The WBC heavyweight rankings are set for a major shake-up at the very top with the hallowed green belt on the line soon for the first time in well over a year – and August’s latest list brought some early tweaks with Joe Joyce moving up to #3.
‘The Juggernaut’ leapfrogs above Luis Ortiz and Joseph Parker from #5 after an impressive performance to stop French warhorse Carlos Takam in London in late July.
Above Joe, the order remains as was with champion Tyson Fury, interim title holder Dillian Whyte and then Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr filling the #1 and #2 slots.
Fury vs Wilder 3 on October 9 for WBC belt
The WBC belt of course will be on the line next month for the first time in well over a year when Fury and Wilder lock horns finally in their trilogy fight in Las Vegas. T-Mobile Arena on Saturday October 9 is the landing spot.
Wilder won an arbitration ruling over his collapsed trilogy fight with Fury in 2020. The ruling stipulated Fury must fight Wilder again before September 15.
Ajagba vs Sanchez a stellar matchup
We are heading into a big few weeks in the heavyweight scene. Before we even get to AJ/Usyk and Fury vs Wilder 3 we have WBC #9 and #10 contenders Filip Hrgovic and Tony Yoka in action. And both on the same night – Friday September 10.
Hrgovic (12-0) meets fellow unbeaten prospect Marko Radonjic (22-0) in Klagenfurt, Austria (live on DAZN) while Yoka (10-0) meets 15-0 Croat Petar Milas in Paris.
The Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard in Vegas on October 9 also has pretty of heavyweight intrigue.
The highlight will be the meeting of unbeaten prospects Efe Ajagba and Frank Sanchez. They are currently ranked #8 and #11 by the WBC.
Adam Kownacki and Robert Helenius are not currently in the WBC top 15, but their rematch the same night will have a bearing on what happens next in the division. American prospect Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson meanwhile continues his education against Vladimir Tereshkin.
There is one other new entry to the top 15 this month with Canada-based Russian Arslanbek Makhmudov cracking the list at #12.