IBF release newest rankings-Abcede not rewarded for big win, Takuma Inoue now ranked by all 4 bodies, Nakamura also ranked!
To begin September the IBF released their latest world rankings.
At Minimumweight there was a major shock with Pigmy Kokietgym (previously #5, now unranked) being upset by Jaysever Abcede, unfortunately however that win hasn't seen Abcede being ranked. Pigmy's removal from the ranking has seen numerous fighters move up a place, though Ryuji Hara (#10) has moved up two place ahead of his world title fight.
At Light Flyweight we've seen a bizarre move from the IBF who have dropped Jonathan Taconing (#11, previously #4) well down the rankings. Taconing's slip has however helped compatriot Milan Melindo (#5, previously #7) climb two place. Others to climb are Paipharob Kokietgym (#7, previously #9).
Strangely there have been changes at all at Flyweight, other than a minor correction made in regards to Myung Hoo Lee (#10) who was previously named as Myung Goo Yuh, though he is still listed as a Korean when he's a Japanese fighter.
At Super Flyweight the changes have few and far between. The first has seen Toshiyuki Igarashi (#11) climb a place as did Rene Dacquel (#12). A new entrant here is Takuma Inoue (#15) who is now ranked by all 4 major title bodies.
We've seen a number of changes at Bantamweight. Firstly Ryo Akaho (previously #4) has been removed following his recent loss in a WBO title fight. Akaho's removal from the rankings has seen a number of fighters move up the rankings, such as Shohei Omori (#4), Ryosuke Iwasa (#6), Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#8) and Jason Canoy (#11). Lower down the rankings Takahiro Yamamoto (#12) has become a new entry after his recent victory over Yu Kawaguchi. Interestingly Canoy's move up the rankings has come a day after the announcement that he would be fighting Hinata Maruta on November 22nd.
The Super Bantamweight division has seen some notable changes. One of those changes has seen Filipino youngster Albert Pagara (#3, previously #5) climb up the rankings. We've lost Filipino star Nonito Donaire (previously #6) which has allowed numerous fighters to climb up the rankings, including was Mike Tawatchai (#7), Genesis Servania (#8), Yukinori Oguni (#10) and Hidenori Otake (#13).
Although there have been changes at Featherweight non of the Asian fighters have seen their rankings change in the division.
At Super Featherweight Thailand's Jomthong Chuwatana (#13) has climbed a place whilst Japan's Masao Nakamura (#15) has climbed into the rankings following his win over Daiki Kaneko. Amazingly neither Rikki Naito or Masayuki Ito are ranked.
There are no Asian fighters ranked at 135lbs.
At Light Welterweight we've seen the heavy handed Keita Obara (#7, previously #10) climb above China's Ik Yang (#8). Lower down the rankings Akihiro Kondo (#12) has climbed 2 places.
There are no Asians ranked at Welterweight.
At Light Middleweight we've seen Takayuki Hosokawa (#5, previously #7) climb two places and edge his way towards a world title fight.
There have been no changes in regards to Asian fighters at Middleweight.
There are no Asian fighters ranked above Middleweight.
Over the past couple of days the IBF have released their updated world rankings. They have featured some divisions with real shake ups whilst many others have remained as they were, at least in regards to Asian fighters. Here we have looked at the changes which have effected Asian boxing.
The Minimumweight division has seen some rather interesting changes in the rankings. Near the top we've seen Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (#4) climb 4 places, despite the fact his appeal to have an immediate rematch with current champion Katsunari Takayama was declined recently. Fahlan's countryman Pigmy Kokietgym (#5) was also boosted up the rankings with a 2 place climb that has seen him move move former world title contender Go Odaira (#6). Another man who has climbed a couple of places is former WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (#7). Lower down the rankings we've lost Shin Ono (previously #15) who has committed himself to the Light Flyweight division for his next bout.
Interestingly the top 2 places at 105lbs aren't filled so Fahlan is the second highest contender, behind Carlos Buitrago (#3) and we can't help but think that Buitrago Vs Takayama would be a delightful fight if Takayama cannot secure a unification bout.
At Light Flyweight we've not seen much in terms of changes though we have spotted a notable climb for Paipharob Kokietgym (#9) who has improved his standing by 3 places. On the other hand we have lost Virgilio Silvano (previously #11).
At Flyweight we've only seen two changes. The first of those sees Myung Hoo Lee (#13) replace Noknoi Sitthiprasert (previously #13) and Eaktawan Krungthepthonburi (#14) replace Tetsuma Hayashi (#previously #14). Strangely the IBF list Myung Hoo Lee, and state he's a Korean, though believe it's actually Myung Ho Lee, from Japan.
