Our analysis of the burden lessons continues with half 11, as Paul Wheeler inspects the lay of the land within the featherweight division
10. Jessie Magdaleno (USA)
File: 27-1 (18) Age: 28 Top: 5ft 4ins
IN 2016, Magdaleno pulled off a tremendous victory by outscoring the vastly adorned Nonito Donaire. With the win, the Las Vegas left-hander claimed the WBO super-bantamweight strap. But a year-and-a-half later, the attack-minded Isaac Dogboe broke by way of him to take the crown through late KO. The loss prompted a transfer as much as featherweight, the place he received two fights out of two in 2019. He’s ranked within the prime 15 by the WBC, IBF and WBO.
STRENGTHS: A full of life and dynamic fighter, he targets the midsection successfully and packs an honest dig in his fast fists.
WEAKNESSES: In opposition to Dogboe, he suffered three knockdowns and finally succumbed to the relentless stress that was being utilized to him.
BEST PERFORMANCE: His stirring success towards Donaire.
WORST PERFORMANCE: He confirmed loads of coronary heart, however his defeat to Dogboe was a punishing one.
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: The toxic physique blow that debilitated Rey Perez.
HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? Because the WBC’s No. 1 contender, he’s in line to problem for his or her belt. With present holder Gary Russell Jnr anticipated to depart the division, he may properly obtain a vacant title tilt.
9. Eduardo Ramirez (MEX)
File: 23-2-3 (10) 1NC Age: 27 Top: 5ft 6ins
THE Mexican southpaw fought thrice final yr. A aggressive factors defeat to the person straight above him on this checklist, Claudio Marrero, was sandwiched between two noteworthy stoppage triumphs over Bryan De Gracia and former foe Leduan Barthelemy. Beating Barthelemy was notably pleasing for Ramirez, contemplating he felt he was unlucky to not have picked up the decision of their first contest in 2017, which resulted in a draw.
STRENGTHS: Robust, aggressive and cussed, Ramirez makes use of his lengthy attain to shoot out straight punches.
WEAKNESSES: He missed out on the prospect to compete for the IBF championship in 2017 as he got here in obese towards the slippery Lee Selby, who subsequently outscored him.
BEST PERFORMANCE: Wrecking the unbeaten report of Barthelemy.
WORST PERFORMANCE: Being held to a attract his 11th professional bout by Jesus Quintero, who now has almost as many losses as wins on his résumé.
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: The superbly executed left hand to the jaw that disposed of Barthelemy.
HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? He’s rated at No. 6 by the WBC and No. 12 by the WBA, however he could be unlikely to hassle the reigning champs.
8. Claudio Marrero (DOM)
File: 24-4 (17) Age: 31 Top: 5ft 6 1/2ins
AFTER being outpointed by Jesus Cuellar in 2013, Marrero went on a run of eight consecutive victories, culminating in a swift KO of Carlos Zambrano in 2017. That very same yr, nonetheless, he was knocked out by Jesus Rojas. His kind since reads win-lose-win-lose. A speedy knockout of Jorge Lara was adopted by a choice defeat to Tugstsogt Nyambayar, a factors success over Eduardo Ramirez and a retirement reverse towards Child Galahad.
STRENGTHS: This harmful Dominican southpaw is a speedy starter who cuts off the ring properly and picks his pictures with potent precision.
WEAKNESSES: Though he’s nicknamed “The Matrix”, he’s not at all times troublesome to decipher, as he may be tagged and dropped.
BEST PERFORMANCE: He made a formidable assertion when wiping out the beforehand undefeated Lara in a mere 33 seconds.
WORST PERFORMANCE: A ferocious three-punch salvo left him unable to proceed towards Rojas.
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: His cracking left hook that put Rico Ramos flat on his again.
HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? He has demonstrated the power to bounce again from setbacks previously and he’ll want to take action once more after his one-sided loss to Galahad final day trip.
7. Oscar Escandon (COL)
File: 26-5 (18) Age: 35 Top: 5ft 1 1/2ins
A PRO for 12 years, Escandon blended within the decrease reaches of world degree whereas campaigning as a super-bantam. The Colombian made the transfer as much as feather in 2016 and knocked out the unpredictable Robinson Castellanos. He then needed to endure three successive inside-schedule losses towards WBC boss Gary Russell Jnr, Tugstsogt Nyambayar and Brandon Figueroa. He rebounded final yr by tearing by way of the unbeaten Jhack Tepora within the opening bout.
