do so.

Which makes a question a little easier to answer, though not again by the vast of the moment.

Who is the greatest British heavyweight of all time? The root of the argument comes down to two men. Lennox Lewis or Fury?

Lewis is still the last undisputed heavyweight champion and is currently dominated by Fury.

Lewis is still the last undisputed heavyweight champion and is currently dominated by Fury.

Lewis ended Fitzsimmons’ centennial drought without the UK world heavyweight champion and became a three-time king as he dominated the pre-Klitschko era.

Fury is the vast, multi-talented force of nature and the colorful shaman who ended that long rule by Ukraine. Yet, unlike Lewis when he retired, Fury is undefeated.

Each has knocked out one of the two biggest punctures of all time. Although Mike Tyson was in the fall when he fought Lewis, while Deontay Wilder was in his dangerous prime at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.

This is as close to a call as any divided decision. Lewis is still the last undisputed heavyweight champion. Fury will soon be next.

The Gypsy King would defeat either Alexander Usik or Anthony Joshua to claim that crown.

The Gypsy King would defeat either Alexander Usik or Anthony Joshua to claim that crown.

my top five

1. Lennox Lewis

2. Tyson Fury

3. Bob Fitzsimmons

4. Frank Bruno

5. Sir Henry Cooper

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So for the time being, Lewis is indisputably approved. That decision would be reversed as soon as Fury leveled that area by defeating either Alexander Usik or Anthony Joshua.

Final Judgment will turn Fury to land his role in one of the greatest heavyweight fights of all time. and won it.

My two other nominees for the top five big Brits are the most beloved of British sports heroes.

Sir Henry Cooper came within a stroke of knocking down Ali (née Cassius Clay) in his first fight with the left hook of his ‘Enri’ with Amer’s left hook, before the parchment skin around his eyes peeled open. Had happened.

Lewis gave an almighty scare before Frank Bruno eventually clinched his world title for national joy.

Joshua, with his Olympic gold and unified WBA, IBF, WBO and fringe IBO titles, was in contention before he lost those belts to Usyk in such disappointing fashion.

British legend Sir Henry Cooper (left) confronts Muhammad Ali at Wembley in 1963

British legend Sir Henry Cooper (left) confronts Muhammad Ali at Wembley in 1963

Frank Bruno (left) in action against Joe Bugner in 1987, fourth on the list of British greats

Frank Bruno (left) in action against Joe Bugner in 1987, fourth on the list of British greats

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