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Bad Left Hook Divisional Rankings Update: Minor Moves

New WBA junior lightweight titlist Takashi Uchiyama enters the Bad Left Hook divisional rankings this time.
New WBA junior lightweight titlist Takashi Uchiyama enters the Bad Left Hook divisional rankings this time.
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

It's been a bit since the divisional rankings have been given an update, because not much has happened so far this month. Roman Karmazin's win over Dionisio Miranda was pretty exciting, but not the type of performance to get him into the top ten of even a shallow middleweight division, at least not in my opinion.

There are a few changes, and only one of them is really all that huge.


Zsolt Erdei is out, as it's apparent he has zero intention of continuing on in the division. Reports are that he's giving up his belt and moving back to light heavyweight, where he'll probably get a gift opponent to contest the title that he basically gave to Juergen Braehmer, who thanked him by going back to jail. With Erdei out, Yoan Pablo Hernandez returns to the rankings at No. 10.

Light Heavyweight

Braehmer (9) is out, and Erdei is back in at No. 6. Like with James Kirkland, I see no reason to rank a guy who's in jail.

Junior Lightweight

Here's the meaningful update. New WBA titlist Takashi Uchiyama is in at No. 5 after thoroughly outclassing Juan Carlos Salgado, who was No. 6 before. Uchiyama (14-0, 11 KO) would be a real threat to anyone in the division, I think, but most likely he'll just hold the belt hostage in Japan unless he gives a crack at it to former titlist Jorge Linares, and he might just beat Linares anyway. Salgado drops to No. 9, where Mario Santiago falls out. Looks like Santiago is going to get back to 126 pounds for his fight with Bernabe Concepcion in February.

I'm not really sure what do to about Salgado, because he did not look very good at all against Uchiyama, but he's a young fighter with one loss and one good win. Right now, benefit of the doubt, but I won't be shocked if we've already seen the peak of his career.

Junior Featherweight

Everything stays the same except previous No. 10 Rendall Munroe falls out, and Satoshi Hosono enters high at No. 6 in the division. It's a weak division about to get worse, but Hosono's back-and-forth fight with Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym was a damn good performance, and I'd pick him over Lontchi, Dunne, Cordoba, Ruiz, Munroe, etc.

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