Earlier today the JBC released their latest rankings. The update featured the most significant changes of the year as they brought in a massive change removing a number of fighters who have indicated that they have no intention of fighting for the Japanese title. Those fighters, regarded as "pending fighters list", have stated that they are focused on fighting for a world title and as a result they are not interested, at the moment, in fighting for a domestic title.
As a result of those pending players, who are listed below, we've seen the likes of Tatsuya Fukuhara (#1 at Minimumweight), Ken Shiro (#3 at Light Flyweight), Ryuchai Funai (#1 at Super Flyweight) and Rikiya Fukuhara (#1 at Featherweight) all climb towards a title fight.
As well as the changes related to the "Pending players"we've also seen new fighters move into the rankings. These have included Hiroyuki Hisataka (#12 at Super Flyweight), Naoto Uebayashi (#13 at Bantamweight), Mark John Yap (#14 at Bantamweight), Ryuji Miyazaki (#14 at Super Bantamweight), Ryuto Araya (#9 at Featherweight), Tsuyoshi Tameda (#13 at Featherweight) and Accel Sumiyoshi (#13 at Lightweight).
The 15 fighters on on the "Pending Fighters List" are-
Ryuji Hara (Minimumweight/Ohashi)
Akira Yaegashi (Light Flyweight/Ohashi)
Ryo Miyazaki (Light Flyweight/Ioka)
Yu Kimura (Light Flyweight/Teiken)
Teiru Kinoshita (Super Flyweight/Senrima Kobe)
Toshiyuki Igarashi (Super Flyweight/Teiken)
Ryo Matasumoto (Bantamweight/Ohashi)
Ryo Akaho (Bantamweight/Yokohama Hikari)
Ryosuke Iwasa (Bantamweight/Celes)
Hozumi Hasegawa (Featherweight/Shinsei)
Hisashi Amagasa (Featherweight/Amagasaki)
Takahiro Ao (Lightweight/Teiken)
Yoshitaka Kato (Lightweight/Kadoebihoseki),
Yoshihiro Kamegai (Welterweight/Teiken)
Ryota Murata (Middleweight/Teiken)
Note-Of course along with the "pending" list there is also no Japanese ranking for any OPBF champion, as a result the likes of Koki Eto (Flyweight/SGS), Takuma Inoue (Super Flyweight/Ohashi) and Shingo Wake (Super Bantamweight/Koguchi) are not ranked.
For those wanting to see the rankings in full they can been found, in PDF format, by clicking belwo.
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