Over the last day or so the WBO have issues their must up to date rankings and the big changes all seem to have come in the same division though have seen some other changes as well.
It's 105lbs where we have seen a really big shake up at the top of the division. A month ago the top 5 were, in order, Wanheng Menayothin (#1), Ryuji Hara (#2), Xiong Zhao Zhong (#3), Ryoichi Taguchi (#4) and Carlos Buitrago (#5). Since then we've seen Wanheng claim the WBC world title with a win over Oswaldo Novoa, we've seen Hara getting stopped by Kosei Tanaka in an OPBF title fight, we've seen Zhong fall short in a WBA world title bout with Hekkie Budler, we've seen Ryoichi Taguchi sign for a WBA Light Flyweight title bout and we've also seen the WBO react to Knockout CP Freshmart beating Carlos Buitrago in a WBA interim title fight. It was come as no shock for us to say that the the top 5 have changed significantly.
Now the top 5 as Minimumweight consists of Katsunari Takayama (#1), Go Odaira (#2), Julian Yedras (#3), Alexis Diaz (#4) and Kosei Tanaka (#5). A huge shake and one that leaves Takayama and Odaira both in a very interesting position considering they have been told to negotiate for IBF title fight. Strangely the first man to retain the same place as a month ago is Merlito Sabillo (#6) who has lost since these rankings were put together on November 15th!
At Light Flyweight the changes have come at the other end of the top 15 with Yu Kimura (#11) and Rommel Asenjo (#12) both moving up a single place whilst Takuma Inoue has been replaced in the top 15 by Benezer Alolod (#15).
At Flyweight we've seen a a shake but nothing as big as what we've seen at Minimumweight. The big shift has been around Milan Melindo (#5) who was the top ranked challenger last month. Melindo's relegation down the rankings has left us with Brian Viloria (#1) as the top contender and also helped Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (#3) and Zou Shiming (#4) to climb a place each ahead of their clash on November 22nd. One fighter, Akira Yaegashi (previously #9), has been removed completely from the top 15.
In the Super Flyweight division the big change has been that of Mark Anthony Geraldo (#11) who has dropped an amazing 8 places without any real reasoning. The fall down the rankings for Geraldo has seen him fall behind Rex Tso (#3), Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#6), Sho Ishida (#7), upcoming world challenger Naoya Inoue (#8) and former Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sitshamerchai (#9). The only ranked Asian that Geraldo remains ahead of is Noknoi Sitthiprasert (#15) who holds on to a top 15 place unlike compatriot Tepparith Kokietgym who dropped out to make room for Inoue.
Another division with some major changes is the Bantamweight division where Tomoki Kameda recently defended his belt against Alejandro Hernandez. The new top contender is Filipino fighter Marlon Tapales (#1) who sits above recent Tomoki Kameda victim Pungluang Sor Singyu (#2) who has some how jumped from #11. Also included in the top 15 are Ryo Akaho (#4), who we will see in action this coming Saturday, Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#5), Malcolm Tunacao (#6), Nikolay Popatov (#7), Allie Laurel (#10) and Petch Kokietgym (#15). A lot of these changes have come as a result of Randy Caballero's recent IBF world title win over Stuart Hall and we'd like to just quickly say well done to Randy for a great win in a fantastic fight.
Another division with a Filipino as the top ranked contender is the Super Bantamweight division where Genesis Servania (#1) has moved up following Chris Avalos (#9) declining a mandatory title opportunity. Avalos has fallen from #1 to #9 and this has seen Ryosuke Iwasa (#4) and upcoming world title challenger Hidenori Otake (#8) both move up a place, of course Otake fights Scott Quigg this coming Saturday in a WBA world title fight. In the bottom part of the rankings we still find Shingo Wake (#13) and now he is joined by impressive compatriot Shohei Omori (#14). We have however lost Akifumi Shimoda (previously #9).
At Featherweight we still find Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (#1) at the top position ahead of his world title bout this coming weekend against Vasyl Lomachenko. Lower down the rankings however we have seen changes with Marvin Sonsona (#11) inexplicably being dropped from #4. Sonsona's fall has helped both Hisashi Amagasa (#9) and Mark Gil Melligen (#10) climb a place each.
In the Super Featherweight division we have no notable changes with Andrey Klimov (#3) and Juan Martin Elorde (#5) remaining where they were a month ago.
We only see one small change of note at Lightweight where the exciting Ik Yang (#10) has moved up a single place. We also only see a small change at Welterweight where Fariz Mammadov (#9) has fallen a single place.
At Light Middleweight we again have limited changes though Thai veteran Sirimongkol Singwancha (#11) has moved up 2 places.
In the Middleweight division Hamid Rahimi (#12) has fallen one place just like Artur Akavov (#14).
In the Light Heavyweight division we have lost Dmitry Sukhotsky (previously #7) whilst seeing Vasily Lepikhin (#7) move up the rankings. We still find Umar Salamov (#15) where he was a month ago.
At Heavyweight we've seen Alexander Povetkin (#11) climb a place.
We've seen no changes involving Asian fighters at Light Welterweight, Super Middleweight or Cruiserweight.
(Image and rankings courtesy of the WBO)
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