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Ring Ratings Update: Busy start to a busy month

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Cruiserweight: No. 3-rated Denis Lebedev (27-2, 10 knockouts) won a 12-round decision over No. 9-rated Youri Kalenga (21-2, 14 KOs) to retain his WBA title. No. 10-rated Rakhim Chakhkiev (22-1, 17 KOs) stopped unrated Valery Brudov in four rounds. Previously unrated Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-2, 17 KOs) outworked No. 5-rated Ola Afolabi (21-4-4, 10 KOs) to a 12-round decision. Hot prospect Dimitry Kudryashov (17-0, 17 KOs) knocked out his opponent inside a minute of the opening round. Changes are: Champion to No. 4 remain the same; while the new order of the rest of the top 10 is as follows:

No. 5- Firat Arslan (34-8-2, 21 KOs)

No. 6- Victor Emilio Ramirez

No. 7- Ilunga Makabu (18-1, 17 KOs)

No. 8- Thabiso Mchunu (17-1, 11 KOs)

No. 9- Youri Kalenga (21-2, 14 KOs)

No. 10- Dimitry Kudryashov

Afolabi, who is 2-2 in his last four fights and has not scored a meaningful victory since a fifth round stoppage of Brudov in early 2012, and Chakhkiev are dropped from the ratings.

Light heavyweight: RING and WBC champion Adonis Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs) won a unanimous decision over unrated Sakio Bika. Artur Beterbiev, won by KO in the fourth round over Gabriel Campillo (25-7-1, 12 KOs). Beterbiev will move up from No. 10 to No. 7 replacing Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs). Former Nos. 7 to No. 9 will drop down one spot each to make room for unbeaten former super middleweight contender Thomas Oosthuizen (24-0-2, 14 KOs), who has looked solid in his last two outings and owns a draw against No. 6-rated Isaac Chilemba.

Middleweight: Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) and Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 29 KOs) fought to a 12-round draw. Lee, who boxed well over the second half of the bout despite suffering two knockdowns and was the first to drop Quillin, will move up from No. 7 to No. 2. Quillin, who failed to make weight, will drop from No. 2 to No. 3. Former champ Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) will be dropped from the middleweight rankings. It’s doubtful that the 40-year-old veteran ever fights again given his physical condition and age. If he does fight again, it will probably be not against a world-class opponent. With Martinez out, Daniel Geale will move up to No. 4. Numbers 5 through 10 will move up one spot each and Chris Eubank Jr. (19-1, 14 KOs), who is coming off an impressive stoppage of unbeaten Russian slugger Dmitry Chudinov and whose only loss is a close split decision to No. 8-raed Billy Joe Saunders, will enter at No. 10.

Junior middleweight: Julian Williams (18-0-1, 11 KOs) shut out unrated Joey Hernandez over ten rounds. Williams will move up to No. 9, switching spots with former titleholder Carlos Molina (22-6-2, 6 KOs).

Junior welterweight: Champion Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) won a majority 12-round decision over No. 2-rated Lamont Peterson (34-2-1, 17 KOs) in an over-the-weight match. No. 7-rated Viktor Postol (27-0, 12 KOs) won an eight-round fight against unrated Jake Giuriceo. No. 8-rated Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) has been inactive for a year with nothing on tap, so he is removed from the rankings. With Allakhveriev out, Jose Benavides (22-0, 15 KOs) will enter at No. 10. With No. 9 and No. 10 moving up one spot each.

Lightweight: Champion Terrence Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) will fight for a 140-pound title on Saturday. Even if he loses he’s not coming back down to 135 pounds. Omar Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 Kos) vacated his 135-pound belt and is also scheduled to fight at 140 pounds on May 9. Former unified beltholder Juan Diaz (40-4, 19 KOs) has fought only journeymen since coming back in 2013. With this in mind, the Ratings Panel approves removed all three fighters from the 135-pound rankings. THE RING lightweight championship is now vacant and Denis Shafikov (35-1-1, 19 KOs) will enter at No. 9 and Dejan Zlaticanin (20-0,13 KOs) will enter at No. 10.

Junior lightweight: Roman Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) won the WBO title for the third time with a 12-round unanimous decision over Orlando Salido (43-12-2, 29 KOs). Martinez will move up from No. 5 to No.4, switching places with Francisco Vargas (22-0-1, 16 KOs). Salido will drop one spot to No. 7, switching places with Javier Fortuna (27-0-1, 20 KOs) who will move up one spot to No. 6.

Junior bantamweight: No. 2-rated Carlos Cuadras (32-0-1, 25 KOs) retained his WBC belt with a unanimous decision over unrated Luis Concepcion. No. movement.

Flyweight: No. 8-rated McWilliams Arroyo stopped unrated Victor Ruiz in three rounds. No change.

Junior flyweight: No. 1-rated Pedro Guevara (24-1-1, 17 KOs) made his first defense of his WBC title stopping unrated Richard Claveras in a single round. We were informed that Moises Fuentes (20-2-1, 11 KOs) is now campaigning at 112 pounds. Former champ Akira Yaegashi (30-3-1, 19 KOs) is fighting at 115 pounds. Both will exit our 108-pound ratings. Everyone else will move up one spot to make room for Javier Mendoza (23-2-1, 19 KOs) at No. 9 and Rey Loreto (20-13, 12 KOs) at No. 10.

Pound for Pound: Juan Manuel Marquez, who is 1-1 on his last two fights and hasn’t fought since May, will be dropped to No. 9. Tim Bradley, who is 0-1-1 in his last two bouts, will drop to No. 10. Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) will move up to No. 6. Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) will move up to No. 7. Sergey Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) will move up to No. 8.