RING Ratings Update: Lightweights, strawweights in action
THE RING editors normally don’t like to drop a fighter in the ratings after a victory but the lightweight division was due for a reshuffle.
Unbeaten Richard Commey (No. 4 last week) stopped Anzor Gamgebeli in the second round Saturday in Denmark, his fifth consecutive knockout. The problem is that Commey (24-0, 22 knockouts) hasn’t beaten a significant opponent. He has crept up the ratings as a result of other fighters’ losses.
Meanwhile, Terry Flanagan and Anthony Crolla have faced stiff competition and won major titles. And Sharif Bogere (No. 3) also hasn’t done much lately.
As a result, our new 135-pound ratings look like this:
1. Jorge Linares
2. Dejan Zlaticanin
3. Terry Flanagan
4. Anthony Crolla
5. Sharif Bogere
6. Richard Commey
7. Rances Barthelemy
8. Denis Shafikov
9. Argenis Mendez
10. Miguel Vazquez
This is not a knock on Commey, who has destroyed everyone put in front of him. If the 29-year-old Ghanaian beats better opponents, of course, he’ll likely move back up the ladder.
In other divisions:
Lucas Browne (No. 10 last week) failed a drug test following his knockout victory over Ruslan Chagaev on March 5. If his “B” sample also tests positive – or he waives his right to test it – he’ll be dropped from THE RING Ratings, as per our policy.
Browne has denied taking clenbuterol, the metabolism booster for which he tested positive.
Hekkie Budler (No. 1 last week) was upset by unrated Byron Rojas on Saturday in South Africa, losing a unanimous decision and his WBA title.
As a result, Rojas enters at No. 2 and Budler drops to No. 3. Wanheng Menayothin (No. 2 last week) moves up to No. 1. And, to make room for Rojas, Jesus Silvestre (No. 10 last week) drops out.