Earlier this week the WBO issues their latest rankings, their final ones of the year. Rather than making you spot the changes we've hunted down the Asian changes.
In the Minimumweight division we've seen former champion Merlito Sabillo (previously #6) removed from the rankings following his recent loss to Faris Nenggo. The removal of Sabillo has allowed Thailand's Pigmy Kokietgym (#6) to move up a place just like Takumi Sakae (#13) and Jeffrey Galero (#14). The open slot in the rankings has been filled by Filipino fighter Jessie Espinas (#15) who has been rewarded for a 7 fight winning streak.
In the Light Flyweight division we've seen Paipharob Kokietgym (#2) drop a place to make room for for former Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr (#1) who is believed to be the next in line for world champion Donnie Nietes. Further down the rankings we've seen several fighters climb a place including OPBF champion Jonathan Taconing (#7), Japanese champion Yu Kimura (#10) and Rommel Asenjo (#11). Near the bottom fo the rankings we have a new entry in the form of Petchchorhae Kokietgym (#14).
At Flyweight we've seen a huge change at the top though not an unexpected one as Zou Shiming (#1) has become the top contender and strangely that has resulted in Brian Viloria (#3) falling 2 places. Whilst Shiming has climbed 2 places we've completely lost his recent foe Kwanpichit OnsongchaiGym (previously #3). The removal of Kwanpichit has shaken up the rankings and both Milan Melindo (#4) and Suguru Muranaka (#5) have climbed a place as a result. One other man who has shifted in the rankings is Froilan Saludar (#11) who has climbed 2 places. As well as the movers we've also seen several new entrants with Akira Yaegashi (#8), Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#13) and Ryo Miyazaki (#15) all now being in the WBO's top 15.
Super Flyweight has seen no changes ahead of the upcoming world title fight between Omar Andres Narvaez, the defending champion, and Naoya Inoue (#8) though a number of the top 15 are in action before the end of the month and their could be massive changes come the new year.
There is a notable change at the top of the Bantamweight rankings where we now find Japan's Ryo Akaho (#1) leading the contenders. Akaho has climbed up 3 places whilst Filipino fighter Marlon Tapales (#4) has dropped 3 places in a straight swap. Lower down the rankings we now find Ryo Matsumoto (#14) who is a new entrant.
The Super Bantamweight rankings have only seen small changes in the rankings with future title challenger Hisashi Amagasa (#6) dropping into the division having previously been #9 at Featherweight. Lower down the rankings we've lost Hidenori Otake (previously #8).
At Featherweight we've lost Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (previously #1) following his lop-sided loss against champion Vasyl Lomachenko. We've also lost Hisashi Amagasa (previously #9), who has moved to Super Bantamweight. Those two changes have allowed Mark Gil Melligen (#7) to move up the rankings whilst Satoshi Hosono (#9) is a new entrant. Strangely both Marvin Sonsona (#12) and Jessie Cris Rosales (#15) have both dropped a place.
We have no changes at Super Featherweight.
It's been all change at Lightweight where Takahiro Ao (#3) is a new entrant who forces both Petr Petrov (#7) and Ik Yang (#11) to fall a place. Aside from those 3 men there have been notable changes through out the rankings.
At Light Welterweight we've seen several fighters move around the rankings. For Ruslan Provodnikov (#3) and Jason Pagara (#4) they've each found themselves falling a place whilst Aik Shakhnazaryan (#10) has climbed 2 places.
In the Welterweight division we've seen Fariz Mammadov (#8) climb one place.
There was no changes involving Asian fighters at Light Middleweight.
Middleweight has seen Matt Korobov (#9) fall heavily following his loss in a world title fighter against Andy Lee. A new addition to the rankings is the touted Arif Magomedov (#7) whilst Artur Akavov (#12) has climbed 2 places.
No changes to note at Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight.
At Cruiserweight we've seen Rakhim Chakhkiev (#8) climb 3 places.
In the Heavyweight division we've seen Alexander Povetkin (#10) climb one place.
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