Over the weekend the WBO released their latest world rankings
At Minimumweight it's all change as we've seen Kosei Tanaka (previously #2) claim the previously vacant title with his excellent win over Julian Yedras (who has dropped from #1 to #10). The changes at the top have left Pigmy Kokietgym (#1) as the top ranked contender ahead of former Tanaka for Ryuji Hara (#2) with another Japanese youngster, Takumi Sakae (#4), all sitting on a verge of a world title fight. All 3 of these men have climbed significantly up the rankings helped by the recent title fight. Lower down the ranking's we've spotted the new inclusion of recent WBC title challenger Jeffrey Galero (#9) whilst another new entrant is former IBF title challenger Shin Ono (#15).
At Light Flyweight we've seen some small changes, with the most notable being the drop down the rankings of recent IBF title challenger Milan Melindo (#11) who has dropped 5 places and allowed a climb for bother Jonathan Taconing (#6) and Yu Kimura (#7). Lower down the rankings we've lost Nawaphon Por Chokchai (previously #10) who has been moved up to Flyweight. Lower down the rankings we've seen Petchchorhae Kokietgym (#12) climb a couple of places and over-take countryman Palangpol CP Freshmart (#14).
At Flyweight we've seen some questionable rankings with Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (#7) climbing a place at the expense of China's Zou Shiming (#10), who drops 3 places, that's despite Shiming's clear win over the Thai only a few fights back. Another climber is Koki Eto (#8) who has climbed 3 places whilst new entrant Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#9) is ranked at his more natural division. Lower down the rankings we've seen both Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (#10) and Ryo Miyazaki (#11) drop slightly whilst Ardin Diale (#13) is a new entrant.
There haven't been many changes at Super Flyweight, however Sho Ishida (#12) has dropped a place.
There are a number of changes in the Bantamweight rankings, the first of which is a boost for Marlon Tapales (#3), who has climbed a place. The big “dropper” for the month was Filipino veteran Malcolm Tunacao (#13) who has fallen 7 places. As for climbers we've seen Ryo Matsumoto (#10) climb a couple of places whilst Shohei Omori (#11) has climbed 4 places. We've also a new entrant as Yushi Tanaka (#14) replaces Alie Laurel (previously #14).
The Super Bantamweight rankings haven't seen many changes though we have seen Ryosuke Iwasa (#11) drop 4 places following his loss to Lee Haskins in an IBF Bantamweight title bout. Iwasa's fall has allowed Juan Miguel Elorde (#10) to climb a place.
At Featherweight the only change concerns Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (#7) who has climbed a single place.
At Super Featherweight we have seen Juan Martin Elorde (#7) climb a single place whilst Terdsak Kokietgym (#5) has suddenly appeared in the rankings.
Things have been shaken up a bit at Lightweight. Firstly we've seen Daud Yordan (#5) shoot an impressive 7 places up the rankings after recently winning the WBO Africa title, and no we're not making that up. We've also seen the re-ranking of Takahiro Ao (#8), after Raymundo Beltran failed a drug test in the wake of his win over Ao.
The rankings at Light Welterweight have been given a notable shake up. Among the winners of that shake up are Jason Pagara (#2), who has climbed 3 places, whilst Adones Cabalquinto (#12) has climbed two spaces and a place has been made available for OPBF champion Keita Obara (#13).
Azerbaijan's Welterweight hopeful Fariz Mammadov (#13) has dropped a place in the only change at 147lbs.
The Light Middleweight rankings haven't seen any changes.
In the Middleweight rankings we've seen only a single change as Ryota Murata (#10) has climbed a place and is slowly working his way towards a world title fight.
The Super Middleweight rankings haven't seen any changes.
There are no Asian's ranked any higher than 168lbs.
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