WBO Heavyweight Rankings

Rank
Boxer
Nationality
Record
C
Anthony Joshua
GBR
24-1 (22)
#1
Oleksandr Usyk
UKR
18-0 (13)
#2
Joe Joyce
GBR
13-0 (12)
#3
Joseph Parker
NZL
29-2 (21)
#4
Andy Ruiz Jr.
MEX
34-2 (22)
#5
Frank Sanchez
CUB
18-0 (13)
#6
Michael Hunter
USA
20-1-1 (14)
#7
Luis Ortiz
CUB
32-2-2 (27)
#8
Zhilei Zhang
CHN
22-0-1 (17)
#9
Evgeny Romanov
RUS
15-0 (11)
#10
Efe Ajagba
NGR
15-0 (12)
#11
Demsey McKean
AUS
18-0 (12)
#12
Agit Kabayel
GER
21-0 (13)
#13
Filip Hrgovic
CRO
12-0 (10)
#14
Ali Eren Demirezen
TUR
14-1 (11)
#15
Tony Yoka
FRA
10-0 (8)

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.

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