Earlier today the OPBF released their updated rankings for February 2014. We, as we do when new rankings are released, took our time and went through them, comparing them to last months rankings.
We were slightly shocked when we started and saw no changes at all to the Minimumweight rankings. Thankfully we were less shocked when we moved through the divisions and began to see changes.
The first change is that Naoya Inoue is no longer the OPBF Light Flyweight champion. Inoue handed that title back ahead of his WBC Light Flyweight world title clash with Mexican Adrian Hernandez. This change was followed by a series of changes lower down the rankings.
The changes at Light Flyweight have seen Yuki Sano (previously #15) dropping out, after announcing his retirement this past week, Yu Kimura (#3) swapping places with Renan Trongco (#4) following Kimura's victory over Kenichi Horikawa (#9) who dropped from #5. Horikawa dropping down the rankings has boosted the rankings of a number of fighters. The changes have also allowed for Hayato Yamaguchi (#12) to climb into the rankings.
At Flyweight we see very little in terms of changes as Thailand's Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (#5) swapped places with Filipino Rajah Renoel Pael (#6). This was the only change.
Super Flyweight was also mostly change free. The one big mover was Jerwin Ancajas (#6) who climbed 3 places following his showing on the recent "Ring of Gold" show. Ancajas's movement forced several fighters down a place.
The few changes at Flyweight and Super Flyweight were much more telling than those at Bantamweight. That's because there were no changes at Bantamweight at all likewise there was no changes at Super Bantamweight.
At Featherweight the main changes revolve around Ryo Takenaka (#9) who is a new entrant courtesy of a victory over Rene Bestudio (previously ranked #3). The loss to Takenaka saw Bestudio dropping out of the rankings and as a result numerous fighters were given a one place boost.
At Super Featherweight we again so little in change with the notable difference being Rikki Naito (#3) and Hyuk Kwon (#4) swapping places. The boost for Naito came after he stopped Hiroyasu Matsuzaki (previously #6) who has now dropped out of the rankings.
The Lightweight division sees no change at all with every fighter remaining as they were in January.
At Light Welterweight the only change was an obvious one as Ja Ik Goo (#4) replaced compatriot Taek-Min Kim, who drops out completely. Goo, the new Korean national champion, will almost certainly be excited about the up coming title fight between Keita Obara and Adones Cabalquinto.
Welterweight was another division with no changes, as was Light Middleweight.
At Middleweight Jarrod Fletcher (#4) swaps with Yuki Nonaka (#5) whilst Garth Wood (#10) drops down following his loss to Daniel Geale. Wood wasn't the only fighter who was dropped with Gunnar Jackson (previously #15) dropping completely out of the rankings.
Light Heavyweight was another changeless division though Cruiserweight saw a few alterations made with Daniel Ammann (#3) dropping 2 places whilst Jong-Suk Lee (previously #8) drops out completely.
Unfortunately Heavyweight was another changeless division.
As well as the changes the OPBF listed a number of title bouts that they have got arranged for the upcoming month or two:
March 8th-Koji Numata v Takehiro Shimogawara (vacant OPBF Light Middleweight title)
March 24th-Hisashi Amagasa* v Vinvin Rufino (OPBF Featherweight title)
March 25th-Ryosuke Iwasa* v Richard Pumicpic (OPBF Bantamweight title)
March 29th-Arden Diale v Chris Paulino (vacant OPBF Flyweight title)
March 30th-Ryuji Hara v Donnie Mabao (vacant OPBF Minimumweight title)
April 14th-Keita Obara v Adones Cabalquinto (vacant OPBF Light Welterweight title)
*indicates defending champions
Current rankings can be found here.
(Picture courtesy of the OPBF)
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