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Ring Rankings Update: Gonzalez causes featherweight shuffle

Fighters Network

Here’s the round up of this week’s fights resulting in some movement in THE RING’s ratings:

At heavyweight, Kubrat Pulev scored an uneventful points win over fellow contender Tony Thompson, who will be dropped in THE RING’s rankings and replaced with Odlanier Solis at No. 10. Pulev remains the magazine’s No. 4 contender. Amir Mansour had a points win over Maurice Harris.

At light heavyweight: Jurgen Braehmer retained his European title with a decision win over Stefano Abatangelo. Braehmer will retain his No. 9 rating. Ismayl Sillahk forced Konstantin Piternov to retire at the end of the sixth round.

At super middleweight: Arthur Abraham struggled with unknown Willbeforce Shihepo. Abraham, a former middleweight and super middleweight beltholder, isn’t the force at 168 pounds that he was at 160. Abraham will flip flop with George Groves, with Abraham dropping to No. 6 and Groves, who is scheduled to face No. 1-rated Carl Froch in November, moving up to No. 5. Stanyslav Kashtanove stopped overmatched Jaime Barboza in 10.

At middleweight: Japanese Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata scored a KO against OPBF champ Akio Shibata in pro debut. No changes.

At welterweight: Former beltholder Vyacheslav Senchenko had a KO win over Carlos Adan Jerez. No change.

At junior welterweight: Solid win for prospect Antonio Orozco stopping Ivan Hernandez in three. Jorge Linares won his third fight on the bounce stopping Berman Sanchez in three.

At lightweight: Former WBC 130-titleholder Vitali Tajbert stopped journeyman Mikheil Avakyan in the third. No change.

At junior lightweight: IBF titleholder Argenis Mendez fought to a draw with Arash Usmanee. Roman Martinez will move up one spot to No. 2 while Argenis Mendez drops down one spot to No. 3.

At featherweight: In a shocker Jhonny Gonzalez stopped Abner Mares in the opening round. This fight caused movement in the rankings:


Champ: Mikey Garcia

1. Chris John

2. Jhonny Gonzalez

3. Orlando Salido

4. Abner Mares

5. Daniel Ponce de Leon

6. Evgeny Gradovich

7. Billy Dib

8. Nicholas Walters

9. Javier Fortuna

10. Hozumi Hasegawa.


At junior featherweight: Leo Santa Cruz was impressive in beating Victor Terrazas in the three rounds for the WBC title. Santa Cruz will move up to No. 4; the rest of the 122-pound rankings is as follows:

5. Scott Quigg

6. Vic Darchinyan

7. Kiko Martinez

8. Victor Terrazas

9. Cristian Mijares

10. Jhonatan Romero.


At junior bantamweight: Omar Narvaez retained his WBO title for the eighth time stopping tough Japanese fighter Hiroyuki Hisatake in ten rounds. No change.

At junior flyweight: Hot prospect Naoya Inoue won the Japanese title in just his fourth fight outpointing Ryoichi Taguchi. Taguchi was previously our No. 8-rated contender. Tahuchi will drop from our ratings; Felix Alvarado will move up to No. 8; Alberto Rossel will move up to No. 9 and Inoue will enter at No. 10.

Pound for Pound Ratings: Mares will be dropped and RING 122-pound champ Guillermo Rigondeaux will enter at No. 10.



Chuck Giampa is the Chairman of The Ring Ratings Committee. Email him at [email protected]