Monday, April 23, 2018  |


RING Ratings Update: Julius Indongo on the rise


Julius Indongo easily outpointing Ricky Burns to unify two junior welterweight titles Saturday in Glasgow, near Burns’ hometown. That was preceded by a 40-second knockout of then-unbeaten Eduard Troyanovsky in Troyanovsky’s home nation of Russia in December.

The final tally: two fights in hostile territory against fighters rated in the RING Top 10, two impressive victories.

As a result, Indongo (No. 6 last week) jumps to No. 2, behind only 140-pound champion Terence Crawford and No. 1 Viktor Postol. Burns (No. 4 last week) remains in the ratings but barely, dropping all the way to No. 10.

In other divisions:


Sullivan Barrera (No. 9 last week) held is position with a fifth-round TKO of unrated Paul Parker on Saturday in Uncasville, Connecticut.


Katsunari Takayama (No. 5 last week) has announced his retirement. He is replaced by unbeaten Hiroto Kyoguchi, who enters at No. 10.

  • KillaBlu

    I’d rather see Indongo ahead of Postol. Why put the guy who won his unification bout behind a guy who lost his

    • Dee Money

      Yeah, I could see keeping Postol at #1 had he done ANYTHING else since the Crawford loss (giving respect to Crawford as being so good that even a loss to him shouldn’t hurt too much). But Postol has only 1 fight over the last year and a half, and that was the loss to Crawford; hard to justify keeping him there

  • Conrad

    Super Lightweight is the weakest division in boxing atm. Regis Prograis #5 hasn’t fought anyone, Antonio Orozco #3, same.

    • Conrad

      Then Postol still #1 after a loss and Granados #4 after another loss

  • Chris Smith

    Postol is very good, Crawford is just on a whole different level. I think Indongo may give Bud more problems but ultimately would come way short also. Orozco is a nice fighter too but seems to be on his way to 147? Will be interesting to see if Bud wants to stick around and wait for Mikey Garcia and in that case unify in the meantime or throw himself in the 147 mix? 147 may be tricky getting bouts since there’s a lot of Haymon guys there and Pacquaio’s team seem to not quite share our enthusiasm with matching their guy with Crawford.

  • william ellis

    Indongo deserves his rating, but it hard to tell how good he really is. First round knockouts are usually a little fluky, and Burns was on the decline. It’s the same problem with Joe Smith (who also deserves his high rating). This is not a knock against either fighter: they came through their big fights with flying colors, but neither has had a long war with a first-rate fighter in his prime. I hope they turn out to be as good as they seem.