Yesterday (April 9th) saw the WBA issue their updated rankings for fights up to May 3rd. As we often often do we've had a good hard look at them to try and find the notable changes.
The 105lb Minimumweight division has seen no changes since the rankings were updated in March. Whilst this may not seem like an issue there is a bone we need to pick with the WBA who left their top ranked fighter Jesus Silvestre as the top contender despite his huge upset loss to Eduardo Martinez. We understand that bout was fought above the Minimumweight limit though still feel that the loss should be reflected in the rankings considering that the man who beat him, Martinez, is a Minimumweight himself.
The lack of changes leaves us with Wanheng Menayothin (#3), Kwanthai Sithmorseng (#7), Pigmy Kokietgym (#8) and Smartlek Kokietgym (#9) all from Thailand and holding top 10 positions. From Japan we have Ryuji Hara (#4) and Kosei Tanaka (#14) whilst from the Philippines Rey Loreto (#6) is standing alone in the top 15.
Oddly there have been no changes in the Light Flyweight division either. So the ranked fighters here for Asia are the same as they were a month ago with Randy Petalcorin (#2), Zou Shiming (#3), Wisanu Kokietgym (#7), Takuma Inoue (#10), Paipharob Kokietgym (#12) and Jonathan Taconing (#14).
The title at Light Flyweight is still vacant and as far as we're aware the WBA haven't yet ordered a match up for the belt though their will certainly be a lot of fighters eyeing up an opportunity to fight for the world title.
We finally see a few changes as we get into the Flyweight division. A lot of the changes however revolve around Oleksandr Hryshchuk (#9) who fell several places from #6 which has allowed Suguru Muranaka (#6), Hernan Marquez (#7) and Joebert Alvarez (#8) to all climb a place. They have also taken out Lwandile Sityatha (previously #10) and replaced him with Kazuto Ioka, who of course hadn't lost to Amnat Ruenroeng when the rankings were compiled though had lost before the rankings had been published. Sadly Richie Mepranum (previously #15) has lost his ranking following his recent stoppage loss to Juan Francisco Estrada.
The changes to the rankings have seen us being left with Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (#1 and interim champion), Noknoi Sithipraset (#5), Muranaka (#6), Alvarez (#8), Ioka (#10), Kwanpichit Kokietgym (#12) and Koki Eto (#14)
At Super Flyweight we've seen some minor changes revolving around Venezuelan Breilor Theran (#9) who has climbed from being #13 last month. This climb by Theran has seen Arthur Villanueva (#10) and Nobuo Nashiro (#11) both fall a place. We've also, sadly, lost Taiki Eto (previously #13) who was stopped by Yohei Tobe. Tobe hasn't been rewarded for his victory and instead Lwandile Sityatha (#13) has moved in to the rankings. Strangely it was Sityatha who had been removed at Flyweight to make room for Ioka.
We know Nashiro has retired though the WBA don't seem to have been informed of that fact. We expect he will be removed when they finally hear about it, despite us reporting it a month ago!
The ranked fighters here are Koki Kameda (#2), Teiru Kinoshita (#4), Denkaosan Kaovichit (#6), Norasingh Kokietgym (#7), Sho Ishida (#8), Villanueva (#10) and Nashiro (#11) in a division where Asian's pretty much dominate the rankings with 7 of the 15 places. Whilst Kohei Kono still reigns as the champion.
In the Bantamweight division we have seen a major bout announced as Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (#3) and Jamie McDonnell (#4) will meet, on May 31st, in a bout for the vacant regular title. That announcement has been one of the biggest recently for the Bantamweight division which hasn't really changed much since last month.
The first notable change has seen Luis Hinojosa (#11) replace Jonathan Guzman. Guzman, as was announced last week, will be moving up to Super Bantamweight to fight Guillermo Rigondeaux in Macau. Another change has seen Petch Kokietgym (#12) climb 2 places whilst Britain's Paul Butler (previously #12) has been removed from the world rankings after his next bout was announced as an IBF title bout.
