Ring Ratings Update: Deontay Wilder advances in heavyweight rankings
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The anticipated WBC heavyweight title bout between Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder surprised a lot fans because it went the 12-round distance. Most thought it would end in a KO, as both fighters are known for their power, but Wilder won a lopsided decision. So where does he rank now?
Heavyweight: Stiverne (24-2-1, 21 knockout) and Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) will switch places in the rankings with Wilder moving up to the No. 2 spot and Stiverne dropping to No. 6.
Junior lightweight: Juan Carlos Burgos (30-2-2, 20 KOs) will be inactive for a year next week with no fights on the horizon. Burgos will be dropped from the rankings. Everyone from No. 5 through No. 10 will move up one spot each with Jose Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs) coming in at No. 10.
Junior featherweight: Leo Santa Cruz (29-0, 17 KOs), No.2-rated contender, stopped unrated Jesus Ruiz in the eighth round on the Stiverne-Wilder undercard. No movement for the WBC beltholder.
Video by Daniel Morales. Photo Gallery by Naoki Fukuda
Chuck Giampa, the chairman of the Ring Ratings Committee, can be emailed at [email protected]