No sooner than Deontay Wilder had entered the WBO heavyweight rankings, he then exited them.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ of course will challenge for Tyson Fury’s WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles in Las Vegas on October 9 – so he has somewhat bigger fish to fry right now.
WBO title on line in AJ vs Usyk
The WBO title meanwhile will be on the line on September 25 when reigning champion Anthony Joshua defends against mandatory challenger and former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk. That bout is set to take place at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Sky Sports Box Office in the UK, DAZN elsewhere in the world).
Undefeated British prospect Joe Joyce remains at #2 behind Usyk in the list, and he will become the governing body’s next mandatory if he successfully overcomes Frenchman Carlos Takam in London on July 24.
Ajagba vs Sanchez a beauty
One other relatively new man on the list is undefeated Nigerian prospect Efe Ajagba (15-0). He is due to meet the #5 Frank Sanchez (18-0) in a fascinating matchup on the Fury vs Wilder undercard on October 9.
The Fury vs Wilder 3 card also has two other fascinating heavyweight matchups – as Robert Helenius rematches with Adam Kownacki and the exciting Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson meets Vladimir Tereshkin.
Two other top-15 WBO men in action soon are unbeaten Croatian Filip Hrgovic (12-0) and 2016 Olympic champion Tony Yoka (10-0).
Hrgovic meets the 22-0 ‘Montenegro Hammer’ Marko Radonjic in Klagenfurt, Austria while Frenchman Yoka locks horns with another Croatian – 15-0 Petar Milas – on home soil in Paris. Both those bouts will go down on Friday September 10, a cracking night for the heavyweight scene.