Earlier today the WBO released their latest world rankings.
At Minimumweight it really is all change at the top. We've seen Pigmy Kokietgym (previously #1) fall out of the rankings due to his loss to the previously unranked Jaysever Abcede (now ranked #7), we've also seen Ryuji Hara (previously #2) removed ahead of his IBF title fight with Katsunari Takayama later this month. As a result of that shake up Carlos Buitrago (#1) has been moved to the top contender status and may well have an opportunity to face Kosei Tanaka in a mandatory title fight later this year. Other changes in the division including a move up the rankings for Vic Saludar (#4) who claimed following his recent victory, which saw him claim the Asia Pacific title.
At Light Flyweight we've seen Palangpol CP Freshmart (#12) fall one place whilst his countryman Petchchorhae Kokietgym (previously #12) fall out of the rankings following his loss to Iwan Zoda. Sadly Zoda hasn't been rewarded for his excellent win. Notably though Zoda is mentioned at Flyweight where he seems to be the “next in line” outside of the top 15.
Talking about the Flyweight division we've again seen some changes. The key to these changes is the fact Hernan Marquez (#3) has suddenly appeared having previously been ranked at Super Flyweight. Maruqez's appearance has seen everyone below drop a place, including Suguru Muranaka (#4), Zou Shiming (#7), Kwanpichit OneSongchaigym (#8), Nawaphon Por Chokchai (#9) and Koki Eto (#10).
Super Flyweight, where Hernan Marquez was previously ranked, has seen a number of changes including a slight move up for Rex Tso (#3) and Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (#6). Lower down the rankings Takuma Inoue (#10) has moved up a couple of places whilst Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (#12) has supplanted himself into the rankings. Strangely the WBO seem to have ranked WBA “interim” champion David Sanchez (#11) who is, we believe, the only current interim champion with a WBO ranking.
At Bantamweight we have seen some very few changes with Ryo Matsumoto (#4) climbing 5 places following his recent win over Luis May, in what is effectively the only change of note.
There are very few changes at Super Bantamweight where Nonito Donaire (#2) has swapped with countryman Genesis Servania (#3), further rubbing salt into what has been a frustrating year for Servania.
At Featherweight we've seen a few small changes with Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (#4), Satoshi Hosono (#6) and Hiroshige Osawa (#11) all moving up a place whilst Tsuyoshi Tameda (#12) has gate crashed the rankings following his recent win over Mark Bernaldez. Interestingly Chonlatarn has announced that he is leaving the 126lb division so we could see another reshuffle very shortly.
At Super Featherweight we've seen no changes in regards to Asian fighters, the same also applies at Lightweight.
At Light Welterweight both Adones Cabalquinto (#11) and Keita Obara (#12) have moved up a place. Despite their rankings neither is likely to get a title shot any time soon and possibly the best thing they could do is face each other in the hope of a lofty ranking boost.
There is no change at Welterweight.
At Light Middleweight we've seen Yuki Nonaka (#12) slip a couple of places down the rankings.
In the Middleweight rankings Ryota Murata (#5) has climbed a single place.
In the Super Middleweight division we've lost Yuzo Kiyota (previously #14).
There are no Asian ranked fighters in the 3 highest divisions, though the WBO do list Heavyweight Edmund Gerber (#9) as a Kazakh fighter, regardless he remains where he was a month ago.
(Image courtesy of the WBO)
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