1 June 2021 – Big news at Bantamweight this week, where Nonito Donaire (#4) defeated Nordine Oubaali (#3) and turned back the clock to do so. Is he “the” or “a” bantamweight champion like all the talking heads and too many writers are claiming? Of course not, unless we want to ignore the plain fact that a Monster by the name of Naoya Inoue is ranked #1 and John Riel Casimero was ranked #2. As it is, Donaire 4th-round KO of Oubaali advances him into championship contention. He is now ranked #2 and wants #1 for a rematch. Let’s hope he gets it.
As of today, June 1, the extended inactivity allowance is no longer 20 months. It is 18 months. This means that 6 contenders in as many divisions who passed that limit exit the rankings this week:
*Michael Soro (JMW, #7) exits and Sebastian Fundora enters.
*Pablo Cesar Cano (JWW, #6) exits and Subriel Matias enters.
*Can Xu (FW, #4) exits and Joet Gonzalez enters.
*Zolani Tete (BW, #5) exits and Rau’shee Warren enters.
*Edward Heno (jr. Fly, #5) exits and Esteban Bermudez (who just KO’d Carlos Canizales) enters at #8.
*Simpiwe Konkco (SW, #8) exits and Melvin Jerusalem enters.
Jean Pascal also exits, as per the charter, due to a failed VADA test (for three different banned substances). Joshua Buatsi is now the #10 Light Heavyweight contender in the world.
|1||Saul Alvarez||MEX||55-1-2 (37)||Sr MW / Lt HW|
|2||Naoya Inoue||JPN||20-0-0 (17)||Bantamweight|
|3||Terence Crawford||USA||37-0-0 (28)||Welterweight|
|4||Oleksandr Usyk||UKR||18-0-0 (13)||Heavyweight|
|5||Errol Spence Jr.||USA||27-0-0 (21)||Welterweight|
|6||Josh Taylor *||SCT||18-0-0 (13)||Jr. Welterweight|
|7||Tyson Fury *||ENG||30-0-1 (21)||Heavyweight|
|8||Juan Francisco Estrada *||MEX||42-3-0 (28)||Jr. Bantamweight|
|9||Gennady Golovkin||KAZ||38-1-1 (34)||Middleweight|
|10||Teofimo Lopez *||USA||16-0-0 (12)||Lightweight|
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (175LBS/79KG)
SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT (168LBS/76.2KG)
JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT (154LBS/70KG)
JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT (140LBS/63.5KG)
JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT (130LBS/59KG)
JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT (122LBS/55.3KG)
JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT (115LBS/52.1KG)
JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT (108LBS/49KG)
WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO here: Boxing Rankings