by Cliff Rold
Lightweight: Mike Garcia returns to the ratings for the first time in well more than a year. In the second fight of his comeback, after being shelved by contract matters, he obliterated a tough opponent in Dejan Zlaticanin. His return sends Zlaticanin plummeting and forces Felix Verdejo from the top ten.
Jr. Lightweight: Miguel Berchelt laid a beating on veteran Francisco Vargas to snag his first major title belt. With the win, he makes a big move in the top ten. Vargas slides a bit but remains ahead of former rival Takashi Miura.
Featherweight: Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton switch places after another exemplary battle between the two. A rubber match between the two could push the winner into the top slot in the ratings if Gary Russell doesn’t find a meaningful rival of his own.
Bantamweight: Zhanat Zhakiyanov came off the floor twice in the first, was denied what appeared a knockdown call in his favor in the third, and combated what looked like some iffy officiating to defeat Rau’Shee Warren in a fine encounter. He moves up with the win but Warren doesn’t fall far.
Jr. Flyweight/Strawweight: Former 105 lb. titlist Hekkie Budler debuts in the top ten and exits the lower class. Jessie Espinas enters the top ten at 105.
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Last ratings update: January 21, 2017
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected]