Ring Scores Replace: Teofimo Lopez wins 140-pound championship, re-enters pound-for-pound rankings


Teofimo Lopez flexes on the size in the course of the weigh in forward of his Ring Journal/WBO junior welterweight championship battle towards Josh Taylor. (Photograph by Mikey Williams/High Rank Inc by way of Getty Photos)

Many Ring-rated fighters had been in motion in the course of the previous three weeks (Might 27-June 10), producing a number of highlights, together with Teofimo Lopez’s upset victory over reigning Ring Journal junior welterweight champ Josh Taylor, a fight-of-the-year candidate waged by Jaime Munguia and Sergey Derevyanchenko at tremendous middleweight, and a severe shakeup of the featherweight rankings. 

And, sadly, extra top-level fighters exited as a result of inactivity.

However first, let’s take a look at the optimistic modifications beginning with the place to rank Lopez (19-1, 13 KOs), who scored a unanimous determination over the percentages and media favourite. He gained the Ring Journal 140-pound title (together with the WBO belt), so he mechanically superior from No. 9 to the highest of the junior welterweight rankings.

There was some debate as to the place Taylor (19-1, 13 KOs), who owns wins over Nos. 1 and a pair of contenders Regis Prograis and Jose Ramirez. Some panelists consider the Scotsman has declined to some extent the place he ought to fall beneath Prograis regardless of his 2019 victory.

“On present type in his final two fights, Taylor is nowhere close to the perfect man at 140,” stated Adam Abramowitz. “I’m an enormous resume man, however Taylor simply hasn’t seemed like the identical man. The sharpness is gone. The depth isn’t there. He’s getting beat to the punches. His reflexes aren’t what they had been. And I’m somebody who had Taylor edging Catterall. 

“Taylor did beat Prograis in an in depth battle, however Prograis has maintained his degree and even improved on it in a masterful efficiency towards Zepeda. Taylor has slipped, noticeably. 

“I’d go Lopez C, Prograis 1, Taylor 2.” 

Anson Wainwright, Tom Grey and Diego Morilla favored Taylor at No. 1.

“Taylor has wins over Regis and Jose,” stated Grey. “You’ll get robust arguments that he’s dipped since then, however these wins had been legit throughout a exceptional run.”

Added Wainwright: “My pondering behind Taylor at No. 1 is partly on his wins over Prograis and Ramirez. I get the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately argument but additionally let’s let Regis battle this weekend and see how he seems. I do know (Danielito) Zorrilla isn’t Ring ranked but when he seems actually good it makes extra sense. I’m an even bigger fan of letting a fighter earn it.”

Nearly all of the panel voted in favor of Lopez re-entering the pound-for-pound rankings. There was one vote for Juan Francisco Estrada to re-enter at No. 10 (Abramowitz), however everybody else who weighed in on the dialogue thought Lopez, who was a unified Ring champ at light-weight, ought to come again in at both No. 9 or 10.

Teofimo Lopez relaunched “the Takeover” together with his junior welterweight championship successful efficiency at The Hulu Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard on June 10. (Photograph by Mikey Williams/High Rank Inc by way of Getty Photos)

This weekend of June 2-4 was a quiet one for males’s boxing as pound-for-pound queen Claressa Shields took middle stage in Detroit, defending the undisputed middleweight championship towards Maricela Cornejo. 

Nonetheless, whereas the Ring-rated males took a break, Wainwright took a take a look at those that had been on break for too lengthy. The senior Ring Scores panelist observed that two prime contenders – Brian Castano and Yordenis Ugas – have been out of the ring for greater than a 12 months.

Castano, who was No. 2 within the junior middleweight rankings, had been stopped by Jermell Charlo within the tenth spherical of their rematch for the undisputed championship final Might. The rugged Argentine hasn’t fought since and doesn’t have a battle scheduled.

Ugas, who was No. 4 within the welterweight rankings, was stopped by Errol Spence within the tenth spherical of their title-unification bout final April. The Cuban veteran has not fought since and doesn’t have a battle scheduled. 

It needs to be famous that Charlo, who has not fought because the Castano rematch, stays the 154-pound champion as a result of The Ring’s championship coverage permits 18 months of inactivity for Ring titleholders. Nonetheless, the Houston native was dropped from the pound-for-pound rankings three weeks in the past, which was not nicely obtained by some members of the Boxing Twitter group (together with an influential community govt). 

“On the threat of catching Stephen Espinoza’s ire, there are two extra guys who battle on PBC which have been inactive for a 12 months and don’t have something scheduled,” famous Wainwright.

