The updated European Boxing Union rankings have been published, with plenty of Irish fighters featuring.
The February rankings, encompassing all bouts up until the end of the month have six Irish boxers listed
Most notably, the European title-chasing Luke Keeler [12(5)-2(1)] enters the middleweight rankings at #14 following his eight-round points win over Lewis Taylor in the headline bout of the Red Corner Promotions ‘Unfinished Business’ card in Dublin.
Super featherweight Anto Cacace [15(7)-0] occupies the #8 position in the 130lbs ladder. The Belfast southpaw currently holds the BBBoC Celtic title, and will fight for the British title during the Summer, but manager Pat Magee intends for him to challenge for European honours by year’s end.
Ryan Burnett [15(9)-0] has moved up to #1 in the bantamweight rankings, and is now in line to face the winner of the title fight between champion Karim Guerfi and Stephane Jamoye, two recognisable names that could help him prepare for a world title fight. Jamie Conlan [19(11)-0], a world title hopeful at super flyweight, also features at #6 in the 118lbs ratings.
As he has lost his world title, Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] has been put in as the #1 featherweight, however the Belfast boxer will be returning to world title fights in the near future and it is highly unlikely he will seek to claim a second European title. James Tennyson [18(14)-2(2)], who has moved up to super featherweight where he stopped Declan Geraghty to reclaim the Irish title, is still placed at #9 in the 126lbs rankings.
All of these fighters, and eight more, feature in the EBU European Union rankings.
#10 Middleweight – Luke Keeler
#9 Super Featherweight – Anto Cacace
#1 Featherweight – Carl Frampton
#7 Featherweight -James Tennyson
#1 Bantamweight – Ryan Burnett
#6 Bantamweight – Jamie Conlan
In addition, Tommy McCarthy [9(5)-1(0] finds himself at #17 in the cruiserweight rankings, Peter McDonagh [27(23)-28(2)-1] is in at #20 at welterweight, and Phil Sutcliffe Jr [13(8)-1(0)] occupies the #18 slot at light welterweight. Steve Ormond [24(13)-3(1)] is also rated at 140lbs at #27, however he intends to campaign at lightweight.
At 135lbs, Belfast lightweight Paul Hyland Jr 14(5)-0] is in at #20, three spots away from #17 Jono Carroll [13(1)-0] who is more of a super featherweight. In the super featherweight rankings, Declan Geraghty [14(4)-2(1)] was placed at #17, while Marco McCullough [17(10)-3(2)], who faces Ryan Walsh for the British title in May, is #18 at featherweight.
Jamie Conlan joins Gavan Casey and Joe O’Neill for Episode 3 of The Irish Boxing Show: