Chuck Giampa

Ring Ratings Update: Contenders hold their rankings with KO wins

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The last two weeks have been slow ones but many RING-rated fighters saw action, including the magazine’s top-ranked flyweight Roman Gonzalez, top five-rated heavyweight Tyson Fury, top-10 middleweight Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and junior lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno, all of whom notched KOs.

Heavyweight: No. 5-rated Fury (23-0, 15 knockouts) stopped unrated Joey Abell in four rounds. No movement for Fury but it was much needed activity seeing that he hadn’t fought since last April.

Super middleweight: No. 9-rated Andre Dirrell (21-1, 14 KOs) has not fought in over a year, so he will be dropped from the ratings. Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1, 13 KOs) will move up to No. 9 and Russian standout Maixm Vlasov (28-1, 14 KOs) will enter at No. 10.

Middleweight: No. 9-rated N’Jikam (29-1, 18 KOs) stopped unrated Ricardo Marcello Ramallo in four rounds. No advancement in ratings for N’Jikam but good for him by staying active.

Junior lightweight: No. 8-rated Magdaleno (25-1, 10 KOs) stopped unrated Jorge Pazos in four to maintain his ranking.

Junior featherweight: Jessie Magdaleno (18-0, 14 KOs) stopped unrated Roberto Castenada in the fifth. Jessie, Diego’s 21-year-old younger brother, is still a work in progress and is close to stepping up his competition soon if he continues his winning ways. 

Bantamweight: No. 9-rated Julio Acosta (26-1, 24 KOs) stopped unrated Jusus Acosta by TKO in the fourth. No change.

Flyweight: No. 1-rated “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez (38-0, 32 KOs) stopped unrated Juan Kantun in the sixth round. Gonzalez is already our top-rated flyweight so no movement in this division.

Junior flyweight: No. 4-ranked Adrian Hernandez (29-2-1-18 KOs) stopped unrated Janiel Rivera in the third round to retain his WBC title. No change.

Strawweight: No. 3-rated Zhong Zhao Zhong (22-5-1, 12 KOs) lost his WBC title to unrated Osvaldo Novoa by TKO in the fifth. Novoa had previously lost to two RING ranked strawweiights, Jesus Silvestre and Carlos Velarde. The 105-pound rankings will have the following changes:

Champion: Vacant

1.    Hekkie Budler (24-1, 7 KOs)

2.    Wanheng Menayothin (24-1, 7 KOs)

3.    Denver Cuello (33-5-6, 21 KOs)

4.    Katsunari Takayama (26-6, 10 KOs)

5.    Carlos Buitrago (27-0-1, 16 KOs)

6.    Merlito Sabillo (23-0-1, 12 KOs)

7.    Jesus Silvestre (28-4, 20 KOs)

8.    Osvaldo Novoa (13-1-1, 8 KOs)

9.    Ryuji Hara (16-0, 10 KOs)

10.  Xiong Zhao Zhong (22-5-1, 12 KOs)

 

 

Photo / Yoshikazu Tsuno-AFP

Chuck Giampa, the Chairman of The Ring Ratings Committee, can be emailed at chuckgiampa@aol.com

 

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