“Brian Castano has been inactive for a 12 months, he doesn’t seem to have something scheduled so sadly can come out. I believe Charles Conwell may are available in at No. 10.

“Yordenis Ugas has additionally been inactive for a 12 months. Take him out and usher in Roiman Villa at No. 10.”

Wainwright’s ideas had been seconded by panelists Abramowitz and Abraham Gonzalez.

On Might 27, two featherweight world titles had been on the road. One was defended – by Luis Alberto Lopez, who stopped Michael Conlan within the fifth spherical – and the opposite modified palms when Leigh Wooden avenged his February stoppage loss to Mauricio Lara by outboxing the damaging Mexican slugger over 12 rounds. The unanimous determination victory made Wooden a two-time WBA beltholder. 

Leigh Wooden was in command all through his rematch with Mauricio Lara. Photograph / @DAZNBoxing

Lopez, who defended the IBF belt for the primary time, prolonged his win streak to 11-0 since dropping a choice to then-prospect Ruben Villa in Might 2019.

Wooden exacted a measure of revenge by successful a large 12-round unanimous determination over a fairly listless Lara,” famous Wainwright. “Full credit score to Wooden however Lara lacking weight after which laying an egg within the battle was a disappointment.

“Lopez made good on the outdated adage successful a world title makes you a greater fighter by drilling Conlan in 5 rounds. Lopez considerably made up for the disappointing efficiency of his countryman Lara. Nick Ball stopped Ludumo Lamati within the twelfth spherical. Ball seems an actual handful. Lamati is within the hospital. Hope he’s doing OK. Featherweight is stacked (urged lineup):

  1. Lopez, 2. Vargas, 3. Figueroa, 4. Ramirez, 5. Wooden, 6. Magsayo, 7. Lara 8. Warrington, 9. Abe, 10. Ball.”

Grey disagreed with Wainwright’s urged new 126-pound rankings.

I’m not shopping for the featherweight scores,” stated Grey. “A fighter’s job begins once they settle for a battle. What Lara did when it comes to preparation is nothing to do with Wooden. It’s the exact same cause why I NEVER settle for the ‘woe is me’ argument from Duran followers once they cry over the Leonard rematch.

“As I stated on Twitter final evening, this was a victory for professionalism, self-discipline, and self-belief. Wooden has a greater resume than most guys on this High-10. Certain, he’d begin as underdog towards a few of them, however he’s the one successful the large fights. He handed Xu Can his first loss in seven years; he took Conlan’s unbeaten report; and now he’s knocked off The Ring’s No. 1 featherweight. I don’t assume you’ll be able to put him at No. 5 with a straight face. (Grey’s urged lineup:)

  1. Lopez, 2. Vargas, 3. Wooden, 4. Figueroa, 5. Ramirez, 6. Magsayo, 7. Lara, 8. Warrington, 9. Abe, 10. Ball.

“And regardless that Vargas sits above Wooden, I’d additionally endorse a Lopez vs. Wooden battle for The Ring title.”

Abramowitz urged Wooden climb to No. 3 and Lara drop to No. 6. 

Your favourite Editor-In-Chief opened the ground to the No. 10 spot that Wainwright urged for Ball. 

I agree with Tom and Adam’s featherweight rating for Wooden. No. 3 is sensible to me. I’m effective with Lara dropping anyplace between Nos. 6-8. Does anybody else have an opinion on Lara’s rating?

“Is everybody good with Anson’s alternative of Nick Ball coming into the featherweight rankings at No. 10? I’ve no drawback with it, however there is perhaps different 126-pound fringe contenders/up-and-comers worthy of that spot, equivalent to Ruben Villa and Victor Morales.”

Wainwright defined his alternative of Ball.

I did take into consideration different choices at 126, together with Villa and Morales,” he stated. “I’d in all probability choose Villa over Ball if not for the very fact he had been off so lengthy and remains to be discovering his means again. Additionally price mentioning are Joet Gonzalez and Otabek Kholmotov, whereas Raymond Ford and Jazza Dickens are somewhat additional again however add depth. It’s not light-weight however is fairly strong.”

Abramowitz urged Villa at No. 10 and Lara to drop to No. 6.

Grey seconded Abramowitz. 

“I’ll go for Adam’s alternative right here,” he stated. “Lara to No. 6 (he holds stoppage wins over Wooden and Warrington). Villa at No. 10 is sensible.”

