Earlier this week the WBC released their updated world rankings.
At Minimumweight we've seen no changes at all in the top 15, despite the recent world title defense by Wanheng Menayothin.
At the top of the Light Flyweight ranking we have seen some some changes. Notably this has seen Rey Loreto (#3) and Yu Kimura (#4) both move up a place. We have however lost Akira Yaegashi (previously #6) who has been re-ranked Super Flyweight. Further down the rankings we've seen Rene Patilano (#8) and Ryo Miyazaki (#9) each climbing a couple of rankings.
The Flyweight rankings have also been given a shuffle. The shuffle has seen Suguru Muranaka (#3), Renan Trongco (#4) and Koki Eto (#5) all move up the rankings, with Eto climbing 2 places and moving above Noknoi Sitthiprasert (#6). Lower down the rankings Froilan Saludar (#11) has dropped a place whilst Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (#13) has dropped 2 places. At the bottom of the top 15 we've lost Richie Mepranum (previously #15
At Super Flyweight we've again seen a shake up near the top. We've seen Oleydong Sithsamerchai (#2), Sonny Boy Jaro (#3) and Toshiyuki Igarashi (#4) all climb a place and move towards a potential world title fights. Sadly we've lost former world champion Malcolm Tunacao (previously #15). Notably Akira Yaegashi is now ranked just outside the top 15 having moved up from Light Flyweight.
At Bantamweight we've again seem some interesting changes. Near the top of the rankings we've seen the unbeaten pair of Shohei Omori (#5) and Petch Sor Chitpattana (#6) each more up a place. Lower down the rankings Pungluang Sor Singyu (#15) has made his way into the top 15, though will likely be dropped with the next update following the news that Pungluang will face Ryo Akaho in August.
The Super Bantamweight division, which has been a frustrating division over recent years, has seen the loss of Nonito Donaire (previously #3) who appears to be “going another route”. Donaire's removal has helped Yukinori Oguni (#10), Albert Pagara (#12) and Shun Kubo (#13) who have all moved up a single place.
In the Featherweight division we've seen Marvin Sonsona (#4) fall a place whilst Japanese legend Hozumi Hasegawa (#9) is back in the rankings following his recent comeback win.
At Super Featherweight we've seen no changes with Rikki Naito (#13) the only ranked Asian contender.
At Lightweight we've been left with some real questions. Masayoshi Nakatani (#12) is the only ranked Asian and has fallen one place. Strangely we've lost Yoshitaka Kato (previously #13) . Kato's removal from the ranking is very questionable given that he has been moved down for Adrian Estrella (#13-who was stopped in 2 rounds by the unranked Eden Sonsona) and British fighters Luke Campbell (#14) and Tommy Coyle (#15)...who just so happen to have agreed to fight later this year.
At Light Welterweight we've seen Keita Obara (#12) move up a single place.
There are no ranked Asians in the top 15 at Welterweight.
There have been no changes involving Asian fighters at Light Middleweight, with Dennis Laurente (#11) remaining where he was.
At Middleweight Ryota Murata (#6) has moved up a place, though is the only ranked Asian in the division.
There are no Asian fighters ranked at Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight or Cruiserweight however Kyotaro Fujimoto (#15) is, amazingly, ranked as being among the best in the division. A startling ranking given his very close wins over Nobuhiro Ishida.
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