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Johnny Nelson picks his top 10 world heavyweights

Has Anthony Joshua broken into Johnny Nelson's heavyweight top 10 after winning the IBF title at the weekend?

The Sky Sports expert did not include Joshua in his last top 10, leaving him just outside his heavyweight list at No 12.

But Nelson has updated his rankings after Joshua knocked out Charles Martin to claim the IBF belt on Saturday night.

10: Bryant Jennings 19-2

Bryant Jennings, Wladimir Klitschko
Image: Bryant Jennings pushed Wladimir Klitschko in a point defeat

Jennings has moved a place down from my original top 10, because he was taken out by Luis Ortiz in the seventh round. But he's experienced and I would still keep him in there. I do think, potentially for AJ, he would be a good learning fight.  

9: Bermane Stiverne 25-2-1

Bermane Stiverne Chris Arreola WBC world heavyweight championship
Image: Bermane Stiverne stopped Chris Arreola to start a brief reign as WBC champion

He's another possible opponent for Joshua. With his hand speed, he reminds me of a Tony Tubbs style of fighter. I think he deserves this position and he's dangerous - remember that he knocked out Chris Arreola. Stiverne has the skill and the punch power to go with it.

8: Kubrat Pulev 22-1

Kubrat Pulev
Image: Kubrat Pulev is rebuilding his reputation after a stoppage defeat by Wladimir Klitschko

Pulev has got a big fight coming up with Dereck Chisora for the European title. No disrespect to Dereck, but I think that will tell us if Pulev deserves to stay in the top 10. It's not just about beating Dereck Chisora, it's about how he does it. Dereck is a tough dude.  

7: Anthony Joshua 16-0 (IBF champion)

Anthony Joshua
Image: Anthony Joshua ripped the IBF title from Charles Martin

I did not have Anthony Joshua in the top 10 at all, but now I've got him in there. It's because of that performance, because of the title he's collected, and because of his potential. Charles Martin is getting a lot of stick, but we had not seen much of him beforehand. It was not about Martin not being good enough, it was down to Joshua being so much better. Even though on paper they looked similar, Joshua showed he was a level above a guy who was considered a champion.

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6: David Haye 27-2

David Haye
Image: Former WBA champion David Haye is hoping to regain a world title

The only reason I've put David Haye a place above Joshua, is because it's this year. If you ask me the same question next year, he won't be there. Haye is a crafty cat and got rid of his man in that comeback performance. I think he might know enough to hustle Anthony into a mouse trap, just now. That's why if they fought now, I would lean towards Haye. But next year I would lean towards Joshua, because he will probably get two fights in this year and will grow as champion.

5: Alexander Povetkin 30-1

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 4: Alexander Povetkin poses during the official weigh in at the Atrium shopping centre on October 4, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Phot
Image: Alexander Povetkin will challenge WBC champion Deontay Wilder in Moscow in May

Povetkin is preparing to face WBC champion Deontay Wilder and this will show if my positions for Haye and Wilder are correct. At the moment I cannot change my reasoning for putting Povetkin here. He's schooled, he's experienced, and his only loss was to Wladimir Klitschko. That defeat to Klitschko has raised questions, because it was so easy, and the fight with Wilder will show whether he should slip down the rankings.

4: Deontay Wilder 36-0 (WBC champion)

Deontay Wilder knocks out Artur Szpilka in the 9th round
Image: Deontay Wilder endured a difficult night before finding a punch to beat Artur Szpilka in January

I'm a fan of Deontay Wilder, but since winning the title I think his performances have got too safe. Before he was wild by name and wild by nature. I just think now he's calmed down and wants to preserve what he's got, that WBC belt. That risk factor that he had about him, seems to have slipped away.

3: Luis Ortiz 25-0

Luis Ortiz (R) is a big southpaw on the rise
Image: Luis Ortiz enhanced his fearsome reputation with a stoppage win over Tony Thompson

I have moved Ortiz above Wilder in my list. This man is avoided like the plague. Ortiz can punch, he's a southpaw, and people are trying their hardest not to talk about him or mention his name. I'm hearing that he has been offered to quite a lot of the top 10 and people just develop amnesia or deaf ears.

2: Wladimir Klitschko 64-4

Wladimir Klitschko is disconsolate after defeat to Tyson Fury
Image: Wladimir Klitschko will try to avenge his points loss to Tyson Fury in July

The top two positions have not changed. The rematch between Wladimir and Fury is going to take place in the UK, which tells me that the backers of Klitschko are losing a little faith. For him to come away from Germany to fight in England, it's a massive set-up in Germany and a lot of money can be made in just the production itself over there. But for them to let him - and it's not like he had no choice - come to England does sound like they are throwing him to the wolves. Was it a blip, was it a miscalculation? I don't think it was. I don't think he can perform any better, but Fury can.

1: Tyson Fury 25-0 (WBA and WBO champion)

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28:  Tyson Fury celebrates with belts as he defeats Wladimir Klitschko to
Image: Tyson Fury remains the No 1 fighter in the heavyweight division

My only worry is this. With the time off, when you're the hunter it makes all the difference and Fury was the hunter in their first fight. Now he's had time off as champion. What has he been doing in that time? Has he been training and has he stayed focused? Does he still drink, eat, sleep Wladimir Klitschko? I don't know. There are questions about both of the top two, but they are still the two top dogs and nothing has happened to prove otherwise. Fury deserves his No 1 spot. 

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