WBO October heavyweight rankings: Ridiculous

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The World Boxing Organization's (WBO) October 2017 heavyweight rankings leave a lot to be desired.

Of course, some will insist the World Boxing Association (WBA) isn’t much better.

But back to the WBO…

How are Christian Hammer (22-4, 12 KO) and a fella named Tom Schwarz (19-0, 12 KO) its top two contenders? And how are they ahead of far more accomplished fighters such as Alexander Povetkin (32-1, 23 KO), Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KO) and Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KO)? And how is Otto Wallin (18-0, 12 KO) in front of Andy Ruiz Jr (29-1, 19 KO) whose sole loss is a narrow, somewhat controversial points verdict to the organization's undefeated champion, Joseph Parker?

Sure, Schwarz and Wallin are unbeaten, but both have had less than 20 pro fights and neither has defeated a name opponent. Not one!

Also, nowhere to be found in the WBO's top 15 heavyweights are: Pulev, Lucas Browne, David Haye, Mariusz Wach and Alexander Ustinov. Yet, we see Schwarz and Wallin as well as two other non-descript fellas, Kyotaro Fujimoto (17-1, 9 KO) and Agit Kabayel (16-0, 12 KO).
Incidentally, Kabayel faces Dereck Chisora on November 4.

To call their heavyweight rankings unfair and entirely inappropriate would be a collosal understatement.

Joseph Parker insists he wants to fight bigger names but he won't accomplish that by facing his mandatories.

All four of the major sanctioning bodies run as quasi businesses and most fans understand that. However, their egregiousness at times is insulting to the fighters and the sport's aficionados. 

WBO Heavyweight Rankings - Oct 2017
CHAMPION - Joseph Parker

1. Christian Hammer 
2. Tom Schwarz        
3. Dominic Breazeale      
4. Jarrell Miller  
5. Dillian Whyte 
6. Alexander Povetkin     
7. Kyotaro Fujimoto   
8. Zhilei Zhang         
9. Carlos Takam 
10. Hughie Fury 
11. Agit Kabayel 
12. Otto Wallin  
13. Amir Mansour            
14. Luiz Ortiz      
15. Andy Ruiz    

BoxRec Heavyweight Rankings - Oct 2017
BoxRec's rankings aren't perfect but its algorithm is usually more accurate than the methodology the sanctioning bodies use, especially the WBO.

1. Anthony Joshua
2. Alexander Povetkin
3. Deontay Wilder
4. Kubrat Pulev 
5. Luis Ortiz         
6. Tony Bellew
7. Joseph Parker
8. Christian Hammer
9. Adam Kownacki
10. Jarrell Miller
11. Lucas Browne
12. Dominic Breazeal
13. Malik Scott
14. Charles Martin
15. Andy Ruiz Jr

The RING Heavyweight Rankings - Oct 2017
Of course, The RING rankings are widely recognized as the most accurate.

1. Anthony Joshua
2. Deontay Wilder
3. Kubrat Pulev
4. Joseph Parker
5. Alexander Povetkin
6. Andy Ruiz Jr.
7. Dillian Whyte
8. Dominic Breazeale
9. Jarrell Miller
10.Tony Bellew


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