Recent the WBA released their updated rankings and, like is common place, they genuinely left us scratching our heads so much our poor nails have vanished. The first odd think was that these rankings only included results from July 7th through to July 26th, yes 20 days of results! Well done!
At the 105lb division we see only a few minor changes. The first is that Walter Tello (previously #14) has gone from the division allowing Xiong Zhao Zhong (#14) to move up 1 place and make room for the unbeaten Takumi Sakae (#15). We completely understand why Tello has gone, he's been moved up to Light Flyweight ahead of his title clash with Randy Petalcorin at later this month, what we don't understand is how Sakae has gotten into the rankings whilst Go Odaira has been ignored. A strange one from the WBA here.
Whilst the changes at Minimumweight are straight forward we a little bit miffed by some of the rankings at 108lbs. We've known for a while that Alberto Rossel (Previously #1) has been promoted to regular champion that made sense. And the top rankings from Randy Petalcorin (#2) to Milan Melindo (#5) are all as they were a month ago. Oddly Walter Tello (#6) takes an incredibly high ranking considering he was #14 at 105lbs last month. Yes he's gone up a division and 8 places! The WBA have been bailed out slightly by the recent loss of the now unranked Wisanu Kokietgym (previously #7) though have still managed to make a mess of the rankings by removing Paipharob Kokietgym (previously #11), for no real reason, and slipping in Gilberto Pedroza (#15) as a result. For those wondering about Pedroza's recent form, he has won 1 of his last 4!
After screwing up the Light Flyweight rankings the WBA have made an intelligent decision to not touch the Flyweight rankings. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, right?
For the first 8 places at Super Flyweight we thought we were looking at the same rankings. Sadly the lower part of the top 15 have been shaken and stirred in some relatively odd ways. Firstly they have removed Lwandile Sityatha (previously #9), this has resulted in Petchbarngborn Kokietgym moving up to fill the gap, we can't understand what Sityatha did to be unranked but it was obviously something. The WBA, credit where it's due, have finally removed Nobuo Nashiro (previously #12) from their rankings after he retired much earlier this year. Due to the removal of various fighters we have seen Rex Tso (#11) shoot up the rankings. It seems Tso Vs Kohei Kono may well be heading towards a reality.
At Bantamweight we again only see movement in the bottom half of the rankings. Thankfully these are very limited and do make sense as Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#10) has jumped ahead of Tepparith Kokietgym (#11)
In the Super Bantamweight division we've seen OPBF champion Shingo Wake (#3) move up a place as he continues to edge towards a world title fight. The only other change of note is that recent title challenger Sod Kokietgym (previously #10) has dropped out of the rankings.
At Featherweight we've seen Argentina's Luis Emmanuel Cusolito (previously #14) removed from the rankings allowing Rogelio Jun Doliguez to move up a place and in turn Josh Warrington (#15) has moved into the world rankings for the first time. We've got to admit that we're at a loss as to how Cusolito was ever given a ranking at 126lbs but we're glad he's no longer "campaigning" there.
In the Super Featherweight division we've seen no changes at all, this is partly due to the fact the WBA did their rankings before the month was over and missed out Masayuki Ito's win over Masao Nakamura (#15) which took place on July 31st. Ooops!
At Lightweight we've lost Roman Andreev (previously #15) due to the WBA now ranking Jonathan Maicelo (#9) and Felix Verdejo (#15). We have no problem with either man being ranked though we can't figure out how beating Art Hovhannisyan (previously #14) by split decision manages to give someone a #9 ranking as it has done for Maicelo.
In the Light Welterweight division it seems someone was playign silly buggers. Firstly we've seen Czar Amonsot (previously #6) vanish without trace and then we've seen Anton Novikov (#7) jump into the rankings. Novikov proved he was top #15 with his controversial loss to "champion" Jessie Vargas though he appears to have gotten his title shot prior to being ranked at the ranking cost to Amonsot. We hope the Filipino's team is asking questions here as it appears to have been a very questionable move from the WBA.
The Welterweight rankings have only seen a small number of changes with the only one of note for ourselves being that or Roman Belaev (#13) who has moved up a place. Sadly these rankings already look way out of date due to 2 of the top 6 losing this past weekend.
For all intents the rankings at 154lbs are the same as they were a month ago, at least where Asian fighters are concerned.
At Middleweight we've seen the very promising Arif Magomedov (#5) climb up 2 places in the only change of note.
We've seen no changes at 168lbs.
No changes of relevancy at 175lbs
No changes to note at Cruiserweight.
At Heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (#15) has dropped way down from #6. It's an odd move though with this set of rankings the WBA and "odd" do seem to have gone hand in hand.
Note-We have asked the WBA to explain the situation regarding Czar Amonsot. We're not expecting a reply but if we get it, we will post it.
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