At the end of the week the WBC issues their latest ranking updates. We've tried to quickly sumarise some of those changes involving Asian fighters.
At Minimumweight one of the few interesting changes regards Japanese wonder kid Kosei Tanaka (#3) who has moved up a place. Strangely we've seen Xiong Zhao Zhong (#10) jump back into the rankings whilst former OPBF champion Ryuji Hara (previously #12) has dropped out of the top 15.
In the Light Flyweight division we've seen the removal of Takuma Inoue (previously #6) who has been re-ranked at Super Flyweight. Taking Inoue out has allowed a number of fighters to climb a place, including Yu Kimura (#7), Rene Patilano (#11) and Ryo Miyazaki (#13).
At Flyweight we've lost Kazuto Ioka (previously #7) following the announcement that he was going for the WBA title. The knock on of this is that Rey Megrino (#8), Froilan Saludar (#13) and Richie Mepranum (#14) have each moved up a place.
In the Super Flyweight division we've seen Toshiyuki Igarashi (#6) climb one place whilst Takuma Inoue (#7) has been re-ranked in this division. Takuma's ranking has seen a number of fighters drop a place, including Rex Tso (#9), Ryo Matsumoto (#11) and Malcolm Tunacao (#13), with Tunacao actually dropping behind fellow Filipino Arthur Villanueva (#12).
At Bantamweight we've seen recent world title challenger Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#3) drop a place. Strangely Ryosuke Iwasa (#8) has burst into the WBC rankings, having mysteriously vanished not too long ago. Iwasa's re-emergence in the rankings has forced several fighters to drop a place including Petch Sor Chitpattana (#9), Ryo Akaho (#12) and Shohei Omori (#13).
The top of the Super Bantamweight division has seen a small shake up which has resulted in Shingo Wake (#2) moving up a place whilst China's promising Qiu Xiao Jun (#3) has moved up a couple of places. Another mover here was Shun Kubo (#14) who climbed a single place.
At Lightweight we've seen Masayoshi Nakatani (#10) and Yoshitaka Kato (#13) both drop a single place.
In the Light Welterweight division we've seen Heavy handed OPBF champion Keita Obara (#13) drop a couple of places.
At Middleweight we've seen Japanese Olympic champion Ryota Murata (#7) move up a place.
There was no change with an Asian fighter at Featherweight, Super Featherweight, Welterweight or Light Middleweight. Whilst no division above Middleweight features an Asian ranked in the top 15.
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