TYSON FURY has re-affirmed his position at the top of Ring Magazine’s official heavyweight rankings.
The Gypsy King is the proud owner of that belt, so naturally sits at the top of the tree.
And there are no surprises who is ranked as the No1 contender – Fury’s big Brit rival Anthony Joshua.
The pair have agreed to two fights next year – but they are still to thrash out the finer details.
Fury has told Joshua to “grow a pair” and set up the world heavyweight unification fight in December if his Deontay Wilder rematch is KO’d.
The WBC champ delivered the brutal blow on BT Sport after watching Daniel Dubois’ second-round takedown of Dutchman Ricardo Snijders.
AJ holds the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts.
Deontay Wilder, who Fury battered from pillar to post in February to claim the WBC strap, is ranked No2.
And completing the top three is Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin, who has leapt above Dillian Whyte after knocking out the Brit last weekend.
Following fourth-placed Whyte is Cuban old-timer Luis Ortiz.
Andy Ruiz Jr, who of course shocked the world when he KO’d Joshua back in June 2019, is sixth, with former WBA champ Joseph Parker seventh.
Eighth is Michael Hunter and ninth is Oscar Rivas.
And completing the top ten is Bulgarian veteran Kubrat Pulev, who will fight Joshua in December.
Boxing fans, both at home and abroad, are eager for Fury and AJ to step in the ring together.
But both men have other commitments first, with Fury in line for a third fight against Wilder on December 19 and Joshua taking on mandatory IBF challenger Pulev.
And The Gypsy King has now called on his rival to “grow a pair” and thrash out an arrangement should their current commitments fall through.
Fury said on BT Sport: “If Wilder doesn’t happen, let’s do Joshua in December. Let’s get it on. I’m ready to go now, I’d have fought him in that ring tonight.
“I’d still kick his a***, any time of the day. Hopefully they grow a pair and want to fight the Gypsy King.
Grow a pair, come see the champ, and I’ll sort you all out
“If I was in their position, I’d have had my chance at glory to go to America and fight Wilder.
“But they didn’t take it and I had to come out of retirement set about him a couple of times – take the No1 spot, take all the glory.
“He must be sitting down thinking ‘that could have been me’. But it wasn’t. It’s their own fault.
“Grow a pair, come see the champ, and I’ll sort you all out. I’m just waiting here patiently.
“No fights on the horizon, training like a lunatic, running up mountains, I’ve become a human racehorse.
“I’m looking forward to all challenges, whatever they are bring them to the Gypsy King and I’ll deal with them, in exciting fashion.”