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Wilder Remains as WBC 1, Whyte Drops To 5 in Rankings

Last month's shocker at Matchroom's Fight Camp has created a shuffle of names in the WBC's latest heavyweight rankings.

Dillian Whyte, who coming in was the WBC's mandatory challenger and interim-champion, was brutally knocked out in the fifth round by Alexander Povetkin.

While Povetkin captured the WBC's interim-title, the sanctioning body president, Mauricio Sulaiman, made it clear that his victory over Whyte did not necessarily make him the new mandatory.

Coming in to the fight with Whyte, the Russian boxer was ranked at number nine in the WBC's top ten. And the World Boxing Council had sanctioning the fight as a voluntary defense for Whyte.


Whyte had an immediate rematch clause, which he quickly exercised. The rematch is slated to take place on November 21 or 28.

In the WBC's latest ranking, Whyte has fallen to the number five position in the top ten. Andy Ruiz sits at four, Luis Ortiz at three, Oleksandr Usyk at two, with Deontay Wilder remaining in the number one position.

With Povetkin's victory, the WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was freed from his mandatory obligation.

Had Whyte come out victorious, then Fury would have been required to face him by February of 2021.

Based on the current situation, Fury's co-promoter, Frank Warren, indicates that his boxer will not be tied to another mandatory until the final quarter of 2021 at the earliest.

As for Fury, he is scheduled to face Wilder in a trilogy fight on a tentative date of December 19 in Las Vegas. They fought for the second time back in February, with Fury stopping Wilder in the seventh round to capture the WBC title. Wilder would then exercise an immediate rematch clause.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by denium on 09-17-2020

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;20761355]I would beat Wilder into a living death,you talk a lot of nonsense on here currently.......your the guy who said I couldn’t beat him right ? I’d love to see wilder fight me outside the ring . We both know…

Comment by Angeljuice on 09-17-2020

[QUOTE=Cool Scant;20764870]Fury is levels better than Ruiz and AJ got beat up by Ruiz. So you're truly clueless if you think AJ is going to last longer with fury than he lasted with Ruiz. Just poking hole in your anti…

Comment by Cool Scant on 09-17-2020

[QUOTE=Angeljuice;20761664]Because Ruiz and Fury have the same stance and fighting style? Truly clueless.[/QUOTE] Fury is levels better than Ruiz and AJ got beat up by Ruiz. So you're truly clueless if you think AJ is going to last longer with…

Comment by alexguiness on 09-16-2020

[QUOTE=LoadedWraps;20762468]What if Wilder stops Fury in the trilogy, then unifies against AJ?[/QUOTE] I just can't see that happening to be honest. Fury pretty much outboxed him in the first fight and then dominated him physically in the second. Wilder has…

Comment by techliam on 09-16-2020

[QUOTE=Ray*;20761734]Nah, unless you are Whyte it is very irrelevant. PBC/haymon controls the WBC at HW. Ortiz hasn;t beaten anyone of note, he lost twice in two years under the WBC HW, but he never moves from that number 3. And…

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