2015 - Dillian Whyte Ring Mag 2016 #10 Ring Mag 2017 #8 Ring Mag 2018 #4 Ring Mag 2019 #4 Ring Mag 2020 #4 2016 - Charles Martin 2016 - Dominic Breazeale Ring Mag 2017 #9 2016 - Eric Molina 2017 - Klitschko Ring Mag 2005 #8 Ring Mag 2006 #1 Ring Mag 2007 #1 Ring Mag 2008 #1 Ring Mag 2009 Champion Ring Mag 2010 Champion Ring Mag 2011 Champion Ring Mag 2012 Champion Ring Mag 2013 Champion Ring Mag 2014 Champion Ring Mag 2015 #1 Ring Mag 2016 #1 2017 - Takam 2018 - Parker Ring Mag 2016 #6 Ring Mag 2017 #3 Ring Mag 2018 #7 Ring Mag 2019 #8 Ring Mag 2020 #7 2018 - Povetkin Ring Mag 2007 #10 Ring Mag 2008 #4 Ring Mag 2009 #2 Ring Mag 2010 #3 Ring Mag 2011 #2 Ring Mag 2012 #2 Ring Mag 2013 #2 Ring Mag 2014 #1 Ring Mag 2015 #2 Ring Mag 2017 #4 Ring Mag 2018 #6 Ring Mag 2019 #7 Ring Mag 2020 #3 2019 - Ruiz x2 Ring Mag 2016 #9 Ring Mag 2017 #7 Ring Mag 2019 #6 Ring Mag 2020 #6 2020 - Pulev Ring Mag 2011 #10 Ring Mag 2012 #4 Ring Mag 2013 #1 Ring Mag 2014 #4 Ring Mag 2015 #4 Ring Mag 2016 #3 Ring Mag 2017 #6 Ring Mag 2018 #10 When people talk about AJs resume and constantly taking the toughest fights, this is not true. Whyte - Possible his best win to date, brutal KO of a genuine top 5 contender for last 5 years. Martin/Breazeale/Molina - bar one entry for Breazeale non of these are world class fighter's. Joshua won his title fairly early in his career, so maybe can be excused for easier learning fights. However, as a belt holder these are poor defences. Klitschko - An ATG, dominated from mid naughties to 2014. While he turned up in good shape for the fight, no man in their prime in late noughties can reverse the effects of time and fight a career best performance almost 10 years later. However, with Fury out of action, Klitschko was the no 1 ranked fighter by ring magazine at the time so a KO win is a solid performance. Takam - A fight a belt holder should receive little credit for. A tough and durable but limited fighter with no noteworthy wins. Parker - A solid win although in truth a boring fight, not helped by the referee. A solid top 10 opponent in his prime, whether you like his style or not. Povetkin - Similar to Wlad. You cannot argue the man's not a classy fighter and while he went on to get notable wins after the loss to AJ, not in his prime. Still a solid top 10 guy at the time and AJ finished him in style with a decent stoppage. Ruiz - A lower top 10 fighter. Not a massive shock on paper a top 10 fighter beating AJ. AJ then rematched a shadow of the Ruiz that stopped him earlier that year. Little credit for the rematch win due to Ruizs horrible conditioning for the fight. Pulev - similar story to Wlad and Povetkin but to a greater degree. A former top 10 guy dropping out 2 years before their fight. 6 or 7 years past his prime by the time of the fight. Had this victory come 4 years earlier it would have been much greater. Notable top 10 fighters missing: Luis Ortiz Ring Mag 2015 #5 Ring Mag 2016 #4 Ring Mag 2017 #5 Ring Mag 2018 #5 Ring Mag 2019 #5 Ring Mag 2020 #5 Age has started to show its effects of Ortiz. I imagine this is the kind of guy AJ would fight in 2023, and should have fought instead of the dead wood in 2016. Then the obvious Usyk, Wilder and Fury. For AJ to be considered a great, the above 3 fights have to happen in the next 12 - 18 months. These fighter's will start to show significant signs of deterioration over the next few years and so far most of AJs wins over stars have come well beyond their primes. Beat the above and he will have cleared out all the best names of his era. Not fight a prime Fury or Wilder and he will go down as someone who avoided the best and fought names after their primes. Fury on the other hand has so few top 10 names on his resume, but has wins over a dominant Klitschko the best fighter in the division at the time. He also has a draw and win over Wilder a top 3 hw in his prime.