On July 10th the IBF released their updated rankings, and of course we've been over the with an eagle eye looking for changes.
In the Minimumweight division not much has changed in the top 5 however lower down the rankings we have seen a lot of changes which have seen fighters shifted around. One of those fighters who has been moved is Japanese champion Go Odaira (#6) who has climbed 2 places and leaped over recent world title challenger Virgilio Silvano (#8). Interestingly Silvano now sits one place ahead of another recent challenger, Shin Ono (#9) and both have been beaten by current champion Katsunari Takayama.
In the lower part of these rankings we've seen former WBO champion Merltio Sabillo (#10) climb one place whilst former IBF champion Florante Condes (#13) has dropped a few places following his loss to Ryoichi Taguchi. To close out the top 15 is Mateo Handig (#15).
The first major change in the 108lb division is due to Mexico Juanito Hernandez (#11) who has dropped from previously being #7. This drop has allowed Yu Kimura (#7) and Jonathan Taconing (#8), amongst others, to each move up a place. At the bottom of the top 15 we still find Atsushi Kakutani (#14) and Rey Loreto (#15)
The Flyweight rankings are much like they were last month with John Riel Casimero (#3) being the highest ranked Asian to Thailand's current champion Amnat Ruenroeng. Behind Casimero is Suguru Muranaka (#4). From #8 down we do find changes though with Joebert Alvarez (#8) having moved up 2 places and over taken Kazuto Ioka (#9). We have, sadly, lost Froilan Saludar though he has been replaced by Randy Petalcorin (#13) one of two new entries, alongside Koki Eto (#11). As with the previous weight classes the lowest ranked Asian fighters are "as they were" with Rocky Fuentes (#13) and Toshiyuki Igarashi (#14) both keeping their places.
Arguably the strangest moves in the rankings have come in the Super Flyweight division where future world title challenger Teiru Kinoshita (#6) has dropped a remarkable 3 places and been over-taken by Filipino pair Arthur Villanueva (#4) and Jerwin Ancajas (#5). Other odd changes have seen Rusalee Samor (#9) promoted 2 places whilst Go Onaga (#13) has been dropped 5 places. Interestingly a number of places Onaga has lost have been to other Asian fighters including Samor as well as Mark Anthony Geraldo (#10), Rex Tso (#11) and Yohei Tobe (#12). Despite the knock to Kinoshita's ranking he will still be fighting Zolani Tete for the world title on July 18th.
In the championless Bantamweight division we've finally seen Daiki Kameda (previously #3) stripped of his ranking. Sadly for us Kameda's loss of ranking has only boostes one Asian, Ryoksuke Iwasa (#4) who has climbed a single place. Lower down the rankings we still find Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#8) and Kohei Oba (#10) both were they were, however Ryo Akaho (#11) has moved up a single place.
There is surprisingly just a single change in the Super Bantamweight division. This change has seen unbeaten Filipino Albert Pagara (#11) come in at the expense of former champion Jhonthan Romero. Pagara joined a host of other Asian fighters, including Japanese champion Hideonori Otake (#3), Thailand's Mike Tawatchai (#4), fellow unbeaten Filipino Genesis Servania (#9) and current OPBF champion Shingo Wake (#10).
At Featherweight we've seen no changes of note, in fact the only change is that recent title challenger Aleksander Miskirtchian, previously #1, has been dropped completely from the rankings.
The Super Featherweight division has seen Michael Farenas (#2) move up a couple of places. We still find Masao Nakamura (#5) where he was a month ago and oddly Ryan Sermona (#10) has moved up 2 places whilst Andrey Klimov (#12) has climbed 3 places.
The Lightweight division has seen a few changes with Takahiro Ao (#8) notably dropping one place whilst Ik Yang (#15) has dropped 2 places and Masayoshi Nakatani, previously #15, has dropped out of the rankings.
At 140lbs the only change of note sees Patomsuk Pathompothong (#8) moving up a single place.
In the deep Welterweight division we've sadly seen Yoshihiro Kamegai (#14) drop 7 places due to his loss to Robert Guerrero.
As with last month the only ranked Light Middleweight is Takayuki Hosokawa (#12) who remains where he was a month ago.
The only Middleweight of note is Matt Korobov (#9) who also remains in the same position as he was a month ago.
As with the previous 2 divisions there is no change in regards to fighters of interest with Maxim Vlasov (#6) remaining the only top 15 fighter of any interest.
In the Light Heavyweight division Igor Mikhalkin (#8) has moved up 3 place to create a space between himself and Dmitry Sukhotsky (#12) who is where he was a month ago.
In the Cruiserweight division we again fight inly Russian's with rankings. The highest of those Russians is Rakhim Chakhkiev (#5) who has moved up one place from last month, the second ranked Russian is Grigory Drozd (#11) who stays where he was a month ago whilst Murat Gassiev (#14) has moved up a single place.
In the Heavyweight division we've seen Alexander Ustinov (#8) fall 4 places.
(Image courtesy of the IBF)
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