STRENGTHS: The dogged 2004 Olympian will get beneath his opponents’ jabs and hurls hurtful hooks to move and physique.
WEAKNESSES: He’s the shortest and oldest boxer within the prime 10 by a ways. He has additionally hit the canvas in 4 of his final 5 appearances.
BEST PERFORMANCE: Taking Tepora’s ‘0’ in simply 90 seconds, regardless of coming off a trio of demoralising defeats.
WORST PERFORMANCE: He was floored 5 occasions en path to struggling a third-frame KO towards Nyambayar.
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: The lashing left hook to the liver that accounted for Tepora.
HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? He’s within the combine within the WBC and WBA rankings, however don’t count on to see him overtake any of the fighters above him on this checklist.
6. Tugstsogt Nyambayar (MNG)
File: 11-1 (9) Age: 27 Top: 5ft 7ins
AS an beginner, “King Tug” secured a second-place end on the 2009 World Championships when he was solely 17. He adopted this up with one other silver medal in 2012, this time on the Olympics. After storming previous Oscar Escandon in 2018 and overcoming Claudio Marrero on factors the following yr, he challenged Gary Russell Jnr for the WBC crown in February. The Mongolian put forth a spirited effort however Russell acquired a transparent and merited verdict.
STRENGTHS: The proprietor of the very best knockout ratio within the prime 10, he comes ahead with forceful, quick and correct bursts each upstairs and down.
WEAKNESSES: He has taken half within the least variety of professional rounds out of everybody on this checklist. He has additionally not been combating as usually as he ought to.
BEST PERFORMANCE: Escandon was up and down like a yo-yo when he took on Nyambayar, who decked him on 5 events.
WORST PERFORMANCE: He needed to stand up to an early journey to the mat when outscoring Harmonito Dela Torre.
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: His knockdown-loaded blitz of Escandon.
HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? The WBC No. Three can come once more after his maiden defeat to Russell.
5. Shakur Stevenson (USA)
File: 13-0 (7) Age: 22 Top: 5ft 8ins
AT solely 22 years outdated, this precocious portsider is already a world champion, having collected the WBO belt simply over seven months in the past following a near-shutout of Joet Gonzalez, who had by no means tasted defeat earlier than. One other sufferer of his in 2019 was ex-world title challenger Christopher Diaz, who was additionally comprehensively outpointed. Touted by many as a possible future pound-for-pound king, Stevenson captured a silver medal on the 2016 Olympics.
STRENGTHS: The supremely expert Newark native boasts distinctive motion and a rapier-like jab. His mixtures are unleashed with velocity, spite and accuracy.
WEAKNESSES: He was content material to coast to a factors victory towards Diaz, which elicited just a few boos from the gang, who needed to see him press residence his benefit.
BEST PERFORMANCE: Dropping the often sturdy Viorel Simion thrice and profitable within the opener.
WORST PERFORMANCE: The roughhousing Edgar Brito did all he may to forestall Stevenson from shining on his professional debut.
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: The lightning left hand that noticed off Jessie Cris Rosales.
HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? Taking into consideration his age and excessive expertise, he has no ceiling. He ought to attain for the celebrities.
4. Can Xu (CHN)
File: 18-2 (3) Age: 26 Top: 5ft 9ins
A POPULAR determine in his homeland of China, Xu operated at super-lightweight, light-weight and super-featherweight earlier than settling at feather within the latter half of 2018. Final yr was a extremely productive one for the East Asian, who notched a hat-trick of wins towards notable opposition – all in WBA secondary title contests. Slipped between a pair of deserved choices over Jesus Rojas and Manny Robles III was a stoppage of Shun Kubo.
STRENGTHS: The resolute Xu fires off whirlwind flurries in a machine-gun method. In addition to being the tallest fighter within the prime 10, his output is immense.
WEAKNESSES: Of all of the boxers listed right here, he has the bottom KO share.
