The Ring Rankings Reviewed 2023: Junior Flyweight – The Ring

Kenshiro Teraji (right) in attack on Yabuki. Photo by Naoki Fukuda.

The Ring debuted its segmented ratings in 1925, nearly a century later. It is no exaggeration to claim that these independent rankings are the most respected and talked about in world boxing.

The Ring Rating Board is made up of dozens of experts from around the world. Opinions are shared, debates are held, and the final decision on who should rank where is democratically decided every week. It sounds easy, but it can be a laborious and time-consuming process.

during the epidemic We have fully reviewed and broken down each department. in a double-sided approach We look back at the achievements of the world’s best fighters in chronological order. and analyze what lies ahead

Last year we looked back at what each division was like and decided after a tumultuous first half of 2023 to consolidate the divisions once again.

Next comes the junior flyweight, which seems to be clearly number 1 as always. Have fun debating and respect the opinions of others.

Champion: Kenshiro Terachi

record: 21-1 (13 KOs)

Past: Teraji won the Japan title and the OPBF in eight bouts. Soon after, “The Amazing Boy” stepped onto the world stage and won the WBC title in May 2017, surpassing Ganigan Lopez (MD 12). world championship He defended eight times against Lopez (KO 2), Milan Melindo (TKO 7), Jonathan Taconing (TKO 4) and Randy Petalcorin (TKO 4). An undefeated record and a title to Masamichi Yabuki (TKO 10) in September 2021. To his credit, Teraji, now 31, has doubled in size and has shown his class and the edge we have. ‘Never seen before by Blitz Yabuki (KO 3) to revive the title. He then raised his game once again and scored career highs over the unbeaten Hiroto Kyoguchi (TKO 7), winning The Ring and WBA titles. He was stopped late by Anthony Olascuaga. (TKO 9)

future: will face WBC mandator Hekkie Budler in Tokyo on September 18.

No. 1 Jonathan Gonzalez

record: 27-3-1 (14 KOs)

Past: Gonzalez is an outstanding amateur. He won three national championships, including a gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Championships. and the World Youth Championships Turned professional in 2011 amid high expectations in Puerto Rico, after winning his first 13 bouts, he defeated former world champion Giovani Segura (KO 4). He was surprisingly defeated by Jobert Alvarez (TKO 6). The slick-faced 32-year-old was stopped by Kosei Tanaka when he tried to win the WBO 108-pound title, and it looked like he might not have reached his potential to shock Elwin Soto (SD 12). Japanese rising star Kichi Iwata (UD 12) made an impressive appearance last October.

future: The Mycoplasma bout caused his union with Teraji to fail in the last minutes of April. Still not exhausted, though, one option would be to face compatriot Rene Santiago in the coming months.

No. 2 Hedge Butler

record: 35-4 (11 KOs)

Past: Budler captured the vacant WBA strawweight title in 2014. “The Heexecutioner” defended it four times before a surprise defeat by Byron Rojas (UD 12). The South African leapt to the junior flyweight division and lost to IBF belt holder Milan Melindo (SD 12), but to his credit, he defeated Melindo’s conqueror, Ryoichi Taguchi, in a stunning performance. for The Ring, IBF and WBA titles, however, Budler lost to Hiroto Kyoguchi (TKO 10) in first defense. Budler, now 35, fought once in three and a half years. He breathed new life into his career when he headed to Mexico to face Elvin Soto in the WBC Championship. Three scorecards On the way to a 12-round unanimous decision that was evenly matched but evenly matched. Since then he has been busy destroying the unmatched Thai traveler Wichet Sengprakhon in one round.

future: Will attempt to become a two-time ring and unified junior flyweight champion when he faces Teraji on September 18.

No. 3 Sivenathi and TSHINGA

record: 12-0 (9 KOs)

Past: The South African won the national title in his fifth fight. The 24-year-old defeated compatriot Ciyabonga Cio (TKO 9) and Filipino heavyweight Ivan Soriano (KO). 5) Nontshinga holds up after falling in the final to Christian Araneta (UD 12) in the IBF elimination. He edged out Hector Flores (SD 12) to claim the vacant IBF title in Mexico last September. and has since retained his place in the outer box Regie Suganob (UD 12).

future: A fight with Teraji will be highly sought after and possibly the next if Teraji passes through Nontshinga’s stable mates next month.

Elwin Soto (left) turns left on Katsunari Takayama (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom).

Elwin Soto (left) turns left on Katsunari Takayama (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom).

