There is no change in the February updates to the WBC heavyweight rankings, but things are all set for a shake-up.
We have two huge fights on the agenda for the next few weeks, both of which could cause significant movement in the top 15.
First, Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte 2 takes place in Gibraltar on March 27. This eagerly-awaited rematch pits the current interim champion Povetkin against the #6 man Whyte.
The pair fought for the first time at Matchroom Fight Camp on August 22 last. Then Whyte was the interim king and on the verge of a title shot against Tyson Fury. He was stunned though when after having Povetkin down twice in the fourth, he was himself knocked out by a stunning uppercut in the fifth.
WBC heavyweight rankings: Povetkin vs Whyte 2
The rematch (live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the United States) has been delayed three times, due to Povetkin contracting COVID-19 and then by travel restrictions due to the pandemic. It was initially slated for November 21 last year, then January 30 and then March 6.
Whatever happens in that one, it is unlikely the winner will get a title shot any time soon. Fury will put the WBC strap on the line against big British rival Anthony Joshua in a huge unification match. That will hopefully take place in June, with an immediate rematch likely to follow.
Elsewhere in the rankings there is no change, with few of the top-15 fighters emerging from the latest COVID-19 hiatus as yet.
Deontay Wilder remains at #1 in the rankings despite not being out since that defeat by Fury last February. Joe Joyce retains his spot in the top five on the back of that sensational defeat of Daniel Dubois in London.
Parker vs Fa another cracker
Further down the list there could be changes soon with #7 Joseph Parker (27-2) facing the unbeaten Junior Fa in a huge domestic dust-up in New Zealand on November 27 (live on DAZN outside New Zealand). That is another bout delayed from late last year, this time due to a Fa injury.