The ever frustrating IBF released their latest rankings over the day or so and this month.
The first obvious change has been made at Minimumweight where Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (#9) has been ranked, despite having fought mostly as a Light Flyweight. This move was no shock at all considering that Fahlan is now set to fight world champion Katsunari Takayama. We do however continue wondering what Kosei Tanaka did to be horribly over-looked despite having a stoppage win over Ryuji Hara (#12).
At Light Flyweight we now find Yu Kimura (#3) and Jonathan Taconing (#4) both vying for a shot though they will of course need to wait until Milan Melindo (#1) has his mandatory title shot. Interestingly China's Ma Yi Ming (#9) has found himself in the top 10 despite lacking any sort of notable win.
At Flyweight we've seen Tetsuma Hayashi (#15) given a ranking whilst Zou Shiming (#9) appears to have fallen following his recent decision loss to current world champion Amnat Ruenroeng, who is now being targeted by mandatory challenger Johnriel Casimero (#1). We have to admit however that we are surprised to see Koki Eto (#4) given such a lofty ranking.
In the Super Flyweight division we're glad to see an interesting chasing bunch with unbeaten Arthur Villanueva (#3) being ranked ahead of fellow Filipino hopeful Jerwin Ancajas (#4), Teiru Kinoshita (#5) and Rex Tso (#6). A little further back with see promising Japanese pair Ryo Matsumoto (#8) and Sho Ishida (#9). At the moment there is on going talks between the defending champion, Zolani Tete, and the mandatory challenger, McJoe Arroyo (#1), though we'd suspect an eliminator is not far away.
At Bantamweight we see Ryosuke Iwasa (#3) being the top contender and we're hoping the IBF will consider him the mandatory challenger, following Sergio Perales' late pull out of their scheduled eliminator. Sadly some of the rankings here are laughable, such as the continued ranking of Kohei Oba (#8) who has retired from the sport, however we are glad to see Kentaro Masuda (#11) given a very credible ranking.
The Super Bantamweight rankings are a mess, in fact the IBF have really messed them up by seemingly merging 2 separate lists making it very difficult to understand what they were doing. The one thing that is clear however is that Thailand's Mike Tawatchai (#3) is on the verge of a world title shot. In side the 10 are also Shingo Wake (#6) and Albert Pagara (#7) sadly everything below #7 in the rankings is a mess.
Japan's tough and tall Hisashi Amagasa (#3) is the highest ranked Asian Featherweight and will be very interested in the up coming title fight between Lee Selby (#1) and Evgeny Gradovich, the defending champion, later in the year. Amazingly the only other ranked Asian is Japanese national champion Satoshi Hosono (#9).
In the Super Featherweight division the highest ranked Asian is Michael Farrenas (#8) though we're glad to see Jomthong Chuwatana (#15) moved into consideration of a title fight later in the year.
At Lightweight the only ranked Asian is Japan's Takahiro Ao (#9), though it's looking increasingly likely that he will be going the WBO route to a world title.
In the Light Welterweight division we have seen Ik Yang (#2) pushed towards a title fight following his recent, and impressive, win over Patomsuk Pathompothong (#10). Below those two former foes we find a couple more Asian fighters in the form of Keita Obara (#13) and Jason Pagara (#14). Maybe this is just us but Obara Vs Yang would be fantastic!
Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai (#15) is the sole Asian representative at Welterweight.
In the Light Middleweight division we have future rivals Takayuki Hosokawa (#9) and Yuki Nonaka (#14) both knowing what their future clash really means. They are notably the only two Asian's ranked in the division.
At Middleweight Ryota Murata (#14) stands alone as the sole ranked Asian fighter whilst his compatriot, Yuzo Kiyota (#15), is the only Asian to be ranked at Super Middleweight, incidentally the highest weight of any ranked Asian fighter.
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Over the past 48 hours or so the IBF released their rankings. Usually this would lead to us doing an update piece where were look at which Asian fighters have moved, have stayed and have dropped out of the rankings. Sadly however this is the first IBF update in months so to do that style of update would take hours due to the changes that have been made.
