Chris Eubank Jr. has been handed a lofty position with the World Boxing Council at his new weight of super-middleweight in the December rankings.
The former world middleweight title challenger, who is facing Australian Renold Quinlan for the IBO version on ITV Box Office in the New Year, has never previously fought at the 168 pound limit.
Eubank is currently back in training for his eagerly-awaited return having missed out of battling Gennady Golovkin in September due to a row over the contract signing for the fight.
One-loss Eubank is now just behind rejuvenated Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, who himself is an ex-WBC belt holder at the lower 160 pound division.
Chavez Jr. has been linked to facing arch-rival Canelo Alvarez on May 6th, 2017 in Las Vegas on the back of a recent unanimous ten-round victory over German Dominik Britsch at the Arena Monterrey, whilst current super-middleweight ruler Badou Jack is set for a unification against James DeGale next month.
Number one ranked Callum Smith is mandated to face the winner, which means Eubank Jr. and Chavez face a long wait to challenge the eventual champion and may decide on going down alternative routes until the obvious congestion lifts.
The talented Dirrell brothers, Andre and Anthony enjoy high placings in the latest ratings, whilst Turkey’s Avni Yildirim and Aussie puncher Zac Dunn make up the top five places.