WBO Heavyweight Rankings

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Boxer

Oleksandr Usyk
UKR
21-0 (14)
Joe Joyce
GBR
16-2 (15)
Joseph Parker
NZL
35-3 (23)
Frank Sanchez
CUB
24-0 (17)
Anthony Joshua
GBR
28-3 (25)
Andy Ruiz Jr.
MEX
35-2 (22)
Daniel Dubois
GBR
20-2 (19)
Luis Ortiz
CUB
33-3 (28)
Michael Hunter
USA
21-1-2 (15)
Zhilei Zhang
CHN
26-2-1 (21)
Evgeny Romanov
RUS
19-0 (12)
Demsey McKean
AUS
22-1 (14)
Filip Hrgovic
HRV
17-0 (14)
Agit Kabayel
DEU
24-0 (16)
Ali Eren Demirezen
TUR
17-1 (12)
Valdyslaw Sirenko
UKR
19-0 (16)

Joe Joyce moved closer to a world heavyweight title shot by claiming the WBO interim title with a brilliant victory over former champion Joseph Parker in Manchester.

The 37-year-old Joyce (15-0 with 14 wins inside distance) is a man in a hurry to reach the very top of the heavyweight mountain, and he took another giant step towards that goal with his finest performance yet.

Joyce (271lbs) was just too much for Parker as he walked through everything Joseph could threw at him in a bruising slugfest.

Parker was cut over the right eye as the fight entered the second half, and despite back-and-forth action it was Joyce who was landing the more damaging punches.

The end, when it came, was fantastic as Joyce landed a devastating left hook in Round 11 to close the show in some style.

Joyce now mandatory for Usyk

Joyce is now the mandatory challenger for the title currently held by Oleksandr Usyk. Usyk of course had defended his title with a rematch victory over Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in August.

There had been hope that IBF, WBA and WBO champion Usyk would face WBC and lineal king Tyson Fury next in a huge unification showdown. That bout would crown the sport’s first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis back in 1999.

Usyk though apparently wants to wait until 2023 for that showdown to let his body recover from the Joshua rematch. Fury instead is now trying to finalise a massive December 3 showdown with huge domestic rival Joshua.