Earlier today the WBA released their updated rankings. Here we look at the changes that have effected fighters.
In boxing's smallest division we've not seen any change in the top 9 ranking places which still has a vacant #1 and, some how, Jesus Silvestre (#2) is still the top ranked contender. Although the top 9 are as they were there has been some shake ups in the lower section of the top 15. These changes have worked well for Kosei Tanaka (#13) who has moved up 1 place as a result.
The first change at Light Flyweight is a positive one for Filipino Milan Melindo (#5) who has jumped into the rankings following his majority decision victory over Martin Tecuapetla (previously #5). Due to Felix Alvarado leaving the division we've also seen a positive change for Takuma Inoue (#9) and Paipharob Kokietgym (#11) who both moved up a single place. The knock on positivity has also been felt by Jonathan Taconing (#12) who moved up 2 places and Jether Oliva (#15) who is a new entry in the rankings.
The first major change in the Flyweight division is Kazuto Ioka (#5) who has jumped up a remarkable 5 places in the wake of his loss to Amnat Ruenroeng. The move up for Ioka has forced Noknoi Sithipraset (#6) and Suguru Muranaka (#7) both down a place making the whole thing very beweildering. Lower down the rankings we've seen the removal of Hernan Marquez (previously #7) which has allowed Joebert Alvarez to retain his #8 position and also helped Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (#11) to move up a place. Things however haven't effected Koki Eto (#14) who stays where he was a month ago.
In the Super Flyweight division the first change is that of the newly crowned interim world champion David Sanchez (#1) who was previously #3. Although Sanchez's victory has jumped him above Koki Kameda (#2) the change hasn't really been shown as the #1 sport was previously vacant. A big mover here was Norasingh Kokietgym (#4) who jumped 3 places due to various things out of his control, such as Teiru Kinoshita (previously #5) being removed courtesy of his IBF title fight. Norasingh wasn't the only man to make a big move in the rankings as the unbeaten Sho Ishida (#5) moved up 3 places following his victory over Christian Esquivel. The changes lower down the rankings have seen Arthur Villanueva (#7) move up 3 places. Rather oddly the WBA still rank Nobuo Nashiro (#11) despite his retirement several months back. All the moves and shakers have left some slots open lower down the rankings and it's opened to door for Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#13) and Rex Tso (#15) who have both moved into the top 15.
Interestingly Rex Tso's inclusion in the top 15 seems to have made champion Kohei Kono's Macau dream a real possibility and that fight, mooted for November, is certainly plausible now that Tso is in the world rankings.
At Bantamweight the big change is that we've seen a "regular" champion crowned following Jamie McDonnell's victory over Tabtimdaeng Na Rachwat (#6), the loss for the Tabtimdaeng saw him dropping from #3 whilst McDonnell was #4 going in to that fight. The result of the title fight has helped various fighters further down the rankings including Daiki Kameda (#3) who has moved up 2 places just like old adversary Liborio Solis (#4). The knock on down the rankings have also helped Tepparit Kokietgym (#8) and Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (#9) who have both moved up a place. A little further down we have a new entrant in the form of Kazakhstan's Zhanat Zhakiyano (#12) who has been partly responsible for the slight demotion of Petch Kokietgym (#14) who was ranked #12 last month.
At Super Featherweight the first change is midway down the rankings with future world title challenger Sod Kokietgym (#10) having dropped 2 places and fallen behind both Rafael Vazquez and Juan Dominguez in a questionable move by the WBA who have effectively down valued theirown title challenger. These changes have been the only ones in the division.
In the Featherweight division the major change was at the very top as Nonito Donaire claimed the undisputed title. Donaire, previously ranked #2, has seen his victory benefit Satoshi Hosono (#2) and Marvin Sonsona (#3) who both moved up a single place. Lower down the rankings we've seen Chonlatarn Piriyapino (#10) also move up a place.
The Super Featherweigth division sees it's first change in the middle of the top 15 as Jose Pedraza (#6) and Terdsak Kokietgym (#7) both jump up 2 places and over take Emmanuel Tagoe (#8) and Padjai Yongyuthgym (#9). At the bottom of the rankings we still see Masao Nakamura (#15) who will return to the ring on July 30th. The idea to match Nakamura and world champion Takashi Uchiyama seems likely to happen if Nakamura can win win his upcoming fight.
One division which has had a real shake up this month has been the Lightweight division. The first change is that Yuriorkis Gamboa (previously #1 challenger and interim champion) has been stripped of his position after agreeing to fight WBO champion Terence Crawford. Despite stripping the top place off of Gamboa the WBA haven't moved Jorge Linares (#2). Behind Linares we've seen Eduard Troyanovsky (#3) move up a place whilst Rustam Nugaev (#7) has dropped a shocking 4 places without any real explanation, likewise Takahiro Ao (#8) has fallen hard having previously been #5. The shake up has really helped Petr Petrov (#6) who jumped 12 places following his victories in the Boxcino tournament. Lower down the rankings we've seen Bahodir Mamadjonov (#11) drop a place whilst Roman Andreev (#15) just holds on to his world ranking.
The first change in the Light Welterweigth division has seen Adrien Broner (#3) swap places with former champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (#4). The only other fighter of note for us is Czar Amonsot (#9) who retains his position.
There were no changes at 147lbs.
In the Light Middleweight division we've seen the re-emergence of former WBO champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (#8) as the first notable change. The second chance is arguably more interesting however as the unbeaten and power punching Kanat Islam (#9) has climbed 2 places and entered the top 10.
Although the Middleweight division has been full of political dealings in recent weeks much of the rankings do make sense. The first 3 are exactly as they were a month ago whilst Patrick Nielsen (#7) has dropped form the #4 position following his loss to interim champion Dmitry Chudinov. Willie Monroe (#5) has moved up 9 places following his Boxcino championship victory whilst his opponent in the final, Brandon Adams (#14) has dropped 8 places. The moves have helped Arif Magomedov (#6) climb one place though they have neutralised each other further down the rankings and Matt Korobov (#12) remains where he was a month ago.
In the very exciting Super Middleweight division we've been a little big shocked by Fedor Chudinov (#4) moving in to the top 5 whilst lower down both Maxim Vlasov (#12) and Dmitri Sartison (#15) have remained where they were a month ago.
In the Light Heavyweight division we've seen Dmitry Suhotsky (#11) drop 1 place in the only change of note to ourselves.
In the Cruiserweight division we've spotted the emergence of former Light Heavyweight title holder Beibut Shumenov (#4) who sits directly behind Grigory Drozd (#3). Way down the rankings we find Drozd's compatriot Rakhim Chakhkiev (#13).
In the Heavyweight division, where it was recently announced that Ruslan Chagaev (#3) would be fighting Fres Oquendo (#4) for the vacant world title, we see very few changes and Alexander Povetkin (#5) and Alexander Ustinov (#9) remain where they were a month ago.
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