At the start of October the Ioka Gym in Japan held a press conference to announce that Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] would face Mexican foe Israel Gonzalez (24-3, 11) in an IBF Super Flyweight title eliminator.
What wasn't made clear at the time, though was later revealed, is that the bout had been planned for October 27th in Mexico, before being cancelled on the day of the press conference due to issue with the original promoter.
Today we finally got told the details of the rescheduled bout, and we now know it's set to take place in Osaka, on December 28th, adding further to the stacked December schedule for Japanese fans.
At the moment no other bouts for the show have been announced, but it is known that the event will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka.
For Ishida this is a chance to secure a second world title fight, following his loss in the UK to Kal Yafai in a WBA title fight. As for Gonzalez the bout opens the door to a third shot, following his losses to Jerwin Ancajas and Kal Yafai. Against Ancajas the Mexican was stopped in 10 rounds whilst he ran Yafai incredibly close last year.
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The Super Flyweight division promises a lot at the moment, with an interesting mix of fighters. Sadly a number of those fighters, especially those at the top, are taking on less than testing opponents and challengers, whilst waiting to a big fight.
Today we saw Japan's Ryuichi Funai (31-7, 22) [船井 龍一] finally secure himself a big fight as he became the IBF mandatory title challenger, winning a world title eliminator against Mexican fighter Victor Olivo (15-3-1, 7) in 2 rounds.
The first round was very much a feeling out effort from Funai, who really did nothing. Olivo managed to take the round with ease, by just boxing, using his movement to get inside and landing body shots as well as 1-2's. It was smart from Olivo, but Funai seemed to be over-patient, ultra cautious and tried to create too much room in what was awkward, rather than effective, movement.
The first 90 seconds of round 2 was very similar to how the opening round had been. Once again Funai waited, and waited, allowing Olivo to land body shots, get comfortable and force the action. It seemed like either Funai was waiting for the perfect moment to strike, or had frozen in such a major career fight. That however changed when he finally let his right hand go, and dropped Olivo with what was pretty much the first punch he connected cleanly with. Olivo stumbled, dropping down a second time before recovering to his feet and being allowed to continue.
The Mexican was still dazed when the fight resumed and Funai pursued his man, dropping him again and forcing the referee to wave off the bout with the Mexican down.
With this win Funai secures himself an IBF world title fight, so he will likely be facing Jerwin Ancajas in the new year. For Olivo he must have wondered what he got his by, as the right really came out of nowhere.
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.
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