Over the past day or two the WBO released their latest world rankings and they've seen a lot of changes spread across the divisions.
The first changes come in the top 5 at Minimumweight where former champion Merlito Sabillo (#4) has moved up as Paipharob Kokietgym (previously #4) has changed divisions. A benefactor of Paipharob moving up a division was stablemate Pigmy Kokietgym (#5) who has moved up one place. Shin Ono (previously #6) removed from the rankings following his loss, in an IBF title fight, to Katsunari Takayama. Oddly Ono going out of the rankings has helped hot shot Xiong Zhao Zhong (#6) all the way up from #12 which has moved him in front of Ali Raymi (#7) and Florante Condes (#8), amongst others.
Two other notable changes at Minimumweight are linked. The first was the removal of Jesus Silvestre (previously #11) which has opened up a space for Japanese champion Go Odaira (#14) who becomes on of a small handful of newly ranked Japanese fighters.
The first change at Light Flyweight is with Pairpharob Kokietgym (#5) who won the WBO Oriental title earlier in the the month to confirm that he was a Light Flyweight fighter. Paipharob's entry in the the rankings pushed down Randy Petalcorin (#6). Another new entrant is Jonathan Taconing (#8) who has finally been given a long awaited WBO ranking, for a new entrant he's very high but when you consider he should have been ranked a long time ago this is a very fair ranking and puts him ahead of Yu Kimura (11) and Rommel Asenjo (#13) who has himself been dropped from #7.
The Flyweight division sees no changes in the top 9 fighters but outside of the top 9 we have seen changes. The first of those is the promotion of Toshiyuki Igarashi (#10) who has been moved up from #14 whilst the previous #10, Richie Mepranum, has been removed from the rankings. Still holding on to a low ranking is Rocky Fuentes (#15) who remained where he was a month ago.
The first change at Super Flyweight comes in the top half of the rankings as Carlos Cuadras (previously #6) is removed following his WBC title victory over Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Cuadras's replace at #6 is a new entrant in the form of Warlito Parrenas (#6) who recently claimed a WBO Oriental title to help him secure his high ranking. Another change has concerned Antonio Garcia (previously #7) who has been removed which has allowed both Oleydong Sithsamerchai (#7) and Rex Tso (#8) to move up a place and open a space for unbeaten Japanese fighter Sho Ishida (#10).
In the Bantamweight division we've seen Paul Butler (previously #2) removed from the rankings following his IBF title victory. Butler's removal from the rankings have allowed various fighters to move up a place, including Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#4). Lower down the rankings we've also seen Jamie McDonnell (previously #7) removed following his WBA title win over Tabtimdaeng Na Rachwat. The removal of both McDonnell and Butler has helped make a place for Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#10) whilst also helping Alie Laurel (#11), Nikolay Popatov (#12) and Ryo Akaho (#13) all move up a place.
With Filipino star Nonito Donaire (previously #2) winning the WBA "undisputed" title at Featherweight he has, unsurprisingly, been removed from the Super Bantamweight rankings. The removal of Donaire has oddly only really helped his compatriot Genesis Servania (#2). Other fighters to lose their rankings this month were Yasutaka Ishimoto (previously #8) and Vic Darchinyan (previously #10) which has allowed Shingo Wake (#9) to take a top 10 WBO ranking and also helped Hidenori Otake (#11) take a WBO world ranking at long last. Behing Otake is his compatriot Akifumi Shimoda (#12) who we believe is very lucky to still be in the top 15.
At Featherweight the first change is in the middle as Joe Brunker (#8) drops 2 places, Brunker dropping down has allowed Kamil Laszczyk (#6) and Lee Selby (#7) to each move up a place. The shake up continues through some more places with though Hisashi Amagasa (#10) remains where he was as the highest ranked Japanese fighter at 126. We're happy that Mark Gil Melligen (#14) has also broken in to the top 15.
The first change of note in the Super Featherweight division has been that of Andrey Klimov (#7) who has moved up one place, a move that was shared by Juan Martin Elorde (#9) who has also moved up one place.
The Lightweight division has seen Takahiro Ao (#8) move up one place whilst Petr Petrov (#9) has leaped in to the rankings. One more move of note was that of Roy Mukhlis (#13) who has moved up one place.
At Light Welterweight the most notable change is that Ruslan Provodnikov (#2) has entered the rankings after losing his world title to Chris Algieri in a bout that still finds it's self being discussed on forums. A slightly more questionable change, at least for ourselves is that Shinya Iwabuchi (#14) has been dropped 2 places and is somehow still behind Vivian Harris (#13).
A very interesting move at Welterweight is that the WBO have made Juan Manuel Marquez (#1) the top contender for Manny Pacquiao's world title, is this a clear move to suggest Pacquiao Vs Marquez V is ready to go? The only other man worth noting for ourselves is Ji Hoon Kim (#14) who has remain where he was a month ago and is still South Korea's only WBO ranked fighter.
Unfortunately at Light Middleweight we've seen Charlie Ota (previously #9) drop out of the WBO world rankings following his loss to Jermell Charlo.
In a very controversial shake up at Middleweight we've seen Matt Korobov (#1) promoted to the top ranking which in effect will make his fight with Jose Uzcategui (#4) a true eliminator, much to the annoyance of Billy Joe Saunders (#3) who was the top ranked fighter a month ago. Lower down the rankings we still have Hamid Rahimi (#12) from Afghanistan whilst we see Arthur Akavob (#13) become a contender as he breaks into the rankings.
The Super Middleweight division sees no changes for us with Maxim Vlasov (#14) remaining where he was.
We also see no changes of note for ourselves at Light Heavyweight where Dmitry Sukhotsky (#5) remains where he was.
For a third division in a row, we see no changes affecting fighters of note with Grigory Drozd (#4) staying where he was.
We have no fighters of interest at Heavyweight.
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