World Boxing Council ratings released for September see former number one, interim heavyweight champion, and mandatory contender Dillian Whyte drop sharply.
‘The Body Snatcher’ was knocked out by Alexander Povetkin on a Pay Per View card from Eddie Hearn’s back garden last month, to the shock of all those witnessing on TV.
Whyte was on the verge of challenging champion Tyson Fury in the first half of 2020. Now, Whyte must beat Povetkin in a November 21st rematch.
Should he prevail, the Fury heavyweight title shot will be back on, but at a significantly later date.
Deontay Wilder stays in top spot ahead of his third clash with Fury. Oleskandr Usyk keeps his place at number two.
There’s also no change at three and four. Contenders Luis Ortiz and Andy Ruiz Jr. are ahead of the newly-placed Whyte.
Making up the top six are former world ruler Joseph Parker and British knockout artist Daniel Dubois. The New Zealander and possible champion of the future are both joined by Oscar Rivas, Filip Hrgovic, and Michael Hunter in the top ten.
Rounding off the voluntary places are Britons Joe Joyce and Derek Chisora. Plus American Charles Martin, new Top Rank signing Efe Ajagba, and ex-European champion Agit Kabayel.
The biggest mover in the whole Top 40 was former Fury opponent Otto Wallin following the Swedes return to form last month.
Wallin now sits at 20 and could earn himself a slight rematch chance with Fury if he climbs five more places.
1 Deontay Wilder (US)
2 Oleksandr Usyk (Ukraine)
3 Luis Ortiz (Cuba)
4 Andy Ruiz Jr. (Mexico/US)
5 Dillian Whyte (GB/Jamaica)
6 Joseph Parker (New Zealand)
7 Daniel Dubois (GB) SILVER/COMM/BBBofC
8 Oscar Rivas (Colombia/Canada)
9 Filip Hrgovic (Croatia) INTL
10 Michael Hunter (US)
11 Joe Joyce (GB)
12 Dereck Chisora (GB)
13 Charles Martin (US)
14 Efe Ajagba (Nigeria/US) * CBP/P
15 Agit Kabayel (Germany)
16 Carlos Takam (Cameroon)
17 Robert Helenius (Finland)
18 Adam Kownacki (US)
19 Frank Sanchez (Cuba) AMERICAS
20 Otto Wallin
21 Hughie Fury (GB)
22 Dominic Breazeale (US)
23 Arslanbek Makhmudov (Russia/Canada) NABF
24 Martin Bakole (Congo/GB)
25 Evgeny Romanov (Russia)
26 Simon Kean (Canada) INTL Silver
27 Bryant Jennings (US)
28 Sergey Kuzmin (Russia)
29 Marco Huck (Germany)
30 Tony Yoka (France)
31 Hussein Muhamed (Germany)
32 Junior Fa (New Zealand)
33 Zhilei Zhang (China)
34 Nathan Gorman (GB)
35 Jermaine Franklin (US)
36 Lukasz Rozanski (Poland)
37 Cassius Chaney (US)
38 Zhan Kossobutskiy (Kazakstan)
39 Demsey McKean (Australia)
40 Peter Kadiru (Germany)
Anthony Joshua (GB) WBA Super
Manuel Charr (Germany) WBA Regular
Trevor Bryan (US)
WBA Interim Tyrone Spong (Sur)
Legal Kubrat Pulev (Bulgaria) NA