At Minimumweight we saw a new interim champion crowned as Knockout CP Freshmart over-came Carlos Buitrago to claim his first world level title and move to the mandatory position for a fight with Hekkie Budler. Behind Knockout we have some very interesting ranked fighters. Ryuji Hara (#3) is the highest ranked Japanese fighter sitting a place about Filipino puncher Rey Loreto (#4), lower down the rankings we have Kosei Tanaka (#9), Xiong Zhao Zhong (#11), Ali Raymi (#12) and Takumi Sake (#14). With Hara now signed to fight Tanaka that bout is as close to an eliminator as we'll likely see any time soon.
In the Light Flyweight division we have Randy Petalcorin as the interim champion and one of 4 Filipino's ranked ahead of Milan Melindo (#3), Jonathan Taconing (#10) and Jether Oliva (#12). As well as the Filipino foursome we also have a Japanese foursome with Takuma Inoue (#6) the leading contender ahead of Ryo Miyazaki (#8), Ryoichi Taguchi (#9) and Yu Kimura (#15). Miyazaki returns to the ranks for the first in months following his win over Ichal Tobida.
The Flyweight division is one of the most Asian dominated divisions. The interim champion is Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep who is one of a Thai trio ahead of Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (#13) and Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (#15) As for China they have a very highly ranked contender in Zou Shiming (#4), South Korea have a ranked fighter in Myung Goo Yuh (#12) whilst Philippines has John Riel Casimero (#5) and Japan has a trio of ranked fighters with Kazuto Ioka (#3) the highest ranked ahead of former WBC champion Akira Yaegashi (#6) and Japanese national champion Suguru Muranaka (#9)
The Super Flyweight division is another with a lot of Asian contenders. These include 4 Japanese fighters with Koki Kameda (#2) the highest ranked followed closely by Sho Ishida (#4), Toshiyuki Igarashi (#6) and Ryo Matsumoto (#10) who enters the rankings following his blow out over Denkaosan Kaovichit. As for Thai's there are two contenders in the form of Norasingh Kokietgym (#3) and Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#9). There is also Hong Kong's Rex Tso (#11) in the top 15.
In the Bantamweight division we again find a host of rank Asian fighters. The highest ranked of those is Daiki Kameda (#4) who sits a place above Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (#5), Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#6) is close behind, as is Ryosuke Iwasa (#7), Tabtimdeang Na Rachawat (#8) and Tepparith Kokietgym (#9) as Asian's make up the bulk of the rankings. Low down the rankings we have Maolcolm Tunacao (#13), Ryo Akaho (#14) and Jerwin Ancajas (#15). It's fair to say this is a very packed division.
In the Super Bantamweight division we still find Shingo Wake (#3) on a verge of a world title fight, strongly rumoured to be against Scott Quigg, surprisingly he's the only ranked Asian in the division.
At Featherweight we still see Satoshi Hosono (#2) on the verge of another world title fight. Another ranked Asian here is Marvin Sonsona (#5) whilst further down the rankings we have Japanese champion Hisashi Amagasa (#10) and promising Filipino Rogelio Jun Doliguez (#12)
Strangely the Super Featherweight division continues to lack an Asian presence with only world champion Takashi Uchiyama actually viewed as a top fighter by the WBA.
At Lightweight the highest ranked Asian based fighter is Teiken promoted Jorge Linares (#2) who sits above Russian pair Petr Petrov (#3) and Eduard Troyanovsky (#4) who are sandwiched between Linares and his Teiken stablemate Takahiro Ao (#5). Lower down the rankings we have Rustam Nugaev (#12) and Bahodir Mamadjonov (#13) who both just fit into the top 15.
In the Light Welterweight division the top ranked fighter of note is former champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (#4) whilst the only other fighter of interest is Czar Amonsot (#7).
Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (#5) is the highest ranked fighter of interest at Welterweight sitting well above Russian fighter Roman Belaev (#12).
In the Light Middleweight division we see just one Asian, Kanat Islam (#7) who we're really hoping to see step up soon.
At Middleweight Russia have two ranked fighters, interim champion Dmitry Chudinov (#1) and Arif Magomedov (#4).
In the Super Middleweight division we again just have a Russian interest with Fedor Chudinov (#2) the only ranked fighter of interest.
In the Light Heavyweight division we see Dmitry Sukhotsky (#8) and Russian destroyer Artur Beterbiev (#10) who has been rewarded well for his blow out of Tavoris Cloud.
In the Cruiserweight division the leading Asian contender is Beibut Shumenov (#3) who sits well above Rakhim Chakhkiev (#11).
The Heavyweight division is completely void of anyone of note.
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