WBC Heavyweight Ratings (April 2021): Deontay Wilder order soon?

Deontay Wilder Dillian Whyte

Esther Lin / Mark Robinson

The WBC has released their April ratings as former champion Deontay Wilder and interim ruler Dillian Whyte remain on a collision course to meet.

Due to Whyte regaining the interim title against a poor Alexander Povetkin last month, the Briton returns to the fore as one of the next in line.

The only problem for Whyte is that Wilder was mandated as the World Boxing Council’s next challenger last year.

A contract between Wilder and Fury for the third fight, which the latter canceled, meant the ‘Bronze Bomber’ had remained the number one contender.

This scenario means if they want to secure their next stipulated challenger finally, the WBC needs to set out a fight between Wilder and Whyte.

Time is on everyone’s side, though. Fury is out of commission. He’s plowing on with an attempt to land an undisputed unification opposite Anthony Joshua.

Fury vs. Joshua will keep all the belts out of commission until 2022. As the WBC still needs to confirm who is next between Wilder and Whyte, an order will surely follow soon.

Wilder remains number one in the rankings, with Oleksandr Usyk, Luis Ortiz, Andy Ruiz Jr., and Joe Joyce unchanged in the next four spots.

As Usyk and Joyce have ties to potentially squaring off for the WBO interim championship, Ortiz is a backup for Ruiz on Pay Per View later in the year.

Should Deontay Wilder choose to face Whyte, Ruiz would have no choice but to battle Ortiz. All despite Al Haymon wanting the two former world champions on PPV at the backend of 2021.

Deontay Wilder Dillian Whyte
Esther Lin / Mark Robinson

CHAMPION: Tyson Fury
Interim: Dillian Whyte

1 Deontay Wilder US
2 Oleksandr Usyk Ukraine
3 Luis Ortiz Cuba
4 Andy Ruiz Jr. Mexico/US
5 Joe Joyce GB SILVER/EBU/BBBofC/COMM
6 Joseph Parker New Zealand
7 Michael Hunter US
8 Alexander Povetkin
9 Filip Hrgovic Croatia
10 Agit Kabayel Germany
11 Efe Ajagba Nigeria/US
12 Tony Yoka France
13 Charles Martin
14 Frank Sanchez Cuba AMERICAS *CBP/P
15 Dereck Chisora GB

Joey Dawejko Frank Sanchez
Stephanie Trapp

VOLUNTARY CUT-OFF

16 Kubrat Pulev Bulgaria
17 Carlos Takam Cameroon
18 Daniel Dubois GB
19 Robert Helenius Finland
20 Otto Wallin Sweden
21 Martin Bakole Congo/GB INTL
22 Adam Kownacki US
23 Arslanbek Makhmudov Russia/Canada NABF
24 Hughie Fury GB
25 Murat Gassiev Russia
26 Simon Kean Canada
27 Michael Coffie US
28 Zhilei Zhang China
29 Steven Shaw US
30 Nathan Gorman GB
31 Hussein Muhamed Germany
32 Junior Fa New Zealand
33 Sergey Kuzmin Russia
34 Jermaine Franklin US
35 Fabio Wardley
36 Joe Goodall
37 Vladyslav Sirenko Ukraine ABCO
38 Peter Kadiru Germany YOUTH
39 Joe Cusumano US USNBC
40 Jack Mulowayi Congo/Belgium ABU

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