Hank Lundy’s victory over unproven Dannie Williams on Friday in Mashantucket, Mass., was hardly a break-through performance.
However, the Philadelphia fighter’s domination of Williams combined with his consistency since he was stopped by John Molina in 2010 – four consecutive one-sided victories – was enough for him to break into the lightweight ratings.
Lundy (22-1-1, 11 knockouts) replaces Paulus Moses of Namibia at No. 10. Moses (28-2, 19 KOs) is coming off a one-sided decision loss to Ricky Burns on March 10.
Elsewhere, Yota Sato (No. 7 last week) of Japan defeated Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (No. 2 last week) of Thailand by a unanimous decision to win the WBC junior bantamweight title last Tuesday in Tokyo.
As a result, Sato rises to No. 5 – behind Nos. 1-4 Omar Narvaez, Tomonobu Shimizu, Hugo Cazares and Tepparith Singwancha — and Sor Rungvisai drops to No. 6.
And, in the strawweight division, Katsunari Takayama (No. 8 last week) drops to No. 10 after losing a unanimous decision to No. 1 Nkosinathi Joyi on Friday in Nkosinathi’s homeland of South Africa.
Rated fighters in action this coming weekend (with current ratings)
Cruiserweight: Denis Lebedev (No. 4) vs. Shawn Cox (Wednesday)
Junior welterweight: Humberto Soto (No. 10) vs. Claudinei Lacerda (Saturday)
Junior lightweight: Takahiro Ao (No. 5) vs. Terdsak Jandaeng (Friday)
Bantamweight: Koki Kameda (No. 7) vs. Noudly Manakane (Wednesday); Shinsuke Yamanaka (No. 9) vs. Vic Darchinyan (No. 5) (Friday)
Junior bantamweight: Tomonobu Shimizu (No. 2) vs. Tepparith Singwancha (No. 4) (Wednesday); Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. (No. 10) vs. Juan Alberto Rosas (Saturday)