Joe Joyce continues his rise to prominence in the heavyweight ranks after moving above Oleksandr Usyk in the latest Ring magazine top 10 for August 2021.
Joyce was again impressive in stopping French veteran Carlos Takam in six rounds to move to 13-0 (12 inside distance) and become the next mandatory challenger for the WBO title currently held by Anthony Joshua. He now moves up to #9 on the Ring rankings, with Usyk dropping to #10.
Fury vs Wilder 3 for Ring belt
The Ring magazine title will be on the line next in Las Vegas on Saturday October 9 for Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3. The pair will finally lock horns in their trilogy fight at T-Mobile Arena after Wilder won a legal ruling to force the bout.
Reigning champion Fury of course had been hoping to face Ring #1 and fellow Brit Anthony Joshua for all the heavyweight marbles in Saudi Arabia on August 14. Wilder’s arbitration victory though put a stop to all those best-laid plans.
Joshua meanwhile will now defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Ring #9 Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.
If Fury and Joshua both prevail in their upcoming fights, then the drums will again start to beat loud for that potential unification battle before the end of 2021.
Terrific heavyweight schedule
The Ring rankings could be in for a big shakeup in October then, and aside from those world-title matchups there are also a string of other fascinating fights.
Unbeaten stars Filip Hrgovic and Tony Yoka are both in action in early September – against Marko Radonjic and Petar Milas respectively. Then we get Efe Ajagba vs Frank Sanchez, Robert Helenius vs Adam Kownacki 2 and Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson vs Vladimir Tereshkin on that Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard on October 9.