Friday, March 24, 2023  |


Ring Ratings Update


Two former RING-rated contenders — Jorge Barrios and Guillermo Jones — successfully returned to action following periods of inactivity over a relatively light weekend of boxing action.

Barrios, a 34-year-old former junior lightweight belt holder, easily out-pointed Wilson Alcorro over 10 rounds in Corrientes, Argentina on Friday. Jones, a 38-year-old cruiserweight titleholder, scored an 11th-round TKO over Valery Brudov in Panama City, Panama on Saturday.

Both Barrios, who hadn’t fought since last November, and Jones, who had been inactive since his title-winning stoppage of Firat Arslan more than two years ago, looked impressive given their time away from the ring. However, the seasoned pros did not earn their way back into THE RING’s rankings.

“A pair of veterans, cruiserweight Guillermo Jones and lightweight Jorge Barrios, returned to action following lengthy layoffs,” said Nigel Collins, Editor-in-Chief of THE RING. “But it was decided not to rate them at this time because their victories did not come against opponents currently rated by THE RING. Should Jones and Barrios stay active and successful against future foes, they could earn their way back into the top 10.”

There wasn’t much action that caused movement in the magazine’s rankings but Ryol Li Lee’s upset decision victory over top-rated 122-pound titleholder Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym resulted in a new No. 1 contender at junior featherweight.


JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHTS: Lee’s defeat of Kratingdaenggym (No. 1 last week) causes a significant shake-up at 122-pounds. Lee debuts at No. 2, while Toshiaki Nishioka (No. 2 last week) takes over the No. 1 position. Kratingdaenggym slips to No. 3. The realignment bumps down everybody rated No. 3 or below last week one place each and forces out Akifumi Shimoda (No. 10 last week).


Luis Concepcion (No. 6 last week) jumps to No. 4 on the strength of his knockout of Denkaosan Kaovichit (No. 4 last week), while Kaovichit falls to No. 6.