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.
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