RICHARD Commey and Fredrick Lawson moved closer to their world title dreams after moving up in their respective positions following the release of the July ratings of the International Boxing Federation world rankings.
Commey is now rated fourth in the lighweight division– he was number five last month.
Lawson also rose a step higher to number six in the Welterweight.
Commey is now only a slot behind Rances Barthelemy of Cuba who is number three and three slots behind Dennis Shafikov of Russia, the champion.
This ranking may make it possible for the fourth and third contenders to fight for the Final Elimination while the winner may meet the champion who is Dennis Shafikoiv of Russia.
According to the IBF rules and regulations, the President of IBF/USBA in consultation with the Chairman of the Championships Committee can order such Final Elimination to take place.
Fredrick Lawson moved to sixth behind Kevin Bizier of Canada at five, Diego Chaves of Argentina at four, and Sadam Ali Sadam Ali of the USA at three. Number 2 and 1 are not rated.
This is also a huge opportunity for Frederick Lawson to get a shot for the Final Elimination and get a chance to meet champion Kell Brook of England.
Other Africans in the IBF world ratings of July 2015 are Helen Joseph who maintains her second position at the female featherweight division, while Zarika Kang’ethe is rated at 12th in the same division.
Isaac Chilemba of Malawi is rated fifth in the Light Heavyweight, Hassan N’Dam of Cameroon fifth and Chris Van Welterweight of South Africa is rated at seventh in the Welterweight division while Paulus Ambunda of Namibia maintains his 12th.