Earlier this week the IBF released their latest ranking updates and here we've tried to make note of all the changes involving Asian fighters
At Minimumweight we've seen some pretty notable changes following the recent defeat suffered by Alexis Diaz, who was stopped in 4 rounds by Knockout CP Freshmart. Diaz's losses saw him losing his #7 position from last month which has allowed Pigmy Koietgym (#7), Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (#8) and Xiong Zhao Zhong (#9) to each move up a place. Lower down the rankings we've seen Takumi Sakae (#10), Denver Cuello (#11) and Ryuji Hara (#12) all move up a place whilst Shin Ono (#15) has climbed back into the rankings.
The changes at Light Flyweight have been much more limited than they've been at 105lbs. The major winner here is Virgilio Silvano (#11) who has climbed a couple of places at the expense of Paipharaob Kokietgym (#12) who has dropped a place.
At Flyweight we have seen pretty notable changes, and a nice surprise at the top of the rankings. That surprise is that Johnriel Casimero (#1) has kept his lofty ranking despite his foul filled loss to defending champion Amnat Ruenroeng in June. Lower down the rankings we've lost Brian Viloria (previously #3) which has allowed a real shuffling in the rankings with everyone moving up a place and opening up a space for Filipino fighter Froilan Saludar (#15).
At Super Flyweight there have been no changes at all ahead of the upcoming world title fight between McJoe Arroyo (#1) and Arthur Villanueva (#3).
At Bantamweight we have obviously seen some notable changes at the top after Ryosuke Iwasa's (#7, previously #3) came up short against Lee Haksin's (now interim champion, previously #4). The changes from that that bout have seen Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#3) become the top contender with the top two slots being left “Not Rated”. Behind Zhakiyanov is Ryo Akaho (#4), who climbed 3 places despite being set for a WBO world title bout, another man who climbed 3 places was Shohei Omori (#6), who now sits ahead of Iwasa. There was, also a move up for Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#11). For some reason the IBF continue to rank Kohei Oba (#8), who retired a while back.
In the Super Bantamweight division we saw some notable changes with the most significant of those being that of Japanese fighter Shingo Wake (#1) who became the top contender following his win over Mike Tawatchai (#8, previously #3). The Wake Vs Tawatchai fight had repercussions through out the top 15 with Albert Pagara (#5) climbing a couple of places, Nonito Donaire (#7) climbing 4 places and Yukinori Oguni (#11) climbing 3 slots.
At Featherweight the big winner for the month was Japanese champion Satoshi Hosono (#6) who climbed 3 places whilst his compatriot Hozumi Hasegawa (#15) broke into the rankings.
The Super Featherweight division has seen a few small moves for Asian fighters with Eden Sonsona (#9) and Jomthong Chuwatana (#14) each climbing a place.
As with last month there is no Asian fight ranked at Lightweight.
In the Light Welterweight division, we've seen Patomsuk Pathompothong (#10), Jason Pagara (#11) and Keita Obara (#12) each climb a place up the rankings. Of course the really notable Asian here is Ik Yang (#2) who will be fighting for the title title on July 18th against Cesar Cuenca (#1).
There are no Asian's ranked at Welterweight, the same as last month.
At Light Middleweight both Takayuki Hosokawa (#9) and Yuki Nonaka (#12) have moved up a place. Sadly for both men it does look very unlikely that either will be getting a title shot any time soon. Another couple of Japanese fighters moving up a single place are Middleweight Ryota Murata (#8) and Akio Shibata (#14) who find themselves edging up towards a major title shot.
There isn't an Asian fighter ranked in any division by the IBF above 160lbs.
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