BEST PERFORMANCE: His unrelenting assaults impelled the referee to step in and save Kubo from additional punishment within the sixth bout.
WORST PERFORMANCE: In his fifth professional outing, Xu misplaced out on a majority verdict to the debuting Bao Dong, who has not competed since.
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: Attempt counting every of the astonishing 1,562 punches that he threw towards Robles.
HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? He has outstanding backers in Golden Boy Promotions and coach Pedro Diaz, however his lack of energy may hinder him.
3. Child Galahad (ENG)
File: 27-1 (16) Age: 30 Top: 5ft 6 1/2ins
IN the house of simply eight months from 2013 to 2014, Galahad garnered British, Commonwealth and European super-bantamweight belts throughout three bouts. Nonetheless, his momentum was damaged when a failed drug check stored him out for over a year-and-a-half. Since returning in 2016, he has established himself as a number one contender at featherweight. Twelve months in the past, he was edged out by IBF titlist Josh Warrington in a intently contested encounter.
STRENGTHS: The Sheffield switch-hitter thrusts out stiff jabs and sharp straights. A fast and exact puncher who’s troublesome to pin down, he knits collectively intelligent combos.
WEAKNESSES: His spoiling techniques are efficient however they don’t please the followers.
BEST PERFORMANCE: Claudio Marrero was clearly second finest when he got here up towards Galahad 4 months in the past.
WORST PERFORMANCE: Though he was a large winner over Jason Sales space, the veteran did power him to take an early rely.
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: The inch-perfect left hand that deposited Irving Berry onto the deck and out of the combat.
HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? Along with being the WBC No. 2 and WBO No. 7, Galahad is the IBF’s necessary challenger. He would give anybody an ungainly night time.
2. Josh Warrington (ENG)
File: 30-0 (7) Age: 29 Top: 5ft 7ins
A BIG fan favorite in his hometown of Leeds, Warrington took the standard path to world honours by gathering English, British, Commonwealth and European belts beforehand. After upsetting Lee Selby through break up choice to turn into IBF champion in 2018, he defied the oddsmakers once more that yr by unanimously outpointing Carl Frampton. In 2019, he received previous Child Galahad on a break up vote and made quick work of the outgunned Sofiane Takoucht.
STRENGTHS: Tenacious and tireless, Warrington units a torrid tempo along with his managed aggression and good stress combating behind a good, excessive guard.
WEAKNESSES: He hits tougher than his report suggests, but his knockout ratio remains to be modest at finest.
BEST PERFORMANCE: He merely refused to be denied towards the stylish Frampton.
WORST PERFORMANCE: Kiko Martinez was not on an excellent run of kind however managed to push Warrington, dropping solely on a majority verdict.
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: The charming Frampton combat.
HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? Can Xu is being talked of as a probable opponent, doubtlessly with the total WBA title on the road (if Leo Santa Cruz vacates to stay at super-feather). You wouldn’t guess towards Warrington turning into a unified champ on this occasion.
1. Gary Russell Jnr (USA)
File: 31-1 (18) Age: 31 Top: 5ft Four 1/2ins
LIKE Tugstsogt Nyambayar, whom he beat unanimously 4 months in the past, Russell medalled on the World Championships when he was simply 17. Following this bronze in 2005, he certified for the 2008 Olympics. Sadly, he needed to withdraw from the Video games after fainting previous to the weigh-in. A WBC title-holder since March 2015, he has vanquished the likes of Oscar Escandon and present IBF 130lb ruler Joseph Diaz in defence of his crown.
STRENGTHS: Possessing maybe the quickest palms in boxing, the southpaw speedster’s flashing jabs are supplemented by crisp counters and nimble head motion.
WEAKNESSES: The Marylander has been criticised for his inactivity, having had just one combat per yr since 2015.
BEST PERFORMANCE: He ascended the WBC throne by dismantling the seasoned Jhonny Gonzalez.
WORST PERFORMANCE: There is no such thing as a disgrace in dropping to the masterful Vasyl Lomachenko, particularly on factors, however Russell landed solely 10 per cent of his tried pictures.
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: His wipeout of Roberto Castaneda.
HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? After struggling to tempt his fellow champions into the ring at featherweight, Russell has acknowledged his intention to leap up two divisions to light-weight.