By Paul Upham: The International Boxing Federation issued its August rating’s this week with the following changes of note:
Heavyweight: Former WBO champion Chris Byrd (pictured) is the new No.1 after his eliminator victory over David Tua who falls eight places to No.9. The No.2 spot is now vacant, with No.3 Kirk Johnson, No.4 Lennox Lewis and No.5 Mike Tyson remaining unchanged. There are no other changes in the top eight. Another former WBO champion “Merciless” Ray Mercer moves up three places to No.10 replacing the inactive Danell Nicholson who has been removed from the rankings. Larry Donald has dropped three places to No.12.
Cruiserweight: No changes in the top four with the No.1 and No.2 spots vacant behind champion Vassiliy Jirov who faces No.15 Julian Letterlough, a new entry up from No.15 at light heavyweight, on September 8 in Reno, Nevada. No.5 Alexander Gurov and No.6 Immamu Mayfield are both up one place, while No.7 Louis Azille has moved up two places. Jorge Castro has moved up two places to No.9, while Lou Del Valle (No.5) has been moved to No.10 in the light heavyweight ranking’s. Wayne Braithwaite is up three places to No.10 and Fabrice Tiozzo is up three places to No.11. No.13 O’Neil bell is a new entry and Marcelo Dominguez (No.10) has been removed from the ranking’s.
Light Heavyweight: No changes in the top six with No.1 Glenn Kelly and No.2 Reggie Johnson behind champion Roy Jones Jr. No.7 David Telesco, No.8 Will Taylor and No.9 Glencoffe Johnson have all moved up one place with Julio Gonzales dropping down six places to No.13. Lou Del Valle is a new entry at No.10, coming down from cruiserweight.
Super Middleweight: No changes in the top eight, although No.1 James Butler was defeated by champion Sven Ottke on points over 12 rounds on Saturday night in Germany. No.9 Charles Brewer is up one spot, replacing Bruno Girard who was mistakenly listed at both super middleweight and light heavyweight last month. Girard remains at No.5 light heavyweight. Will McIntyre from the USA enters the top ten, up three spots, while Andrei Shkalikov from Russia is a new entry at No.14.
Middleweight: No changes in the top eight with No.1 Carl Daniels and No.2 vacant behind champion Bernard Hopkins who unifies the division with WBA champion Felix Trinidad on September 15 in New York. Ray Joval moves up one place to No.9 and Ali Enbatti is up three places to No.10. Sweden’s Armand Kranjnc is a new entry at No.11 and Italy’s Christian Sanavia is a new entry at No.15. Hassine Cherifi (No.9) and Stephane Ouellet (No.12) have been removed from the ranking’s.
Junior Middleweight: No changes in the top nine with No.1 Winky Wright and No.2 Robert Frazier scheduled to meet on October 12 for the vacant title. USA’s Jason Papillon is a new entry at No.10, forcing No.11 Kirino Garcia to drop back one position. Michael Lerma (No.13) has been removed from the ratings.
Welterweight: Cory Spinks is the new No.2 after his win over Larry Marks who has risen one spot to No.10. No.3 Rafael Pineda and No.4 Michele Piccirillo are scheduled to meet on September 15 for the vacant No.1 spot behind champion Vernon Forrest. No.5 Thomas Damgaard and No.6 Danny Perez are both up one spot with No.7 Hercules Kyvelos up two places. Australia’s Julian Holland is the new No.8 replacing Shannan Taylor, who he defeated for the vacant Commonwealth title. Taylor has been removed from the ranking’s after announcing his retirement. Oba Carr is up one place to No.9 and Raul Frank (No.12) has been removed from the ranking’s. No.11 Antonio Margarito and No.12 Hector Quiroz are new entries.
