Earlier today the WBA released their updated rankings which featured a number of changes.
At Minimumweight we've lost Japan's Ryuji Hara (#5), who is now set to fight IBF champion Katsunari Takayama on September 27th. Hara's removal has allowed countryman Takumi Sakae (#7) to climb a place. We've also lost Thailand's Pigmy Kokietgym (previously #9) who has been replaced by his recent conqueror Jaysever Abcede (#9).
The Light Flyweight division has had a trio of small changed in the middleweight of the top 15. The first has seen Paipharob Kokietgym (#6) swap places with Jonathan Taconing (#7), in what is just a straight swap. Slightly lower down we've seen Kompayak Porpramook (#9) climb into the top 15, with some rumours already linking him to a world title fight.
At Flyweight we've lost Filipino-American Brian Viloria (previously #3), who is now set to fight for a WBC title in October. This is notably the only change.
There haven't been many changes at Super Flyweight, in fact the only one we spotted was the removal of the promising Ryo Matsumoto (previously #12) who has left the division and made his intention of being a Bantamweight very clear.
There has been more of a shake up at Bantamweight where Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (#4) has been moved up a place courtesy of Tomoki Kameda's (#8, previously #4) recent loss to defending “regular” champion Jamie McDonnell. Strangely we've lost Jerwin Ancajas (previously #10) and Shohei Omori (previous #11) who's rankings haven both vanished without real explanation. It's also worth noting that Ryo Matsumoto hasn't been ranked here.
We have no ranked fighters at Super Bantamweight, though that's the same as last week month.
In the Featherweight division we've seen Japanese champion Satoshi Hosono (#3) climb a place whilst his countryman Hiroshige Osawa (previously #14) has dropped from the rankings, allowing Thailand's Thong Sithluangphophun (#14) to climb a place.
We've seen a new addition at Lightweight as OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani (#15) breaks into the rankings and continues his pursuit of a world title.
At Light Welterweight we've seen Filipino fighter Czar Amonsot (#13) drop a couple of places down the rankings.
The Welterweight rankings have seen Thailand's Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (#6) fall a single place.
At Light Middleweight we've seen no changes with Kanat Islam (#6) remaining the sole ranked Asian. There has also been no changes at Middleweight where Ryota Murata (#15) is the sole ranked Asian fighter.
Above Middleweight there are no Asian fighters ranked, though there are interim champions at Cruiserweight, Beibut Shumenov, and Heavyweight, Ruslan Chagaev, who both held their titles a month ago.
Note-We have asked the WBA to explain the removal of Anacajas and Omori, though we're not expecting a reply unfortunately.
Earlier this week the WBA released their latest world rankings and, as always, it left us with as many questions as anything else.
At Minimumweight and Light Flyweight there were no changes at all in the top 15. The means that Japanese youngster Takuma Inoue (#2) remains a ranked Light Flyweight when it's clear he will not be competing at 108lbs in the future.
The first change actually comes at Flyweight where new interim champion Stamp Kiatniwat (#1) has climbed 5 places. As part of the shake up following Stamp's climb we've also seen Noknoi Sitthiprasert (#6) climb 3 places whilst Suguru Muranaka (#8) has climbed a couple of positions. Lower down the rankings Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#13) has climbed a single place.
At Super Flyweight we've seen a number of fighters shuffle down the rankings. These have included Toshiyuki Igarashi (#7), Rex Tso (#8), Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#10) and Ryo Matsumoto (#12). Strangely Thai Oleydong Sithsamerchai (#15) has been re-ranked despite the fact he's not fought since March.
At Bantamweight we've, unsurprisingly, lost Daiki Kameda (previously #6), which actually just left questions as to why the WBA even re-ranked him recently. The only other change of note for ourselves is the new entry of Kenny Demecillo (#14), who recently claimed the WBA Oceania title.
Amazingly there isn't a single Asian fighter ranked at Super Bantamweight, despite how strong the division is through the continent with the likes of Albert Pagara, Yukinori Oguni and Genesis Servania.
At Featherweight we've unsurprisingly lost Dennis Tubieron (previously #11). Tubieron's removal has opened a place for PABA champion Thong Sithluangphophun (#15) who is, of course, a new entrant.
There is, somehow, not a single ranked Asian fighter at Super Featherweight despite the likes of Daiki Kaneko, Masayuk Ito and Rikki Naito all seemingly being more proven than some of the fighters who are ranked, such as #14 Sandro Hernandez.
There us also not an Asian fighter ranked at Lightweight.
At Light Welterweight we've seen no changes with Czar Amonsot (#11) and Ramal Amanov (#15) being the only two ranked Asian's at the weight. We've also seen no change at Welterweight, where Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (#5) is the only ranked Asian, or Light Middleweight, where Kanat Islam (#6) sits alone.
A notable change comes at Middleweight where we see Japanese Olympic star Ryota Murata (#15) claim a ranking, as a result he is now ranked by all of the “big 4”.
There are no Asian fighters ranked at Super Middleweight or Light Heavyweight.
