Over the past day or so the WBC updated their world rankings. It wasn't a major updated, given a general lack of fighters over the past few weeks but there were still changes to note. For those wondering this has been the first update of 2015 by the WBC.
At Minimumweight we've had some interesting developments with Denver Cuello (#1) climbing a single place, along with Kosei Tanaka (#4) following the unexpected loss of former #1 contender Carlos Ortega. Lower down the rankings we've seem Ryuji Hara (#12) fall a place whilst recent challenger Jeffrey Galero (previously #12) has dropped out of the rankings, following his loss to Wanheng Menayothin on February 5th.
The Light Flyweight division saw a new champion crowned at the end of December when Pedro Guevara stopped Akira Yaegashi (now #5 previously #3), this set a chain reaction of changes at the top of the rankings which has seen Filipino pair Jonathan Taconing (#3) and Rey Loreto (#4) both move up a couple of places to climb over Yaegashi. Notable behind Yaegashi is his stablemate Takuma Inoue (#6) who climbed 4 places following his excellent win over Nestor Daniel Narvaes. Sadly Takuma's rise has come at the expense of Japanese champion Yu Kimura (#8) who has fallen a single place. Lower down the rankings we see yet another Japanese contender as Ryo Miyazki (#14) re-enters the top 15. Also in the bottom part of the rankings we've seen Filipino fighter Rene Patilano (#12) climb a place.
Despite the swathe of changes at 108lbs we've not really seen many changes at Flyweight where the only move of note has seen Kazuto Ioka (#7) climb over compatriot Koki Eto (#8).
At Super Flyweight we again see numerous changes. The first of those has seen Hong Kong's Rex Tso (#8) climb a single place. Not much lower down we've seen Ryo Matsumoto (#10) climb in into the top 15 following his win over Rusalee Samor on December 13th to claim the OPBF title. Incidentally Matsumoto has climbed above a couple of OPBF champions in the process with Malcolm Tunacao (#11) and Arthur Villanueva (#12), who both remain where they were. To round of the top 15 is another new entry, Sho Ishida (#15) who is known to be eyeing up a world title shot this year.
The first change of note for us in the Bantamweight division has seen Youth Silver champion Petch Sor Chitpattana (#8) drop a place. Strangely Ryo Akaho (#11) has dropped a couple of places whilst compatriot Shohei Omori (#13) has dropped a single place. The most interesting revelation here however is that Kentaro Masuda (#14) has climbed in to the top 15 making his bout with Omori incredibly important, much more so than just a typical national title bout.
The notable change at Super Bantamweight has seen Japanese youngster Shun Kubo (#15) break into the rankings, strangely however this appears to have come at the expense of Albert Pagara (#17, previously #15) who really has been dropped in a very confusing manner.
In the Featherweight division we've seen Filipino puncher Marvin Sonsona (#3) fall a single place whilst his compatriot Dennis Tubieron (#15) has entered the rankings, ahead of his fight with with Josh Warrington (#12) on April 11th
In the Super Featherweight division we see only a single Asian ranked in the top 15, though that fighter has moved up this month. That is OPBF champion Jomthong Chuwatana (#9) who has gained 3 places following his recent win over Daiki Kaneko.
At Lightweight we see a number of notable changes since the last rankings were released, notably included a new champion with Jorrge Linares claiming the title in late December. Linares's win has allowed stable mate Takahiro Ao (#4) to move up a place though the big winner was Masayoshi Nakatani (#8) who moved up 4 places whilst Yoshitaka Kato (#12) managed to move up 2 places.
The Light Welterweight rankings have only had a small change of note with OPBF champion Keita Obara (#11) dropping one place.
In the Welterweight rankings Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai (#14) has dropped a couple of places.
At Light Middleweight Filipino fighter Dennis Laurente (#10) has climbed 3 places after claiming the OPBF title in late December and ending the long career of Tadashi Yuba.
At Middleweight Ryota Murata (#8) has climbed a single place and now sits just behind former world champions Daniel Geale and Sergio Martinez.
The Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Cruiserweight and Heavyweight divisions feature no ranked Asian fighters.
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