Earlier today the WBC released their updated rankings and we've tried to cover all the notable changes involving Asian fighters below.
At Minimumweight the only changes were at the lower end of the top 15 where Young Kil Bae (#13) popped into the rankings ahead of his anticipated world title fight with Wanheng Menayothin. Unfortunately for Bae he's suffered an injury and won't be getting that world title fight. Bae's placing has seen Filipino fighter Jessie Espinas (#14) drop down a place.
At Light Flyweight we've seen a change in the top 5 as Japanese champion Yu Kimura (#5) has moved up a place at the expense of Akira Yaegashi (#6), who is surprisingly still ranked at 108lbs. Lower down the rankings Ryo Miyazaki (#11) has moved up a place whilst Filipino slugger Richard Claveras (previously #14) has fallen out of the rankings following his loss in a title fight to Pedro Guevara.
At Flyweight weve seen a number of changes in the bottom part of the top 15. Notably for us that has included Froilan Saludar (#10) climbing 3 place, Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (#11) getting a WBC ranking and Richie Mepranum (#15) falling a place.
At Super Flyweight we've seen Thailand's exciting Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (#1) move up a place ahead of his world title eliminator with Mexican Jose Salgado (#2). Staying with the top part of the rankings we've seen Oleydong Sithsamerchai (#3), Sonny Boy Jaro (#4), Toshiyuki Igarashi (#5) and Takuma Inoue (#6) all climbing a single place. Lower down the rankings Ryo Matsumoto (#11) has fallen a place, despite stating he was done with the division, Arthur Villanueva (#12) has fallen a place, Sho Ishida (#13) has climbed a place and Malcolm Tunacao (#14) fallen 2 places.
In the Bantamweight division we've seen Kazakh banger Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#1) move up a place so that he sits at the top of the rankings, just above recent challenger Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#2), who also moved up a place. The big winner here was Shohei Omori (#6), who climbed a very impressive 7 places, whilst Petch Sor Chitpattana (#7) has moved up 2 places. Unfortunately we've lost Ryo Akaho (previously #11) and Kentaro Masuda (previously #14) with Akaho now lined up for a WBO title shot, whilst Masuda was memorably blown apart by Omori.
In the Super Bantamweight division we've seen promising Filipino fighter Albert Pagara (#13) climb a couple of places, with one of those places coming at the expense of Shun Kubo (#14) who has dropped a single place.
The Featherweight division hasn't seen much in terms of change with Satoshi Hosono (#11) falling a place and Dennis Tubieron (previously #15) dropping out of the top 15.
At Super Featherweight we've lost Thailand's recent world title challenger Jomthong Chuwatana (previously #8) though we have seen Rikki Naito (#13) climb into the top 15.
In the Lightweight division we've seen both Masayoshi Nakatani (#11) and Yoshitaka Kato (#13) both drop a single place
We've seen another single place drop at Light Welterweight where Keita Obara (#13) has fallen a place, though he has made it clear he won't be remaining at the weight any longer.
Yet another single place dropper is at Light Middleweight where Dennis Laurente (#11) has dropped a place.
At Middleweight we've seen no changes where Ryota Murata (#7) stands as a lonely figure.
There isn't a ranked Asian fighter at Welterweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Cruiserweight or Heavyweight.
For people interested in the full rankings, they are available here.
(Image courtesy of the WBC)
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