Vijender stays on top in AIBA rankings

Vijender Singh continued his reign at the top, while Nanao Singh also rose a couple of rungs.

New Delhi: Olympic and World Championship bronze medal winning boxer Vijender Singh (75kg) continued his reign at the top, while Asian silver medallist Thokchom Nanao Singh (48kg) rose a couple of rungs to fourth in the latest AIBA rankings.

Vijender (75kg), who became a Commonwealth champion in
March, has 2137.5 points in the list updated after the 3 Star
China Cup, which was a ranking points event.

Vijender did not participate in the China Cup but given
the points gap between him and his rivals, the Indian`s reign
at the top was hardly threatened.

Olympic silver medallist Emilio Bayeux Correa of Cuba is
a distant second in the list with 1875 points.

Nanao (48kg), currently nursing a hand injury, has risen
despite being out of action since January. The Manipuri, who
is a former youth world champion, has 1400 points in the
latest rankings.

The light fly weight list also has Commonwealth champion
Amandeep Singh way down at the 54th spot, which is a drop of
10 places, with 225 points.

Asian and Commonwealth champion Suranjoy Singh (51kg)
gained three places, rising to 13th with 800 points.

The President`s Cup gold medallist was part of a
13-member Indian team that recently went to Cuba for a
training-cum-competition trip and he fetched a silver there.

Olympian Jitender Kumar dropped three rungs to 21st in
the bantam weight (54kg) list which has another Indian in the
17-year-old Shiva Thapa, who clinched a silver at the Youth
World Championships earlier this month.

The Assamese has entered the rankings at the 22nd spot
with 600 points.

In the soon-to-be-abolished feather weight (57kg)
division, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar rose
one spot to ninth with 850 points.

Chhote Lal Yadav, who won a bronze in the China Cup,
gained significantly, rising to 48th from 56th in the 57kg

In the light weight (60kg) division, newly crowned youth
world champion Vikas Krishan made his entry into the rankings
at 14th, which is 10 places above the much senior Commonwealth
champion Jai Bhagwan.

The 17-year-old Vikas has 800 points, while Jai, also a
former national champion, has 650 points.

In the light heavy weight (81kg) category, Olympian and
Commonwealth champion Dinesh Kumar remained steady at the
seventh spot with 1275 points.