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Joshua Climbs, Wilder Plummets Heavyweight Shake-Up in WBA Rankings

The heavyweight landscape witnessed a seismic shift in the WBA rankings post the high-stakes ‘Day of Reckoning’ event in Saudi Arabia. Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder’s contrasting performances have led to a notable reshuffle in their standings.

Joshua’s commanding victory over Sweden’s Otto Wallin in Riyadh marked his third win in 2023, elevating him in the rankings. Meanwhile, Wilder’s defeat to Joseph Parker saw him drop out of the top 15 entirely, a surprising turn after his earlier positioning at #1.

The setback for Wilder, marking his third career loss, not only dashed hopes for a potential superfight with Joshua in March but also resulted in his removal from the latest WBA rankings. Martin Bakole has ascended to the top contender position, formerly held by Wilder. Joshua has surged to #2 from his previous #3, while Parker’s triumph over Wilder secured him a new entry at #3. Daniel Dubois’ impressive victory over Jarrell Miller propelled him to #4 from #7.

The aftermath of the ‘Day of Reckoning’ also saw ‘Cuban Flash’ Frank Sanchez climbing three spots to #5 after his victory against Junior Fa. Agit Kabayel’s remarkable performance against Arslanbek Makhmudov earned him a spot at #8, while Makhmudov, like Wilder, exited the rankings entirely.

Filip Hrgovic’s dominant win over Mark De Mori pushed him to #10 from #12. However, the WBA super title remains in Oleksandr Usyk’s possession as he gears up for a unification bout against Tyson Fury on February 17.

The fallout from these recent matchups has reshaped the heavyweight landscape, setting the stage for potential future clashes and leaving the division’s rankings in a state of flux.

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