Over the past couple of days the IBF have released their updated world rankings. They have featured some divisions with real shake ups whilst many others have remained as they were, at least in regards to Asian fighters. Here we have looked at the changes which have effected Asian boxing.
The Minimumweight division has seen some rather interesting changes in the rankings. Near the top we've seen Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (#4) climb 4 places, despite the fact his appeal to have an immediate rematch with current champion Katsunari Takayama was declined recently. Fahlan's countryman Pigmy Kokietgym (#5) was also boosted up the rankings with a 2 place climb that has seen him move move former world title contender Go Odaira (#6). Another man who has climbed a couple of places is former WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (#7). Lower down the rankings we've lost Shin Ono (previously #15) who has committed himself to the Light Flyweight division for his next bout.
Interestingly the top 2 places at 105lbs aren't filled so Fahlan is the second highest contender, behind Carlos Buitrago (#3) and we can't help but think that Buitrago Vs Takayama would be a delightful fight if Takayama cannot secure a unification bout.
At Light Flyweight we've not seen much in terms of changes though we have spotted a notable climb for Paipharob Kokietgym (#9) who has improved his standing by 3 places. On the other hand we have lost Virgilio Silvano (previously #11).
At Flyweight we've only seen two changes. The first of those sees Myung Hoo Lee (#13) replace Noknoi Sitthiprasert (previously #13) and Eaktawan Krungthepthonburi (#14) replace Tetsuma Hayashi (#previously #14). Strangely the IBF list Myung Hoo Lee, and state he's a Korean, though believe it's actually Myung Ho Lee, from Japan.
At Super Flyweight we saw a new champion being crowned as McJoe Arroyo defeated Arthur Villanueva (#7, previously #3) in a controversial technical decision. The loss dropped Villanueva 4 places and helped boost Jerwin Ancajas (#13), Teiru Kinoshita (#4), Rex Tso (#5) and Sho Ishida (#6), all by a single place.
In the Bantamweight division we've seen some pretty notable changes, though they have been limited in number. The first of those has seen Shohei Omori (#5) climb a place. We've finally seen Kohei Oba (previously #8) removed from the rankings, several months after his retirement. Staying just inside the top 10 we've seen Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#9) climb 2 places whilst Jason Canoy (#12) has entered the rankings, following his upset win over Drian Francisco.
At Super Bantamweight we've lost former WBA title challenger Hidenori Otake (previously #14), who has lacked a notable win in quite some time now. Amazingly this was the only change of note for ourselves in the division.
At Featherweight we've seen no changes to note.
The changes at Super Featherweight have been limited with the only one involving an Asian fighter being a 1 place drop for Filipino slugger Michael Farenas (#8)
At Lightweight we've seen no changes to note, and we've also got no Asian fighters ranked in the top 15.
At Light Welterweight we saw so really notable changes. The first of those was the fall down the rankings of Ik Yang (#8, previously #2) following his clear loss to new champion Cesar Rene Cuenca. This leaves Yang just 2 places above Keita Obara (#10), who has climbed a couple of places. Former Yang victim Patomsuk Pathompothong (previously #10) has fallen out of the rankings following his loss to Akihiro Kondo (#14) who climbs into the rankings as a result. Yang Vs Obara anyone?
At Welterweight we've seen no changes to note, and we've also got no Asian fighters ranked in the top 15.
In the Light Middleweight division we've surprisingly seen Takayuki Hosokawa (#7) climb a couple of places. Although the Muto gym fighter has been advised to retire it does seem like he'll fight once more, in November, against Yuki Nonaka (himself ranked #12) in a bout that really could be a very significant one for both men.
We've also seen a surprising move at Middleweight where OPBF champion Akio Shibata (#11) has climbed 3 places. He is however well behind former foe Ryota Murata (#8).
At Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Cruiserweight Heavyweight we've seen no changes to note, and we've also got no Asian fighters ranked in the top 15 of any of those 4 divisions.
(Image courtesy of the IBF)
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