Former two-weight world champion David Haye is rated at number six by the World Boxing Council in the latest release of the official rankings for June 2016.
The 35 year-old, who blasted out Arnold Gjergjaj in two rounds last month, returns to action this September against American Shannon Briggs but is already handily placed for a voluntary shot at any of the current belt holders.
Haye is placed one better at five by the World Boxing Association in their updated list published on June 8, whilst the International Boxing Federation have ‘The Hayemaker’ ranked as high as number three behind their two mandatory contenders.
Joseph Parker is at number one following his win over Carlos Takam and will get his shot at title holder Anthony Joshua in the next eight to ten months, whilst second-rated and current European ruler Kubrat Pulev claimed the number two spot by defeating Dereck Chisora recently.
World Boxing Organization ranking officials are the only major body not to recognize Haye’s comeback victories thus far and have the likes of Billy Wright, Malik Scott, Justin Jones and John Nofire above the Briton on their Top 15 list.
The International Boxing Organization, whose rankings are all done through computerization, can only put Haye at 18 – seven notches ahead of forthcoming opponent Briggs.
A 2017 world title fight seems a certainty for Haye should the ex-undisputed 200 pound king come through ‘The Cannon’ this autumn, with Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury all possibilities for the big-punching and rejuvenated contender under current ratings rules.