Earlier today the OPBF released their updated rankings which hasn't seen the biggest changes but has seen some notable ones.
At Minimumweight we have, of course, seen a new champion crowned as the sensational Kosei Tanaka recorded a 10th round TKO victory over Ryuji Hara to claim the title. Further down the rankings we've also seen another star break through with Ken Shiro claiming the #11 ranking in the division following his recent victory.
In he Flyweight division the changes have been minimal we've seen a small shake up with recent contender Ardin Diale being the main benefactor as he's climbed to #4 though the changes have been limited to say the least with 4 men being swapped around in the middle of the top 10.
At Bantamweight we've seen the continued emergence of Shohei Omori who is now ranked #2 after his recent win over Bunta Mitaka whilst compatriot Takahiro Yamamoto has dropped from #2 to #5 in the only changes.
In the Featherweight division we've seen recent title challenger Ryo Takenaka drop to #8 following his loss to champion Hisashi Amagasa we've also seen Bong Joon Suk fall from #8 to #15 in a drop that we believe is due to inactivity.
The changes at Super Featherweight are very limited with the only change being that of Junpei Hara who has been removed from the top #15.
In the Lightweight rankings the changes are very limited with recent challenger Futoshi Usami dropping to #14 whilst George Kamboso Jr climbs to #13.
At Light Welterweight we continue to see the free fall of the once promising Ja Ik Goo who is now ranked #11 and has fallen 2 more places, it seems almost certain that a dream fight between him and Keita Obara is now little more than ever being a dream. The dropping of Goo has seen Kazuya Maruki and Hayato Hokazono both climb 1 place.
At Welterweight the first change of note has seen Tim Hunt climb over Dan Nazareno following a poor run of form from the Filipino. Another change has seen Tetsuya Suzuki drop out. One notable thing about these rankings is that Shamgar Koichi, #11, now seems to be recognised under his real name of Koichi Aso.
We've seen a major change at Light Middleweight where the exciting Koji Numata vacated the title. Further down the rankings we've seen Michael Zarafa drop following his los in Russia to Arif Magomedov and as a result the top 4 are now Dennis Laurente, Beau O'Brien, Yuki Nonaka and Tadashi Yuba. Any vacant title bout with those 4 promises to be very exciting and we're really looking forward to an announcement regarding the title.
In the Light Heavyweight division we've seen inactive Korean In Ho Cha drop from #4 to #6 whilst the exciting Damien Hooper has climbed to #5.
The Cruiserweight division has seen Brad Pitt climb above Vaitele Soi to take the #3 ranking.
We've seen no changes at Light Flyweight, Super Flyweight, Super Bantamweight, Middleweight or Super Middleweight divisions.
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