Rather than do that what we've decided to do is link to the newest rankings, which are here on the IBF website, and point out one or two small issues we have with the rankings, which we glanced at rather than fully went over this morning.
Firstly, and most glaringly, is the IBF's failure to rank Kosei Tanaka. Tanaka holds a stoppage win over Ryuji Hara (#12) though is some how over-looked for these rankings which include 3 other Japanese fighters, including Shin Ono (#5), Go Odaira (#6) and Takumi Sakae (#11, though Sakae is somewhat understandably there considering he won an IBF Youth title in January, albeit at Light Flyweight.
At Light Flyweight it's a good update for Yu Kimura (#3) who is next in line behind mandatory challenger Milan Melindo (#1) with the #2 spot being left vacant. Interestingly Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (#8) is ranked in the top 10 whilst his last conqueror, Takuma Inoue, is completely unranked. We understand paying sanctioning fees for minor titles helps and this has certainly Fahlan the world of good here.
At Super Flyweight Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (#14) is includd in the rankings though he's so low down it's a little wonder he doesn't seem to be particularly bothered about the IBF title, showing a clear bias towards chasing the WBC title that he has held in the past.
In the Bantamweight rankings there is the simply mystifying ranking of former Japanese champion Kohei Oba (#8) despite the fact Oba announced his retirement late last year and has now got a date for his retirement ceremony. We assume the IBF haven't had the memo, nor did they see his struggle last time out against a low level domestic foe.
Again we see the advantages of paying for IBF regional titles come to the fore in the Super Bantamweight division where Mike Tawatchai (#3) is seen as the second best challenger behind mandatory challenger Chris Avalos (#1), who challenges Carl Frampton later this month. Similarly mystifying is the fact Hisashi Amagasa (#3) is seen as the second choice at Featherweight behind mandatory challenger Lee Selby (#1), a ranking we suspect Amagasa got more from his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux than anything else.
Next month we will see an IBF Light Welterweight eliminator as Patomsuk Pathompothong (#6) battles against Ik Yang (#9) whilst further down the rankings is Keita Obara (#15). We like Obara and we like Yang though we do need to again assume Patomsuk is ranked based on sanctioning fees as opposed to actual competition or achievement.
In the Light Middleweigth division we have an "eliminator" coming up as Japanese champion Yuki Nonaka (#14) defends his belt against compatriot Takayuki Hosokawa (#9). The rankings here are less of a mystery though we do need to admit we do really like the bout and understand that Hosokawa's regional IBF title has been responsible for his ranking, whilst Nonaka holds a recent win over Charlie Ota.
At Middleweight, where the rankings really are a mess, we've seen Ryota Murata (#15) emerge as a ranked contender giving him his second world ranking along with his WBC one. Murata will of course be interested to see how the shake up at the top sorts it's self out now that Jermain Taylor has been stripped of the title.
Another Japanese fighter to pick up a world ranking is former WBO title challenger Yuzo Kiyota (#15) who is now ranked at Super Middleweight in a very surprising move by the IBF and one we simple cannot explain.
For those thinking we sound annoyed at some of the fighters we're really not, our frustration is squarely with the IBF who have been hugely frustrating in recent months in regards to their rankings and have managed to produce some very, very questionable rankings. We hope this is sorted out shortly though we suspect things aren't going to get better in a hurry.
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We are proud to announce that both of tomorrows competitors in the IBF Flyweight world title bout have successfully made weight, and they've both made it with room to spare.
The champion, the unbeaten Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5) weighed in at a little less than 110lbs whilst mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo (15-1, 13) weighed in around 111lbs.
For Amnat this is his lowest recorded weight and he is more than 2lbs under the weight that he was last time out. In fact he is nearing the Light Flyweight limited. As for Arroyo he is at the lowest he's been in more than 2 years, though he has been marginally lighter once in the past.
The men, who both looked in terrific shape, will be in the ring tomorrow between 15:00 and 17:00 local (Thai) time with their bout to air on Thai channel 7. It will be the third Flyweight title bout in less than a week and the winner will likely be the focus for both Naoya Inoue and Zou Shiming who are both on the hunt for a Flyweight title fight later this year.
