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Ring Ratings Update: Rodriguez falls from 168-lb. rankings

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Previously undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez has been dropped from THE RING’s 168-pound rankings following his failure to make weight for his challenge to RING/WBA champion Andre Ward, who dominated him to a unanimous decision victory on Saturday.

Here are THE RING’s ratings updates for the week of Nov. 17.

Light heavyweight: Isaac Chilemba, THE RING’s No. 7-rated contender, beat Michael Gbenga via eight-round decision. This was Chilemba’s first fight since losing to No. 6-rated Tony Bellew in May.  No changes in the rankings.

Super middleweight: Ward (27-0, 14 knockouts), THE RING champ, outclassed No. 7-rated Rodriguez, who failed to make weight for the fight. Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KOs), who came in two pounds over the super middleweight limit, announced that he will move up to light heavyweight after the fight. The Dominican Republic-born New Englander will be dropped from the super middleweight ratings. 

Thomas Oosthuizen, Sakio Bika and James DeGale will move up one spot and Andre Dirrell will re-enter at No. 10.  Dirrell (21-1, 14 KOs) has one loss – a controversial split decision to Carl Froch – but has since had wins over Arthur Abraham and Darryl Cunningham. 

DeGale, the No. 9-rated contender,  scored a 10-round decision over Dyah Davis.

Junior bantamweight: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, our No. 4-rated contender, stopped Hirofumi Mukai in nine rounds. No change.



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