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Ring ratings update: Ryan Garcia jumps to No. 2 in light-weight rankings

Ring scores update: Ryan Garcia jumps to No. 2 in lightweight rankings

by means of Doug Fischer

Ryan Garcia justified his position as a accurate lightweight with the most outstanding – and grittiest – performance of his 4½-12 months seasoned profession, an up-from-the-canvas stoppage of The Ring’s No. 4-rated contender Luke Campbell on January 2.

Garcia entered the bout because the Ring’s No. 5-rated light-weight, a rating that greater than just a few hardcore fanatics and media individuals questioned due to the inability of standouts on his resume (or possibly on account of his 10-circular fight with fringe contender Carlos Morales in 2018), and probably because of his repute as a social media movie star. however, the 22-year-ancient Californian proved there’s substance to go along with his charisma and flashy boxing style by getting up from a 2d-circular knockdown, taking control of the bout with measured aggression, and putting Campbell away with a sneaky left to the body in circular 7.

Campbell (20-4, 16 KOs), an Olympic gold medalist and two-time title challenger, had by no means been stopped as a professional. Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) wasn’t excellent in the first world-classification test of his career, but he still shined. So, the place may still the budding big name rank within the aftermath of his wonderful DAZN-streamed performance?

Senior panelist Anson Wainwright recommended elevating Garcia to No. three and losing Campbell to No. 6. despite the fact, other members of the scores Panel and Editorial Board countered with a No. 2 rating for “King Ry.”

“I’m cool with Garcia at No. 3, however he may additionally soar (Devin) Haney and go in at No. 2,” talked about affiliate Editor Tom grey. “That changed into a remarkable one-punch body shot knockout over a proper-five Ring rated lightweight who had on no account been stopped. Being sincere, Haney has nothing like that on his resume and the WBC title he holds doesn’t change that. really, Garcia to No. 2 is my vote.”

Panelists Adam Abramowitz, Michael Montero, Tris Dixon and Diego Morilla seconded gray’s opinion.

brought panelist Martin Mulcahey: “Ryan Garcia has converted me. I saw a pace service provider verified by a global class foe and (my doubts were) laid to relaxation on Saturday. He has the mentality of champ, and never simplest recovered however took the lead the next circular after a hard knockdown. yes, Garcia to No. 2 (with reservations seeing that I price Haney’s win over Juan Carlos Burgos). i might drop Campbell to No. 9, as we now have viewed him come up short (in title bouts) thrice now. also, I suppose individuals without delay forget how Haney is (coming off) one usual day out but he gained each circular in opposition t (Yuriorkis) Gamboa. If Garcia and Haney combat day after today, I put my money on Haney.”

Kazuto Ioka finishes Kosei Tanaka in dramatic trend within the eighth-circular of their 12 months-ending Tokyo conflict. picture by means of Naoki Fukuda

The Panel also discussed the pound-for-pound rankings inclusion of junior bantamweight titleholder Kazuto Ioka, who defended his WBO belt with an spectacular eighth-circular stoppage of Kosei Tanaka on December 31. Ioka (26-2, 15 KOs) is a 31-year-historic four-division titleholder who has confronted excellent opposition from strawweight to junior bantamweight. Tanaka (15-1, 9 KOs), a fight-confirmed 25-year-historic slugger, is a three-division titleholder who changed into Ring’s No. 1-rated flyweight going into the predicted New yr’s Eve showdown with Ioka.

“i can see an argument for Kazuto Ioka to come in at No. 10 (in the pound-for-pound rankings),” mentioned Wainwright. “It changed into very astounding his dismantling of Kosei Tanaka. difficult to bump (outdated No. 10-ranked) Gennadiy Golovkin however I’ve gone backward and forward on this and i’m in desire of Ioka coming into at No. 10.”

brought grey: “I’d like (in reality I need) Ioka in at No. 10. i love GGG, however he’s no longer performing at Ioka’s stage at this time, so it’s the suitable decision. If GGG returns to form in a huge battle, then he’ll come correct back in once more.”

Montero, Dixon, Morilla and Mulcahey agreed with Ioka cracking the mythical rankings at No. 10.

also, the Panel voted to eliminate Canelo Alvarez from the Ring’s middleweight championship given his resolution to abdicate his WBA a hundred and sixty-pound belt and recent comments concerning his plans for 2021. Alvarez, who received The Ring’s super middleweight title last month, hasn’t fought at middleweight on account that outpointing Daniel Jacobs in might also 2019.

Ring scores replace (as of January 2):

Pound for pound – Kazuto Ioka enters at No. 10.

Middleweight – The middleweight championship is now vacant.

light-weight – Ryan Garcia advances to No. 2. Campbell drops to No. 6.

“Garcia’s ‘W’ over Campbell trumps Haney’s complete resume, he should movement to No. 2 behind Teo and Loma,” said Montero.

Roger Gutierrez pulled off the upset over Rene Alvarado because of three knockdowns. photo by Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Junior lightweight – Roger Gutierrez enters at No. 8 after narrowly outpointing Rene Alvarado, who drops to No. 9. Masayuki Ito exits the rankings after losing a majority decision to unheralded Hironori Mishiro.

Junior bantamweight – Kazuto Ioka continues to be at No. 3.

“Kazuto Ioka became sensational against younger lion Kosei Tanaka, stopping him in eight rounds,” pointed out Wainwright. “I’d love to movement him up, not ever before has a win deserved a move up (as lots as this one) but that would mean moving above Roman Gonzalez who had an amazing 2020. Harsh because it is, hold where he is.”

added gray: “My pound for pound recognition for Ioka is according to his marvelous experience throughout the weights and the undeniable fact that he’s still kicking ass at 115. Gonzalez posting wins over (Carlos) Cuadras and (Kal) Yafai at this weight is enough for him to cling the No. 2 place however there’s nothing in it. Ioka simply wasted our No. 1-rated flyweight easily and his performance degree changed into precise drawer.”

added Mulcahey: “sure consider we should still stick with Roman over Kazuto Ioka for now, on the grounds that Tanaka become moving up in weight. If Roman had no longer had the terrific year he did i might have talked about Ioka (advances).”

Flyweight – Kosei Tanaka exits rankings. McWilliams Arroyo re-enters at No. 10.

Junior flyweight – Felix Alvarado advances to No. 2 following a 10th-circular stoppage of gutsy DeeJay Kriel in protection of his IBF title.

“Kriel is a tough SOB, however Felix Alvarado simply too amazing and is deserving of going up a spot given that Kriel had a superb win in the usa earlier than this towards Carlos Licona so isn’t any mug,” referred to Mulcahey.

introduced Wainwright: “Kriel changed into difficult and showed some advantage however turned into in the end outgunned.”

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