RING Ratings Update: Smith and Hosono climb, Easter arrives
Busy weekend, not too much movement.
Here is a division-by-division look at how the action affected the RING Ratings.
Hadillah Mohoumadi is no world-beater but he had never been stopped and won a few rounds against James DeGale. The Frenchman lasted only 1 minute, 41 seconds against Callum Smith on Saturday in Liverpool, England.
Thus, Smith (No. 8 last week) swaps places with Anthony Dirrell (No. 7 last week).
Carlos Molina (No. 10 last week) weighed in at only 141.5 pounds for his fight against Reyes Sanchez on Saturday in Mexico, which nearly made him a junior welterweight.
Molina has said explicitly that he will fight at either 147 or 154, depending on opportunities. With that in mind, we decided to leave him in the 154-pound ratings until we see who he fights next or someone supplants him as a result of an important victory.
Adrien Broner (No. 5 last week) stopped unrated Ashley Theophane in the ninth round Friday in Washington, D.C. However, because Broner failed to make weight (by 0.4 pounds), the Editorial Board decided to leave him at No. 5.
Robert Easter (unrated last week) looked terrific in stopping solid veteran Argenis Mendez (No. 9 last week) in five rounds on Friday.
As a result, Mendez drops out and Easter enters the ratings at No. 9. Easter leap-frogged No. 10 Miguel Vazquez, who lost a decision to Mendez in his last fight.
Satoshi Hosono (No. 9 last week) swaps places with Evgeny Gradovich (No. 8 last week) after defeating unrated Rikiya Fukuhara by a unanimous decision Monday in Tokyo.