Navarrete now top dog at super bantam

Graham Houston
31/10/2019 10:43pm

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BM editor Graham Houston explains some of the latest changes in the magazine's world ratings, including Emanuel Navarrete moving to the top of the super bantam ratings...

We have minimal changes in the world ratings for the November issue. Our policy is to reward activity. Bantamweight Zolani Tete has been inactive for almost a year, mostly due to injury, so we removed him from the ratings. However, Tete now has a big fight scheduled against John Riel Casimero, so we will most likely reinstate him for our December issue ratings.

At welterweight, we moved David Avanesyan above Vergil Ortiz after Avanesyan’s one-round win over Kerman Lejarraga. This doesn’t mean we would necessarily pick Avanesyan to defeat Ortiz, but after back-to-back stoppage wins over Lejarraga on his opponent’s home ground we felt there should be some measure of reward for David in the ratings.

Jose Pedraza lost to Jose Zepeda in his first fight at 140 pounds. We removed him from the lightweight ratings. This allowed veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa to enter the lightweight ratings at No. 10. Gamboa has won his last four bouts. He is 37 and although he looked good in his last fight he will be a huge underdog against Gervonta Davis in a bout scheduled for 28 December.

Oscar Valdez has given up his featherweight title and will now box at junior lightweight so we move him into the 130lbs ratings in No. 7 spot, dropping Jason Sosa (who was our No. 10 at 130lbs).

Wouldn’t you know it, but Valdez got left in the featherweight ratings for the November issue, so he appears twice. Seeing as Valdez is currently in-between weight divisions, I can live with the double entry for one issue. (Although born in Mexico, Valdez lives in California and has only boxed twice in Mexico as a professional, so it is debatable whether he should be considered as “Mexico” or “US” in the ratings.) Anyway, we will get it sorted for the December issue.

At super bantam, we move Emanuel Navarrete above Rey Vargas, with Navarrete No. 1 and Vargas No. 2. Both men are outstanding champions from Mexico, but Navarrete is in devastating form and looked like a 122-pound monster when destroying Juan Miguel Elorde in his last fight.