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Anthony Joshua In Disarray After Dropping Down To Fifth In Updated Heavyweight Rankings…See What He Did In Training After Receiving This News

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Joshua will face Oleksandr Usyk later this year in a rematch for the unified heavyweight titles, but has dropped below Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie in the WBA rankings. Anthony Joshua has dropped to No.5 in the World Boxing Association’s heavyweight rankings, below Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie.

 

 

The two-time world champion will fight for the governing body’s world title when he rematches Oleksandr Usyk later this year, but that hasn’t stopped them putting him in fifth place on their monthly rankings. Joshua will compete for the WBA, WBO and IBF titles against the unbeaten Usyk, as well as the less sought after IBO belt.

 

 

But should he lose, it will be a long road back to the WBA title, after he was ranked behind Daniel Dubois, Michael Hunter, Robert Helenius and Hughie Fury.

Joshua has beaten out Deontay Wilder for his place, with the American sitting below him in sixth, while the list is rounded out by Agit Kabayel, Arslanbek Makhmudov, Zhan Kossobutskiy and Martin Bakole.

 

 

Andy Ruiz Jr has been removed from the list as a fight with Tyson Fury edges closer, although Fury’s WBC belt won’t be on the line if that is the case.
Joshua will surely be disappointed to lose out to the likes of Dubois and Hunter, both of whom have shipped poor results in recent outings.

 

 

Dubois was brutally stopped by Joe Joyce back in November of 2020, before coming back to win the interim title against Bogdan Dinu and beating Joe Cusumano on his American debut.

Meanwhile Hunter most recently drew with Jerry Forrest in New York, with many believing that Forrest was robbed of the split decision.

 

 

It would be hard to argue with Helenius and Fury’s positions on the list, particularly the Finn after he viciously stopped Adam Kownacki in their last two fights. Kownacki was unbeaten before coming up against Helenius in Brooklyn before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but lost their first and second fights both by knockout.

 

 

Elsewhere, Fury has won three on the bounce since his last loss to Alexander Povetkin, defeating Pavel Sour, Mariusz Wach and Christian Hammer after returning to the ring in 2020.

The WBA currently have two champions, with Usyk holding the ‘super’ title which is considered the legitimate world level belt, and Trevor Bryan set to finally face Manuel Charr later this month.

 

 

Usyk comfortably defeated Joshua for all of the belts when they fought in September, outboxing the Brit despite entering the ring as an underdog due to his size.

 

 

The Ukrainian had moved up from cruiserweight after becoming the undisputed champion, but looked unimpressive in his first outings against Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora.

 

 

But he had fixed his mistakes when he stepped into the ring against Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, dominating the bout from start to finish and leaving with the world titles.

 

 

The win triggered a rematch clause allowing Joshua to have another shot at the belts, and the winner is likely to face Tyson Fury for the undisputed title later in the year.

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