Rated: WBC Top 40 at Heavyweight (January 2019)

World Boxing Council Heavyweight

The first Heavyweight ratings of 2019 were released by the World Boxing Council this week. As usual, WBN takes a closer look at the top division in January.

The Top 15, from which a voluntary can be chosen the title-holder, is largely unchanged from December.

Dereck Chisora moves down from 7th to 12th following his crushing knockout loss to WBC number one Dillian Whyte.

Therefore, several other contenders, including Alexander Povetkin and Agit Kabayel, move up a place.

Whyte stays at the top, with Tyson Fury behind. Cuban Luis Ortiz is still third-ranked, with mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale fourth.

Joseph Parker rounds out the top five places.

Further down, Nathan Gorman moves past Hughie Fury following his victory over Razvan Cojanu.

Fury drops from 22 to 24, whilst Lucas Browne heads down one place.

US-based Nigerian Efe Ajagba keeps his place despite the leapfrog movement from Gorman.


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 Alexander Povetkin (Russia)
8 Adam Kownacki (US)
9 Kubrat Pulev (Bulgaria)
10 Carlos Takam (Cameroon)
11 Tony Yoka (France) * CBP/P
12 Dereck Chisora (GB)
13 Charles Martin (US)
14 Bryant Jennings (US)
15 Sergey Kuzmin (Russia) * CBP/P


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 Nathan Gorman (GB) INTL Silver
23 Efe Ajagba (Nigeria/US)
24 Hughie Fury (GB) BBB C
25 Lucas Browne (Australia)
26 Robert Helenius (Finland)
27 Kyotaro Fujimoto (Japan) OPBF
28 Daniel Dubois (GB) YOUTH
29 Marco Huck (GB)
30 Tyrone Spong (Surinam) LATINO
31 Artur Szpilka (Poland)
32 Mariusz Wach (Poland)
33 Gerald Washington (US)
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

WBN Note: Tony Yoka stays in the WBC ratings despite a one-year doping ban.

Yoka is set to return this spring but will need to sign up to the WBC Clean Boxing Program before his next fight to retain his position.