Controversial Cuban Luis Ortiz has retained his place in the newly-announced World Boxing Council ratings despite being pulled from a title challenge recently.
Concern over blood pressure medication, which raised a red flag with the Clean Boxing Program, left the WBC with no option but to remove sanction for Ortiz despite a doping offense being ruled out.
‘The Real King Kong’ will now be forced to wait his turn once again as green and gold belt holder Deontay Wilder takes on his mandatory Bermane Stiverne on November 4.
Briton Dillian Whyte takes third spot behind Stiverne and Ortiz, whilst compatriot Hughie Fury enters the rankings on the back of losing a WBO title bout.
Fury is positioned at #18, just outside the places for a voluntary chance, just one above Tony Bellew as ‘The Bomber’ prepares for his rematch with David Haye on December 17.
There’s still no rating for cousin Tyson, who is approaching the two-year anniversary of his last fight against Wladimir Klitschko and is stil awaiting news from a British Boxing Board of Control hearing.
Current WBC Top 20:
1 .- Bermane Stiverne (Haiti/Canada)
2 .- Luis Ortiz (Cuba)
3 .- Dillian Whyte (Jamaica/GB) INTL
4 .- Andy Ruiz (Mexico)
5 .- Carlos Takam (Cameroon)
6 .- Dominic Breazeale (US)
7 .- Mariusz Wach (Poland)
8 .- Dereck Chisora (GB)
9 .- Johann Duhaupas (France)
10 .- Oscar Rivas (Colombia/US) NABF
11 .- Charles Martin (US)
12 .- Eric Molina (US)
13 .- Agit Kabayel (Germany) EBU
14 .- Lucas Browne (Australia)
15 .- Adam Kownacki (US) CBP/P
16 .- Robert Helenius (Finland) INTL Silver
17 .- Kyotaro Fujimoto (Japan) OPBF
18 .- Hughie Fury (GB)
19 .- Tony Bellew (GB)
20 .- Alexander Dimitrenko (Russia)