Tony Bellew has told talkSPORT he believes Tyson Fury is the best heavyweight in the world today, while Deontay Wilder is technically one of the worst champions of all time.
The retired ex-WBC cruiserweight king, who also moved up to heavyweight and beat David Haye twice, was at one stage in the frame to face both Wilder and Fury, but instead unsuccessfully challenged Oleksandr Usyk before retiring last year.
On Saturday night, Britain’s ‘lineal’ champion knocked out the overmatched Tom Schwarz in two rounds to make a statement on his Las Vegas debut.
Examining one of his old divisions, Bellew told talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast: “You can’t make no mistake here, Tyson Fury is technically the best heavyweight on the planet by a country mile.
“He’s the best boxer of them all. It’s just certain things that he lacks like pure brute power and force of someone like an Anthony Joshua.
“But, as we’ve seen recently, that can be beaten by other things – by timing and punch variety.
“Each heavyweight has a flaw. Tyson Fury goes down, but he gets up as we’ve seen. He can never be wrote off.”
Less than a month prior to Fury’s win over Schwarz, Wilder made another defence of his WBC title by brutally blasting out Dominic Breazeale in the first round, despite being momentarily shaken himself.
“They all have their flaws,” Bellew continued, “Deontay Wilder technically is probably the worst heavyweight champion of all time.
“He’s a one-trick pony, but don’t get me wrong, it’s a hell of a trick.
“If that trick hits you, you wake up in an ambulance. It’s as simple as that.
“No-one’s flawless in the heavyweight division, we don’t have a modern-day Muhammad Ali.
“But we have some really, really good fighters and at the moment Tyson Fury is probably the best of them.”
When they first met in December, many felt Fury did enough to beat Wilder, though the fight was ultimately scored a draw.
Surprisingly, when the WBC ordered a rematch, it was the Brit who withdrew to pursue his new co-promotional deal with Top Rank/ESPN, and the pair are now on a collision course to meet in early 2020 instead.
Regarding the likely second fight, Bellew stated: “As long as he’s standing, Deontay Wilder is dangerous.
“He’s probably the most destructive puncher since Mike Tyson – with one punch. He’s that powerful, he really is…
“There’s not a fighter in the world who can stand in trade with Deontay Wilder in my opinion.
“You have to nail him, move, make him miss now and again, and Tyson Fury did that in the first fight.
“I thought Tyson Fury beat him the first time round.”