The WBA announced their updated rankings earlier today (February 5th). Although released on the 5th they are based on the results from January 5th and February 1st, leaving several days with out fights.
The Minimumweight division sees a number of changes. We had expected to see South African Hekkie Buddler confirmed as the regular champion, instead however he remains the interim champion. We'd expect this to change by the time his next comes around in March.
Buddler not being upgraded is one of a number of changes in the 105lb division. Another has seen Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (previously #3) taken out of the Minimumweight division (more about him later). Fahlan's removal has seen almost everybody else move up one place. In regards to Asian this has affected Wanheng Menayothin (#3), Ryuji Hara (#4), Kwanthai Sithmorseng (#7), Pigmy Kokietgym (#8) and Samartlek Chaiyonggym (#10). One man who was unaffected by Fahlan's move was Filipino Ronelle Ferreras (#15) who remained where he was to make room for Osvaldo Novoa (#14).
Incidentally by the time you've read this Novoa will have already fought Xiong Zhao Zhong in a WBC world title fight.
At Light Flyweight the biggest move was that of Roman Gonzalez. The former "Super Champion" has handed his belt back in to challenge at Flyweight and as a result left Kazuto Ioka, the regular champion, as the highest regarded fighter in their rankings.
As with last month the top 3 are the same as they were with Alberto Rossel (#1 and interim champion) leading the Asian pair of Randy Petalcorin (#2) and Naoya Inoue (#3). It's then we finally stumble on the name of Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (#4) who is a new entry to the Light Flyweight division. Splitting Fahlan from fellow Thai Wisanu Kokietgym (#8) are a trio of Latin American's, including Felix Alvarado (#7). An impressive victory this past weekend for Rey Loreto (#10) saw the young Filipino puncher climbing from #14 and in the process he leapfrogged Shin Ono (#12) who remains where he was last month. Oddly the man Loreto stopped Nkosinathi Joyi (#15) slides down but not out and instead Rommel Asenjo (previously #15) falls away with Gabriel Mendoza (#14) some how becoming ranked.
In the Flyweight division the biggest mover, unsurprisingly, is Roman Gonzalez (#2) who has shot in straight away behind interim champion Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (#1). Gonzalez's move in division would have had a bigger impact on the division were it not for Rocky Fuentes (previously #3) losing in an IBF title fight to Amnat Ruenroeng and effectively neutralising any ranking movers. One move that did take place in the division however saw Manuel Vides (#11) entering the rankings whilst McWilliams Arroyo (previously #11) was removed. Whilst it was a straight swap is has left us thinking it was little more than a sanctioning move to allow "regular" champion Juan Carlos Reveco to have a easy defense even though Vides was previously ranked at Super Flyweight
In the Super Flyweight division there is very little in terms of movment. The biggest change is due to Manuel Vides (previously #12) moving out and allowing Paul Butler and Breilor Teran each to move up one place each before Taiki Eto (#14) moves back in to the rankings for the first time since last August. Unfortunately for Eto he will be risking that ranking when he fights Yohei Tobe in a Japanese natonal title fight on April 14th.
At both Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight there are no changes at all. Everyone is exactly where they were a month ago.
In the Featherweight division the only changes are due to tragic death of Oscar Gonzalez (previously #8) who unfortunately passed away after a fight with Jesus Galicia. As a result of Oscar's death everyone previously behidn him has moved up 1 place, including Chonlatarm Piriyapinyo (#12).
Super Featherweight we've noticed that result world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (#9) has droped 1 place with Jose Felix Jr (#8) leapfrogging him. The knock on effect with Felix is that he's dropped Sod Kokietgym (#11) down one place as well.
In the Lightweight division the top 6 are just as they were a month ago. Below those 6 we've spotted a few changes, notably that of Mickey Bey (#7) who appears to have just jumped in to the rankings. Bey's entry has seen some people, including Bahodir Mamadjonov (#9) dropping a place. Oddly though Darleys Perez (#10) has climbed 2 places dropping a few other fighters in the process. From our interest though Masao Nakamura (#15) has kept his position.
Light Welterweight sees a handful of moves courtesy of Ricardo Alvarez (previously #10) dropping out to challenge for the WBC Lightweight title. Alvarez's move sees Czar Amonsot (#11) climbing one place whilst Amir Iman (#14) becomes a new entry.
Welterweight is another division with very little in terms of movers, though the one move we did see was Victor Ortiz (previously #15) being replaced by rising teenager Roman Zhailauov (#15). We'll admit we're wondering when the WBA will finally get around to dropping Shane Mosley (13) out of the top 15. Of course none of this affects Charlie Ota (#11) who is hoping for a world title fight this year.
At Light Middleweight there is no changes at all and as a result Kanat Islam (#12) and Akinori Watanabe (#15) both remain ranked.
In the Middleweight division we get a few changes as Jarrod Fletcher (#3) swaps with Daniel Geale (#4), whilst Max Bursak (#9) drops 3 places following his loss to Fletcher. Bursak's movement sees a number of fighters moving up a single place. Further down the rankings Osumanu Adama (previouly #12) drops out following his loss to Gennady Golovkin and as a result Caleb Truax (#15) is a new entry.
Super Middleweight sees a few small changes with Nikola Sjekloca (previously #9) dropping 3 places whilst PABA champion Ben McCulloch (#9) moves up 2 places. The only other change sees Paul Smith (#11) moving up 1 place and as a result moving above Sjekloca.
Light Heavyweight has seen an unusual amount of movement with Cedrick Agnew (#8) dropping 2 and places allowing Thomas Oosthuizen (#6) to move up one place. Oddly Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli (#7) leapfrogs most of the division as he gets a "political" ranking for his fight with Juergen Braehmer. Almost as unexplainable is the fact Sean Monagha (#9) has moved up a place and as a result forced Lionell Thompson (#9) back a place. Another strange move was that of Oleksandr Chewrviak (#11) who dropped 3 places. The rankings have also seen Andrzej Fonfara (previously #15) drop out ahead of his WBC title challenge against Adonis Stevenson.
Cruiserweight is another division with a fair bit of movement with Canadian Denton Daley (#6) moving up a single place whilst Braimah Kamoko (#9) drops 3 ans allows both Krzysztof Glowacki (#7) and Mateusz Mastemak (#8) to move up one place. The only other change sees Thabiso Mchunu (#14) swapping places with Brazil's KO machine William Bezerra (#15).
At Heavyweight Fres Oquendo (#7) and Alexander Ustinov (#8) have swapped places whilst Antonio Taver (#10) has climbed over Alex Leapai (#11) and Jovo Pudar (#13). Mark De Mori (#12) has moved ahead of Pudar as a result and also climbed above Dreck Chisora (#14). The only new entrant is Lucas Browne (#15) who replaces Artur Szpilka.
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