The muddy waters of the WBA heavyweight boxing rankings are at least a little clearer following the showdown between Trevor Bryan and Bermane Stiverne on January 29.
After a crazy week (who would expect anything less with Don King involved) which saw Mahmoud Charr ruled out due to travel restrictions, Stiverne stepped in to face Bryan in California.
Bryan (now 21-0) duly notched the victory experts expected with an 11th-round stoppage after what was a pretty decent scrap in the circumstances.
WBA Rankings: Bryan now interim champion
Trevor is the interim champion and the mandatory challenger for the title currently held by Britain’s Anthony Joshua, while Charr becomes the Champion In Recess, whatever that means.
Any notion of Bryan (or anybody else for that matter) getting a shot at Joshua anytime soon would appear to be a long shot.
AJ of course is currently preparing for a blockbusting unification match with fellow Brit Tyson Fury – likely in June.
The pair have already agreed the financial structure of a two-fight deal, with an immediate rematch expected to follow their June clash. So the heavyweight titles are currently wrapped up for some time yet, with the WBA boys on the outside looking in.
Dinu the big mover
The big mover in the latest WBA heavyweight rankings was Romanian Bogdan Dinu (20-2), who rocketed up to the #3 spot from a previous #9. This despite having only a stoppage win over unheralded Frank Bluemie in Bulgaria in October to show for his efforts during the past 15 months.
Further down the list, the aforementioned Stiverne cracks the top 15 at #11, while Swede Otto Wallin is another newcomer in those rarified heights at #15. Wallin was due to face Dominic Breazeale in a stepping stone fight on February 20.
Oleksandr Usyk remains unchanged at #2, though he is expected to fight Joe Joyce in April with the position as WBO mandatory challenger on the line (a position he already holds).
Deontay Wilder meanwhile drops one place to #4 as the surging Dinu stakes his previous position.
Further down the list, unbeaten German Agit Kabayel is a new entry at #10 while Michael Hunter drops for #12. Also falling out of the top 15 are Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora. They lost to Joshua and Usyk and respectively late last year.