Earlier this week the WBO released their latest rankings and we've got to be honest there was a lot of changes in here.
The first change has seen Filipino prospect Vic Saludar (#7) move up a place whilst compatriot Jeffrey Galero (#8) has mysteriously appeared in the top 10. Below those two is Japan's Go Odaira (#9) who has seemingly climbed 3 though his move isn't as mysterious as that of Ryuya Yamanaka (#10) who has seemingly come out of nowhere to get a ranking. Lower down Jessie Espinas (#13) has climbed a place whilst Reiya Konishi (#14) enters the rankings.
At Light Flyweight we've seen Akira Yaegashi (#3) drop a place, though questions have to be asked as to why he is ranked at 108lbs, other to drop a place in the top 10 are Jonathan Taconing (#6) and Yu Kimura (#7). A little lower down Palangpol CP Freshmart (#11) has also dropped a place whilst fellow Thai Petchchorhae Kokietgym (#12) has climbed a place, at the expense of Milan Melindo (previously #11) who has been removed from the rankings. At the bottom we've seen Raymond Tabugon (#15) claim a ranking.
In the Flyweight division we've seen a general move up a place for a lot of fighters, including Froilan Saludar (#2), Suguru Muranaka (#3), Zou Shiming (#6), Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (#7), Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (#10), Ryo Miyazaki (#11), Ardin Diale (#12), Macrea Gandionco (#13) and Jake Bornea (#14). Interestingly Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#8) moved up 2 places at the expense of Koki Eto (#9)
The Super Flyweight division, thankfully, hasn't had such a big shake up. It's first change has seen Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#8) climb a single place, we have a new entrant a little bit down the rankings with Ricardo Rodriguez (#11) above Takuma Inoue (#12), who remains where he was. A little lower we've seen Jerwin Ancajas (#13) and Sho Ishida (#14) each climb a place whilst we've also welcomed a new entrant, Jetro Pabustan (#15). It seems that Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (previously #13) has lost his ranking due to being the WBC mandatory and it's allowed Ancajas and Ishida to move up, as well as creating space for Pabustan.
The Bantamweight division saw a new champion being crowned with Pungluang Sor Singyu (previously #2) beating Ryo Akaho (previously #1, now unranked). That bout has given the rankings a shake up. Now the top contender is Filipino Marlon Tapales (#1), who has understandably climbed a couple of places. Behind Tapales is Zhanat Zhakiyanov (#2), who has climbed 3 place, and Shohei Omori (#3) who has jumped up 9 places! Ryo Matsumoto (#9) has climbed a single place to keep him ahead of Yushi Tanaka (#10), who moved up 4 places, and both of those are just above OPBF champion Takahiro Yamamoto (#11). Lower down the rankings are Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (#12) and fellow Filipino Ernesto Saulong (#13), who appear to both be new entrants.
At Super Bantamweight we've seen former #1 contender Genesis Servania (#2) fall a single place whilst stablemate Albert Pagara (#6) has really gate crashed the rankings as a new entrant. Another new entry from the Philippines is Bernabe Concepcion (#10), who has pushed fellow Filipino Juan Miguel Elorde (#11) down a place. Another man falling a place is Shigno Wake (#15), who has got his eyes on an IBF title fight.
Things are a bit simpler at Featherweight where Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (#5) has climbed 3 places and Hiroshige Osawa (#12) has climbed 2 places.
There have been no changes for us to note at Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight or Welterweight.
At Light Middleweight we've seen Japan's Yuki Nonaka (#10) climb a couple of places whilst China's Yao Yi Ma (#14) has climbed into the rankings.
At Middleweight we've seen Japanese star Ryota Murata (#6) climb 3 place.
We've had no change at Super Middleweight.
There are no Asian fighters ranked at Light Heavyweight or Cruiserweight.
Strangely the WBO list Heavyweight Edmund Gerber (#9) as a Kazakh, though he is widely viewed as a German fighter, despite being born in Kazakhstan. The bigger issue however is the explanation as to how on earth he is ranked in the top 15. Notably he has climbed 5 places.
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