European Boxing Union Rankings – 2018 Update

The first European Boxing Union rankings for 2018 have been released.

Concerning all bouts up until the end of last year, the ladders include a number of Irish fighters

In the EBU European rankings, Belfast’s Anto Cacace [16(7)-1(0)] remains at #5 at super featherweight while, also at 130lbs, the world title-chasing James Tennyson [20(16)-2(2)] sits at #10 ahead of headline fight at the Europa Hotel next month.

Luke Keeler [13(5)-2(1)] is expected to return to the ring soon following shoulder surgery and will look to build on his #10 position in the middleweight rankings.

Super flyweight is not a weight considered at European level, so Belfast’s Jamie Conlan [19(11)-1(1)] is ranked at bantamweight. ‘The Mexican’ is ranked at #5 now following his world title loss to Jerwin Ancajas.

Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] remains the #1 featherweight. ‘The Jackal’ though will not be acting on this placement, with a fight versus Filipino Nonito Donaire up next before, all going well, an IBF world title challenge in the Summer.

The five fighters also feature in the EBU European Union rankings.

#9 Middleweight – Luke Keeler
#6 Super Featherweight – Anto Cacace
#9 Super Featherweight – James Tennyson
#1 Featherweight – Carl Frampton
#4 Bantamweight – Jamie Conlan

Additionally, six more Irish boxers are also in the EU ladders.

Dublin heavyweight Sean Turner [12(8)-1(0)] does not enter the European rankings following his stunning stoppage win of Arnold Gjergjaj in Switzerland, however he has been rewarded for this performance with the #14 position with the EU.

Tommy McCarthy [11(6)-1(0] has moved up to #14 in the cruiserweight rankings ahead of a big year.

Three-weight Irish champion Peter McDonagh [28(2)-28(2)-1] remains at #18 at light middleweight.

Phil Sutcliffe Jr [14(9)-2(1)] is up to #25 at light welterweight following his explosive win over undefeated Kazakh Andreas Maier last month.

In the super featherweight rankings, Declan Geraghty [15(4)-2(1)] is down one spot to #19 ahead of his return from injury in Belfast next month.

Finally, Marco McCullough [18(11)-4(3)] remains at #18 at featherweight. The Shankill man will be hoping to feature on the big Frampton-Donaire bill in the Odyssey in April.

Joe O'Neill

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