This bout really is a boxer against a puncher contest and one that we're excited about. We're not as excited as we were for Friday's bout between Roman Gonzalez and Akira Yaegashi but it is still a fight we're really excited about.
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Recently the IBF released their updated rankings, here we have looked at the notable changes involving Asian fighters.
The Minimumweight division has really had a shake up this month with various notable changes, some of which really didn't seem to make much sense. The obvious change happened at the top where Katsunari Takayama (#6) lost in his unification bout with Francisco Rodriguez Jr. Amazingly the IBF have really punished Takayama for his close loss dropping him down to #6 in the rankings. Higher up the rankings Japanese champion Go Odaira (#5) has moved up several places whilst Carlos Buitrago (#8) has dropped notably. Essentially the IBF rate Takayama as the #3 guy in Japan behind both Odaira and Ryuji Hara (#4). At the bottom end of the rankings we've lost Matteo Handig, with his position being filled in by Virgilio Silvano (#15) who dropped from #8.
At Light Flyweight we've seen Randy Petalcorin (previously #6) drop out of the rankings after agreeing to a WBA interim title fight. The knock on effects of Petalcorin's removal has seen numerous fighters moving up a place, including Yu Kimura (#6) and Jonathan Taconing (#7). At the lower parts of the world rankings we still find Atsushi Kakutani (#14) and Rey Loreto (#15).
In the Flyweight division the first change comes well down the rankings as Koki Eto (#10) has moved up a place following the recent loss for Luis De La Rosa to Zou Shiming, who oddly hasn't earned a ranking. The knock on effects of De La Rosa's loss have helped Rocky Fuentes (#13) move up a place and also helped Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (#15) also move up in to the top 15.
The most notable change at Super Flyweight has seen a new champion crowned after Zolani Tete claimed the title with a clear win over Teiru Kinoshita (#6), notable that is the only change in the top 10. Outside the top part of the rankings we have seen Sho Ishida (#12) move into the worl rankings following his victory over Yohei Tobe, that's the only change in the bottom part of the rankings.
The Bantamweight division has seen absolutely no changes in the top 15.
The rankings at 122lbs haven't seen a lot of changes but one of the most notable has seen Shingo Wake (#7) jump up 3 places whilst Albert Pagara (#10) has moved up 1 place.
There have been no changes at 126lbs.
The Super Featherweight division has seen a number of changes,notable the drop down the rankings of Masao Nakamura (#15) who as fallen from the #5 place following his loss to Masayuki Ito who hasn't been rewarded with a ranking. This is the only change involving an Asian and is a very notable one.
There have been no changes at all at Lightweight.
There have been no changes involving an Asian fighter at 140lbs.
There have been no changes at 147lbs.
No changes has occurred in relation to an Asian fighter.
There have been no changes at 160lbs.
There have been no changes at 168lbs.
At Light Heavyweight we've seen Beibut Shumenov (#10) shoot into the rankings.
At Cruiserweight Grigory Drozd (#12) has dropped a place.
The only change at Heavyweight has seen Alexander Ustinov (#12) dropping 4 places down the rankings.
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On July 10th the IBF released their updated rankings, and of course we've been over the with an eagle eye looking for changes.
In the Minimumweight division not much has changed in the top 5 however lower down the rankings we have seen a lot of changes which have seen fighters shifted around. One of those fighters who has been moved is Japanese champion Go Odaira (#6) who has climbed 2 places and leaped over recent world title challenger Virgilio Silvano (#8). Interestingly Silvano now sits one place ahead of another recent challenger, Shin Ono (#9) and both have been beaten by current champion Katsunari Takayama.
In the lower part of these rankings we've seen former WBO champion Merltio Sabillo (#10) climb one place whilst former IBF champion Florante Condes (#13) has dropped a few places following his loss to Ryoichi Taguchi. To close out the top 15 is Mateo Handig (#15).
