The World Boxing Council released their February rankings this week as talks continue for champion Deontay Wilder to rematch Tyson Fury.
Wilder is on the cusp of completing a deal to bypass mandatory Dominic Breazeale. The American favors a second encounter with Fury, as do the WBC.
Dillian Whyte remains at number one in the ratings. ‘The Bodysnatcher’ is hoping to land Breazeale in a straight shoot-out to be the stipulation for the Wilder v Fury winner.
Luis Ortiz is third once again. Adam Kownacki and Oscar Rivas make moves on the back of recent victories.
Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, and Agit Kabayel all drop down one due to Kownacki hitting fifth.
Oleksandr Teslenko, a Ukrainian hope to follow Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, cracks the top 40.
TOP 40 HEAVYWEIGHTS (FEB 2019):
CHAMPION: Deontay Wilder
1 Dillian Whyte (Jamaica/GB) SILVER
2 Tyson Fury (GB)
3 Luis Ortiz (Cuba)
4 Dominic Breazeale (US)
5 Adam Kownacki (US)
6 Joseph Parker (New Zealand)
7 Alexander Povetkin (Russia)
8 Agit Kabayel (Germany) EBU
9 Kubrat Pulev (Bulgaria)
10 Oscar Rivas (Colombia/Canada) NABF (???? Mikey Williams)
11 Carlos Takam (Cameroon)
12 Tony Yoka (France) * CBP/P
13 Dereck Chisora (GB)
14 Charles Martin (US)
15 Sergey Kuzmin (Russia)
16 Filip Hrgovic (Croatia) INTL
17 Joe Joyce (GB) COMM
18 Andy Ruiz Jr. (Mexico)
19 Johann Duhaupas (France)
20 Michael Hunter (US)
21 Nathan Gorman (GB) INTL Silver
22 Bryant Jennings (US)
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 Petar Milas (Croatia) MEDITERRANEAN
33 Mariusz Wach (Poland)
34 Tom Schwarz (Germany)
35 Dillon Carman (Canada) FRANCOPHONE
36 Otto Wallin (Sweden)
37 Izuagbe Ugonoh (Poland)
38 Jermaine Franklin (US)
39 Tshibuabua Kalonga (Congo/Germany) ABU
40 Oleksandr Teslenko (Ukraine/Canada)