Overnight the WBA released their updated world rankings for the end of June, as usual they involved a lot of changes.
In boxing's lowest division we saw a number of changes, the most notable of which saw Thai youngster Knockout CP Freshmart (#6) shooting into the rankings having been previously unranked. The insertion into the world rankings has come at the cost of compatriot Pigmy Kokietgym who has been removed from the top 15 following his loss to Hekkie Budler in a recent world title fight. Knockout is one of four Thai's in the top 15 alongside Wanheng Menayothin (#3), Kwanthai Sithmorseng (#8), Samartlek Kokietgym (#9).
Other ranked Asian's at 105lbs include Ryuji Hara (#4), Rey Loreto (#7), Kosei Tanaka (#12) and former WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (#15) who is a new entry in the top 15.
We no longer find China's Zou Shiming in the top 15 at Light Flyweight, more about that later, though there is still a host of Asian's in the top 15 at 108lbs, including a new entry. That new entry is Japan's Ryoichi Taguchi (#15) who was very lucky to see out a torrid second round against Florante Condes just a few days ago.
Taguchi joins Randy Petalcorin (#2), Milan Melindo (#5), Wisanu Kokietygym (#7), Takuma Inoue (#9), Paipharob Kokietgym (#11), Jonathan Taconing (#12) and Jether Oliva (#14). Of those 7 fighters only Oliva has seen his ranking improve with the Filipino climbing a single place up the ranking.
It's at Flyweight that we now find Zou Shiming (#6) who enters the top 10 in the 112lbs division. The new ranking for Shiming leaves the Chinese star behind interim champion Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (#1) and former 2-weight world champion Kazuto Ioka (#5) though still in a great position for a world title fight if his promoter wishes to secure him one.
Below Shiming we see a host of Asian fighters including Noknoi Sithipraset (#7), Suguru Muranaka (#8), Joebert Alvarez (#9) and current OPBF champion Koki Eto (#13) who moved up one place following his sensational victory over Ardin Diale. Sadly however we have lost Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym who was previously #13, we're not sure exactly why he's been dropped though.
In the Super Flyweight division, headed by champion Kohei Kono, we don't find any changes in the top 6 places where Koki Kameda (#2), leads Norasingh Kokietgym (#4), Sho Ishida (#5) and Denkaosan Kaovichit (#6). Lower down the rankings however we have seen Arthur Villanueva (#8) drop a place however Thailand's Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#10) has shot up 3 places. Oddly the WBA still rank Nobuo Nashiro (#12) despite the fact he has been retired for several months. Also included in the rankings is Hong Kong star Rex Tso (#15).
In the 118lb Bantamweight division wee see the same top 5 that we had a month ago with Daiki Kameda (#3). Outside of the top 5 however we do see several changes, including the relegation of recent title challenger Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (#8) who dropped below compatriot Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (#7). Tabtimdaeng isn't the only fighter to drop down the rankings as Tepparith Kokietgym (#10) who dropped 2 places. Lower down the rankings we still find Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#12) who is where he was a month ago however we do see new entries filling out the rankings with Malcolm Tunacao (#14) and Ryo Akaho (#15) taking new ranking places.
Notably Petch Kokietgym has been dropped form the top 15 at Bantamweight having previously been #14.
At Super Bantamweight their have been some changes in the top 15 though no Asian fighter has been effected and we still find Shingo Wake (#4) and future world title challenger Sod Kokietgym (#10) as the only ranked fighters from the east.
In the Nonito Donaire lead Featherweight division we've seen a number of changes amongst the top 15. The most surprising of those revolves round Marvin Sonsona (#5) who has dropped from #3 courtesy of Simpiwe Vetyeka and Daniel Ramirez who has surprisingly jumped to #3, just behind Satoshi Hosono (#2). It's not all bad for Asian fighters however and Thailand's Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (#9) has moved up a place and Hisashi Amagasa (#12) has moved up two places, we've also seen Rogelio Jun Doliguez (#15) break into the world rankings.
The Takashi Uchiyama lead Super Featherweight division has seen Terdsak Kokietgym (#6) climb a place though his compatriot Padjai Yongyuthgym has been stripped of his ranking, likely due to a lack of activity. At the bottom of the top 15 we still have Japanese banger Masao Nakamura (#15) who has publicly spoken as a clash with Uchiyama and that's a bout that would certainly excite us.
Welterweight:The Lightweight rankings are genuinely stacked with Asian or Asian promoted challengers. These include Teiken promoted Jorge Linares (#2), Rustam Nugaev (#3), Eduard Troyanovsky (#4), Petr Petrov (#5), Takahrio Ao (#6), Bahodir Mamadjonov (#11) and Roman Andreev (#15). A number of those fighters did move up a couple of places but in the grand scheme of things we don't imagine there will be many who are actively looking for fights with tricky champion Richar Abril.
In the Light Welterweight division we still have only a couple of ranked fighters in the form of Khabib Allakhverdiev (#4) and Czar Amonsot (#6) though it's great that Amonsot has been moved up the rankings having previously been #9.
In the Welterweight division we have seen some pretty notable changes though Thailand's promising unbeaten fighter Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (#5) is a constant remaining where he was a month ago. The changes that relate to us are at the lower end however as have seen Russia's exciting Roman Belaev (#13) move into the rankings at the cost of Roman Zhailauov who drops out having been #15.
In the Light Middleweight division we've sadly seen Akinori Watanabe fall out of the rankings though Asia is still represented courtesy of the hard hitting Kanat Islam (#9) who retains his ranking from a month ago.
The Gennady Golovkin headed Middleweight division ahead of Russia's "interim" champion Dmitry Chudinov (#1). For us one of the few notable changes has been that surrounding Arif Magomedov (#7) who has dropped due to Felix Sturm who has been given a #6 ranking despite winning just 3 fights in the last 3 years! We have seen Matt Korobov removed from the rankings though we assume that's due to the fact he is moving towards a WBO world title fight.
At Super Middleweight the big change is that of Fedor Chudinov (#2) who has moved up 2 places to become one of the top contenders in the division. Further down the rankings we've seen Maxim Vlasov (#12) remain where he was a month ago.
At Light Heavyweight we've only seen one change and that has seen Dmitry Sukhotsky (#10) move up 1 place.
The Cruiserweight division has seen a few changes at the top, these have included a promotion for both Grigory Drozd (#2) and Beibut Shmenov (#3) who are both seemingly close to a world title fight with Denis Lebedev. One man who hasn't moved in the rankings is Rakhim Chakhkiev (#13) who remains on the periphery.
Arguably the biggest change of the month, across all divisions, came in the Heavyweight division where Ruslan Chagaev became the Regular champion courtesy of his narrow win over Fres Oquendo (#4). Strangely the result between Chagaev and Oquendo has resulted in Alexsander Povetkin (#3) being boosted a couple of places up the rankings. The only other fighter of note is Alexander Ustinov (#9) who remains where he was a month ago.
For those interested Chagaev was the WBA's fighter of the month for his title winning effort against Oquendo.
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