WBC Top 40 Heavyweights (Oct 2018): Povetkin hits Top 10, Stiverne out
Alexander Povetkin is a big presence in the newly-released WBC Heavyweight Rankings this week.
The Russian, although defeated by Anthony Joshua on September 22, enters following his failed attempt at the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO straps.
Povetkin did not previously feature due to being sanctioned to fight for another version of the world crown and could conceivably earn a shot at the winner of Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury in the near future.
One fighter out is ex-champion Bermane Stiverne. Due to his reign in 2014/15, Stiverne was afforded the luxury of an extended stay. This is despite a mass of inactivity and a devastating rematch loss to Wilder. Finally, the WBC decided to act and Stiverne is out of the Top 40.
Adam Kownacki is a slight mover deeper into the Top 10. Whilst Carlos Takam jumps from 17 to 12 and becomes eligible for a voluntary.
Following his win over David Price by default, Sergey Kuzmin enters the sanctionable portion of the rankings for the first time.
Tony Yoka drops down as his suspension continues. Among others to fall are Johnn Duhaupas, Mariusz Wach and Tomasz Adamek following his loss to Jarrell Miller.
Joe Joyce stays above UK rival Daniel Dubois. Joyce defeated Iago Kiladze impressively, whilst Dubois beat Kevin Johnson.
Another Briton, Dillian Whyte remains at the helm as the WBC launch a review of his position.
Rankings – Top 15
1 Dillian Whyte (Jamaica/GB) SILVER
2 Luis Ortiz (Cuba)
3 Tyson Fury (GB)
4 Dominic Breazeale (US)
5 Joseph Parker (New Zealand)
6 Agit Kabayel (Germany) EBU
7 Alexander Povetkin (Russia)
8 Adam Kownacki (US)
9 Dereck Chisora (GB)
10 Hughie Fury (GB) BBB C
11 Charles Martin (US)
12 Carlos Takam (Cameroon)
13 Bryant Jennings (US)
14 Oscar Rivas (Colombia/Canada) NABF
15 Sergey Kuzmin (Russia)
16 to 40
16 Andy Ruiz Jr. (Mexico)
17 Filip Hrgovic (Croatia) INTL
18 Johann Duhaupas (France)
19 Mariusz Wach (Poland)
20 Kyotaro Fujimoto (Japan) OPBF
21 Robert Helenius (Finland)
22 Marco Huck (GB)
23 Lucas Browne (Australia)
24 Tony Yoka (France)
25 Joe Joyce (GB) COMM
26 Tomasz Adamek (Poland)
27 Gerald Washington (US)
28 Daniel Dubois (GB) YOUTH
29 Simon Kean (Canada) FRANCOPHONE
30 Nathan Gorman (GB) INTL Silver
31 Tyrone Spong (Surinam) LATINO
32 Artur Szpilka (Poland)
33 Tom Schwarz (Germany)
34 Otto Wallin (Sweden)
35 Petar Milas (Croatia)
36 Michael Hunter (US)
37 Izuagbe Ugonoh (Poland)
38 Oleksandr Teslenko (Ukraine/Canada)
39 Jermaine Franklin (US)
40 Tshibuabua Kalonga (Congo/Germany) ABU