Earlier today we were e-mailed the latest WBC world rankings.
At Minimumweight we've lost Thailand's Pigmy Kokietgym (previously #7) following his shock loss to Jayserver Abcede. Sadly for fighters expecting to move up the rankings they were left disappointed as Mexico's Saul Juarez (#2) was given a high ranking ahead of his proposed world title eliminator against Filipino slugger Denver Cuello (#1). Interestingly we have seen Young Kil Bae (#9) climb a couple of places ahead of his November bout with defending champion Wanheng Menayothin. Another climber was Jessie Espinas (#11), who has climbed a single place. Interesting Go Odaira (#12) has climbed 5 places, in the wake of him vacating his national titles, and knocked upcoming IBF challenger Ryuji Hara (previously #15) out of the rankings.
There isn't much less of a shake up at Light Flyweight. The first, and only, change of note for us is that Rene Patilano (#8) has climbed a place.
There have been more notable changes at Flyweight. Firstly we've seen Renan Trongco (#14, previously #4) drop significantly down the ranking, and as a result we've seen Noknoi Sitthiprasert (#4) climb a single place. Lower down the rankings we've seen Froilan Sludar (#9) and Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (#10) both climb a couple of places, Takuya Kogawa (#12) has climbed 3 places whilst Renz Rosia (#13) has gate crashed the rankings following his recent win over Trongco.
At Super Flyweight we've seen Japan's Koki Eto (#2) climb 3 places despite a long bout with inactivity, Eto's climb has forced Oleydong Sithsamerchai (#3), Toshiyuki Igarashi (#4) and Sonny Boy Jaro (#5) all drop a single place, just like Takuma Inoue (#7). Whilst a number of Asian fighters did drop a place we did see Sho Ishida (#9) climb 3 places, helped by the long over-due removal of Ryo Matsumoto (previously #11) from the Super Flyweight rankings after he made it clear he was heading to Bantamweight.
At Bantamweight we've seen some really notable changes with previous top contender Zhanat Zhakiyanov (previously #1) being removed following the Kazakh signing to fight for the WBA interim title. As a result of Zhakiyanov being removed from the we have seen Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#1) being moved up a place. Strangely we've seen Shohei Omori (#11) drop down 4 places, ahead of his first Japanese title defence, and as a result we now see his compatriot Ryo Matsumoto (#9) ahead of him, following Matsumoto finally being ranked at Bantamweight. Lower down the rankings Jason Canoy (#13) has moved up a place whilst Ernesto Saulong (#15) has moved into the top 15.
We've seen a number of changes at Super Bantamweight with one of those seeing Qiu Xiao Jun (#1) climb a place. Lower down the rankings we've seen a number of fighters climb the rankings, including Yukinori Oguni (#6), who climbed 2 places and Albert Pagara (#7), Shun Kubo (#8) and Hisashi Amagasa (#9), who all climbed 3 places.
The only change of note at Featherweight for us has seen Marvin Sonsona (#5) drop a single place.
We've not seen a change involving an Asian fight at Super Featherweight, where Rikki Naito (#10) is the sole ranked fighter.
At Lightweight we've seen Japan's Masayoshi Nakatani (#13) climb a single place.
At Light Welterweight we've seen Keita Obara (#13) drop a place.
There is no Asian ranked in the top 15 at Welterweight or Light Middleweight.
At Middleweight Japan's talented Ryota Murata (#5) has dropped a single place.
We've a new entrant at Super Middleweight with Russian based Kyrgyzstan fighter Dilmurod Satybaldiev (#13) emerging as a contender in the 168lb division.
There are no Asian fighters ranked at either Light Heavyweight or Cruiserweight.
At Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto (#14) has climbed a single place.
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