Junior Welterweight: The No.1 and No.2 spots remain vacant behind champion Zab Judah who will unify the division with WBC/WBA champion Kostya Tszyu on November 3. Former champion Terron Millett is up one place to No.3 and Mexico’s Antonio Diaz is up three places to No.4, though he has recently announced his decision to move up to welterweight. No.5 Ben Tackie and No.6 Jesse James Leija are new entries in the division. No.7 Oktay Urkal has been moved up one place, while Hector Camacho Jr. has been dropped five places to No.8. Ray Oliveira is down three places to No.9 after his loss to Tackie and Sharmba Mitchell is down one place to No.10. Randall Bailey (No.5), Gabriel Mapouka (No.12) and Richard Hatton (No.15) have been removed from the ranking’s.
Lightweight: No changes in the top ten with the No.1 and No.2 spots vacant behind champion Paul Spadafora. No.3 Victor Sosa and No.4 Angel Manfredy remain constant. No.11 Gomez Trinidad and No.12 Dennis Holbaek have swapped places.
Super Featherweight: No changes in the top thirteen with No.1 Lamont Pearson and No.2 John Brown behind champion Stevie Forbes. No.8 Tontech Tontchev from Bulgaria has remained in position despite losing to Luis Lizarraga on August 21. No.14 Darius Snarzki from Poland is up one place and No.15 Bryan Adams from the USA is a new entry replacing Robert Garcia (No.14) who has been removed from the ranking’s
Featherweight: No changes in the top five with No.1 Manuel Medina and No.2 Victor Polo behind champion Frankie Toledo. Johnny Tapia (No.6) who announced his retirement has been removed from the ranking’s. No.6 Mbulelo Botile, No.7 Prince Naseem Hamed, No.8 David Toledo, No.9 Oscar Larios and No.10 Bobby Velardez all shuffle up one position. No.11 Jose Luis Valbuena is a new entry up from junior featherweight, but in an error, he still appears there at No.9 in these ranking’s. Luisito Espinosa from the Philippines remains at No.15 despite being inactive since January 6, 2001 and having announced his retirement after his loss to Augie Sanchez.
Super Bantamweight: No changes in the top four with No.1 and No.2 vacant behind champion Manny Pacquiao. No.5 Salim Medjkoune, No.6 Benedict Ledwaba and No.7 Fashung 3K Battery are all up one place. No.8 Hector Avilla has dropped down three places. Jose Luis Valbuena from Argentina is at No.9 and also appears at No.11 in the featherweight ranking’s.
Bantamweight: No changes in the division with No.1 and No.2 vacant behind champion Tim Austin. No.3 Pete Frissina and No.4 Adan Vargas are the highest ranked boxers.
Super Flyweight: No changes in the top seven with No.1 and No.2 vacant behind champion Felix Machado. No.3 Martin Castillo and No.4 Jesus Rojas are the highest ranked boxers. No.8 Luis Bolano and No.9 Gerry Penalosa have both moved up one place. No.10 Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, No.11 Juan Marquez and No.12 Mauricio Pastrana are all new entries. Jose Cotto (No.8) and Julio Gamboa (No.11) have been removed from the ranking’s.
Flyweight: No changes in the top seven with No.1 and No.2 vacant behind champion Irene Pacheco. No.3 Alexander Mahmutov and No.4 Mike Trejo are the highest rated boxers. Australia’s Hussein Hussein has moved up two places to No.8, while No.10 Alejandro Montiel, No.11 Damaen Kelly and No.12 Jason Booth are all new entries. Ferdid Ben Jeddou (No.8), Carlos Madrigal (No.11) and Injo Cho (No.12) have been removed from the ratings.
Light Flyweight: No changes in the top five with No.1 vacant and No.2 Zolani Petelo behind champion Ricardo Lopez. Everado Morales has moved up two places to No.6 replacing Melchor Cobb Castor who is now No.8. Bebis Mendoza has moved up two places to No.9 pushing Anis Roga back one place to No.10. The IBF appears to be struggling to find enough light flyweights to fill the top fifteen as new entry Juanito Rubilar is listed twice at No.12 and No.14, while the No.15 slot has been left vacant? Gerson Guerro (No.10) and Takahito Mizuno (No.14) have been removed from the ranking’s.
Mini-Flyweight: No changes in the division with No.1 and No.2 vacant behind champion Roberto Leyva of Mexico. No.3 Wandee Chareon and No.4 Miguel Barerra are the highest ranked boxers.