The first major change in the 108lb division is due to Mexico Juanito Hernandez (#11) who has dropped from previously being #7. This drop has allowed Yu Kimura (#7) and Jonathan Taconing (#8), amongst others, to each move up a place. At the bottom of the top 15 we still find Atsushi Kakutani (#14) and Rey Loreto (#15)
The Flyweight rankings are much like they were last month with John Riel Casimero (#3) being the highest ranked Asian to Thailand's current champion Amnat Ruenroeng. Behind Casimero is Suguru Muranaka (#4). From #8 down we do find changes though with Joebert Alvarez (#8) having moved up 2 places and over taken Kazuto Ioka (#9). We have, sadly, lost Froilan Saludar though he has been replaced by Randy Petalcorin (#13) one of two new entries, alongside Koki Eto (#11). As with the previous weight classes the lowest ranked Asian fighters are "as they were" with Rocky Fuentes (#13) and Toshiyuki Igarashi (#14) both keeping their places.
Arguably the strangest moves in the rankings have come in the Super Flyweight division where future world title challenger Teiru Kinoshita (#6) has dropped a remarkable 3 places and been over-taken by Filipino pair Arthur Villanueva (#4) and Jerwin Ancajas (#5). Other odd changes have seen Rusalee Samor (#9) promoted 2 places whilst Go Onaga (#13) has been dropped 5 places. Interestingly a number of places Onaga has lost have been to other Asian fighters including Samor as well as Mark Anthony Geraldo (#10), Rex Tso (#11) and Yohei Tobe (#12). Despite the knock to Kinoshita's ranking he will still be fighting Zolani Tete for the world title on July 18th.
In the championless Bantamweight division we've finally seen Daiki Kameda (previously #3) stripped of his ranking. Sadly for us Kameda's loss of ranking has only boostes one Asian, Ryoksuke Iwasa (#4) who has climbed a single place. Lower down the rankings we still find Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#8) and Kohei Oba (#10) both were they were, however Ryo Akaho (#11) has moved up a single place.
There is surprisingly just a single change in the Super Bantamweight division. This change has seen unbeaten Filipino Albert Pagara (#11) come in at the expense of former champion Jhonthan Romero. Pagara joined a host of other Asian fighters, including Japanese champion Hideonori Otake (#3), Thailand's Mike Tawatchai (#4), fellow unbeaten Filipino Genesis Servania (#9) and current OPBF champion Shingo Wake (#10).
At Featherweight we've seen no changes of note, in fact the only change is that recent title challenger Aleksander Miskirtchian, previously #1, has been dropped completely from the rankings.
The Super Featherweight division has seen Michael Farenas (#2) move up a couple of places. We still find Masao Nakamura (#5) where he was a month ago and oddly Ryan Sermona (#10) has moved up 2 places whilst Andrey Klimov (#12) has climbed 3 places.
The Lightweight division has seen a few changes with Takahiro Ao (#8) notably dropping one place whilst Ik Yang (#15) has dropped 2 places and Masayoshi Nakatani, previously #15, has dropped out of the rankings.
At 140lbs the only change of note sees Patomsuk Pathompothong (#8) moving up a single place.
In the deep Welterweight division we've sadly seen Yoshihiro Kamegai (#14) drop 7 places due to his loss to Robert Guerrero.
As with last month the only ranked Light Middleweight is Takayuki Hosokawa (#12) who remains where he was a month ago.
The only Middleweight of note is Matt Korobov (#9) who also remains in the same position as he was a month ago.
As with the previous 2 divisions there is no change in regards to fighters of interest with Maxim Vlasov (#6) remaining the only top 15 fighter of any interest.
In the Light Heavyweight division Igor Mikhalkin (#8) has moved up 3 place to create a space between himself and Dmitry Sukhotsky (#12) who is where he was a month ago.
In the Cruiserweight division we again fight inly Russian's with rankings. The highest of those Russians is Rakhim Chakhkiev (#5) who has moved up one place from last month, the second ranked Russian is Grigory Drozd (#11) who stays where he was a month ago whilst Murat Gassiev (#14) has moved up a single place.
In the Heavyweight division we've seen Alexander Ustinov (#8) fall 4 places.
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