Earlier today the WBC sent us their updated rankings and here we've tried to look through them for changes.
At Minimumweight we saw a new champion crowned as Wanheng Menayothin successfully claimed the world title with a stoppage victory over Oswaldo Novoa. This change at the top has been one of a number of changes in the rankings which has included the re-emergence of the popular Denver Cuello (#4) who has had a very lofty considering he was unranked last month. We've seen Japanese fighter Ryuji Hara drop out of the top 15 following his stoppage loss to Kosei Tanaka (#10) who has become the second highest Asian in the top 15, behind only Cuello. Lower down the rankings are Pigmy Kokietgym (#11) and Ryoichi Taguchi (#13) who have both fallen 1 place. We've got to wonder why Cuello has been given such a lofty rating whilst Tanaka's win over Hara has hardly seen the Japanese wunderkind rewarded at all.
In the Light Flyweight division we've seen Naoya Inoue officially vacate his title and set up a bout between Mexico's Pedro Guevara (#1) and Inoue's stablemate Akira Yaegashi (#3). Yet another Ohashi gym fighter deserving of a mention here is Takuma Inoue (#10) who has moved up one place. Inoue has moved up following Lionel Legada's continued run of bad form which included a recent loss to Rene Patilano (#14) who is a new entrant in the top 15.
In the Flyweight division we've seen Japanese national champion Suguru Muranaka (#4) move above former world champion Brian Viloria (#5). At the the other end of the top 15 we've seen the re-emergence of OPBF champion Koki Eto (#15). We have more good news regarding Eto, as it was recently confirmed that his next fight would be streamed for free over the Gushiken Ustream channel.
Due to the timing of these rankings the only change at Super Flyweight was that of Marvin Mabait (#14) who actually moved up a place, only to be stopped by champion Carlos between the rankings being agreed upon and being published.
In the Bantamweight we saw champion Shinsuke Yamanaka take care of mandatory challenger Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (now #3) in a genuinely compelling contest. The loss for Suriyan has seen him fall below Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#1) and Ryosuke Iwasa (#2). A little further down we've seen Ryo Akaho (#9) climb above compatriot Shohei Omori (#10). We've also lost Hiroki Shiino (previously #12) following his shock defeat to Hideo Sakamoto who is now just outside the top 15.
At Super Bantamweight the only change is that of Yukinori Oguni (#12) who has climbed one place up the rankings.
In the Featherweight division we've seen OPBF champion Hisashi Amagasa (#5) climb one place just like Japanese national champion Satoshi Hosono (#8).
In the Super Featherweight division we've seen Thailand's Jomthong Chuwatana (#12) climb up the rankings by 2 places whilst his future foe Daiki Kaneko (#15) has broken into the top 15 ahead of their OPBF title fight in January.
At Lightweight we've seen Nihito Arakawa (#12) fall one place whilst his compatriot Masayoshi Nakatani (#13) has climbed one place to leave them next to each other in the rankings.
The only change at Light Welterweight is a good one for OPBF champion Keita Obara (#14) who has moved up one place.
We've seen no changes at Welterweight where Yoshihiro Kamegai (#14) is the sole Asian ranked fighter.
Filipino fighter Dennis Laurente (#14) has fallen 2 places in the Light Middleweight rankings. He will almost certainly lose that ranking if he can't over-come Tadashi Yuba in their upcoming OPBF title bout in December.
In the Middleweight rankings we've seen Japanese hopeful Ryota Murata (#7) move up one place whilst Russian pair Arif Magomedov (#12) and Andrey Meryasev (#13) have both climbed 2 place.
There are no changes, nor ranked fighters, at Super Middleweight in regards to those fighters we are interested in. Strangely there are also no changes at Light Heavyweight, which does feature some interesting Russian fighters such as Artur Beterbiev (#13).
In the Cruiserweight division we've seen both Murat Gassiev (#10) and Dmitry Kudryashov (#13) move up once place.
At Heavyweight we've seen former title holder Alexander Povetkin (#2) climb one place to sit between American fighters Deontay Wilder (#1) and Bryant Jennings (#3).
The fighter of the month award was won by Gennady Golovkin for him stoppage win over Marco Antonio Rubio whilst an honorary mention was given to Shinsuke Yamanaka for his win over Suriyan.
(Image courtesy of the WBC)
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