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Mike Tyson News: Tyson doesn't figure in ring rankings

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 @ 06:22:48 UTC by tysonian

Mike Tyson has been removed from 'The Ring's' latest heavyweight rankings because of inactivity.

It has now been more than 365 days since 'Iron' Mike last fought, and since at time of writing he does not have a fight scheduled, Tyson is not ranked among The Ring's top 10 heavyweights since he returned from a 19-month layoff in January 1999.

Tyson took just 49 seconds to stop Clifford Etienne over a year ago, but has been inactive since.

Source: Sporting life.

Due to Lennox Lewis' recent decision to retire, Vitali Klitschko takes over at the head of the heavyweight rankings.

Klitschko bounced back from his brave loss to Lewis last year in impressive fashion with a second-round win over Canada's Kirk Johnson back in December.

The 32-year-old Ukrainian is set to fight South African puncher Corrie Sanders in April.

Sanders is now ranked at number three by the 'Boxing Bible', who have Roy Jones at four and their 2003 Fighter Of The Year James Toney ranked at number five.

Newly crowned WBA champion John Ruiz is rated at number seven, three places ahead of his last victim Hasim 'The Rock' Rahman.

The Ring Magazine Heavyweight Ratings:

1. VITALI KLITSCHKO Ukraine 33-2 (32)

2. CHRIS BYRD Flint, MI 37-2 (20)

3. CORRIE SANDERS South Africa 39-2 (29)

4. ROY JONES Pensacola, FL 49-1 (38)

5. JAMES TONEY Ann Arbor, MI 67-4-2 (43)

6. DAVID TUA New Zealand 42-3-1 (37)

7. JOHN RUIZ Methuen, MA 39-5-1 (27)

8. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO Ukraine 42-2 (39)

9. FRES OQUENDO Puerto Rico 24-2 (15)

10. HASIM RAHMAN Baltimore, MD 35-5-1 (29)

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