At Super Flyweight we saw a new champion being crowned as McJoe Arroyo defeated Arthur Villanueva (#7, previously #3) in a controversial technical decision. The loss dropped Villanueva 4 places and helped boost Jerwin Ancajas (#13), Teiru Kinoshita (#4), Rex Tso (#5) and Sho Ishida (#6), all by a single place.
In the Bantamweight division we've seen some pretty notable changes, though they have been limited in number. The first of those has seen Shohei Omori (#5) climb a place. We've finally seen Kohei Oba (previously #8) removed from the rankings, several months after his retirement. Staying just inside the top 10 we've seen Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#9) climb 2 places whilst Jason Canoy (#12) has entered the rankings, following his upset win over Drian Francisco.
At Super Bantamweight we've lost former WBA title challenger Hidenori Otake (previously #14), who has lacked a notable win in quite some time now. Amazingly this was the only change of note for ourselves in the division.
At Featherweight we've seen no changes to note.
The changes at Super Featherweight have been limited with the only one involving an Asian fighter being a 1 place drop for Filipino slugger Michael Farenas (#8)
At Lightweight we've seen no changes to note, and we've also got no Asian fighters ranked in the top 15.
At Light Welterweight we saw so really notable changes. The first of those was the fall down the rankings of Ik Yang (#8, previously #2) following his clear loss to new champion Cesar Rene Cuenca. This leaves Yang just 2 places above Keita Obara (#10), who has climbed a couple of places. Former Yang victim Patomsuk Pathompothong (previously #10) has fallen out of the rankings following his loss to Akihiro Kondo (#14) who climbs into the rankings as a result. Yang Vs Obara anyone?
At Welterweight we've seen no changes to note, and we've also got no Asian fighters ranked in the top 15.
In the Light Middleweight division we've surprisingly seen Takayuki Hosokawa (#7) climb a couple of places. Although the Muto gym fighter has been advised to retire it does seem like he'll fight once more, in November, against Yuki Nonaka (himself ranked #12) in a bout that really could be a very significant one for both men.
We've also seen a surprising move at Middleweight where OPBF champion Akio Shibata (#11) has climbed 3 places. He is however well behind former foe Ryota Murata (#8).
At Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Cruiserweight Heavyweight we've seen no changes to note, and we've also got no Asian fighters ranked in the top 15 of any of those 4 divisions.
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Earlier this week the IBF released their latest ranking updates and here we've tried to make note of all the changes involving Asian fighters
At Minimumweight we've seen some pretty notable changes following the recent defeat suffered by Alexis Diaz, who was stopped in 4 rounds by Knockout CP Freshmart. Diaz's losses saw him losing his #7 position from last month which has allowed Pigmy Koietgym (#7), Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (#8) and Xiong Zhao Zhong (#9) to each move up a place. Lower down the rankings we've seen Takumi Sakae (#10), Denver Cuello (#11) and Ryuji Hara (#12) all move up a place whilst Shin Ono (#15) has climbed back into the rankings.
The changes at Light Flyweight have been much more limited than they've been at 105lbs. The major winner here is Virgilio Silvano (#11) who has climbed a couple of places at the expense of Paipharaob Kokietgym (#12) who has dropped a place.
At Flyweight we have seen pretty notable changes, and a nice surprise at the top of the rankings. That surprise is that Johnriel Casimero (#1) has kept his lofty ranking despite his foul filled loss to defending champion Amnat Ruenroeng in June. Lower down the rankings we've lost Brian Viloria (previously #3) which has allowed a real shuffling in the rankings with everyone moving up a place and opening up a space for Filipino fighter Froilan Saludar (#15).
At Super Flyweight there have been no changes at all ahead of the upcoming world title fight between McJoe Arroyo (#1) and Arthur Villanueva (#3).
At Bantamweight we have obviously seen some notable changes at the top after Ryosuke Iwasa's (#7, previously #3) came up short against Lee Haksin's (now interim champion, previously #4). The changes from that that bout have seen Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#3) become the top contender with the top two slots being left “Not Rated”. Behind Zhakiyanov is Ryo Akaho (#4), who climbed 3 places despite being set for a WBO world title bout, another man who climbed 3 places was Shohei Omori (#6), who now sits ahead of Iwasa. There was, also a move up for Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#11). For some reason the IBF continue to rank Kohei Oba (#8), who retired a while back.
In the Super Bantamweight division we saw some notable changes with the most significant of those being that of Japanese fighter Shingo Wake (#1) who became the top contender following his win over Mike Tawatchai (#8, previously #3). The Wake Vs Tawatchai fight had repercussions through out the top 15 with Albert Pagara (#5) climbing a couple of places, Nonito Donaire (#7) climbing 4 places and Yukinori Oguni (#11) climbing 3 slots.
