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WBO Update – 5 Irish Fighters in newest rankings

The World Boxing Organisation have today released their updated rankings for all fights up and until the weekend just gone.

FIVE Irish fighters are listed in the latest update.

The highest of these is Kildare light middleweight Dennis Hogan [28(7)-2(0)-1] who has slipped to #3 following his controversial loss to champion Jaime Munguia.

The Kilcullen man evoked his mandatory status but was dubiously defeated in Mexico earlier this month and has now been overtaken by the welterweight-bound Kell Brook and Brazilian Patrick Texeira.

The Munguia v Hogan fight is currently under investigation by the body and Hogan’s #3 placement is hoped to be temporary, with a rematch order awaited.

Up at middleweight, Dubliner Luke Keeler [16(5)-2(1)-1] has climbed from #11 to #7 following his eliminator rematch win over Conrad Cummings in Belfast last month. The Tyrone puncher has been removed from the rankings. Keeler has stated his willingness to take on champion Demetrius Andrade but ‘Boo Boo’ has reportedly agreed terms for a defence versus Maciej Sulecki.

At featherweight there is a new entry, with David Oliver Joyce [10(8)-0] coming in at #14 following his WBO European title win over Scot Stephen Tiffney. Elsewhere, Mick Conlan [11(6)-0] and Carl Frampton [26(15)-2(0)] hold firm at #7 and #4 respectively as they all chase champion Oscar Valdez.

Disappointingly, the WBO do not currently have rankings for female fighters.

Wicklow’s Katie Taylor [13(6)-0] is the current lightweight champion with the Puerto Rican-based organisation.


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie