Deontay Wilder Takes Top Spot As Anthony Joshua Falls Down WBC’s Latest Heavyweight Rankings

Deontay Wilder Takes Top Spot As Anthony Joshua Falls Down WBC’s Latest Heavyweight Rankings

Byron Pillay
  • Tyson Fury is the current WBC Heavyweight champion and has a host of challengers after the title
  • Deontay Wilder is first in line to get a crack at Fury but hasn't beaten The Gypsy King in three fights
  • Anthony Joshua has fallen down the latest rankings after his two defeats to Oleksandr Usyk

Tyson Fury may not have got his fight with Oleksandr Usyk, but he definitely has his hands full as he looks to defend his heavyweight title.

Fury is the current WBC Heavyweight champion and last defended his belt against Derek Chisora.

With the WBC releasing the new rankings for the heavyweight division, Fury has an idea of who he may face going forward.

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Deontay Wilder is the number one ranked heavyweight according to the WBC, but Anthony Joshua has fallen down the rankings. Image: Al Bello/ Richard Heathcote
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As noted by Boxing News 24/7, Deontay Wilder has shot up to the top spot, while Anthony Joshua was the big loser in the latest rankings.

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The Top 10 according to the WBC rankings are:

1 - Deontay Wilder

By virtue of his number one spot, The Bronze Bomber also becomes the mandatory challenger for the belt. Fury and Wilder have fought three times already, with the Gypsy King winning two of the bouts. The other fight was declared a draw.

2 - Andy Ruiz

Ruiz shocked the world when he beat Anthony Joshua in 2019 to become the then-unified champion. He lost to Joshua in a rematch and has not fought in a title match since. Ruiz has won 35 fights in his career and only lost twice.

3 - Frank Sanchez

Sanchez is undefeated in the heavyweight division after 21 professional fights and is slowly climbing up the rankings. Sanchez is also hoping to become the first Cuban Heavyweight champion. His last fight came in in October 2022 when he defeated Carlos Negron by TKO.

4 - Arslanbek Makhmudov

Russia’s Makhmudov claims the fourth spot in the rankings and is the current WBC – Northern American Boxing Federation Heavyweight champion. Undefeated in 16 fights, Makhmudov has won 15 of them by knockout. As noted by Sky Sports, Carlos Takam was the only fighter not to be knocked out by Makhmudov.

5: Anthony Joshua

The British boxer has fallen down the pecking order since his days as heavyweight champion.

Joshua has not fought since his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August 2022, but will take on Jermaine Franklin on April 1, The Independent reported. Joshua has won 24 fights and lost three and won 22 of those fights by knockout.

Who Usyk could fight next

In related coverage, it seems Usyk is not short of options regarding his next fight.

The multi-champion will no longer fight Fury and is looking for a new challenger.

Sports Brief previously looked at four men who could possibly challenge Usyk next.