In the last 48 hours we've been sent the updated WBC rankings for June. These rankings, with results running up to June 7th have been genuine interesting across a number of divisions.
The first change comes at Minimumweight where future Pigmy Kokietgym (previously #5) has been removed from the rankings, this is due to his pending WBA world title bout. Pigmy losing his rankings has helped Ryuji Hara (#7) move up one place.
Amazingly there are just 3 Asian's in the top 15 ranked fights but from #16 to #40 the WBC have a further 15 ranked Asian's in what appears to be some rather disproportionate rankings, especially when you consider the overly generous rating given to Ricardo Astuvilca (#6) who is remarkably ranked ahead of Ryuji Hara.
In the light Flyweight division we again see Jonathan Taconing (#4) sitting as the top Asian challenger to champion Naoya Inoue. Taconing's nearest Asian rival is fellow Filipino Rey Loreto (#6) who has climbed a place over Jose Argumedo (#17) who has dropped a remarkable 11 places.Others who have benefited from Argumedo's loss include Lionel Legada (#7), who's ranking we still can't understand, Yu Kimura (#12) and Takuma Inoue (#13) whilst Samartlek Kokietgym (#15) is now squeezed into the rankings.
There have been no changes in the Flyweight rankings.
The Super Flyweight division is one of the few divisions to have seen a new champion crowned as Mexico's Carlos Cuadras defeated Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (#2) for the belt at the end of May. With Cuadras having been #1 we've simply seen Luis Concepcion (#1) move up a place and Srisaket filling in the gap. Lower down the rankings there has been a notable jump for Rex Tso (#9) who has moved up 2 places just like Sonny Boy Jaro (#14). We've also seen Arthur Villanueva (#15) move in to the top 15.
At Bantamweight the top 5 are as they were with Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#1) the top contender to champion Shinsuke Yamanaka. We get the first change at just outside the top 5 as Rolly Matsushita (previously #6) drops out allowing Petch Sor Chitpattana to move up a place. The next change is only a little lower down the rankings with Christian Esquivel (previously #8) dropping out of the top 10 following his loss to Shohei Omori (#9). The removal of Esquivel has allowed former OPBF champion Hiroki Shiino (#8) to move up 2 places and remain ahead of Omori.
At Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (#3) has moved up 1 place whilst Yukinori Oguni (#12) has moved up 2 places. Oddly China's Qiu Xoap Jun (#16) has dropped from #11 in a move that seems very confusing from the WBC.
Although the Featherweight division has seen some changes the only one of concern for ourselves is that of Satoshi Hosono (#14) who has climbed in to the top 15.
Surprisingly there are no top 15 ranked Asian's at Super Featherweight and it seems likely that champion Takashi Miura will be matched with yet another Mexican challenger.
In the Lightweight division Takahiro Ao (#4) has moved up 2 places and now sits comfortably ahead of compatriot Nihito Arakawa (#7) and just behind Rustam Nugaev (#3). The only other Asian fighter in the top 15 is Masayoshi Nakatani (#14) who has been moved up 1 place.
In a big bit of news at Light Welterweight we've seen Min Wook Kim (#6) move up 2 places despite having been out of the ring since last August. Kim is the only Oriental fighter in the top 15 and his nearest rival is Keita Obara (#23) despite being the OPBF champion.
The only top 15 ranked Welterweight from the Orient is Yoshihiro Kamegai (#13) who has been moved up 1 place following the recent upset loss of Alberto Mosquera (previously #8). It's also worth noting that David Avanesyan (#9) has climbed one place from where he was a month ago.
At Light Middleweight we've seen Charlie Ota (previously #9) fall out of the top 15 following his loss to Jermell Charlo (#3) though Filipino Dennis Laurente (#15) has held on to his ranking.
The Middleweight division has seen a new champion crowned recently with Miguel Cotto defeating, and probably retiring Sergio Martinez. This has allowed a few changes in the division with Andrey Merasev (#7) and Matt Korobov (#14) both moving up a place. The big move however is that of Ryota Murata (#13) who has been rewarded well for his destruction of Jesus Angel Nerio.
The man of interested to us at Super Middleweight is Maxim Vlasov (#4) who remains where he was a month ago.
The Russian trio of Dmitry Sukhotsky (#7), Denis Grachev (#11)and Igor Mikhalkin (#14) have all been moved up 1 place at Light Heavyweight.
At Cruiserweight we now have 4 Russians. The top two of those, Rakhim Chakhkiev (#1) and Grigory Drozd (#4) remain where they were a month ago. Lower down Murat Gassiev (#11) has moved up 2 places whilst the big puncher Dmitry Kdryashov (#13) moves in to the top 15 for the first time.
At Heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (#4) has shot up the rankings following his victory over Manuel Charr (#14).
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