Tony Bellew is currently rated highly by the World Boxing Council in the latest round of rankings released for November.
With a previous reign as the WBC’s cruiserweight belt holder, plus being recognized as their Emeritus champion would suggest a couple of reason why, although Bellew can’t seem to get a ranking with any other organization.
Bellew remains hopeful of challenging Joseph Parker for the WBO title if an agreement cannot be made with Anthony Joshua for the spring, but without being amongst the WBO elite, the Liverpool man could end up disappointed.
The IBF are also yet to place Bellew in their top 15 but it’s the WBA were the questions remain.
A win over David Haye in March, a fighter who held a solid ranking with the WBA and WBO prior to the contest, should really have seen ‘The Bomber’ elevated into contention with at least one of those bodies.
Not so, and Bellew is at a loss to understand why that is the case.
“I see I’m now No.6 in WBC’s heavyweight rankings, and that’s very flattering. But, ultimately it counts for nothing,” Bellew said in his Metro column.
“I have to get in the ring on December 17 and win. And then I’m sure I’ll be even further up the rankings.
“What is amazing is that Haye was ranked so highly with the WBA and I then beat him, but I can’t get into their rankings…
“I’m training hard, I’ve just got over a cold. It happens in most of my camps, your immune system gets very low due to the amount of workload you’re putting on your body.
“It wouldn’t be a normal camp if I didn’t get sick! I’m sparring three times a week now and I’m ready to shock the world, again.”
Even BJ Flores, beaten by Bellew at 200 pounds late last year, has entered the WBA 200+ ratings at eleven, despite not campaigning in anywhere near the class of Haye.
The pinnacle of fighting for the top division crown is within reach for Bellew should he secure a repeat over Haye next month, but unless things change with the other bodies, the 33 year-old would have to focus on using his current position with the WBC to land a shot at Deontay Wilder.
Current WBA rankings:
1 LUIS ORTIZ (*) CUB
2 ALEXANDER USTINOV RUS
3 FRES OQUENDO PUR
4 MANUEL CHARR GER
5 ALEXANDER POVETKIN I/C RUS
6 CHRISTIAN HAMMER ROU
7 JARRELL MILLER USA
8 KUBRAT PULEV BUL
9 DILLIAN WHYTE JAM
10 TREVOR BRYAN USA
11 BJ FLORES NABA USA
12 OTTO WALLIN SWE
13 CHARLES MARTIN USA
14 CARLOS TAKAM CMR
15 GUILLERMO JONES PAN