Earlier this week the WBA released their latest world rankings and, as always, it left us with as many questions as anything else.
At Minimumweight and Light Flyweight there were no changes at all in the top 15. The means that Japanese youngster Takuma Inoue (#2) remains a ranked Light Flyweight when it's clear he will not be competing at 108lbs in the future.
The first change actually comes at Flyweight where new interim champion Stamp Kiatniwat (#1) has climbed 5 places. As part of the shake up following Stamp's climb we've also seen Noknoi Sitthiprasert (#6) climb 3 places whilst Suguru Muranaka (#8) has climbed a couple of positions. Lower down the rankings Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#13) has climbed a single place.
At Super Flyweight we've seen a number of fighters shuffle down the rankings. These have included Toshiyuki Igarashi (#7), Rex Tso (#8), Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#10) and Ryo Matsumoto (#12). Strangely Thai Oleydong Sithsamerchai (#15) has been re-ranked despite the fact he's not fought since March.
At Bantamweight we've, unsurprisingly, lost Daiki Kameda (previously #6), which actually just left questions as to why the WBA even re-ranked him recently. The only other change of note for ourselves is the new entry of Kenny Demecillo (#14), who recently claimed the WBA Oceania title.
Amazingly there isn't a single Asian fighter ranked at Super Bantamweight, despite how strong the division is through the continent with the likes of Albert Pagara, Yukinori Oguni and Genesis Servania.
At Featherweight we've unsurprisingly lost Dennis Tubieron (previously #11). Tubieron's removal has opened a place for PABA champion Thong Sithluangphophun (#15) who is, of course, a new entrant.
There is, somehow, not a single ranked Asian fighter at Super Featherweight despite the likes of Daiki Kaneko, Masayuk Ito and Rikki Naito all seemingly being more proven than some of the fighters who are ranked, such as #14 Sandro Hernandez.
There us also not an Asian fighter ranked at Lightweight.
At Light Welterweight we've seen no changes with Czar Amonsot (#11) and Ramal Amanov (#15) being the only two ranked Asian's at the weight. We've also seen no change at Welterweight, where Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (#5) is the only ranked Asian, or Light Middleweight, where Kanat Islam (#6) sits alone.
A notable change comes at Middleweight where we see Japanese Olympic star Ryota Murata (#15) claim a ranking, as a result he is now ranked by all of the “big 4”.
There are no Asian fighters ranked at Super Middleweight or Light Heavyweight.
At Cruiserweight we've seen Beibut Shumenov (#1) strengthen his top ranking by claiming the interim title with his recent win over BJ Flores. Shumeniv is however the only ranked Asian.
There is no ranked Asian at Heavyweight, though “regular” champion Ruslan Chagaev is an Uzbek fighter.
We have, publicly, asked the WBA to explain the rankings of Oleydong, Takuma Inoue and that of #9 ranked Bantamweight Robert Vazquez. Sadly we're not expecting much in terms of an explanation.
(Image courtesy of the WBA)
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