Earlier today we stumbled on the updated WBO rankings for August and here are the notable changes.
At Minimumweight the changes ave been little more than superficial ones with Wanheng Menayothin (#1) climbing a place, just like Ryuji Hara (#2). Over-all the changes at 105lbs have been minor and we've not lost anyone not have we gained anyone in what amounts to little more than a small shake up.
The Light Flyweight division has seen absolutely no changes to the rankings from a month ago.
The first drop at 112lbs comes from Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (#5) who has lost a place , just like Suguru Muranaka (#6) due to Brian Viloria (#4) jumping up the rankings by 2 places. The biggest change of the month comes in the form of Chinese star Zou Shiming (#7) who claimed the international title and has been rewarded nicely as a result, prior to these rankings he was unranked though his win over Luis De La Rosa has helped him boost his standing notably. At the bottom of the rankings we still find Rocky Fuentes (#15) holding on to his ranking.
The Bantamweight division has seen a few very notable changes. Firstly Koki Kameda (previously #4) is gone, likely due to inactivity or to appease the JBC. The removal of Koki has allowed several fighters to move up, notably Warlito Parrenas (#4) who jumps up from #6 and Rex Tso (#5), who was previously #7. The most notable change in a positive way was that of Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#6) ho was unranked a month ago, strangely Petchbarngborn is above Sho Ishida (#10) who stopped him only a few fights back and has been adding notable wins to his record recently.
At 118lbs the top 4 remain as they are though outside of that we've seen a few changes, including a promotion for Ry Akaho (#6) who has climbed 2 places. We'v also seen minor improvements for Zhanat Zhankiyanov (#9), Allie Laurel (#10) and Nikolay Potapov (#11), who all climbed 1 place.
The first change at Super Featherweight has been the removal of Sod Kokietgym (previously #5) following his loss to world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. With no Sod left in the rankings we've seen both Ryosuke Iwasa (#6) and Shingo Wake (#8) climb up a place.
Featherweight has seen only a few minor changes though the most notable ones there have seen Mark Gil Melligen (#13) and Jessie Cris Rosales (#14) each climb up a place.
In the Super Featherweight division we've seen a number fighters climbing a single place. At the top that has been Terdsak Kokietgym (#2), whilst another has been Andrey Klimov (#5). Little else has really changed.
The Lightweight division has seen a few interesting and notable changes. Firstly we've seen Indonesia's Roy Mukhlis (previously #13) drop from the rankings whilst on the other hand China's Ik Yang (#10) has burst on to the rankings.
The 140lb division has seen some small changes. These have included Jason Pagara (#3) and Aik Shakhnazaryan (#8) who both moved up a single place. Sadly we have lost Shinya Iwabuchi (previously #13) though we've not seen Keita Obara getting rewarded for his win over Iwabuchi.
The Welterweight division hasn't seen many changes though Fariz Mammadov (#9) has dropped a single place to "Kevin Brook", a man who seemingly doesn't exist!
No Asian's are ranked by the WBO at 154lbs.
At Middleweight we still have Matt Korobov (#1) as the top ranked challenger. Lower down the rankings we've seen Hamid Rahimi (#9) move up 3 places whilst Artur Akavov (#12) has moved up a single places.
In the Super Middleweight division Maxim Vlasov (#11) has climbed 3 places.
At Light Heavyweight we've seen changes for two Russian fighters. For Dmitry Sukhotsky (#7) the month saw him drop a place whilst Vasily Lepikhin (#10) burst on to the scene with an excellent win in the US. We'll admit we were very impressed by Lepikhin and really want to see more of him.
There have been no changes to note at Cruiserweight.
There have been no changes to note at Heavyweight
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