No. 4 Elvin Soto

record: 20-3 (13 KOs)

Past: Soto came out of nowhere to claim the WBO title at the expense of Angel Acosta (KO 12). The 26-year-old Mexican successfully defended it three times, notably defeating Edward Heno (UD 12) and Katsunari Takayama (TKO). 9) Before losing the title to Gonzalez (SD 12), “La Pulga” had the home advantage when he fought Budler (L UD 12), but was rushed. He successfully defeated Brian Mosinos (SD 10).

future: back with victory Although a little hard work But had to keep busy waiting for his big opportunity.

5th place Masamichi Yabuki

record: 15-4 (14 KOs)

Past: Yabuki had a bad start in his career. He lost three of his first 10 bouts. He lost to WBO flyweight world champion Junto Nakatani (UD 4), world-ranked Seigo Yuri Akui (TKO 1), and Cuban superstar Daniel Matellon (SD 8). A 31-year-old firefighter won three fights before capturing the national championship. As an outsider, he upset Teraji (TKO 10), but was decisively ejected in three rounds in a direct bout. Since then, he has impressive wins over Thanongsak Simsri (TKO 7) and Ronald Chacon (TKO 11).

future: He broke his Achilles two and a half months ago. But now it’s back to training. Although the return of the ring is likely to be lost for a while.

6th place: Carlos Canizales

record: 26-1-1 (19 KOs)

Past: The talented Venezuelan fighter first caught the eye when he left his homeland to face WBA title holder Ryoichi Taguchi (D 12). He returned home and won three titles before heading overseas. Once again and making a name for himself in Asia by defeating Reiya Konisha (UD 12), Bin Lu (TKO 12) and Sho Kimura (UD 12), the 30-year-old was stopped by Esteban Bermudez (TKO 6) who didn’t. Surprisingly anticipated. But he came back with four victories, most notably stopping former WBC champion Ganigan Lopez (KO 4) and most recently by winning the WBA qualifier against Daniel Matellon (TD 8).

future: WBA forced on Teraji but will have to wait until next year In the meantime, try to stay active.

No. 7 Daniel Matellon

record: 13-1-2 (7 KOs)

Past: Cuban amateur fisting at first almost masculine often reach the national level later Before capturing the top title won in 2010, Matellon decided to turn professional and now fights in Panama. He won over Kenny Cano (UD 11), Yabuki (SD 8), Luis De La Rosa (KO 1) and Jose Argumedo (UD 12), but lost to Canizales. (TD 8) in the final .

future: It was necessary to get on the horse and be in the victory column. And hopefully he can work towards winning the World Championship in Terachi.

Carlos Cañizales (left) battled a horrendous injury to defeat Daniel Matellon (left) – Photo by Nelson Quispe – Boxeo de Primera.

8th place Shokichi Iwata

record: 11-1 (8 KOs)

Past: Iwata, who won amateurs over Takuma Inoue and Kosei Tanaka, turned pro in America in December 2018. The 27-year-old won the Japan and OPBF championships in just nine bouts. Iwata defeated Toshimasa Ouchi (UD). 8) Before destroying him in one round for a counterattack He gained invaluable experience beating former world title challenger Kenichi Horikawa (UD 12). He lost to the wily Puerto Rican Jonathan Gonzalez (UD 12) at the WBO title last month. November last year but came back with two victories.

future: It will probably do a good job facing off against a few imported fighters to gain experience with different styles before hitting the World Championships again next year.

No. 9 Honey Fajardo

record: 11-1-2 (10 KOs)

Past: Fajardo turned professional with a draw and lost his third bout to future world title contender ArAr Andales (UD 4). 10 out of 11, scoring nine knockouts, the only time he hasn’t won is against fellow countryman Bianvenido Ligas who has been useful (D 8). Fajardo has won three times in Japan, the UAE. and Thailand. He gained acclaim when he knocked out Agustin Gauto (KO 2) and has since won his last three bouts in one round.

future: Stopped Gabunilas (TKO 1) on Tuesday and is expected to move up in the rankings. Looks like a dangerous character in the department.

Number 10 Reggie Suganob

record: 13-1 (4 KOs)

Past: The Filipino rider beat compatriots Jake Amparo (UD 8), Jerome Baloro (UD 10) and Mark Vicelles (TD 8) to win the IBF title. 12 shots

future: Shows the potential of losing the world title. It will be interesting to see how he rebounds now. Aiming for the OPBF position might be a good place to start.

Atop: Leandro Blanc Arvin Magramo, Kanamu Sakama, Masataka Taniguchi and Ryuya Yamanaka

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