Earlier today the WBO released their latest world rankings.
At Minimumweight it really is all change at the top. We've seen Pigmy Kokietgym (previously #1) fall out of the rankings due to his loss to the previously unranked Jaysever Abcede (now ranked #7), we've also seen Ryuji Hara (previously #2) removed ahead of his IBF title fight with Katsunari Takayama later this month. As a result of that shake up Carlos Buitrago (#1) has been moved to the top contender status and may well have an opportunity to face Kosei Tanaka in a mandatory title fight later this year. Other changes in the division including a move up the rankings for Vic Saludar (#4) who claimed following his recent victory, which saw him claim the Asia Pacific title.
At Light Flyweight we've seen Palangpol CP Freshmart (#12) fall one place whilst his countryman Petchchorhae Kokietgym (previously #12) fall out of the rankings following his loss to Iwan Zoda. Sadly Zoda hasn't been rewarded for his excellent win. Notably though Zoda is mentioned at Flyweight where he seems to be the “next in line” outside of the top 15.
Talking about the Flyweight division we've again seen some changes. The key to these changes is the fact Hernan Marquez (#3) has suddenly appeared having previously been ranked at Super Flyweight. Maruqez's appearance has seen everyone below drop a place, including Suguru Muranaka (#4), Zou Shiming (#7), Kwanpichit OneSongchaigym (#8), Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#9) and Koki Eto (#10).
Super Flyweight, where Hernan Marquez was previously ranked, has seen a number of changes including a slight move up for Rex Tso (#3) and Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#6). Lower down the rankings Takuma Inoue (#10) has moved up a couple of places whilst Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (#12) has supplanted himself into the rankings. Strangely the WBO seem to have ranked WBA “interim” champion David Sanchez (#11) who is, we believe, the only current interim champion with a WBO ranking.
At Bantamweight we have seen some very few changes with Ryo Matsumoto (#4) climbing 5 places following his recent win over Luis May, in what is effectively the only change of note.
There are very few changes at Super Bantamweight where Nonito Donaire (#2) has swapped with countryman Genesis Servania (#3), further rubbing salt into what has been a frustrating year for Servania.
At Featherweight we've seen a few small changes with Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (#4), Satoshi Hosono (#6) and Hiroshige Osawa (#11) all moving up a place whilst Tsuyoshi Tameda (#12) has gate crashed the rankings following his recent win over Mark Bernaldez. Interestingly Chonlatarn has announced that he is leaving the 126lb division so we could see another reshuffle very shortly.
At Super Featherweight we've seen no changes in regards to Asian fighters, the same also applies at Lightweight.
At Light Welterweight both Adones Cabalquinto (#11) and Keita Obara (#12) have moved up a place. Despite their rankings neither is likely to get a title shot any time soon and possibly the best thing they could do is face each other in the hope of a lofty ranking boost.
There is no change at Welterweight.
At Light Middleweight we've seen Yuki Nonaka (#12) slip a couple of places down the rankings.
In the Middleweight rankings Ryota Murata (#5) has climbed a single place.
In the Super Middleweight division we've lost Yuzo Kiyota (previously #14).
There are no Asian ranked fighters in the 3 highest divisions, though the WBO do list Heavyweight Edmund Gerber (#9) as a Kazakh fighter, regardless he remains where he was a month ago.
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WBA release latest rankings-Though leave questions about Matsumoto, Ancajas and Omori
Earlier today the WBA released their updated rankings which featured a number of changes.
At Minimumweight we've lost Japan's Ryuji Hara (#5), who is now set to fight IBF champion Katsunari Takayama on September 27th. Hara's removal has allowed countryman Takumi Sakae (#7) to climb a place. We've also lost Thailand's Pigmy Kokietgym (previously #9) who has been replaced by his recent conqueror Jaysever Abcede (#9).
