WBO Heavyweight Rankings

Oleksandr Usyk
19-0 (13)
Joe Joyce
13-0 (12)
Joseph Parker
29-2 (21)
Andy Ruiz Jr.
34-2 (22)
Anthony Joshua
24-2 (22)
Frank Sanchez
19-0 (13)
Michael Hunter
20-1-2 (14)
Luis Ortiz
32-2-2 (27)
Zhilei Zhang
22-0-1 (17)
Daniel Dubois
17-1 (16)
Evgeny Romanov
15-0 (11)
Demsey McKean
18-0 (12)
Filip Hrgovic
14-0 (12)
Agit Kabayel
21-0 (13)
Tony Yoka
11-0 (9)
Ali Eren Demirezen
14-1 (11)

It’s official – Joe Joyce is now #1 in the WBO heavyweight rankings in the aftermath of Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk.

Usyk and Joyce had been 1 and 2 before the Ukrainian mandatory challenger ended Anthony’s second reign as world heavyweight champion with a stunning points victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.

The former cruiserweight king (now 19-0) was just brilliant as he completely outboxed AJ in front of a passionate home crowd of more than 65,000 in London.

Usyk champion, Joyce up to #1

Usyk now moves up to champion status of course after claiming the WBO belt as well as the IBF and WBA straps. That also means Joyce moves up to #1 and is the new mandatory challenger for a shot at the title.

Joyce of course may need to wait a while for his shot – Usyk has the small matter of a contracted rematch vs Joshua early next year. So it is likely to be late 2022 or into 2023 before ‘The Juggernaut’ fights for the strap.

Joshua drops back in at #4

Joshua of course is not out of the heavyweight title picture at all. Like we said, he’ll get his shot at redemption for a second time early next year – either in London or Kiev. AJ remember quickly regained his titles once before when he outpointed Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019, six months after losing the belts in a shocking upset at Madison Square Garden. He slots back into the rankings at #4 after losing champion status.

Frank Sanchez remains at #5 after a technically flawless performance to defeat fellow unbeaten prospect Efe Ajagba in their showdown on the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 undercard in Las Vegas. ‘The Cuban Flash’ was just that at T-Mobile Arena, with his slick skills leaving the heavy-handed Ajagba unable to pull the trigger. The Nigerian drops out of the top 15 as a result.

While Joyce assumes the #1 slot, there is another British star also cracking the top 15 this month in the shape of Daniel Dubois (17-1). He has come back strong after that devastating first pro loss to Joyce in November 2020 – making short work of Bogdan Dinu and Joe Cusumano. ‘Dynamite’ enters the list at #9.

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