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Suriyan Sor Rungvisai Claims Top Spot at 115: Boxing Rankings Update for Feb. 14

Suriyan Sor Rungvisai is the new No. 1 in the world at 115 pounds. (Photo by Asian Boxing Council/WBC)
Suriyan Sor Rungvisai is the new No. 1 in the world at 115 pounds. (Photo by Asian Boxing Council/WBC)
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

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Super Flyweight

I've chosen this week to shake up the rankings at 115 pounds a bit, because they needed it. I'd let it become static and chose to reevaluate what I had. The top five are the same fighters as last week, but jumbled up:

  1. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai
  2. Tepparith Kokietgym
  3. Tomonobu Shimizu
  4. Hugo Cazares
  5. Omar Narvaez

Narvaez had stayed No. 1 by default too long; I'd give him a decent chance against the other four, but I'd pick each of them to win. It's not that he really tumbled so greatly or anything.

New to the rankings at 115 is Yota Sato, who faces Suriyan on March 27. He's in at No. 7, with Rodrigo Guerrero falling out after his loss to Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr, who wasn't so good that I felt he should be ranked. The back end is very tight -- Raul Martinez stays, despite his best win being debatable over Guerrero, and then a loss to him, but the loss was a technical decision and Guerrero was really only winning by a round or so.

This is the new 6-10: Tomas Rojas, Yota Sato, Topo Rosas, Raul Martinez, and Cesar Seda. You could sub in a few guys for a few of those guys. It's a good division.

Junior Flyweight

Johnriel Casimero (16-2, 10 KO) comes in at No. 7, reclaiming his spot in the top ten with his win over Luis Lazarte, who falls out of the top ten and by skill never really belonged there in the first place. Good riddance.

Ranked Fighters in Action This Week

Big, big week for ranked fighters.

Heavyweight: No. 2 Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO) vs No. 8 Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO)
[ Klitschko vs Chisora Event Page ]

Heavyweight: No. 5 Chris Arreola (34-2, 29 KO) vs Eric Molina (18-1, 14 KO)
[ Williams vs Ishida Event Page ]

Light Heavyweight: No. 4 Tavoris Cloud (23-0, 19 KO) vs No. 5 Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KO)
[ Williams vs Ishida Event Page ]

Super Middleweight: No. 7 Brian Magee (35-4-1, 24 KO) vs Rudy Markussen (37-2, 24 KO)

Bantamweight: No. 6 Jorge Arce (59-6-2, 45 KO) vs Lorenzo Parra (31-3-1, 18 KO)
[ Arce vs Parra II Event Page ]

Junior Flyweight: No. 8 Gilberto Keb Baas (35-21-4, 22 KO) vs Mario Rodriguez (12-6-4, 8 KO)

Other Notable Fights

Adonis Stevenson (16-1, 13 KO) and Jesus Gonzales (27-1, 14 KO). If the winner is highly impressive, a jump into the super middleweight rankings is very possible. From No. 7 on down at 168, it gets very tight between the guys ranked and a handful of fighters just outside the top ten.

Paul Williams (40-2, 27 KO) can get back in the rankings at 154 pounds with a good win on Saturday against Nobuhiro Ishida (24-6-2, 9 KO); frankly, if he is impressive, he almost certainly will be taking Vanes Martirosyan's spot.

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