New IBF Rankings position Haye for Martin / Joshua shot

Richard Pelham

The International Boxing Federation released their latest ratings on Wednesday with only two changes to last month’s list.

Despite expectations of a shake-up in the rankings, only David Haye and Jarrell Miller crack the Top 15 and recent world title challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov retain his number seven spot.

Glazkov lost to champion Charles Martin for the vacant belt in January and was expected to be dropped, although this isn’t the case. The move could possibly be to do with Glazkov suffering a bad injury in the fight, which is set to keep the Ukrainian out for months.

Erkan Teper stays at number three despite controversy hanging over his head, whilst Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker remain at five and six respectively despite being announced for a final eliminator.

The winner will move to the number one spot once the fight goes through but as of now, positions one and two are still vacant.

Most interest in the boosting of Haye to number 13, a place that makes the Briton eligible for a voluntary crack at the title. Speculation had been rife that the ‘Hayemaker’ would need to beat an IBF-ranked opponent to make a breakthrough, although the ex-WBA champion has done that due his first round victory over Mark de Mori alone.

This means Haye no longer requires a specific foe in order to challenge to winner of Charles Martin v Anthony Joshua and can do so just by staying undefeated in his next outing at the O2 Arena.

Haye, 35, is back in action on May 21 and has been linked to clashes with veterans Shannon Briggs, Antonio Tarver and Chris Arreola in the past few weeks.