At Featherweight the big winner for the month was Japanese champion Satoshi Hosono (#6) who climbed 3 places whilst his compatriot Hozumi Hasegawa (#15) broke into the rankings.
The Super Featherweight division has seen a few small moves for Asian fighters with Eden Sonsona (#9) and Jomthong Chuwatana (#14) each climbing a place.
As with last month there is no Asian fight ranked at Lightweight.
In the Light Welterweight division, we've seen Patomsuk Pathompothong (#10), Jason Pagara (#11) and Keita Obara (#12) each climb a place up the rankings. Of course the really notable Asian here is Ik Yang (#2) who will be fighting for the title title on July 18th against Cesar Cuenca (#1).
There are no Asian's ranked at Welterweight, the same as last month.
At Light Middleweight both Takayuki Hosokawa (#9) and Yuki Nonaka (#12) have moved up a place. Sadly for both men it does look very unlikely that either will be getting a title shot any time soon. Another couple of Japanese fighters moving up a single place are Middleweight Ryota Murata (#8) and Akio Shibata (#14) who find themselves edging up towards a major title shot.
There isn't an Asian fighter ranked in any division by the IBF above 160lbs.
Earlier today the IBF released their most recent ranking up dates. They haven't seen masses of change but they have had a few notable ones.
At Minimumweight we've seen a number of changes through the top 15 as the IBF changed things around a bit. The most notable of the changes was the new inclusion of Chinese fighter Xiong Zhao Zhong (#10) who enters the rankings above Takumi Sakae (#12), who has dropped a place, fellow new entrant Denver Cuello (#13) and Ryuji Hara (#14), who has surprisingly dropped 2 places. Also worth noting is the fact Kosei Tanaka (previously #13) has been removed following his recent world title victory.
The Light Flyweight division recently saw Milan Melindo (#7, previously #1) come up short in a mandatory world title challenger against Javier Mendoza. The loss has dropped Melindo down 6 places. One man who has climbed a place is Ryo Miyazaki (#5), who moves a step towards a potential FOTY candidate with Mendoza. Surprisingly they are the only notable changes involving Asian fighters.
At Flyweight we've seen Kazuto Ioka (previously #6) being removed due to his recent WBA title victory. Ioka's removal has allowed numerous fights, such as Suguru Muranaka (#7), Zou Shiming (#8) and Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#9) to each climb a place. South Korean fighter Myung Goo Yuh, AKA Young Kil Bae, (#11) has found himself climbing a couple of places whilst Ardin Diale (#12) and Tetsuma Hayashi (#15) both appear to be new entrants.
At the top of the Super Flyweight division we've seen the title made vacant, after Zolani Tete vacated it, the division is largely unchanged. Saying that however Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (previously #12) has been removed following his recent WBC world title eliminator. That move has allowed Toshiyuki Igarashi (#12) to climb a place whilst Rene Dacquel (#13) has replaced Oleydong Sithsamerchai.
The Bantamweight division has seen a few small changes. The first of those is the rise of Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#5) who has climbed a couple of place and forced Ryo Akaho (#7) to drop a place. Some how the IBF continue to rate Kohei Oba (#8) despite Oba announcing his retirement at the end of last year. Lower down the rankings Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#12) has climbed a place.
There have been no changes at Super Bantamweight.
At Featherweight we've see Satoshi Hosono (#9) drop a single place.
The Super Featherweight division hasn't had much of a change but we've seen Filipino slugger Eden Sonsona (#10) punch his way in to the rankings following his excellent upset win over Adrian Estrella.
At Lightweight we have no ranked Asian fighters.
The Light Welterweight division hasn't seen many changes but we have seen a few positives with both Jason Pagara (#12) and Keita Obara (#13) each climbing a single place.
At Welterweight we have no ranked Asian fighters.
At Light Middleweight we've seen no changes.
In the Middleweight divisions we've seen Akio Shibata (#15) drop a single place.
There are no Asian fighters ranked in the higher weights.
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IBF ranking update includes big boosts for Miyazaki and Murata as well as questions about Oba and Shumenov
Earlier today we were made aware of the IBF's updated rankings, which were apparently released on May 5th.
At Minimumweight we've lost a pair of Filipino fighters. The first of those is former champion Florante Condes (previously #13), who has been replaced by upcoming WBO title challenger Kosei Tanaka, whilst the other is Rommel Asenjo (previously #15). We understand Asenjo being removed following his recent loss to Juan Francisco Estrada but we cannot fathom the logic behind Tanaka coming in for Condes given that Tanaka's next fight, in just a few weeks, is a WBO title bout.
