Daniel Dubois is now #1 in the WBA heavyweight rankings with the interim champion tag in his back pocket as well after destroying Bogdan Dinu on June 5.
‘Dynamite’ (16-1) made a successful comeback after sustaining a horrific eye injury in his first professional defeat at the hands of Joe Joyce last November. He blasted out Dinu inside two rounds to show that he is absolutely back.
Joshua vs Usyk has WBA belt on the line
Anthony Joshua of course remains the super champion and he is set to put that belt – along with this IBF and WBO straps – against Oleksandr Usyk at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday September 25. That after his planned August 14 showdown with Tyson Fury was scuppered by Deontay Wilder winning a legal ruling to force a trilogy bout with Fury instead.
Dinu and Wilder both drop out of the top 15 for now, allowing Cuban Luis Ortiz to move into the top three behind Dubois and Usyk.
Further down the list there are big movers with Charles Martin up to #5 from #8, Agit Kabayel now #7 from #10 Michael Hunter rising from #12 to #6 (he is due to fight Mike Wilson in what is being billed as a WBA final eliminator on August 14).
Kownacki set for Helenius rematch
Brooklyn-based Pole Adam Kownacki is #8 on the list but we expect that to change if he can avenge his sole pro defeat so far when he rematches Robert Helenius on the Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard in Las Vegas on July 24.
There is another major match affecting the WBA rankings on the same card, as #11 Efe Ajagba and #12 Frank Sanchez meet in a tantalising clash of two unbeaten prospects.
Another promising heavyweight out on July 24 is Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson (9-0). He continues his big-time education with a showdown against Vladimir Tereshkin. That is again on a stacked Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard.