Dillian Whyte has moved up to #3 in the Ring magazine heavyweight rankings on the back of that crushing win over Alexander Povetkin in Gibraltar last month.
Whyte avenged that shock knockout loss to the Russian last August with a devastating performance en route to a fourth-round stoppage. He moves up a slot on the back of that win, while Povetkin falls to #8 and likely retirement at the age of 41.
Usyk a new entry
While Whyte’s move up and Povetkin’s fall means a bit of shuffling around, there is only one new entry in the latest top 10 – former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk. The Ukranian superstar is 2-0 at heavyweight after dominating at cruiser. And as the number 1 ranked WBO challenger he is set to meet Joe Joyce next for the interim title.
To make way for Usyk’s entrance into these rarified heights, Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev – crushed by Anthony Joshua last December – drops out of the top 10.
Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury remains atop the latest Ring rankings from the bible of boxing, released on March 27.
Fury became Ring king for a second time when he battered Deontay Wilder into submission via a seventh-round stoppage in Las Vegas last February.
Joshua, who Fury is expected to meet in a massive all-British unification match this year, remains at #1 in the latest rankings, while American knockout artist Wilder comes next at #2. Then it’s Whyte, rounding out the 4 acclaimed best big men in the business today. Cuban Luis Ortiz is #4, followed by Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr.
Ruiz and Parker out soon
The rankings could be set for more flux shortly, with both Parker and Ruiz Jr set for big fights on May 1.
Parker will meet Dereck Chisora in the UK, while Ruiz Jr returns after a 17-month absence against Chris Arreola in California.
Further down the top 10, Oscar Rivas sits at #9 but it appears he is likely to fight for the new WBC bridgerweight title in the coming months.