Recently the IBF released their updated rankings, here we have looked at the notable changes involving Asian fighters.
The Minimumweight division has really had a shake up this month with various notable changes, some of which really didn't seem to make much sense. The obvious change happened at the top where Katsunari Takayama (#6) lost in his unification bout with Francisco Rodriguez Jr. Amazingly the IBF have really punished Takayama for his close loss dropping him down to #6 in the rankings. Higher up the rankings Japanese champion Go Odaira (#5) has moved up several places whilst Carlos Buitrago (#8) has dropped notably. Essentially the IBF rate Takayama as the #3 guy in Japan behind both Odaira and Ryuji Hara (#4). At the bottom end of the rankings we've lost Matteo Handig, with his position being filled in by Virgilio Silvano (#15) who dropped from #8.
At Light Flyweight we've seen Randy Petalcorin (previously #6) drop out of the rankings after agreeing to a WBA interim title fight. The knock on effects of Petalcorin's removal has seen numerous fighters moving up a place, including Yu Kimura (#6) and Jonathan Taconing (#7). At the lower parts of the world rankings we still find Atsushi Kakutani (#14) and Rey Loreto (#15).
In the Flyweight division the first change comes well down the rankings as Koki Eto (#10) has moved up a place following the recent loss for Luis De La Rosa to Zou Shiming, who oddly hasn't earned a ranking. The knock on effects of De La Rosa's loss have helped Rocky Fuentes (#13) move up a place and also helped Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (#15) also move up in to the top 15.
The most notable change at Super Flyweight has seen a new champion crowned after Zolani Tete claimed the title with a clear win over Teiru Kinoshita (#6), notable that is the only change in the top 10. Outside the top part of the rankings we have seen Sho Ishida (#12) move into the worl rankings following his victory over Yohei Tobe, that's the only change in the bottom part of the rankings.
The Bantamweight division has seen absolutely no changes in the top 15.
The rankings at 122lbs haven't seen a lot of changes but one of the most notable has seen Shingo Wake (#7) jump up 3 places whilst Albert Pagara (#10) has moved up 1 place.
There have been no changes at 126lbs.
The Super Featherweight division has seen a number of changes,notable the drop down the rankings of Masao Nakamura (#15) who as fallen from the #5 place following his loss to Masayuki Ito who hasn't been rewarded with a ranking. This is the only change involving an Asian and is a very notable one.
There have been no changes at all at Lightweight.
There have been no changes involving an Asian fighter at 140lbs.
There have been no changes at 147lbs.
No changes has occurred in relation to an Asian fighter.
There have been no changes at 160lbs.
There have been no changes at 168lbs.
At Light Heavyweight we've seen Beibut Shumenov (#10) shoot into the rankings.
At Cruiserweight Grigory Drozd (#12) has dropped a place.
The only change at Heavyweight has seen Alexander Ustinov (#12) dropping 4 places down the rankings.
(Image courtesy of the IBF)
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