Monday, May 29, 2023  |



Ring Ratings Update

Fighters Network

THE RING Ratings Panel had to work overtime this week after a very busy weekend of boxing.

Among the most-significant results were two shockers on Saturday, cruiserweight Enzo Maccarinelli getting knocked out by Ola Afolabi in England and bantamweight Cristian Mijares losing a split decision to Nehomar Cermeno in Mexico.

Maccarainelli has now lost two of his last three fights, both by knockout (David Haye and Afolabi). Thus, the Briton (No. 6 last week) drops out of the ratings. That allows Vadim Tokarev (No. 7 last week), Giacobbe Fragomeni (No. 8 last week) and Troy Ross (No. 9 last week) to move up one position each. Afolabi debuts at No. 9.

Mijares, once in the Top 10 pound for pound, was the No. 2-rated junior bantamweight last week but moved up to bantamweight to fight Cermeno. In light of his step up in weight and setback, he now is not rated in any division.

The move by Mijares boosts up everyone rated No. 3 and below at junior bantamweight one position each and makes room for Raul Martinez to debut at No. 10.

“The Mijares situation highlights the problem of ranking boxers in the lower-weight divisions,” said Nigel Collins, editor of THE RING magazine. “There is a difference of only three pounds between junior bantamweight and bantamweight, and fighters can navigate between the two weight classes with relative ease.

“For the time being, Mijares is unranked, but THE RING intends to keep a close watch on his future activity. If he drops back down to junior bantam, we will rank him accordingly. If he stays at bantamweight, we will rank him if and when he accomplishes enough at that weight to earn a rating.”

Other changes:

Junior lightweight: Roman Martinez (No. 8 last week) jumps to No. 5 after his knockout of Nicky Cook, who falls from No. 5 to No. 9. Jorge Linares moves from No. 9 to No. 8 as a result of the shakeup.

Featherweight: Takahiro Aoh moves from No. 9 to No. 8 following his decision over Oscar Larios (No. 8 last week), who exits the ratings. Larios’ departure lifts Cristobal Cruz from No. 10 to No. 9 and makes room for Choi Tseveenpurev to return at No. 10.

Bantamweight: Vusi Malinga (No. 8 last week) is gone following his first-round knockout at the hands of Hozumi Hasegawa, who reinforced his status as the No. 1 contender with the quick victory. Malinga’s exit allows Roberto Vasquez to climb from No. 9 to No. 8. The new No. 9 is undefeated Nehomar Cermeno, who narrowly outpointed Mijares.

Junior flyweight: Giovanni Segura (No. 4 last week) and Cesar Canchila (No. 3 last week) trade places as a result of Segura’s fourth-round KO of Canchila. Brahim Asloum, who has not fought since December 8, 2007, exits because of inactivity. Asloum’s departure advances Juan Carlos Reveco from No. 9 to No. 8 and Bert Batawang from No. 10 to No. 9. Munetsugu Kayo is the new No. 10.

Strawweight: Milan Melindo crashes the ratings at No. 5, thanks to his decision over Muhammad Rachman, who slips from No. 5 to No. 6. Melindo’s debut pushed down everybody rated No. 6 or below last week one rung, which means that Ronald Barrera (No. 10 last week) is gone for the time being.