Earlier today the WBA released their updated rankings which featured a number of changes.
At Minimumweight we've lost Japan's Ryuji Hara (#5), who is now set to fight IBF champion Katsunari Takayama on September 27th. Hara's removal has allowed countryman Takumi Sakae (#7) to climb a place. We've also lost Thailand's Pigmy Kokietgym (previously #9) who has been replaced by his recent conqueror Jaysever Abcede (#9).
The Light Flyweight division has had a trio of small changed in the middleweight of the top 15. The first has seen Paipharob Kokietgym (#6) swap places with Jonathan Taconing (#7), in what is just a straight swap. Slightly lower down we've seen Kompayak Porpramook (#9) climb into the top 15, with some rumours already linking him to a world title fight.
At Flyweight we've lost Filipino-American Brian Viloria (previously #3), who is now set to fight for a WBC title in October. This is notably the only change.
There haven't been many changes at Super Flyweight, in fact the only one we spotted was the removal of the promising Ryo Matsumoto (previously #12) who has left the division and made his intention of being a Bantamweight very clear.
There has been more of a shake up at Bantamweight where Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (#4) has been moved up a place courtesy of Tomoki Kameda's (#8, previously #4) recent loss to defending “regular” champion Jamie McDonnell. Strangely we've lost Jerwin Ancajas (previously #10) and Shohei Omori (previous #11) who's rankings haven both vanished without real explanation. It's also worth noting that Ryo Matsumoto hasn't been ranked here.
We have no ranked fighters at Super Bantamweight, though that's the same as last week month.
In the Featherweight division we've seen Japanese champion Satoshi Hosono (#3) climb a place whilst his countryman Hiroshige Osawa (previously #14) has dropped from the rankings, allowing Thailand's Thong Sithluangphophun (#14) to climb a place.
We've seen a new addition at Lightweight as OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani (#15) breaks into the rankings and continues his pursuit of a world title.
At Light Welterweight we've seen Filipino fighter Czar Amonsot (#13) drop a couple of places down the rankings.
The Welterweight rankings have seen Thailand's Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (#6) fall a single place.
At Light Middleweight we've seen no changes with Kanat Islam (#6) remaining the sole ranked Asian. There has also been no changes at Middleweight where Ryota Murata (#15) is the sole ranked Asian fighter.
Above Middleweight there are no Asian fighters ranked, though there are interim champions at Cruiserweight, Beibut Shumenov, and Heavyweight, Ruslan Chagaev, who both held their titles a month ago.
Note-We have asked the WBA to explain the removal of Anacajas and Omori, though we're not expecting a reply unfortunately.
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