The Light Flyweight division has had a trio of small changed in the middleweight of the top 15. The first has seen Paipharob Kokietgym (#6) swap places with Jonathan Taconing (#7), in what is just a straight swap. Slightly lower down we've seen Kompayak Porpramook (#9) climb into the top 15, with some rumours already linking him to a world title fight.
At Flyweight we've lost Filipino-American Brian Viloria (previously #3), who is now set to fight for a WBC title in October. This is notably the only change.
There haven't been many changes at Super Flyweight, in fact the only one we spotted was the removal of the promising Ryo Matsumoto (previously #12) who has left the division and made his intention of being a Bantamweight very clear.
There has been more of a shake up at Bantamweight where Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (#4) has been moved up a place courtesy of Tomoki Kameda's (#8, previously #4) recent loss to defending “regular” champion Jamie McDonnell. Strangely we've lost Jerwin Ancajas (previously #10) and Shohei Omori (previous #11) who's rankings haven both vanished without real explanation. It's also worth noting that Ryo Matsumoto hasn't been ranked here.
We have no ranked fighters at Super Bantamweight, though that's the same as last week month.
In the Featherweight division we've seen Japanese champion Satoshi Hosono (#3) climb a place whilst his countryman Hiroshige Osawa (previously #14) has dropped from the rankings, allowing Thailand's Thong Sithluangphophun (#14) to climb a place.
We've seen a new addition at Lightweight as OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani (#15) breaks into the rankings and continues his pursuit of a world title.
At Light Welterweight we've seen Filipino fighter Czar Amonsot (#13) drop a couple of places down the rankings.
The Welterweight rankings have seen Thailand's Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (#6) fall a single place.
At Light Middleweight we've seen no changes with Kanat Islam (#6) remaining the sole ranked Asian. There has also been no changes at Middleweight where Ryota Murata (#15) is the sole ranked Asian fighter.
Above Middleweight there are no Asian fighters ranked, though there are interim champions at Cruiserweight, Beibut Shumenov, and Heavyweight, Ruslan Chagaev, who both held their titles a month ago.
Note-We have asked the WBA to explain the removal of Anacajas and Omori, though we're not expecting a reply unfortunately.
IBF release newest rankings-Abcede not rewarded for big win, Takuma Inoue now ranked by all 4 bodies, Nakamura also ranked!
To begin September the IBF released their latest world rankings.
At Minimumweight there was a major shock with Pigmy Kokietgym (previously #5, now unranked) being upset by Jaysever Abcede, unfortunately however that win hasn't seen Abcede being ranked. Pigmy's removal from the ranking has seen numerous fighters move up a place, though Ryuji Hara (#10) has moved up two place ahead of his world title fight.
At Light Flyweight we've seen a bizarre move from the IBF who have dropped Jonathan Taconing (#11, previously #4) well down the rankings. Taconing's slip has however helped compatriot Milan Melindo (#5, previously #7) climb two place. Others to climb are Paipharob Kokietgym (#7, previously #9).
Strangely there have been changes at all at Flyweight, other than a minor correction made in regards to Myung Hoo Lee (#10) who was previously named as Myung Goo Yuh, though he is still listed as a Korean when he's a Japanese fighter.
At Super Flyweight the changes have few and far between. The first has seen Toshiyuki Igarashi (#11) climb a place as did Rene Dacquel (#12). A new entrant here is Takuma Inoue (#15) who is now ranked by all 4 major title bodies.
We've seen a number of changes at Bantamweight. Firstly Ryo Akaho (previously #4) has been removed following his recent loss in a WBO title fight. Akaho's removal from the rankings has seen a number of fighters move up the rankings, such as Shohei Omori (#4), Ryosuke Iwasa (#6), Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#8) and Jason Canoy (#11). Lower down the rankings Takahiro Yamamoto (#12) has become a new entry after his recent victory over Yu Kawaguchi. Interestingly Canoy's move up the rankings has come a day after the announcement that he would be fighting Hinata Maruta on November 22nd.
