WBC KING Tyson Fury is the best boxer in the world, according to former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Fury returned to the summit of the sport last February with a sensational seventh-round TKO victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas.
The Gypsy King’s Sin City’ masterclass led many to declare him the pound-for-pound king.
Nurmagomedov agrees with that notion, telling ES News: “Right now? I truly believe Tyson Fury is the best.
“Heavyweight and undefeated and he beat everybody.
“Like very close, like Canelo [Alvarez], [Oleksandr] Usyk, [Terence] Crawford, like all these guys very close.
“Like just my opinion like top like Tyson Fury right now.”
Fan favourite Fury, 32, will meet Wilder in a Sin City trilogy fight on October 9.
A blockbuster undisputed heavyweight title bout with Anthony Joshua awaits the Wythenshawe warrior should he beat The Bronze Bomber and AJ win his September showdown with Usyk.
And like most boxing fans, Nurmagomedov is eager to see the long-awaited Battle of Britain come to fruition.
He continued: “I know, I know. Like winner, they have to fight versus Tyson Fury-Wilder winner.
“Like a semifinal. But right now, I believe Tyson Fury is the best.”
The third instalment of Fury vs Wilder was due to take place in Las Vegas earlier this month but was delayed after the former caught Covid-19.
And promoter Eddie Hearn plans to pit Joshua and Fury against one another early next year should they come through their respective outings unscathed.
The Matchroom Boxing chief told iFL TV: “I think that was pretty much the case anyway.
“But fighting September 25, it’s very difficult to do a fight in December.
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” And a lot of our conversations now about the undisputed fight are end of Jan, February.
“So it probably helps. Fury might’ve wanted to do another fight in November or December.
“And then the whole thing is, like, never-ending.”