Trevor Bryan is ‘other’ heavyweight world champ alongside Tyson Fury and Usyk

When Oleksandr Usyk outclassed Anthony Joshua to stand at the top of the heavyweight division last month, he joined Tyson Fury as the division's top champion.

However, there is a third man who is stood on the mountain alongside Usyk and Fury – Trevor Bryan, the WBA (Regular) Champion.

Bryan's name isn't often mentioned alongside the heavy hitters of the division, and it's often forgotten that the 32-year-old is also a heavyweight champion.

And with Bryan still undefeated, like his two contemporaries, Daily Star Sport takes a look at the career, so far, of the forgotten WBA (Regular) Heavyweight Champion.

Unlike all the other belts, the WBA has two champions – the 'Regular' champion and the 'Super' champion.

The WBA is the oldest of the belts on offer.

However, if a fighter wins the WBA Championship, and then goes on to win any of the IBF, WBC or WBO belts, they get moved up to the mantle of 'Super Champion' with a regular champion now vacant.

When Wladimir Klitschko started to unify the various belts of the heavyweight division, he created this exact situation.

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The championship, however, doesn't have the greatest track record.

Alexander Povetkin was the inaugural WBA (Regular) Champion, but after he lost to Super Champion Klitschko, he was stripped of the belt.

Ruslan Chagaev then picked up the mantle, but he lost it to Australian Lucas Browne.

Browne, however, failed a drugs test, reinstating Chagaev as the champion, but he was then stripped of the belt for failing to pay the sanctioning fees.

Manuel Charr was next to win the vacant belt, but after 38 months without a defence, he was declared 'Champion in Recess', and the belt was vacated.

And that brings us to Bryan.

The 32-year-old beat BJ Flores – in 2018 – to pick up the mantle of Interim champion.

It was Bryan's 20th win in 20 bouts, and when he stopped Flores via TKO in the fourth, it was his 14th win via KO.

However, after Charr was declared champion in recess, Bryan had a chance to win the actual belt when squared off with Bermane Stiverne in January this year.

It was Bryan's first bout since his 2018 triumph, but he still came out on top in the eleventh via TKO.

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Over the summer, Bryan revealed that he was the mandatory for Joshua's then WBC title, as the second-ranked fighter in the division behind the champion.

“I am the 'regular' WBA heavyweight champion. I’m ranked number one to defend against the 'super' WBA heavyweight champion in Anthony Joshua," Bryan told WorldBoxingNews.

"I’m so excited to be in a position to fight him.

"We know that Usyk is ranked number for the WBO heavyweight championship to face Anthony Joshua, but the winner of that fight must face me as a mandatory."

With Usyk now the 'Super' champion, he can expect a bout with Bryan in the near future.

The 'Super' and 'Regular' Champions haven't met since Povetkin and Klitschko in 2011.

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