Rated: WBC Top 40 Heavyweights (Dec 2018): Tyson Fury improves again
Tyson Fury has moved up to number two in the WBC Rankings for December after his awesome showing against champion Deontay Wilder.
Fury, 30, claimed a debated draw as both men shared twelve enthralling rounds with the title on the line in Los Angeles.
Ahead of this weekend’s clash between number one-rated Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora, Fury could conceivably find himself on the top spot come January.
Luis Ortiz drops to third, whilst mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale lies fourth. Former world champion Joseph Parker stands firm in fifth.
The biggest mover in the Top 15 is Tony Yoka. This is despite the Frenchman currently serving a one-year ban and not enrolling in the Clean Boxing Program.
Further down, Briton Joe Joyce moves up 12 places from November due to his successful move to the United States. Joyce improves at the expense of the likes of Hughie Fury and Andy Ruiz Jr.
Lucas Browne and Michael Hunter are rising after recent victories, whilst Gerald Washington drops off the list.
Top 40 Heavyweights (December 2018):
CHAMPION: Deontay Wilder
1 Dillian Whyte (Jamaica/GB) SILVER
2 Tyson Fury (GB)
3 Luis Ortiz (Cuba)
4 Dominic Breazeale (US)
5 Joseph Parker (New Zealand)
6 Agit Kabayel (Germany) EBU
7 Dereck Chisora (GB)
8 Alexander Povetkin (Russia)
9 Adam Kownacki (US)
10 Kubrat Pulev (Bulgaria)
11 Tony Yoka (France) * CBP/P
12 Charles Martin (US)
13 Carlos Takam (Cameroon)
14 Bryant Jennings (US)
15 Sergey Kuzmin (Russia) * CBP/P
1-5 Voluntary – 16-40 Rated
16 Oscar Rivas (Colombia/Canada) NABF
17 Filip Hrgovic (Croatia) INTL
18 Joe Joyce (GB) COMM
19 Andy Ruiz Jr. (Mexico)
20 Johann Duhaupas (France)
21 Michael Hunter (US)
22 Hughie Fury (GB) BBB C
23 Efe Ajagba (Nigeria/US)
24 Lucas Browne (Australia)
25 Robert Helenius (Finland)
26 Nathan Gorman (GB) INTL Silver
27 Kyotaro Fujimoto (Japan) OPBF
28 Daniel Dubois (GB) YOUTH
29 Marco Huck (GB)
30 Artur Szpilka (Poland)
31 Mariusz Wach (Poland)
32 Gerald Washington (US)
33 Tyrone Spong (Surinam) LATINO
34 Tom Schwarz (Germany)
35 Petar Milas (Croatia) MEDITERRANEAN
36 Dillon Carman (Canada) FRANCOPHONE
37 Otto Wallin (Sweden)
38 Izuagbe Ugonoh (Poland)
39 Jermaine Franklin (US)
40 Tshibuabua Kalonga (Congo/Germany) ABU
Title-holder Wilder and Fury are expected to rematch in the coming months. A ruling by the WBC is due after this weekend’s action.
American Breazeale could be ordered to fight another eliminator against the winner of Whyte v Chisora II. It, of course, all depends on the outcome of his clash with Carlos Negron.
The WBC will reveal more on Monday.