Wainwright added: “I do desire Villa however he hasn’t accomplished a lot currently, he’s on his means again up. Whereas Ball is in good type.”

Corey Erdman gave a nod to the aforementioned Ford.

“To not elongate this debate, however I really feel like Ray Ford deserves consideration for the No. 10 spot. He appears like an even bigger risk to the highest names at featherweight than Villa is, to me, however that’s after all just one means of evaluating who belongs within the rankings.”

All of which left Yours Actually in command of tallying up the votes.

“Thanks for the addition, Corey. And no have to apologize. I’d fairly delay the method than overlook any worthy new blood to the rankings, and Ray Ford seems like a future participant within the 126-pound division. He’s been matched powerful just lately and he simply grabbed the scalp of his first former world titleholder (Jessie Magdaleno) in his fifteenth bout. 

“To date, it’s two for Ball (Anson and Abe) and two for Villa (Adam and Tom). One for Ford. I’m leaning towards Villa.”

Daisuke Sugiura had the ultimate say within the featherweight shakeup.

“I’d like to go together with Ford, as a result of his newest win was spectacular, however Villa for now. And Lara to No. 6 is ok to me too. Thanks.”


RING RATINGS UPDATE (as of June 10):

POUND-FOR-POUND – Taylor exits. Lopez is available in at No. 9. 

HEAVYWEIGHTJoseph Parker stays at No. 9 following a primary spherical stoppage towards overmatched and unrated Faiga Opelu.

CRUISERWEIGHTChris Billam-Smith advances to No. 4 after outpointing fellow Ring-rated contender Lawrence Okolie, who drops to No. 6.

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTErik Bazinyan stays at No. 6 following a 10-round unanimous determination

Jaime Munguia and Sergey Derevyanchenko waged conflict for 12 rounds in a battle of the 12 months candidate. Photograph by Cris Esqueda / Golden Boy Promotions

over unrated veteran Jose de Jesus Macias. Jaime Munguia enters at No. 9 following his rousing unanimous

determination over Sergey Derevyanchenko. 

“Munguia informed us (the DAZN broadcast sales space) that he would completely not be going again to 160 and can be chasing fights at 168,” stated Erdman, who was the blow-by-blow commentator for the dwell DAZN broadcast of the battle. “Clearly fighters change their minds for cash on a regular basis, however he was fairly definitive (it’s additionally the primary time he wasn’t a skeleton throughout fighter conferences, so it’s in all probability healthiest anyway). Derevyanchenko was not definitive about leaving 160, I believe he can/will return down.”

MIDDLEWEIGHT – Munguia exits. Sergey Derevyanchenko stays at No. 6. Elijah Garcia enters at No. 10.

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTBrian Castano exits as a result of inactivity. Charles Conwell enters at No. 10.

WELTERWEIGHTYordenis Ugas exits as a result of inactivity. Alexis Rocha advances to No. 8 following a fifth-round KO of unrated Anthony younger. Roiman Villa enters at No. 10.  

“I might transfer Rocha up one spot to eight,” urged Abramowitz. “He’s seemed nice in his previous couple of fights. And in case you’ve seen Younger beat (Sadam) Ali, he’s not a foul opponent in any respect. As well as, (David) Avanesyan coming off a loss has been treading water.”

JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTLopez is the brand new champion. Taylor drops to No. 1. Jack Catterall stays at No. 4 after scoring a 10-round determination over tough-but-unrated Darragh Foley. 

JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHTRobson Conceicao stays at No. 6 following a two-round No Resolution with Nicolas Polanco.

FEATHERWEIGHTLuis Alberto Lopez advances to No. 1. Leigh Wooden advances to No. 3. Mauricio Lara drops to No. 6. Michael Conlan drops out of the rankings. Ruben Villa enters at No. 10.

FLYWEIGHTSunny Edwards stays at No. 1 following a unanimous determination over undefeated however unrated Andres Campos. Ricardo Sandoval stays at No. 8 after scoring a 10-round determination over unrated Rocco Santomauro.

JUNIOR FLYWEIGHTCarlos Canizales advances to No. 6 after combating to an eight-round technical determination over fellow Ring-rated contender Daniel Matellon, who drops to No. 7.

STRAWWEIGHTOscar Collazo advances to No. 3 following a seven-round retirement stoppage of fellow Ring-rated contender Melvin Jerusalem, who drops to No. 8. 

“How spectacular was Collazo? He was getting hit arduous early however weathered the storm and stayed true to his recreation plan,” stated Gonzalez.


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