The Light Flyweight division has had a bit of a shake up with Japan's exciting Ryo Miyazaki (#6) benefiting in a big way with an 8 place rise up the rankings! We've lost China's Ma Yi Ming (previously #9) following his recent beat down at the hands of Randy Petalcorin, though the reshuffle has allowed room for hard hitting Filipino Rey Loreto (#14) to sneak into the world rankings. One thing to note here is that the IBF title will be fought for later in the month when mandatory challenger Milan Melindo battles Javier Mendoza, on May 30th.
At Light Flyweight things have mostly stayed the same, which has included the continued ranking of Kazuto Ioka (#6) despite the fact he's the WBA champion. We have however got some notable changed in the lower part of the rankings. The first of those is the inclusion of Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#10) who was unranked last month, Nawphon's inclusion has seen his compatriot Noknoi Sitthiprasert (#13) fall a place. Japan's Tetsuma Hayashi (#14) has climbed a place whilst a space has also been found for Korean fighter Myunggoo Yuh/Young Kil Bae (#15).
The Super Flyweight division has seen some interesting changes. The first of those come in the middle of the rankings with both Sho Ishida (#7) and compatriot Ryo Matsumoto (#8) move up a place, despite Matsumoto making his intentions clear that he's not going to be a fully fledged Bantamweight. There is also single place boosts for Go Onaga (#10), who has stated that he's happy to travel for a world title fight, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (#11), who we believe has a WBC eliminator around the corner, and Toshiyuki Igarashi (#13), who will be in action at the start of June. All the shuffling has helped make space for Thailand's Oleydong Sithsamerchai (#14) who enters above recent title challenger Paul Butler.
At Bantamweight we're left scratching our collective heads at times whilst also also being partially pleased. We already know that Ryosuke Iwasa (#3) will fight for the interim title in June. Lower down the rankings we've seen Ryo Akaho (#6) jump up 4 places, despite the fact he's about to have a WBO title fight announced. Amazingly we still see Kohei Oba (#8) retain his ranking despite the fact he's publicly announced his retirement, though we are glad to see Shohei Omori (#9) take a huge boost up the rankings following his destructive win over Kentaro Masuda (previously #11) who has fallen out of the rankings as a result of his loss. We have a single new entry here as Thailand's tough Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#13) enters the top 15.
Last month's rankings at Super Bantamweight were a mess but we can now clarify that Albert Pagara (#7), Genesis Servania (#10), Nonito Donaire (#11-previously unranked) and Yukinori Oguni (#14) are the outside contenders in the rankings. We also know that Mike Tawatchai (#3) it set to fight Shingo Wake (#6) in early June in an eliminator.
At Featherweight we've lost Hisashi Amagasa (previously #3) which has allowed Satoshi Hosono (#9) to move up a place. We're confused by this one slightly as the IBF seemed to be encouraging Amagasa to fight at the weight at the start of the year, when they gave him the ranking, and have then decided to remove him ahead of his first bout of 2015, following time off for his serious facial injuries.
At Super Featherweight we've seen Michael Farenas (#7) climb a place.
In the Lightweight division we've lost Japan's Takahiro Ao (previously #9) following his one sided loss to Raymundo Beltran in a WBO world title fight. We'll be honest this was no surprise, though actually having him in the rankings ahead of the Beltran fight was a bit confusing. Ao's removal leaves us with no Asian fighters ranked here.
At Light Welterweight things have just gotten interesting for Chinese fans. The title has become vacant and we will now see Ik Yang (#2) fight for the belt in July in Macau, his former foe Patomsuk Pathompothong (#11) has dropped a place. Interesting the rankings continue to include Keita Obara (#13) who has stated he is not going to be fighting at the weight in the future.
At Welterweight we don't have a ranked Asian fighter after Yoshihiro Kamegai (previously #15) dropped out of the rankings following his loss to Alfonso Gomez. Interestingly Gomez didn't receive a ranking for his win.
The Light Middleweight division hasn't seen many changes though recent Japanese title challenger Takayuki Hosokawa (#10) has dropped a place following his draw with Japanese champion Yuki Nonaka (#13).
Amazingly some of the big stories have come at Middleweight. Firstly we've seen Ryota Murata (#9) take a 5 step boost up the ranking following his recent victory against Douglas Damiao Ataide. We've also seen a space made in the lower part of the rankings for new entrant Akio Shibata (#14), who Murata actually beat on his debut.
At Super Middleweight we've lost OPBF champion Yuzo Kiyota (previously #15), who appears to have been a place holder in the position as opposed to a deserving ranked fighter.
A questionable move has been spotted at Cruiserweight where Beibut Shumenov (#6) has appeared from nowhere. Shumenov's rankings, with various organisations, does leave us being very confused especially considering that he's not fought since December and has done nothing in recent times to deserve any sort of a ranking.
Unsurprisingly there's no Asian fighters ranked at Light Heavyweight or Heavyweight.
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