Joe Joyce remains #1 in the WBO heavyweight rankings as heavyweight boxing tiptoes back up to full speed in 2022.
‘The Juggernaut’ is expected to be out in the summer as he waits for a potential title shot at some stage in the future.
It’s expected that Usyk and Joshua will rematch in the near future, with the WBO title again on the line. But AJ may need to take an interim bout in the meantime with Usyk fighting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Former WBO king Joseph Parker is currently at number 2 in the WBO rankings – he closed out 2021 with a pair of wins over the old warhorse that is Dereck Chisora.
Sanchez hot right now
One man who seems to be rocketing up the rankings with all of the sanctioning bodies is ‘Cuban Flash’ Frank Sanchez. Now 20-0, the talented slickster opened 2022 with another victory and he looks to be a match for most in the fight game’s marquee weight class. He’s now #3 with the WBO.
Former champion Joshua currently sits at 4 in the rankings while Andy Ruiz Jr and heavy-handed young Brit Daniel Dubois occupy the next two slots.
Luis Ortiz and Michael Hunter are #7 and #8 while giant Chinese star Zhilei Zhang and Russian Evgeny Romanov round out the top 10.
Sirenko sneaks into top 15
Aussie hopeful Demsey McKean and powerful Croat Filip Hrgovic are 11 and 12 respectively, while German Agit Kabayel is in at 13. Number 14 is Ali Eren Demirezen.
The current WBO top 15 is completed by Valdyslaw Sirenko of Ukraine.
We expect the title picture to become much clearer once we get a confirmed date for Usyk vs Joshua 2. This had been expected to be late May or June 22, but obviously events in Ukraine take far greater precedence right now.