Heavyweight rankings: The big picture ahead of ‘Day of Reckoning’ and Fury vs Usyk

The next three months will be pivotal for the future of boxing’s heavyweight rankings, so what do the latest lists look like heading into this crucial phase?

After a long period of stagnation, we get most of the top 15 fighting on ONE SHOW in Riyadh on December 23, followed by that Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk unification match on February 17, 2024. Then – results permitting – we’ll get Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder on March 9. Just wow…

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As ever, the heavyweight boxing scene is complicated, with four official sanctioning bodies to factor in. Plus the widely acclaimed Ring magazine title and the moniker of lineal king. So let’s explain how it works, and who is ranked where ahead of that upcoming ‘Day of Reckoning’ show.

Heavyweight Rankings

So, let’s go through all of the bodies with recognised titles and see who is ranked where:

WBC: World Boxing Council

  • Champion: Tyson Fury (GBR)
  • 1. Deontay Wilder (USA)
  • 2. Anthony Joshua (GBR)
  • 3. Arslanbek Makhmudov (RUS)
  • 4. Frank Sanchez (CUB)
  • 5. Efe Ajagba (NGA)
  • 6. Jared Anderson (USA)
  • 7. Martin Bakole (COD)
  • 8. Joseph Parker (NZL)
  • 9 Otto Wallin (SWE)
  • 10. Francis Ngannou (CMR)
  • 11. Filip Hrgovic (CRO)
  • 12. Joe Joyce (GBR)
  • 13. Agit Kabael (GER)
  • 14. Daniel Dubois (GBR)
  • 15. Bakhodir Jalolov (UZB)

WBA: World Boxing Association

  • Super Champion: Oleksandr Usyk (UKR)
  • Regular Champion: Manuel Charr (GER)
  • 1. Deontay Wilder (USA)
  • 2. Martin Bakole (COD)
  • 3. Anthony Joshua (GBR)
  • 4. Arslanbek Makhmudov (RUS)
  • 5. Lenier Pero (CUB)
  • 6. Jarrell Miller (USA)
  • 7. Daniel Dubois (GBR)
  • 8. Frank Sanchez (CUB)
  • 9 Fabio Wardley (GBR)
  • 10 Junior Fa (NZL)
  • 11. Cassius Chaney (USA)
  • 12. Filip Hrgovic (CRO)
  • 13. Justis Huni (AUS)
  • 14. Jonathan Guidry (USA)
  • 15. Ivan Dychko (KAZ)

IBF: International Boxing Federation

  • Champion: Oleksandr Usyk
  • 1. Filip Hrgovic (CRO)
  • 2. Otto Wallin (SWE)
  • 3. Anthony Joshua (GBR)
  • 4. Joseph Parker (NZL)
  • 5. Jared Anderson (USA)
  • 6. Frank Sanchez (CUB)
  • 7. Arslanbek Makhmudov (RUS)
  • 8. Daniel Dubois (GBR)
  • 9. Efe Ajagba (NGA)
  • 10. Fabio Wardley (GBR)
  • 11. Martin Bakole (COD)
  • 12. Agit Kabayel (GER)
  • 13. Murat Gassiev (RUS)
  • 14. Justis Huni (AUS)
  • 15. Kem Ljungquist (DEN)

WBO: World Boxing Organization

  • Champion: Oleksandr Usyk (UKR)
  • Interim Champion: Zhilei Zhang (CHN)
  • 1. Anthony Joshua (GBR)
  • 2. Jared Anderson (USA)
  • 3. Joseph Parker (NZL)
  • 4. Frank Sanchez (CUB)
  • 5. Filip Hrgovic (CRO)
  • 6. Andy Ruiz (USA)
  • 7. Fabio Wardley (GBR)
  • 8. Daniel Dubois (GBR)
  • 9. Deontay Wilder (USAO
  • 10. Jermaine Franklin (USA)
  • 11. Efe Ajagba (NGA)
  • 12. Otto Wallin (SWE)
  • 13. Agit Kabayel (GER)
  • 14. Arslanbek Makhmudov (RUS)
  • 15. Justis Huni (AUS)

Ring Magazine

  • Champion: Oleksandr Usyk
  • 1. Tyson Fury (GBR)
  • 2. Anthony Joshua (GBR)
  • 3. Deontay Wilder (USA)
  • 4. Zhilei Zhang (CHN)
  • 5. Joseph Parker (NZL)
  • 6. Filip Hrgovic (CRO)
  • 7. Jared Anderson (USA)
  • 8. Joe Joyce (GBR)
  • 9. Frank Sanchez (CUB)
  • 10. Otto Wallin (SWE)

Lineal Heavyweight Champion

The lineal heavyweight champion, to put it simply, is the title given to ‘the man who beat the man’. Right now that is Tyson Fury, who ascended to the throne when he defeated Deontay Wilder in their second fight in February 2020.

Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

Right now there is no undisputed heavyweight boxing champion. But we should get a new one after that Fury vs Usyk blockbuster on February 17, 2024. That would be the first since Britain’s Lennox Lewis claimed all the belts after outpointing Evander Holyfield in their Las Vegas rematch in November 1999.

Next Big Heavyweight Fights

Of course, we have a ton of them, as detailed, coming up in the next three months:

  • December 23: Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin (Riyadh)
  • December 23: Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker (Riyadh)
  • December 23: Filip Hrgovic vs Mark De Mori (Riyadh)
  • December 23: Frank Sanchez vs Junior Fa (Riyadh)
  • December 23: Daniel Dubois vs Jarrell Miller (Riyadh)
  • December 23: Arslanbek Makhmudov vs Agit Kabayel (Riyadh)
  • February 17, 2024: Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk (Riyadh)
  • March 9, 2024*: Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder (Riyadh)
  • * Joshua vs Wilder is dependent on both men winning their December 23 bouts.