On July 14th the WBO issues their latest world rankings which, as they do every month, featured a number of changes effecting various fighters form around the boxing world.
The first change we see is in the Minimumweight division where former Japanese Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (#5) enters the rankings. For Taguchi this place was a reward for his victory over Florante Condes (#7) though it was fought above the 105lb limit and we'd be very interested to see how Taguchi actually looks at 105lbs a weight that we'd be amazed to see him make safely. Whilst Taguchi is a new entry we did see Pigmy Koietgym drop out following his loss, in a WBA title fight with Hekkie Budler.
At 108lbs we've see Filipino Jonathan Taconing (#7) move up a place to go above Mexico's Raul Garcia (#8) in what appears to be the only change in the division.
In the packed Flyweight division we've seen Filipino fighter Froilan Saludar (#11) drop 7 places following his loss to McWilliams Arroyo (#10). The drop for Saludar has helped moved a number of fighters up the rankings including Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express (#4) and Suguru Muranaka (#5) who are now on the verges of a title fight.
At 115lbs we've seen some pretty interesting developments. Firstly we've seen the WBO re-assess their view on Koki Kameda (#4) who has dropped 2 places with both Arthur Villanueva (#2) and Mark Anthony Geraldo (#3) over-taking the former 3 weight world champion who is now coming up to a year of inactivity. In the middle of the rankings we've seen a small promotion of Hong Kong's popular Rex Tso (#7) who has been moved up at the expense of Oleydong Sithsamerchai (#9) who drops 2 places. I the lower section of the rankings we've seen Thai pair Tepparith Kokietgym (#12) and Noknoi Sitthiprasert (#13) both move up a single place.
In the Bantamweight division, where Tomoki Kameda defended his belt in impressive fashion against mandatory challenger Pungluang Sor Singyu (#13, previously #1), we've seen a lot of changes and movement. Due to Pungluang's loss we would have expected a lot of fighters moving up a single place though that idea was bucked by Marlon Tapales (#3) who moved up 3 places and Ryo Akaho (#8) who moved up 5 places.
In the Super Bantamweight division there no changes that affected a single Asian fighter.
Featherweight was possibly the division with the biggest shake up. At the top was saw a new champion crowned with Vasyl Lomachenko beating Gary Russell Jr for the previously vacant title. As a result of the title bout Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (#1) has been moved up and taken the top spot in the rankings moving a single place, Russell Jr's loss and Lomachneko becoming a champion also helped out Filipino Marvin Sonsona (#4) who climbed a single place. Another fighter who benefited was Japan's Hiashi Amagasa (#9) who also moved up a single place.
In the Super Featherweight division we've seen Russia's Andrey Klimov (#6) move up one place whilst Filipino Juan Martin Elorde (#7) has moved up 2 places to move into contention for a world title fight.
The Lightweight division has seen a small shake up which has benefited several fighters including former 2-weight world champion Takahiro Ao (#6) move up 2 places just like Spanish based Russian Petr Petrov (#7). Lightweight is also the only division where we see an Indonesian ranked with Roy Mukhlis (#13) retaining his position from last month.
In the 140lb division we've seen no change to the position of Ruslan Provodnikov (#2) or Jason Pagara (#4) though we are pleasantly surprised to see Shinya Iwabuchi (#13) move up a place ahead of his exciting upcoming encounter with the unranked Keita Obara.
In the Manny Pacquiao lead Welterweight division we've lost South Korean Ji-Hoon Kim (previously #14) who appears to have been dropped due to a lack of activity. Despite being Kim fan's we're shocked that he lasted in the rankings as long as he did, especially at 147lbs.
There are no Asian's ranked at 154lbs, just like last month.
In the Middleweight division we've seen no changes though we do believe that Matt Korobov (#1) has become the mandatory contender for Peter Quillin and we hope that bout gets made sooner rather than later.
There have been no changes at Super Middleweight for us to night.
In the Light Heavyweight division we've seen Dmitry Sukhotsky (#6) drop one place in the only change of note.
There are no changes to report at Cruiserweight.
Russia's Alexander Povetkin (#12) re-enters the rankings having been unranked last month.
(Image courtesy of WBO Boxing)
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