Boxing Rankings (April 25): Tyson Fury still the heavyweight king, more

In last week’s leaderboard I said we might not be updating for this week if Tyson Fury beat Dillian Whyte because there wasn’t much to say without anything really changes. But Fury’s situation is kind of unique, so here’s an update to talk about it.

Rankings go up on Monday.

Ranked fights this week:

  • Junior Middleweight: (5) Liam Smith vs. Jessie Vargas, April 30
  • Junior Lightweight: (1) Oscar Valdez vs. (2) Shakur Stevenson, April 30
  • P4P for Women: (1) Katie Taylor vs. (3) Amanda Serrano, April 30

Remarks: Tyson Fury did it again, knocking out Dillian Whyte in the sixth round to retain his WBC title, keep his LINEAL! claim and remain undefeated.

He says he’s not going to box anymore, but it’s boxing, so let’s take the wait and see approach for now. If a point arises where Fury relinquishes the WBC belt and/or is moved to “champion emeritus” status, we will use that as the line to remove him from the rankings. Until then, he stays. Same that doesn’t necessarily mean much, but it’s a place to draw a line. If, for the sake of argument, Fury leaves the WBC belt in a month, then in six months he says, “Well, I’m going to fight again, here’s my next fight plan”, we can just put it back right now. in also. He is clearly the No. 1 heavyweight in the sport. If he quits and in 18 months makes a plan to come back, he won’t come back right away, but he’ll have the chance to once he fights again.

Dillian Whyte drops a spot to No. 7; he didn’t do worse against Fury than I expected, and it really seems possible to me that the only fighter who presents Fury with a significant challenge other than a big lucky punch or a lot of blood filling his eyes is Deontay Wilder. Wilder had three chances to beat Fury and never did, yeah but styles make fights and Deontay’s power is so heavy that it gives him the chance that the others do not have.

Upcoming fights: (10) Tony Yoka v Martin Bakole, May 14 … (2) Oleksandr Usyk v (4) Anthony Joshua, TBA … (5) Andy Ruiz Jr v Luis Ortiz, TBA … (6) Joe Joyce v (8) Joseph Parker, to confirm

Upcoming fights: (1) Mairis Briedis vs. Jai Opetaia, TBD

Upcoming fights: (2) Dmitry Bivol vs Canelo Alvarez, May 7… (8) Joshua Buatsi vs Craig Richards, May 21… (1) Artur Beterbiev vs (3) Joe Smith Jr, June 18

Upcoming fights: (1) Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol [light heavyweight]May 7…(2) David Benavidez vs David Lemieux, May 21…(9) Zach Parker vs Demetrius Andrade, May 21…(5) David Morrell Jr vs Kalvin Henderson, June 4

Upcoming fights: (3) Demetrius Andrade vs. Zach Parker [super middleweight]May 21…(7) Janibek Alimkhanuly vs Danny Dignum, May 21…(2) Jermall Charlo vs Maciej Sulecki, June 18

Upcoming fights: (5) Liam Smith vs Jessie Vargas, April 30 … (1) Jermell Charlo vs (1) Brian Castano, May 14

Upcoming fights: (5) Jaron Ennis vs. Custio Clayton, May 21

Upcoming fights: (10) Montana Love vs. Gabriel Valenzuela, May 7

Upcoming fights: (5) Gervonta Davis vs Rolando Romero, May 28 … (1) George Kambosos Jr vs (4) Devin Haney, June 4

Upcoming fights: (1) Oscar Valdez vs. (2) Shakur Stevenson, April 30… (3) Jamel Herring vs. TBA [lightweight]May 21

Upcoming fights: (2) Mark Magsayo vs (7) Rey Vargas, July 9

Upcoming fights: (2) Stephen Fulton Jr vs (4) Danny Roman, June 4 … (1) Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs (8) Ronny Rios, June 11

Remarks: John Riel Casimero didn’t end up fighting Paul Butler on Friday, but the reason that didn’t happen was a BBBofC-specific sauna rule. I just can’t fathom that should be punished in our boxing rankings, really, but it could get him stripped of the WBO belt, and Butler was elevated from interim title status after his win over Jonas Sultan. You might be able to argue Butler in one of the bottom two spots here, but no higher.

Upcoming fights: (1) Naoya Inoue vs. (2) Nonito Donaire, June 7

Upcoming fights: (10) Kosei Tanaka vs. Masayoshi Hashizume, June 29 … (2) Kazuto Ioka vs. Donnie Nietes, TBA

Upcoming fights: To be determined

Upcoming fights: To be determined

Remarks: Masataka Taniguchi stopped Kai Ishizawa in the 11th round on Friday, a fight Taniguchi was clearly winning on the cards at the time, leading 99-91 on all three after 10 rounds. Ishizawa not only didn’t make weight, but he also wouldn’t have made weight for the next split, coming in at 110 pounds for the fight. Taniguchi is on a hot streak and has established himself as a top fighter at 105 years old.

Upcoming fights: To be determined

Remarks: Tyson Fury earns a spot at the moment. I sincerely think he is that good of a fighter. I know pound for pound means “non-heavy” to some people, but, I mean, no, that’s incorrect. Fury is a top fighter in the sport, regardless of weight. He’s got the skills, he’s not just a guy who’s good because he’s tall.

Upcoming fights: (1) Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol, May 7… (10) George Kambosos Jr vs Devin Haney, June 4… (2) Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua, TBA… (9) Kazuto Ioka vs Donnie Nietes , to be determined

Upcoming fights: (1) Katie Taylor vs (3) Amanda Serrano, April 30 … (6) Delfine Persoon vs Maiva Hamadouche, May 14 … (9) Chantelle Cameron vs Victoria Bustos, May 21 … (2) Claressa Shields vs. (8) Savannah Marshall, TBD