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2021-12-29
Transnational Boxing Rankings Board's Rankings As Of December 27
The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board's latest rankings- those based on fights held through December 25, 2021- were posted on the TBRB's website December 27, 2021. There were changes in the light heavyweight, junior bantamweight, and strawweight Top Tens.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT:

Champion: Artur Beterbiev

1 (1) Dmitry Bivol
2 (2) Joe Smith, Jr.
3 (3) Gilberto Ramirez
4 (4) Maxim Vlasov
5 (6) Joshua Buatsi
6 (7) Callum Smith
7 (8) Dominic Boesel
8 (9) Anthony Yarde
9 (10) Marcus Browne
10 (-) Callum Johnson

Out from rankings posted December 20, 2021:
#5- Eleider Alvarez- prolonged inactivity (last fought on 8/22/20)

JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT:

Champion: Juan Francisco Estrada

1 (1) Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
2 (2) Roman Gonzalez
3 (3) Kazuto Ioka
4 (4) Jerwin Ancajas
5 (5) Joshua Franco
6 (6) Francisco Rodriguez, Jr.
7 (8) Andrew Moloney
8 (7) Carlos Cuadras
9 (9) Donnie Nietes
10 (10) Kosei Tanaka

Out from rankings posted December 20, 2021:
No one

STRAWWEIGHT:

Champion: OPEN

1 (1) Knockout CP Freshmart (Thammanoon Niyomtrong)
2 (2) Petchmanee CP Freshmart (Panya Pradabsri)
3 (3) Wanheng Meenayothin (Chayaphon Moonsri)
4 (5) Masataka Taniguchi
5 (-) Erick Rosa
6 (4) Victorio Saludar
7 (6) Rene Mark Cuarto
8 (7) Ginjiro Shigeoka
9 (8) Ayanda Ndulani
10 (9) Melvin Jerusalem

Out from rankings posted December 20, 2021:
#10 Wilfredo Mendez


Editor's Comments:

As many of you know, I'm a member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Among my responsibilities are keeping the records of the boxers we rank in the junior welterweight class down to the strawweight class up-to-date and to report the results of relevant bouts taking place in those weight classes each week. Most weeks I take it upon myself to suggest changes in the rankings of those divisions. Sometimes my suggestions become proposals; sometimes they don't. This week they did and those proposals passed at 115 and 105.

Andrew Moloney moving up from #8 to #7 met with no opposition but the changes at strawweight had to get by an attempt to invoke the "Robbery Clause". Some members thought Erick Rosa's split decision win was grossly unmerited. Others felt he deserved the victory. My opinion was that only one of the judges got it wrong, very wrong!. That judge was Rosa's countryman, Oscar Perez Carbonell, who had Rosa winning by a 116-109 score. Perez Carbonell, a veteran judge who usually works without controversy, for whatever reason, misguided patriotism or just having a bad night, turned in a card that certainly did not reflect what had occurred in the ring.

I saw it as a very close fight. So did Judge Reina Urbaez of Venezuela, who had Saludar winning, 113-112, and so did judge Luis Pabon of the United States Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, who had Rosa eking it out by a 113-112 score.

The result of a fight that close should never be considered a robbery.

Let me add, that, in my opinion, Saludar would have retained the WBA "regular" world minimumweight title had it not been for a questionable call by Panamanian referee Guillermo Perez Pineda. In round 9, he ruled what appeared to be a slip a knockdown. Had he not ruled it a knockdown, Saludar would have retained his belt by a split decision draw- 110-116, 114-112, and 113-113. Let me also add that anyone who saw Saludar winning by a wide margin seems, again in my opinion, to be just as guilty as Perez Carbonell of inaccurate judging.
 
Article By: Ken Pollitt