March was a big month in heavyweight boxing. With April underway, it’s time to update the rankings.
1. Anthony Joshua The big Brit was less than sizzling last weekend in Wales. But he did enough to edge Joseph Parker. He’s got three of the four belts and a knockout win over Wladimir Klitschko. That’s enough to justify top billing for now.
2. Deontay Wilder Call him a windmill if you want, but he recorded an impressive win last month against Luis Ortiz. Against a very skilled, experienced fighter Wilder showed that he had sturdy whiskers and could stay composed when he was rattled. Those are qualities that any champion needs.
3. Alexander Povetkin The Russian veteran recorded a devastating knockout of David Price on the undercard for Joshua-Parker this past weekend. But he also had more problems with Price than I would have expected so he might be showing signs of aging at 38.
4. Joseph Parker Parker gave a bigger, more powerful fighter all he could handle last weekend when he took Joshua the distance. But he couldn’t get his offense on track.
5. Luis Ortiz Ortiz took Wilder to the deep waters last month. He would still beat almost anybody else in the division.
6. Dillian Whyte Whyte’s only loss came against Joshua, in December 2015. Since than he has won seven straight, including victories over contenders Dereck Chisora, Robert Helenius and Lucas Browne. He remains a very relevant fighter in the division.
7. Kubrat Pulev The Bulgarian was knocked out by Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. He’s won four straight since and is now 25-1 with 13 KOs. Still a factor.
8. Dominic Breazeale Breazeale got knocked out by Joshua in June 2016 but he is very much a top-10 contender. Aside from Joshua, he’s 3-1 in his last four fights with stoppages of Amir Mansour, undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh and veteran contender Eric Molina. He’s now 19-1 with 17 KOs.
9. Jarrell Miller Miller’s last two fights were stoppages of Gerald Washington and Mariusz Wach–those are not world beaters, but they are certainly contenders and the victories are enough to earn Miller a spot in the top 10.
10. Andy Ruiz Jr. Ruiz took his first loss in December 2016, in a very close fight with Parker. He took off more than a year and returned last month to stop veteran Devin Vargas. Ruiz is not going to win any physique contests but he is a skilled boxer with pop in his fists.