Thursday, November 30, 2023  |


Ring Ratings Update

Fighters Network

Big-time boxing took time off last weekend, lightweight Jorge Barrios and prospect Alfred Angulo being the most-notable fighters in action. Thus, THE RING ratings remain largely unchanged this week.

The only shift took place in the junior lightweight division, in which Barrios (No. 6 last week) exits to campaign at lightweight. However, his 12-round decision over Moises Castro at 135 wasn’t enough to crack the lightweight ratings.

Barrios’ departure allowed everyone rated No. 7 or below last week to climb one rung each and made room for Kevin Mitchell to debut at No. 10.

Things might be different this coming weekend, when well-known contenders such as Roy Jones Jr., Nonito Donaire, Steven Luevano and Juan Carlos Reveco put their ratings on the line in Saturday fights.

Jones Jr., THE RING’s No. 6 light heavyweight, faces fellow Floridian and former super middleweight star Jeff Lacy in a 12-round 175-pound fight in Biloxi, Miss., on pay-per-view television.

At 40, Jones (53-5, 39 knockouts) is no longer what he once was but was good enough to stop Omar Sheika in his last fight and remains dangerous. Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) is out to prove that he can be an elite fighter again in spite of setbacks.

Donaire (21-1, 14 KOs) is one of the sport’s brightest young stars. THE RING’s No. 1-rated flyweight, a native of the Philippines who lives in San Leandro, Calif., faces Panamanian Rafael Concepcion (13-3-1, 8 KOs) in a 12-round junior bantamweight fight on the Pinoy Power 2 card in Las Vegas on pay-per-view.

No. 2-rated Luevano (36-1-1, 15 KOs) faces Filipino Bernabe Concepcion (29-1-1, 16 KOs) in a featherweight title fight on the Pinoy card. Luevano, from La Puente, Calif., hasn’t fought since last October because of a back injury. Concepcion has won 18 consecutive fights.

And Reveco (20-1, 11 KOs) of Argentina faces Mexican Francisco Rosas (20-6-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round junior flyweight bout in Cozumel, Mexico. Reveco is rated No. 8 by THE RING.