Earlier today we were sent the WBC ranking updates. There hasn't been a lot of changes, but we've tried to make a note of the changes involving Asian fighters in the top 15 of each division.
At Minimumweight we've seen a few changes. The first of those saw Pigmy Kokietgym (#7) and Xiong Zhao Zhong (#8) each climb a couple of places as they slowly move towards another, potential world title bout. Further down the rankings we've seen both Young Kil Bae (#11) and Jessie Espinas (#12) also climb two places. The final change of note is that we've seen Ryuji Hara (#15) return to the WBC's world rankings.
In the Light Flyweight we've seen some disappointment. We've see Rene Patilano (#9) drop a single place whilst Ryo Miyazaki (#11) has dropped a couple of places.
At Flyweight we've mysteriously lost Japanese warrior Koki Eto (previously #5) who has apparently made a move to Super Flyweight and we've also lost Rey Megriño (previously #9). The removal of those two has helped a number of fighters climb up the rankings, including Noknoi Sitthiprasert (#5), who has climbed a single place and Takuya Kogawa (#15), who has re-entered the world rankings.
The Super Flyweight division has seen a number of changes. Near the top we've seen Toshiyuki Igarashi (#3) climb above former foe Sonny Boy Jaro (#4). The aforementioned Koki Eto (#5) has been ranked highly here and is currently a single places about the talented Takuma Inoue (#6), who has remained where he was despite Eto's arrival on the scene. Eto's arrival in the rankings has seen both Ryo Matsumoto (#11) and Sho Ishida (#12) drop a place, though questions are still being asked about why Matsumoto is ranked 115lbs.
In the Bantamweight division we've seen Petch Sor Chitpattana (#5) climb a single place at the experience of Shohei Omori (#7), who has dropped a couple of places.
At Super Bantamweight we've seen a number of fighters climbing up the rankings. They have included Yukinori Oguni (#8), Albert Pagara (#10), Shun Kubo (#11) and Hisashi Amagasa (#12), all of whom have climbed 2 places.
The only change for us to note at Featherweight is that of the great Hozumi Hasegawa (#8) who has climbed a single place.
At Super Featherweight there have been no changes for us to note with Rikki Naito (#10) and Eden Sonsona (#11) remaining where they were a month ago.
At Lightweight we've seen Masayoshi Nakatani (14) drop a couple of places whilst remaining the only ranked Asian.
In the Light Welterweight division Keita Obara (#12) remains the only ranked Asian, though he has climbed a single place up the rankings.
There is no ranked Asian at Welterweight.
Sadly at Light Middleweight we've lost Dennis Laurente (previously #11) following his recent loss to John Jackson.
There is no change at Middleweight in regards to an Asian fighter, with Ryota Murata (#4) keeping his incredibly lofty ranking from a month ago.
There is no ranked Asian at Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight or Cruiserweight.
At Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto (#15) has fallen a place, and still appears to be in the runnign for an unlikely world title fight with Deontay Wilder, who still hasn't got a set opponent for his September 26th bout!
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