The Super Bantamweight division has seen some notable changes. One of those changes has seen Filipino youngster Albert Pagara (#3, previously #5) climb up the rankings. We've lost Filipino star Nonito Donaire (previously #6) which has allowed numerous fighters to climb up the rankings, including was Mike Tawatchai (#7), Genesis Servania (#8), Yukinori Oguni (#10) and Hidenori Otake (#13).
Although there have been changes at Featherweight non of the Asian fighters have seen their rankings change in the division.
At Super Featherweight Thailand's Jomthong Chuwatana (#13) has climbed a place whilst Japan's Masao Nakamura (#15) has climbed into the rankings following his win over Daiki Kaneko. Amazingly neither Rikki Naito or Masayuki Ito are ranked.
There are no Asian fighters ranked at 135lbs.
At Light Welterweight we've seen the heavy handed Keita Obara (#7, previously #10) climb above China's Ik Yang (#8). Lower down the rankings Akihiro Kondo (#12) has climbed 2 places.
There are no Asians ranked at Welterweight.
At Light Middleweight we've seen Takayuki Hosokawa (#5, previously #7) climb two places and edge his way towards a world title fight.
There have been no changes in regards to Asian fighters at Middleweight.
There are no Asian fighters ranked above Middleweight.
Earlier today the JBC released their latest rankings. The update featured the most significant changes of the year as they brought in a massive change removing a number of fighters who have indicated that they have no intention of fighting for the Japanese title. Those fighters, regarded as "pending fighters list", have stated that they are focused on fighting for a world title and as a result they are not interested, at the moment, in fighting for a domestic title.
As a result of those pending players, who are listed below, we've seen the likes of Tatsuya Fukuhara (#1 at Minimumweight), Ken Shiro (#3 at Light Flyweight), Ryuchai Funai (#1 at Super Flyweight) and Rikiya Fukuhara (#1 at Featherweight) all climb towards a title fight.
As well as the changes related to the "Pending players"we've also seen new fighters move into the rankings. These have included Hiroyuki Hisataka (#12 at Super Flyweight), Naoto Uebayashi (#13 at Bantamweight), Mark John Yap (#14 at Bantamweight), Ryuji Miyazaki (#14 at Super Bantamweight), Ryuto Araya (#9 at Featherweight), Tsuyoshi Tameda (#13 at Featherweight) and Accel Sumiyoshi (#13 at Lightweight).
The 15 fighters on on the "Pending Fighters List" are-
Ryuji Hara (Minimumweight/Ohashi)
Akira Yaegashi (Light Flyweight/Ohashi)
Ryo Miyazaki (Light Flyweight/Ioka)
Yu Kimura (Light Flyweight/Teiken)
Teiru Kinoshita (Super Flyweight/Senrima Kobe)
Toshiyuki Igarashi (Super Flyweight/Teiken)
Ryo Matasumoto (Bantamweight/Ohashi)
Ryo Akaho (Bantamweight/Yokohama Hikari)
Ryosuke Iwasa (Bantamweight/Celes)
Hozumi Hasegawa (Featherweight/Shinsei)
Hisashi Amagasa (Featherweight/Amagasaki)
Takahiro Ao (Lightweight/Teiken)
Yoshitaka Kato (Lightweight/Kadoebihoseki),
Yoshihiro Kamegai (Welterweight/Teiken)
Ryota Murata (Middleweight/Teiken)
Note-Of course along with the "pending" list there is also no Japanese ranking for any OPBF champion, as a result the likes of Koki Eto (Flyweight/SGS), Takuma Inoue (Super Flyweight/Ohashi) and Shingo Wake (Super Bantamweight/Koguchi) are not ranked.
For those wanting to see the rankings in full they can been found, in PDF format, by clicking belwo.
Earlier this week the WBO released their latest rankings and we've got to be honest there was a lot of changes in here.
