Earlier today saw the IBF release their updated rankings. Although dated 5th of June it seems that they were released several days later.
The Minimumweight division really hasn't seen many changes this month. The most notable of them has seen former WBO champion Merlito Sabillo (#11) climbing up 2 places pushing Carlos Velarde down a place. Oddly we've seen Jesus Silvestre (#13) re-enter the Minimumweight rankings despite not fighting since his loss to Eduardo Martinez, Silvestre's re-entry has seen Julio Felix (previously #12) removed from the top 15. Silvestre was ranked at Light Flyweight last month.
At Light Flyweight we've seen Filipino fighter Milan Melindo (#5) drop a division and improve his ranking having previously been #8 at Flyweight. He's the only Asian change in the division whilst several Latin American fighters have seen their rankings shuffle around due to Silvestre's move down a division and the very odd demotion of Pedro Guevara (#11) who was previously #3.
Another Filipino to be promoted is John Riel Casimero (#3) who has moved up a place due to Roman Gonzalez being stripped of his ranking. Whilst we all feel Gonzalez is the better fighter it seems even the IBF realises that he's chasing the WBC title and his removal from the rankings has benefited numerous fighters including Suguru Muranaka (#5) who has also moved up a place. It's not been all good news however and Joebert Alvarez (previously #15) has dropped out of the rankings.
Amazingly we've only seen very limited changes at Super Flyweight which were all linked together. The start of the chain reaction has seen David Sanchez (previously #12) being removed from the rankings and as a result Mark Anthony Geraldo (now #12), Rex Tso (#13) and Yohei Tobe (#14) have all moved up a place.
At Super Flyweight we also have some interesting news at the top with Teiru Kinoshita now set to fight Zolani Tete on July 18th at the Protopia Hotel in Kobe for the IBF world title.
The only changes in the rankings at Bantamweight concerned the men ranked #13, #14 and #15. These have seen Stephane Jamoye, Martin Ward and Paulus Ambunda all be taking out and replaced by Juan Alberto Rosas, Martin Ward and Rodrigo Guerrero. Since the rankings were published we've also seen the champion change with Paul Butler (ranked #11) having claimed the world title with a narrow victory over compatriot Stuart Hall.
The first change, of several, at Super Bantamweight has seen Chris Avalos (#1) become the top contender following his victory over Yasutaka Ishimoto (now #12), this loss for the Japanese fighter has seen him dropping 7 places. Due to the changes for Avalos and Ishimoto we've seen knock on effects, which have helped Mike Tawatchai (#4). Lower down the rankings we've seen Genesis Servania (#9) and Shingo Wake (#10) both move up 4 places.
Oddly the Featherweight division hasn't been updated properly it seems as Alexander Miskirtchian (#1) is still the top ranked contender despite his loss, earlier in the month, to Evgeny Gradovich. Even stranger is the fact Miskirtchain is double ranked as he also holds a #9 position. Lower down the rankings we've seen a few shake ups with Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (#5) dropping a place. Japan's Hisashi Amagasa (#8) has remained where he was though oddly Marvin Sonsona (#10) has dropped due to the double ranking of Miskirtchain. At the bottom of the ranking's we're glad to see Japanese champion Satoshi Hosono (#15)
In the Super Featherweight division the only change has been low down where Guillaume Frenois (previously #14) has been replaced by Edner Cherry. Oddly Ryan Sermona (#12) has kept his ranking despite losing to Shingo Eto on April 14th.
At Lightweight Kevin Mitchell (#3) has been well rewarded for his victory over Ghislain Maduma (now #11) who dropped 7 places courtesy of his loss. The demotion of Maduma has seen Rustam Nugaev (#5), Takahiro Ao (#7) and Denis Shafikov (#9), amongst others, all moving up a place.
The only changes in the 140lb division are again at the lower end of the top 15. We've seen Selcuk Aydin (previously #14) and Anton Novikov (previously #15) both removed and in their place comes Jose Zepada (#14) and Frankie Gomez (#15)
In the Welterweight division we again don't see much in terms of changes as Frankie Gavin (#5) and Devon Alexander (#6) have switched places. The only change in the division.
Light Middleweight has seen Jermell Charlo (#2) jump up the rankings following his victory over Charlie Ota (#15). Charlo gained 8 places with the win whilst Ota has dropped 6 places. Interestingly a positive chance has seen Takayuki Hosokawa (#12) appear in the rankings, seemingly from nowhere.
The IBF Middleweight rankings have had a bit of a shake up due to two events. At the top we've seen a change in champion with Sam Soliman (previously #1) claiming the title from Felix Sturm (now #4). We've seen Daniel Geale, Danny Jacobs and Jarrod Fletcher (previously #3, #4 and #11) all removed due rulings by the WBA
The Super Middleweight division has seen a new #1 challenger crowned with James DeGale (#1) now the top challenger for compatriot Carl Froch. For us however the big move was that of Maksim Vlasov (#6) who moved up from 11.
In the Light Heavyweight division the major change for us is the promotion of Igor Mikhalkin (#11) who has been moved up 4 places having previously held a #15 ranking.
At Crusierweight we still have 3 Russian with Rakhim Chakhkiev (#6), Alexander Alexeev (#8) despite having announced his retirement, and Murat Gassiev (#14), of the 3 only Gassiev has moved with a 1 place promotion in the rankings.
The Heavyweight rankings have seen Ruslan Chagaev (previously #3) after it was announced he would be fighting for the WBA title in July. This has allowed Alexander Ustinov (#4) the opportunity to move up 1 place.
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