Earlier today the WBC issues their updated rankings. Here we try and make a note of the biggest changes.
The only change of note for an Asian fighter at Minimumweight is the removal of Xiong Zhao Zhong (previously #4). Zhong has been removed due to the fact that he will be fighting for the WBA title in September and the WBC don't rank people about to challenger for other organisations titles. The removal of Zhong has allowed Ryuji Hara (#5) to move up a place.
Outside of the top 15 we have noticed that Kosei Tanaka (#22) has show up 7 places, a great movement up the rankings for the very talented youngster.
At Light Flyweight the changes have been minimal. Lionel Legada (#9) has dropped a single place. Lower down the rankings we have seen Samartlek Kokietgym (#13) swap with Takuma Inoue (#14). We've got to admit we do find the swap an odd one, especially with Samartlek set to fight Takuma's brother Naoya Inoue in a few short weeks.
At Flyweight we've seen Zou Shiming (#7) break into the rankings. Shiming's place in the rankings has dropped several fighters, most notably OPBF champion Koki Eto (#16) who has dropped out of the top 15.
In the 115lb weight class we've seen Rex Tso (#10) drop one place and, likewise, Sonny Boy Jaro (#12) drop a place as well.
At Bantamweight we've oddly seen Shohei Omori (#11) drop a place whilst Albert Pagara (#16) has dropped out of the top 15.
The Super Bantamweight division has two notable changes. At the top end of the top 15 we've seen Shingo Wake (#4) move up a place whilst at the bottom end of the top 15 we've seen Qiu Xiao Jun (#15) break into the top 15 having moved up 2 places.
The Featherweight division hasn't seen much in terms of changes though we have seen Satoshi Hosono (#14) drop a single place.
We have another disappointment at Super Featherweight where Shingo Eto (#16) has dropped out of the top 15.
At Lightweight we've seen Rustam Nugaev (previously #3) removed from the rankings due to the fact that he's about to fight in an IBF eliminator. The removal of Nugaev has held a number of other fighters climb up the rankings including Masayoshi Nakatani (#13) who moved up 2 places, as well as Takahiro Ao (#4) and Nihito Arakawa (#9) who both moved up a place. Interestingly Yoshitaka Kato (#16) and Mercito Gesta (#18) are both closing in on the top 15.
At 140lbs we've found that inactivity really bites and South Korea's Min-Wook Kim (#12) has felt that by dropping 5 places. Oddly Keita Obara (#27) has dropped 2 places despite scoring an excellent win over Shinya Iwabuchi.
The only change of note at Welterweight is that Russian David Avanesyan (#8) has climbed up a place.
At Light Middleweight Filipino Dennis Laurente (#14) has moved up a place, though he is the only ranked Asian.
In the Middleweight division Andrey Meryasev (#7) has dropped a place just like Ryota Murata (#12)
Sadly at Super Middleweight we've lost Maxim Vlasov (previously #5), though he has moved up a division...
...And we now find Vlasov (#11) in the rankings at 175lbs, where he joins Dmitry Sukhotsky (#7) and Denis Grachev (#15).
At Cruiserweight we've seen some negative movement for two Russian fighters. We've seen Murat Gassiev (#12) drop two places whilst Dmitry Kudryashov (#15) has dropped a single place.
At Heavyweight we've seen Alexander Povetkin (#3) move up a single place.
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