This past day or so saw the OPBF issue their updated rankings.
One of the division that saw very little in terms of change was the Minimumweight division which saw only a solitary change from April. This change was that Benezer Alolod, previously #3 at Minimumweight, had been removed. This wasn't due to a loss but division inactivity with Alolod having not fought as a Minimumweight since March 2013 vicotory over Rey Loreto.
Alolod being removed has seen everyone previously ranked 4-12 move up one place.
We see Benezer Alolod making a re-emerging at Light Flyweight where he replaced South Korea's Myung-Goo Yun at #2. Yuh appeares to have, like Alolod, been moved up the weights, but more on him later. The reason why Alolod has been ranked so highly in his new division was his 3rd round retirement victory over Jerson Mancio back on May 14th that forced Mancio to drop from #6 to #11 and effectively ruling Mancio out of another OPBF title fight any time soon.
The Flyweight division saw absolutely no changes over the past month.
One of the most active divisions this month was the Super Flyweight division where Marco Demecillo dropped 2 placed falling from #3 to #5 as highly touted youngsters Rex Tso, #3, and Sho Ishida, now #4, climbed over him. At #6 when then find the emergence of Myung Goo Yuh, who we believe recently scored his 8th successive T/KO victory.
Further down these rankings Jerwin Anacajas has climbed a place to go to #7, a position above his compatriot Melvin Gumban. Rey Perez, previously #12, has been dropped by the rankings whilst former #2 world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai has been given a #13 place and Michael Dasmarinas is now #14.
The big mover at Bantamweight is unbeaten Japanese youngster Shohei Omori who has taken the #6 ranking courtesy of his victory over Christian Esquviel on May 22nd. Omori's ranking has effected fewer people than one might imagine with only Hiroki Shiino, Yutaka Kawaguchi and Yushi Tanaka each dropping 1 place each. The changes due to Omori being given a high ranking were neutralised somewhat by Shnun Kubo changing divisions.
Another change at Bantamweight saw Jethro Pabustan climbing one place to go to #12, one place above Naoto Uebayashi.
The first change in the Super Bantamweight division is at #9 where Shun Kubo emerges, having previously been a ranked Bantamweight. Below Kubo we've seen a few changes including a big jump up the rankings for talented Chinese youngster Qiu Xiao Jun who is now #11 having recently beaten Indonesia's Rasmanudin. Below Jun are Jrunriel Ramonal, Jimmy Paypa and Kojiro Takada who hold places 12,13 and 14 respectively.
The Featherweight division has seen only a small number of changes. The highest of those came at #7 as Noriyuki Ueno climbed above Ryo Takenaka in a straight swap that relegated Takenaka 1 place. Whilst the Ueno/Takenaka swap was the change at the highest ranking it wasn't the most significant, that instead came at the #13 place as Maxsaisai Sithsaithong was given a ranking ahead of his OPBF title fight with champion Hisashi Amagasa. Sithsaithong's ranking relegated those below him and dropped Ryota Kajiki out of the rankings..
There wasn't any changes at Super Featherweight with the rankings staying identical to what they were a month ago.
The only change at Lightweight saw recent title challenger Ricky Sismundo, AKA Harada Door, drop from #7 to #10 following his loss to champion Masayoshi Nakatani.
The sole change at Light Welterweight was the removal of Prawet Singwancha who had been inactive for a year prior to these rankings being published. Singwancha, who was previously #10 has quite possibly retired given that he is now 37 and hasn't won a fight in amost 2 years.
The Welterweight division is exactly as it was a month ago with no changes at all
At Light Middleweight we've seen Yao Yi Ma, previous;y #3, drop way down to #10 based on his inactivity in recent months. The falling down the rankings of the Taiwanese fighter has given a booster to numerous fighters including Beau O'Brien who now sits at #3.
Although the top #5 are exactly as they were a month ago the rest of the division has been really shaken up. Firstly we've seen Hikaru Nishida jump from #8 to #6. Nishida's climb has been helped by the fact Nobuhiro Ishida has finally been removed from the Middleweight rankings. Ishida's removal has benefited a number of others but not Eung Chang Lee, the man who lost to Esquiva Falcao recently, or Tomohiro Ebisu, who actually lost on the same day as Lee did. Both Lee and Ebisu have dropped from the rankings.
Although there was a number of changes at Middleweights there was no changes at all at Super Middleweight.
The Light Heavyweight division has a number of changes including the removal of Mark Flanagan, previously #3, has seen various fighters moving up a place however Togasilima Letoa, previously #10, has also been removed.
Mark Flanagan was removed from his high ranking position in the Light Heavyweight division because he had moved up to Cruiserweight and scored a major win over Daniel Ammann to take the #1 sport at Cruiserweight. This in turn dropped Ammann from #2 to #6.
In the heaviest division in professional boxing we've seen the inclusion of Japanese fighter Nobuhiro Ishida who has been given a #6 ranking following his close loss to Kyotaro Fujimoto and his announcement about continuing his career.
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