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Boxing Rankings for Nov. 8, 2011: Ricky Burns and James Kirkland Make Their Moves

Ricky Burns just keeps on winning, and is now ranked in the lightweight division. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Ricky Burns just keeps on winning, and is now ranked in the lightweight division. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

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A few moves this week, and two pretty significant.

Junior Middleweight

James Kirkland is back in the rankings, coming in at No. 8 after his decimation of Alfredo Angulo on November 5 in Cancun. Angulo, who was ranked No. 5 last week, is out of the rankings for now. He may well come back, but he has to prove something. It's been since April 2010 that he beat even a credible opponent (Joel Julio) who wasn't shot or decidedly overmatched, and Julio was also his best win to date. Angulo just doesn't have enough resume to match his reputation, and he was thrashed over the final five rounds of the Kirkland fight. That could have been a career-changer, and not in a good way.

Lightweight

Ricky Burns comes up from super featherweight and debuts at No. 6 in the lightweight rankings following his points win in London over Michael Katsidis. Katsidis, who was ranked seventh last week, actually doesn't move much from that spot, as I didn't think he fought poorly, he was just in against a guy who scouted him well and boxed him very effectively. Katsidis remains in the rankings at No. 9.

Taking over in the super featherweight rankings for the exiting Burns is Eloy Perez.

Bantamweight

Christian Esquivel debuted at No. 10 last week, but lost to ninth-ranked Shinsuke Yamanaka last weekend, so he's out. Eric Morel is in.

Flyweight

Wilbert Uicab (No. 6 last week) also lost, and is out of the rankings. In at No. 10 is the man who beat him in Tokyo, Toshiyuki Igarashi.

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