The first change has seen Filipino prospect Vic Saludar (#7) move up a place whilst compatriot Jeffrey Galero (#8) has mysteriously appeared in the top 10. Below those two is Japan's Go Odaira (#9) who has seemingly climbed 3 though his move isn't as mysterious as that of Ryuya Yamanaka (#10) who has seemingly come out of nowhere to get a ranking. Lower down Jessie Espinas (#13) has climbed a place whilst Reiya Konishi (#14) enters the rankings.
At Light Flyweight we've seen Akira Yaegashi (#3) drop a place, though questions have to be asked as to why he is ranked at 108lbs, other to drop a place in the top 10 are Jonathan Taconing (#6) and Yu Kimura (#7). A little lower down Palangpol CP Freshmart (#11) has also dropped a place whilst fellow Thai Petchchorhae Kokietgym (#12) has climbed a place, at the expense of Milan Melindo (previously #11) who has been removed from the rankings. At the bottom we've seen Raymond Tabugon (#15) claim a ranking.
In the Flyweight division we've seen a general move up a place for a lot of fighters, including Froilan Saludar (#2), Suguru Muranaka (#3), Zou Shiming (#6), Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (#7), Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (#10), Ryo Miyazaki (#11), Ardin Diale (#12), Macrea Gandionco (#13) and Jake Bornea (#14). Interestingly Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#8) moved up 2 places at the expense of Koki Eto (#9)
The Super Flyweight division, thankfully, hasn't had such a big shake up. It's first change has seen Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#8) climb a single place, we have a new entrant a little bit down the rankings with Ricardo Rodriguez (#11) above Takuma Inoue (#12), who remains where he was. A little lower we've seen Jerwin Ancajas (#13) and Sho Ishida (#14) each climb a place whilst we've also welcomed a new entrant, Jetro Pabustan (#15). It seems that Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (previously #13) has lost his ranking due to being the WBC mandatory and it's allowed Ancajas and Ishida to move up, as well as creating space for Pabustan.
The Bantamweight division saw a new champion being crowned with Pungluang Sor Singyu (previously #2) beating Ryo Akaho (previously #1, now unranked). That bout has given the rankings a shake up. Now the top contender is Filipino Marlon Tapales (#1), who has understandably climbed a couple of places. Behind Tapales is Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#2), who has climbed 3 place, and Shohei Omori (#3) who has jumped up 9 places! Ryo Matsumoto (#9) has climbed a single place to keep him ahead of Yushi Tanaka (#10), who moved up 4 places, and both of those are just above OPBF champion Takahiro Yamamoto (#11). Lower down the rankings are Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#12) and fellow Filipino Ernesto Saulong (#13), who appear to both be new entrants.
At Super Bantamweight we've seen former #1 contender Genesis Servania (#2) fall a single place whilst stablemate Albert Pagara (#6) has really gate crashed the rankings as a new entrant. Another new entry from the Philippines is Bernabe Concepcion (#10), who has pushed fellow Filipino Juan Miguel Elorde (#11) down a place. Another man falling a place is Shigno Wake (#15), who has got his eyes on an IBF title fight.
Things are a bit simpler at Featherweight where Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (#5) has climbed 3 places and Hiroshige Osawa (#12) has climbed 2 places.
There have been no changes for us to note at Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight or Welterweight.
At Light Middleweight we've seen Japan's Yuki Nonaka (#10) climb a couple of places whilst China's Yao Yi Ma (#14) has climbed into the rankings.
At Middleweight we've seen Japanese star Ryota Murata (#6) climb 3 place.
We've had no change at Super Middleweight.
There are no Asian fighters ranked at Light Heavyweight or Cruiserweight.
Strangely the WBO list Heavyweight Edmund Gerber (#9) as a Kazakh, though he is widely viewed as a German fighter, despite being born in Kazakhstan. The bigger issue however is the explanation as to how on earth he is ranked in the top 15. Notably he has climbed 5 places.
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