At Cruiserweight we've seen Beibut Shumenov (#1) strengthen his top ranking by claiming the interim title with his recent win over BJ Flores. Shumeniv is however the only ranked Asian.
There is no ranked Asian at Heavyweight, though “regular” champion Ruslan Chagaev is an Uzbek fighter.
We have, publicly, asked the WBA to explain the rankings of Oleydong, Takuma Inoue and that of #9 ranked Bantamweight Robert Vazquez. Sadly we're not expecting much in terms of an explanation.
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Earlier today the WBA released their updated world rankings and to say they have some talking points is a real understatement.
The first change we saw was at Minimumweight where Kosei Tanaka (previously #2) was removed from the rankings following his WBO title victory on May 30th. Tanaka's removal has seen a number of boxers move up the rankings including Rey Loreto (#4)-who has gained one place, Ryuji Hara (#6)-who has gained two places like Takumi Sakae (#9) and Pigmy Kokietgym (#10). An even bigger winner was Xiong Zhao Zhong (#11) who climbed 3 places at the expense of Muhammad Rachman (previously #13 and now unranked). The shuffle has also opened up a space for Filipino Jessie Espinas (#15).
At Light Flyweight we've seen Yemen's Ali Raymi (#11) drop 5 places but remaining in the rankings despite his recent passing. Raymi's fall down the rankings has allowed both Jonathan Taconing (#7) and Paipharob Kokietgym (#8) to climb a place each as they slowly climb the WBA's rankings.
At Flyweight we've seen Filipino fighter Johnriel Casimero (previously #4) removed from the rankings ahead of his IBF title fight with Amnat Ruenroeng. The next change is an eye opening one with Stamp Kiatniwat (#5) jumping an incredible 5 places, from what we've been told he's being lined up to fight for the WBA interim title and this ranking push was a big move towards that possible bout. Stamp's move up has seen both Noknoi Sitthiprasert (#9) and Suguru Muranaka (#10) each drop a place. Lower down we've seen both Myung Goo Yuh, aka Young Kil Bae (#12), and Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#14) each climb a single place.
In the Super Flyweight division we've seen very few changes however Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#10) and Ryo Matsumoto (#11) have both dropped a place.
At Bantamweight we've seen Kazakh puncher Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#2) climb a single place as he slowly moves towards a world title fight. Lower down the rankings we've seen Jerwin Ancajas (#13) climb a couple of places whilst Shohei Omori (#14) moves in to the rankings.
The Super Bantamweight division continues to frustrate and confuse us. This month we've seen Shingo Wake (#3) drop a place whilst his compatriot Hidenori Otake (previously #12) has been removed from the rankings.
The only change at Featherweight that concerns us is one involving Hiroshige Osawa (#15) who has been dropped a single place.
There is surprisingly no Asian fighter ranked at Super Featherweight or Lightweight, both the same as last month.
At Light Welterweight we've seen Czar Amonsot (#9) climb two places.
There's been no change at Welterweight where Thailand's unbeaten contender Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (#5) remains the only ranked Asian fighter. There's also been no change at Light Middleweight where Kanat Islam (#6) remains the only ranked Asian.
At Cruiserweight Beibut Shumenov (#1) retains his ranking ahead of his interim title fight with BJ Flores (#3). Interestingly Flores has magically jumped 4 places in this update. Sorry WBA but that doesn't change the fact that the bout is a farce and if anything it shows how poor your rankings really are.
There is no Asian ranked fighter at 160lbs, 168lbs, 175lbs or Heavyweight.
We don't want to be critical, really we don't. But the climbs for Flores and Stamp Kiatniwat are questionable to say the least whilst the continual rating of Ali Raymi, following his tragic death, is reminiscent of a similar move by the WBO back in the 1990's. It's time that the WBA's ranking committee took a long hard look at themselves and ask whether they are doing a credible job or not. In our eyes they aren't.
Over the weekend the WBA released their latest world ranking update.
At Minimumweight we've seen no changes at all.
We find our first changes in the middle of the Light Flyweight rankings with recent title challenger Ma Yi Ming (#15) dropping 7 places following his drubbing at the hands of interim champion Randy Petalcorin. We'll admit we're curios as to how Ming has kept his ranking but his slide down has allowed a number of fighters to move up a place with Jonathan Taconing (#8), Paipharob Kokietgym (#9) and Yu Kimura (#12) all benefiting from Ming's misfortune. Another change has seen Kwanthai Sithmorseng (previously #14) fall out of the rankings following his loss to WBA “regular” champion Ryoichi Taguchi. The WBA have replaced Kwanthai with Palangpol CP Freshmart (#13).
In the Flyweight division we saw a new champion being crowned as Japan's Kazuto Ioka (previously #3) narrowly out pointed Juan Carlos Reveco for the “regular” title. As a result of his loss Reveco has moved into the #2 position and pushed Brian Viloria (#3) down a place. Those were essentially the only changes in the division.
There have been no changes at all at Super Flyweight.
