The 35 year-old, who last featured on the list in 2013, enters due his resume as a one-time undisputed cruiserweight ruler and given the fact that Haye never lost a fight before being removed from the list in the summer, three years ago.
Having defeated Dereck Chisora in 2012, Haye was riding high in the Top 20, although as a year passed without a fight, ‘The Hayemaker’ lost his place on the list due to inactivity. Now back and fighting fit, Haye edges in at number 49 at the expense of world flyweight belt holder Amnat Ruenroeng.
Another win for Haye against a bigger name opponent should see the Londoner hit the Top 40, although it may take a world title win for the rejuvenated heavyweight to regain his foothold in the ratings.
Tyson Fury heads the current crop of heavies in the WBN list at 15, whilst Wladimir Klitschko dropped from the Top 5 to 21 on the back his loss to the Briton last year. Wilder is at 28, with Alexander Povetkin just behind on the back of his previous reign and red hot form – which saw the Russian demolish Mike Perez in no time at all last year.
Other than those five, there aren’t many others at 200 pound plus that can stake a claim, apart from maybe two-time WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev who could himself break the WBN half century with yet another successful defence against Lucas Browne on March 5.
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