Earlier today the JBC announced their updated domestic rankings for the start of November. The rankings, which we won't go through in full, included a number of interesting changes including two very notable ones.
The most interesting, at least for us, regarded novice professional Ken Shiro (2-0, 1) who took the #6 ranking at Minimumweight following his recent victory over Phuwanai Wor Surapol. From what we understand Ken Shiro will actually be aiming for gold at Light Flyweight and not Minimumweight but this ranking does open a door at 105lbs if the Japanese youngster can make the weight.
The other very notable change was that of Hideo Sakamoto (15-1-2, 5) who is now ranked #9 at Bantamweight following his upset victory over former OPBF champion Hiroki Shiino. The win was unexpected by many though showed that Sakamoto is talented enough to compete in the stacked Japanese Bantamweight division. Although it may seem silly we'd like to see Sakamoto fight the winner of the upcoming national title fight between Kentaro Masuda and Tatsuya Takahashi on December 8th. Sakamoto isn't the only new addition to the Bantamweight rankings and he has been joined by Kenta Toi (4-4, 1) who scored a shock win over Mikihito Seto to take the #10 ranking.
One fighter who has completely dropped from the rankings is Naoki Matsumoto (9-8-2, 2) who announced his retirement earlier this month.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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