Over the weekend we were alerted to the most recent OPBF ranking update, and this has seen some changes, both in the rankings and in how the OPBF list certain things. Gone is the "mandatory due date" and in it's place is the "Next Defense", which appears to give the fans and fighters a head up on whether the next defense will be a mandatory or a "choice" defense. A feature we quite like though we do see improvement coming in the future.
At Minimumweight we've seen a number of changes in the rankings. These have included a shake up in the top 5 which has benefited former world title challenger Rommel Asenjo (#3), who has moved up a couple of places, and Takumi Sakae (#4) who has rocketed from #11. These changes have subsequently seen Ryuji Hara (#5) drop a single place whilst Go Odaira (#6) has dropped 3 places. A little lower down the rankings we have again seen numerous changes including a big fall for bother Ronelle Ferreras (#12, previously #6) and recent world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (#13, previously #7). It really has been a major shake up in the lightest of divisions with only the top fighters, Jetli Purisima (#1) and Roque Lauro (#2) along with champion Kosei Tanaka seemingly remaining safe.
There has again been notable changes at Light Flyweight, starting at the top of the rankings. Here we've seen Benezer Alolod (#1) move above Yu Kimura (#2) in what appears to have been a straight swap. Another straight swap has seen Richard Claveras (#3) take over Renen Trongco (#4). A bit of stability has been seen in the middle of the rankings though Faris Nenggo (#8) has been boosted up 4 places whilst the remaining men have shuffled to accommodate his move.
We again see changes at the top of the Flyweight division where Adrin Diale (#1) has swapped with Takuma Inoue (#2). Lower down we again see a swap as Giovanni Escaner (#4) moves ahead of Takuya Kogawa (#5). In more notable changes here Kongfah Nakornluang (#9) has been boosted up 4 places whilst his compatriot Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (#12) has been dropped 4 places.
At Super Flyweight Rex Tso (#2) has managed to climb a place at the expense of Mark Anthony Geraldo (#4), who has fallen two places. The winner at the top however is Jerwin Ancajas (#3) who managed to climb 2 places, just like Myung-Goo Yuh (#5). The big loses here were Marco Demecillo (#8), who dropped 4 places, and Yohei Tobe (#14) who dropped 5 places. Those loses helped Melvin Gumban (#7) climb a total of 5 places.
The champion-less Bantamweight division certainly hasn't been safe from changes either. Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda (#1) remains where he was but his future foe Shohei Omori (#5) has dropped 3 places in a really surprising move. Omori's fall has been good news for Pungluang Sor Singyu (#2), Takahiro Yamamoto (#3) and Yu Kawaguchi (#4) who all moved up a single place. Lower down the rankings we've seen Jethro Pabustan (#8) swap with Marlon Tapales (#10) in a straight swap whilst there has been a very small number of moves in lower echelons of the rankings.
The Super Bantamweight division has seen Japanese champion Yukinori Oguni (#1) swap places with Albert Pagara (#2) in a relatively strange move that appears to be pushing for a rematch between Oguni and current champion Shingo Wake. Staying in top 5 we've seen Jhon Gemino (#3) move up a couple of places at the expense Hidenori Otake (#6) who has fallen 3 places. The biggest loser here was Jaesung Lee (#12) who has dropped 5 places whilst several fighters, including future challenger Jimmy Paypa (#10), have had multi-place boosts.
The Featherweight division has been another division with the top two swapping places and now we have Vinvin Rufino (#1) and Mark Gil Melligen (#2). We've seen some pretty notable changes beloew that with former champion Hisashi Amagasa (#8) and Chonlatarn Priryapinyo (#9) both dropping a remarkable 6 places. The bigger winner due to those changes was Shota Hayashi (#4) who moved up 4 places. Lower down the rankings Ryo Takenaka (#15) has swapped places with Ryota Kajiki (#11).
We were expecting several changes at the top of the Super Featherweight division and we've not been disappointed here. Recent challenger Daiki Kaneko (#4) has dropped 3 places. We've seen Masayuki Ito (#1) climb above future opponent Rikki Naito (#2) to claim the top spot. The big winner in this division has been the heavy handed Lorenzo Villanueva (#3) who has managed to jump 5 places, a place more than Dai Iwai (#5). One of the notable losers here was Harmonito Dela Torre (#7) who dropped 3 places.
The top 2 at Lightweight remain as they were but we again seen changes lower down with Rey Labao (#3) climbing above Jack Asis (#4) in a straight swap. Lower we see a number of reshuffles though the big winner is Daiki Koide (#11) who has climbed 3 places.
At 140lbs we've seen Leonardo Zappvigna (#2) climb a couple of places just like Chalermpol Singwancha (#4). Those boosts have come at the expense of Hiroki Okada (#5) who has dropped 3 places. The big loser here is Ja Ik Goo (#14), who has fallen 4 places, whilst Yuya Okazaki (#8) has climbed 3 places. Notable Romeo Jakosalem (previously #15) has been dropped out of the rankings and been replaced by Sonny Katiandagho (#15)
At Welterweight we've seen Jeff Horn (#1) climb a place to become the mandatory challenger at the expenses of Suyon Takayama (#4) who has fallen 3 places. Another man who has fallen 3 places is Tim Hunt (#5). The big winner at the top is Leti Leti (#3) who has climbed up 4 places whilst Anthony Taylor (#8) has also had a 4 place boost. In the middle of the rankings the big loser was Noboyuki Shindo (#9) who fell 3 places.
At 154lbs the bigger winner has been Takayuki Hosokawa (#2) who has climbed a couple of places ahead of his fight with Japanese champion Yuki Nonaka (#1). Another notable climber has been Michael Zerafa (#3) who has climbed 3 places, just like Sam Ah See (#5). The biggest loser here was Japan's Takehiro Shimokawara (#13) who fell 4 places.
Middleweight has seen several big changes with Shoma Fukumoto (#4) climbing 4 places whilst Maebara Tyson Koki (#5) climbing 7 places to be the big winner of the month. The big losers here were Garth Wood (#8), Hikaru Nishida (#9) and Jarrod Fletcher (#10) who both fell 4 places. Interestingly Marlon Alta (#13) has entered the rankings.
At Super Middleweight we've seen a a little big of a shake up with Trent Broadhurst (#3) swapping with Adrian Taihia (#4) and Serge Yannick (#5) climbing an impressive 4 places. The big loser was Ben McCulloch (#9) who fell 3 places.
At Light Heavyweight we've seen the top two switching places with Blake Caparello (#1) moving above Rohan Murdock (#2). The big change here is Robert Berridge (#6) who has fallen 3 places.
Amazingly, due to the sheer number of changes, we've not seen anything happen at Crusierweight.
At Heavyweight we've seen Lucas Browne (#4) fall a couple of places with Japanese fighters Kyotaro Fujimoto (#2) and Nobuhiro Ishida (#3) both moving up a place to fill the void. Lower down Kali Meehan (#6) has swapped with Alex Lepai (#7).
...yup it's been a busy month with the OPBF and for those wanting the full rankings check out the PDF below.
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