Today we saw the WBA issue their latest ranking update.
There haven't been a lot of changes at Minimumweight but we've seen a few interesting changes. One of those has seen former OPBF champion Ryuji Hara (#9) move up one place whilst another has seen former world champion Mohammad Rachman (#9) re-enter the rankings, in what really is a confusing move by the Association. Lower down the rankings we've also spotted future WBC title challenger Jeffrey Galero (#13) who has also entered the rankings.
In the Light Flyweight rankings we have seen a new champion crowned courtesy of Ryoichi Taguchi's win on New Year's Eve against then champion Alberto Rossel. As well as the newly crowned champion we have seen some shake ups down the rankings which have include the move of Ali Raymi (#9) who has climbed a single place. Lower down we've seen two new entries, China's Ma Yi Ming (#10), who is ranked following his win Tommy Seran on December 16th, and Thailand's Paipharob Kokietgym (#12) who has made it clear he wants a title shot this year. Sadly for Jether Oliva (#14) he had dropped a single place.
At Flyweight we've seen a lot of changes in a division which really has seen a rankings shake up. At the moment there is no “official challenger”, following Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep's (#6, previous interim champion) loss to Juan Carlos Reveco. Yodmongkol's loss effectively leaves Brian Viloria (#2) as the top challenger, with a lot of talk about him getting a rematch at Juan Francisco Estrada, next down is Kazuto Ioka (#3) who is said to have all but agreed terms to fight Reveco in Spring. Sadly we've lost Akira Yaegashi (previously #6) following his loss to Pedro Guevara at Light Flyweight. Lower down the rankings Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (#13) has moved up a couple of places whilst Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#15) has dropped a place.
At Bantamweight we've seen several changes with Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (previously #8) beign removed from the top #15 whilst fellow Thai Tepparith Kokietgym (#13, previously #9) has been dropped hard due to inactivity. Those changes have allowed Malcolm Tunacao (#8, previously #11) and Ryo Akahao (#9, previously #13) both being boosted up the rankings.
The Super Bantamweight division has seen a very notable change at the top as OPBF champion Shingo Wake (#2) move up a place. Another fighter to climb a place was Hidenori Otake (#12) whilst Hisashi Amagasa (#15, previously #10) was dropped following his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in a world title fight at the end of last year.
In the Lightweight division we've lost Eduard Troyanovsky (previously #3), who has moved to Light Welterweight, his removal has allowed Takahiro Ao (#3) to move a single place. Lower down the rankings we've also seen Bahodir Mamadjonov (#10) and Denis Shafikov (#11) also move up a single place.
We've seen Troyanovsky (#10) resurface at 140lbs after having been removed from the Lightweight rankings. The Power punching Russian sits a place behind Czar Amonsot (#9) who was dropped a couple of places.
In the Welterweight rankings we've seen Roman Belaev (#13) dropped completely outside of the top 15
At Super Middleweight we've seen Dmitry Chudinov (#1) claim the interim title following his destructive KO against Ben McCulloch, and also rising a single place.
Amazingly there have been no changes at all in the Super Flyweight rankings, Featherweight rankings and nothing for us to really note at Super Featherweight, Light Middleweight, Middleweight, Light Middleweight, Cruiserweight or Heavyweight.
As for the Boxer of the Month that was awarded to Takashi Uchiyama who retained his title on New Years Eve with a stoppage victory against Israel Perez.
(Image courtesy of the WBA)
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