Over the weekend the WBA released their latest world ranking update.
At Minimumweight we've seen no changes at all.
We find our first changes in the middle of the Light Flyweight rankings with recent title challenger Ma Yi Ming (#15) dropping 7 places following his drubbing at the hands of interim champion Randy Petalcorin. We'll admit we're curios as to how Ming has kept his ranking but his slide down has allowed a number of fighters to move up a place with Jonathan Taconing (#8), Paipharob Kokietgym (#9) and Yu Kimura (#12) all benefiting from Ming's misfortune. Another change has seen Kwanthai Sithmorseng (previously #14) fall out of the rankings following his loss to WBA “regular” champion Ryoichi Taguchi. The WBA have replaced Kwanthai with Palangpol CP Freshmart (#13).
In the Flyweight division we saw a new champion being crowned as Japan's Kazuto Ioka (previously #3) narrowly out pointed Juan Carlos Reveco for the “regular” title. As a result of his loss Reveco has moved into the #2 position and pushed Brian Viloria (#3) down a place. Those were essentially the only changes in the division.
There have been no changes at all at Super Flyweight.
We've seen a shake up in the Bantamweight division. Firstly we've seen Tomoki Kameda (#4) move into the rankings following his recent world title fight with Jamie McDonnell. Tomoki's inclusion has come at the expense of his brother Daiki Kameda (#6) who has fallen a couple of places. Lower down the rankings we've seen Ryosuke Iwasa (#7) and Ryo Akaho (#11) each drop a place, though we doubt they'll care too much given they are each set to fight for world titles later in the year.
There have been no changes involving an Asian fighter at Super Bantamweight.
At Featherweight we've seen Filipino Dennis Tubieron (#11) slip a place following his loss to Josh Warrington.
In the Super Featherweight division we've lost Thailand's Jomthong Chuwatana (#7) following his nasty KO loss in his recent challenge against “Super” champion Takashi Uchiyama. Jomthong's removal from the rankings leaves us with no ranked Asian contenders.
There are no ranked Asians at Lightweight, just like their wasn't last month either.
At Light Welterweight we've seen Filipino fighter Czar Amonsot (#11) move a couple of places up the rankings.
There have been no chances at Welterweight, where Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (#5) remains the only ranked Asian.
In the Light Middleweight division we've seen Kazakh puncher Kanat Islam (#6) move up the rankings by a couple of places as he slowly works his way towards world title fight.
There are no ranked Asian fighters at Middleweight, the same as last month.
There are no ranked Asian fighters at Super Middleweight, the same as last month.
There are no ranked Asian fighters at Light Heavyweight, the same as last month.
At Cruiserweight Kazakh fighter Beibut Shumenov (#1) has climbed a place and now sits as the top contender to Denis Lebedev. We've really no idea what Shumenov has done here to deserve his ranking but he certainly seems to be in favour with the WBA.
There are no ranked Asian fighters at Heavyweight, the same as last month.
(Image courtesy of the WBA).
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