We've seen a shake up in the Bantamweight division. Firstly we've seen Tomoki Kameda (#4) move into the rankings following his recent world title fight with Jamie McDonnell. Tomoki's inclusion has come at the expense of his brother Daiki Kameda (#6) who has fallen a couple of places. Lower down the rankings we've seen Ryosuke Iwasa (#7) and Ryo Akaho (#11) each drop a place, though we doubt they'll care too much given they are each set to fight for world titles later in the year.
There have been no changes involving an Asian fighter at Super Bantamweight.
At Featherweight we've seen Filipino Dennis Tubieron (#11) slip a place following his loss to Josh Warrington.
In the Super Featherweight division we've lost Thailand's Jomthong Chuwatana (#7) following his nasty KO loss in his recent challenge against “Super” champion Takashi Uchiyama. Jomthong's removal from the rankings leaves us with no ranked Asian contenders.
There are no ranked Asians at Lightweight, just like their wasn't last month either.
At Light Welterweight we've seen Filipino fighter Czar Amonsot (#11) move a couple of places up the rankings.
There have been no chances at Welterweight, where Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (#5) remains the only ranked Asian.
In the Light Middleweight division we've seen Kazakh puncher Kanat Islam (#6) move up the rankings by a couple of places as he slowly works his way towards world title fight.
There are no ranked Asian fighters at Middleweight, the same as last month.
There are no ranked Asian fighters at Super Middleweight, the same as last month.
There are no ranked Asian fighters at Light Heavyweight, the same as last month.
At Cruiserweight Kazakh fighter Beibut Shumenov (#1) has climbed a place and now sits as the top contender to Denis Lebedev. We've really no idea what Shumenov has done here to deserve his ranking but he certainly seems to be in favour with the WBA.
There are no ranked Asian fighters at Heavyweight, the same as last month.
(Image courtesy of the WBA).
Over the past day or two the WBA have released their updated rankings for March. They've not seen a lot of big changes but there are some notable moves.
At Minimumweight we've seen very little in terms of changes with Filipino slugger Rey Loreto (#5) dropping a single place down the rankings.
At Light Flyweight we've seen some small changes. High up the rankings we've seen Takuma Inoue (#3) and Ryo Miyazaki (#4) both climb a single place. A more notable change has seen Ali Raymi (#6) climb a couple of places and move towards a world title shot. Lower down the rankings future “interim” title challenger Ma Yi Ming (#8) has moved up a place along with Filipino slugger Jonathan Taconing (#9), Paipharob Kokietgym (#10), Yu Kimura (#13) and future world title challenger Kwanthai Sithmorseng (#14)
In the Flyweight rankings the first change we've seen have been in the middle of the rankings where both Noknoi Sitthiprasert (#8) and Suguru Muranaka (#9) have both moved down a place. The most notable change here has been the ranking of Thai teenager Stamp Kiatniwat (#10) who has suddenly appeared in the rankings, possibly ahead of a title fight of some kind. Stamp's inclusion has come at the expense of compatriot Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (previously #12). In the lower part of the rankings we've seen Myung Goo Yuh (#13) drop a couple of places whilst Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#15) just holds on to a world ranking. Notably, though not at all surprisingly, we've lost Rommel Asenjo who came up short against Juan Francisco Estrada in a world title fight.
The Super Flyweight division hasn't had full scales changes though several Asian fighters have been moved up the rankings slightly. They are Rex Tso (#8), Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#9) and Ryo Matsumoto (#10) who have each moved up a place, though strangely Masumoto is still listed at Super Flyweight despite stating he'll not be fighting in the division again.
At Bantamweight we've seen a bit of a shake up with a number of Asian fighters not edging towards a world title fight. As part of that shake up we've seen Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#3), Daiki Kameda (#4), Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (#5) and Ryosuke Iwasa (#6) all moving up a place near the top of the rankings.
The Super Bantamweight division has seen no changes in the rankings, despite the fact Shingo Wake (#2) has agreed to fight in an IBF eliminator in June.
At Featherweight we've seen some notable changes and now it seems Satoshi Hosono (#3) is on the verge of a world title fight after climbing a couple of places. Another climber here was Nonito Donaire (#4) who has made it clear he's going to be fighting at Super Bantamweight, despite climbing 3 places in this update. Lower down the rankings Dennis Tubieron (#10) has moved up a place.
The only change of note at Super Featherweight saw future world title challenger Jomthong Chuwatana (#7) climb up 3 places in the rankings ahead of his world title bout with “super” champion Takashi Uchiyama.
In the Lightweight division we've lost Takahiro Ao (formerly #3) though that's no surprise considering he has signed to fight for a WBO world title in early May.
At Light Welterweight we've seen no changes with Czar Amonsot (#13) remaining where he was. Likewise at Welterweight we've seen no changes, where Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (#5) remains where he was.
In the Light Middleweight division we've seen Kazakh slugger Kanat Islam (#8) move up a place.
We've seen no changes above Middleweight involving an Asian fighter with Cruiserweight Beibut Shumenov (#2) being the only ranked fighter of note above 154lbs.
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