Over the past 24 hours or so the WBO have released their most recent rankings. We've tried to look at the most notable changes involving Asian fighters.
At Minimumweight we've seen no changes at all to the rankings ahead of the upcoming world title fight between the two top ranked contenders Julian Yedras (#1) and Japanese sensation Kosei Tanaka (#2).
In the Light Flyweight division we've seen the talented Filipino Milan Melindo (#5) who has dropped down a division and now sits a place in front of his countryman Jonathan Taconing (#6). Lower down the rankings we've seen Thailand's Palangpol CP Freshmart (#13) climb into the rankings, perhaps putting his world title dreams on the map at last.
Flyweight has had a shuffle with Melindo (previously #4) now being ranked at Light Flyweight. This has been followed by a notable climb for Suguru Muranaka (#4). Lower down the rankings we've spotted Koki Eto (#11) who would make for an interesting world title challenger for the WBO belt in the future whilst China's Xiang Jing (#14) has climbed a place.
At Super Flyweight we've seen a number of changes. At the top both Arthur Villanueva (#3) and Rex Tso (#4) have dropped a single place, likewise in the middle of the rankings Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#8) and Sho Ishida (#9) have also each dropped a place. In the bottom part of the rankings we've seen talented Filipino Jerwin Ancajas (#12) put into the rankings.
The Bantamweight rankings have left us scratching our heads a little bit. There have been no changes at all in the top 10 whilst a little lower down we've seen Ryo Matsumoto (#12) and Alie Laurel (#14) each climb a place. The head scratching part comes with Shohei Omori (#15) who has some how dropped a place despite his sensational performance against Kentaro Masuda earlier this week.
There have been no changes at all at in the Super Bantamweight division.
At Featherweight we've seen a number of changes. The first of those is a climb for Satoshi Hosono (#7) who has moved up 4 place, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (#9) has some how moved up 5 places whilst lower down the rankings we've seen the re-emergence of Hiroshige Osawa (#15).
There have been no changes of note at Super Featherweight.
In the Lightweight division Takahiro Ao (#1) has moved up a place to the top spot in the only change involving an Asian fighter, of course Ao is now set to fight for the world title at the start of May.
At Light Welterweight we've seen Adones Cabalquinto (#15) climb into the top 15 to join his countryman Jason Pagara (#6) who remains where he was a month ago.
At Welterweight we've lost Japanese fighter Yoshihiro Kamegai (previously #6) following his most recent loss.
In the Light Middleweight division we've seen Thai veteran Sirimongkol Singwancha (#9) climb a single place.
Below Light Middleweight we've seen no changes involving an Asian fighter.
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