This leaves us with Tabtimdeang (#3), Daiki Kameda (#5), Tepparith Kokietgym (#9), Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (#10) and Petch (#12).
At Super Bantamweight we've seen very little in terms of changes and none of them directly effected an Asian fighter. This means we have the same ranked fighters as last month and all of the Asian's remain where they were a month ago unfortunately that means only Shingo Wake (#4) and Sod Kokietgym (#8) are ranked.
Another division that has seen very little change has been the Featherweight division. Thankfully the one, really notable, change has been advantageous for Asian boxing as Hisashi Amagasa (#14) enters the rankings to replace Cuban Alexei Collado (previously #13) who was upset big time last month and dropped out completely as a result.
The changes see very little actually done to change the rankings however we do keep some of the top contenders with Nonito Donaire (#2), recently crowned Japanese champion Satoshi Hosono (#3), Marvin Sonsona (#4), Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (#10) and now Amagasa (#14) all holding rankings. Of course with Chonlatarn having a WBO eliminator later this year recently we'd assume he'll have his ranking taken soon.
The Super Featherweight division has seen a mixed bag of changes for Asian boxing fans. Sadly we've lost Daiki Kaneko (previously #10) from the rankings, although we're not sure why. Whilst it's a shame to lose Kaneko it's worth noting that Masao Nakamura (#15) has managed to find a way into the rankings whilst Terdsak Kokietgym (#9) has climbed impressively from #12 last month.
With world champion Takashi Uchiyama's next bout still not decided he may well view a clash with Nakamura as a profitable contest later this year and it would be a bout that would be must watch action between two huge punchers.
At Lightweight we see a handful of changes as a bunch of fighters change their ranking but no one drops out. The changes have seen Bahodir Mamadjonov (#10) fall 1 place, Petr Petrov (#12) climb 3 places and Roman Andreev (#15) drop one place.
It now, sadly, appears that Eduard Troyanovsky's (#4) on again-off world title bout is off. That could however open the door for one of the other contenders from Asia.
At the moment the ranked fighters are Jorge Linares (#2) Rustam Nugaev (#3), Troyanovsky (#4), Takahiro Ao (#5), Mamadjonov (#10), Petrov (#12) and Andreev (#15).
The 140lb division has seen no changes of relevance to ourselves with Czar Amonsot (#9) being the only ranked ranked fighter and staying where he was a month ago.
At Welterweight we've seen Teerachi Kratingdaenggym (#5) move up a place courtesy of Luis Collazo's loss to Amir Khan. Below Teerachai are only two Asian fighters, Japan's Suyon Takayama (#14) and Kazahkstan's Roman Zhailauov (#15) who both remain where they were a month ago.
In the Light Middleweight division there have been some movers but oddly nothing that has effected an Asian fighter. As a result Kanat Islan (#11) and Akinori Watanabe (#15) remain where they were a month ago.
The big news at Middleweight this month was the arrival on the scene of the promising and young Russian Arif Magomedov (#7) who launched himself in to the rankings with his sensational victory over the highly regarded Alex Theran (previously #7). Magomedov is one of 3 Russian's in the rankings at 160lbs alongside Dmitry Chudinov (#1) and Matt Korobov (#12), both of whom remain where they were a month ago..
At Super Middleweight we again have Russians with Fedor Chudinov (#5) and Maxim Vlasov (#12), both the same as they were last month whilst Kazhakstan's Dmitri Sartison (#15) has surprisingly dropped from #8.
The only ranked Light Heavyweight of note is Dmitry Sukhotsky (#10) who stays where he was a month ago.
The only Cruiserweight of note is Grigory Drozd (#3) who remains where he was a month ago
In an interesting move at Heavyweight the WBA have moved Ruslan Chagaev (#3) up and dropped Alexander Povetkin (#5) down 2 places, effectively swapping the two men around. Further down the rankings they've dropped Alexander Ustinov (#9) one place.
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