Just a few hours ago the WBC sent us their updated world rankings and here we've tried to spot the most notable changes involving Asian fighters.
The changes at Minimumweight have mostly come about after Mexico's Carlos Valarde (previously #6) was removed after signing to fight WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes. The changes has allowed Ryoichi Taguchi (#14) to move up a place whilst Japanese champion Go Odaira (#15) has broken into the top 15.
At Light Flyweight we've seen Akira Yaegashi (#3) put in as a top contender despite his loss last month to Roman Gonzalez. Lower down the rankings we've seen Takuma Inoue (#11) climb one place.
In the Flyweight division we've seen Filipino Renan Trongco (#6) boosted up the rankings following his recent defense of the WBC international title, the defense for Trongco boosted him from #10. Behind Trongo is a number of Asian fighters in the form of Zou Shiming (#7), Rocky Fuentes (#8) and Kazuto Ioka (#9) with both Fuentes and Ioka recieving notable boosts in the rankings. Strangely Rey Megrino (#11) has been dropped down the rankings from #8 a month ago. The lowest ranked Asian in the top 15 is former Light Flyweight title holder Jonrial Casimero (#14) though odd it appears his inclusion has pushed out OPBF champion Koki Eto (who now sits at #16).
At Super Flyweight we've seen Thailand's Oleydong Sithsamerchai (#3) move up one place to climb above recent title challenger Jose Salgado. We've seen Ryo Akaho (previously #5) removed from the Super Flyweight rankings, following a move to Bantamweight, this has allowed Malcolm Tunacao (#5) and Toshiyuki Igarashi (#6) to both move up the rankings. Akaho's removal has also allowed Rex Tso (#9) to climb into the top 10 narrowly above Filipino trio of Sonny Boy Jaro (#10), Arthur Villanueva (#11) and Marvin Mabait (#15)
The previously mentioned Ryo Akaho (#6) now appears as a Bantamweight contender and has been slid into the rankings just ahead of Thailand's Petch Sor Chitpattana (#7) who has dropped one place. The big loser has been Hiroki Shiino (#12) who has dropped from #7. Whilst Shiino has lot out we have seen Shohei Omori (#9) move up a place whilst Albert Pagara (#15) has moved into the top 15. Of course as we also know that the reigning champion Shinsuke Yamanaka will be defending his title against #1 contender Suriyan Sor Rungvisai on October 22nd.
At Super Bantamweight we've seen Shingo Wake (#3) move up a place to sit just behind the top two who will be fighting in an eliminator later this year. Wake is the leading Asian contender with only Qiu Xiao Jun (#7) and Yukinori Oguni (#13) sitting in top #15.
Filipino Featherweight Marvin Sonsona (#2) may not have fought since his unexciting win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr but has found himself moving up the rankings following the announced that Jayson Velez would be fighting for the IBF title. Another mover courtesy of Velez is Hisashi Amagasa (#6) who was also moved up a place. Another mover is Satoshi Hosono (#9) who has moved up from #12.
At Super Featherweight we've seen Thailand's Jomthong Chuwatana (#14) move up a place whilst we've also heard that champion Takashi Miura will be defending his belt against #1 ranked challenger Edgar Puerta. Strangely Jomthong is the only ranked contender from Asia meaning that the WBC still ignore Daiki Kaneko, somehow!
In the Lightweight division we've seen Takahiro Ao (#4) drop a place whilst Nihito Arakawa (#11) has dropped 2 places. In fact it's not been a good month for Japanese fighters with Masayoshi Nakatani (#14) also dropping a place.
At Light Welterweight we've seen Korea's Min Wook Kim (#11) climb a place, some how, and we've also seen OPBF champion Keita Obara (#15) finally break into the top #15. As big Obara fans we're not hoping to see him in with some top level international names, or at least fellow contenders.
The Welterweight division has only seen a minor change with David Avanesyan (#7) climbing one place.
Dennis Laurente (#12) has moved up one place in the Light Middleweight division to move one step closer to a highly unlikely world title fight.
At Middleweight we've seen plenty of interesting changes, the most notable of which has seen Ryota Murata (#8) move into the top 10 despite having only fought 5 times as a professional. Murata has moved up 3 places making him the big winner of the month. Lower down the rankings Arif Magomedov (#14) has also moved up a place whilst Andrey Meryasev (#15) has broken into the top 15.
No one of interest is ranked in the top 15 at Super Middleweight.
At Light Heavyweight we've seen Russian destroyed Artur Beterbiev (#13) crash into the rankings following his blow out of Tavoris Cloud. Beterbiev joins Maxim Vlasov (#10) and Dmitry Sukhotsky (#7) in the top 15.
At Cruiserweight we've seen a new champion crowned with Grigory Drozd recently winning the WBC world title. The top contender to Drozd's throne is fellow Russian Rakhim Chakakiev (#1). As well as the champion and #1 contender there are two other Russian's who are ranked, Murat Gassiev (#11) and Dmitry Kudrayshov (#14).
There have been no changes at Heavyweight with Alexander Povetkin (#3) and Manuel Charr (#15) both remaining where they were a month ago.
(Image courtesy of the WBC)
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