Four big-name contenders are pushing for world honors after being ranked highly in the newly-announced World Boxing Council ratings for March.
Two WBC champions decided to vacate their title belts over the past few weeks and now find themselves, along with other top movers, ranked within touching distance of another shot at the green and gold.
Badou Jack, who reigned at the super-middleweight limit, is now placed at number five having decided to embark on a run at 175 pounds. Likewise for Jermall Charlo, who left his 154 championship strap behind and now holds the number two spot at the higher middleweight class.
American-based Jack and Charlo could conceivably be granted an opportunity to fight for two-weight title status with the WBC by the end of the year, having both outgrown their previous weight limits.
The pair join Adrien Broner and Chris Eubank Jr. in being rated in the upper echelons of the WBC’s system at higher weights as ‘The Problem’ is rated nine on the back of his win over Adrian Granados and British hope Junior climbs to sixth following his successful debut at 168 last month.
It’s bad news for Amir Khan at welterweight though as indecision regarding his next move has forced the WBC to promote Andre Berto and Shawn Porter’s April clash ahead of the ex-super-lightweight king’s long-standing status as mandatory.
Berto and Porter will fight for the right to battle new champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman as Khan, previously stipulated as the next in line, contemplates rematches with Danny Garcia or Lamont Peterson after the stalling of a clash with Manny Pacquiao.