IBF release ranking update
Earlier today the IBF released their most recent ranking up dates. They haven't seen masses of change but they have had a few notable ones.
At Minimumweight we've seen a number of changes through the top 15 as the IBF changed things around a bit. The most notable of the changes was the new inclusion of Chinese fighter Xiong Zhao Zhong (#10) who enters the rankings above Takumi Sakae (#12), who has dropped a place, fellow new entrant Denver Cuello (#13) and Ryuji Hara (#14), who has surprisingly dropped 2 places. Also worth noting is the fact Kosei Tanaka (previously #13) has been removed following his recent world title victory.
The Light Flyweight division recently saw Milan Melindo (#7, previously #1) come up short in a mandatory world title challenger against Javier Mendoza. The loss has dropped Melindo down 6 places. One man who has climbed a place is Ryo Miyazaki (#5), who moves a step towards a potential FOTY candidate with Mendoza. Surprisingly they are the only notable changes involving Asian fighters.
At Flyweight we've seen Kazuto Ioka (previously #6) being removed due to his recent WBA title victory. Ioka's removal has allowed numerous fights, such as Suguru Muranaka (#7), Zou Shiming (#8) and Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#9) to each climb a place. South Korean fighter Myung Goo Yuh, AKA Young Kil Bae, (#11) has found himself climbing a couple of places whilst Ardin Diale (#12) and Tetsuma Hayashi (#15) both appear to be new entrants.
At the top of the Super Flyweight division we've seen the title made vacant, after Zolani Tete vacated it, the division is largely unchanged. Saying that however Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (previously #12) has been removed following his recent WBC world title eliminator. That move has allowed Toshiyuki Igarashi (#12) to climb a place whilst Rene Dacquel (#13) has replaced Oleydong Sithsamerchai.
The Bantamweight division has seen a few small changes. The first of those is the rise of Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#5) who has climbed a couple of place and forced Ryo Akaho (#7) to drop a place. Some how the IBF continue to rate Kohei Oba (#8) despite Oba announcing his retirement at the end of last year. Lower down the rankings Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#12) has climbed a place.
There have been no changes at Super Bantamweight.
At Featherweight we've see Satoshi Hosono (#9) drop a single place.
The Super Featherweight division hasn't had much of a change but we've seen Filipino slugger Eden Sonsona (#10) punch his way in to the rankings following his excellent upset win over Adrian Estrella.
At Lightweight we have no ranked Asian fighters.
The Light Welterweight division hasn't seen many changes but we have seen a few positives with both Jason Pagara (#12) and Keita Obara (#13) each climbing a single place.
At Welterweight we have no ranked Asian fighters.
At Light Middleweight we've seen no changes.
In the Middleweight divisions we've seen Akio Shibata (#15) drop a single place.
There are no Asian fighters ranked in the higher weights.
(Image courtesy of the IBF)
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