Roman Gonzalez, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada vie for the highest spot within the super-flyweight division

World rankings as at June 23

10. Francisco Rodriguez (MEX)
File: 33-4-1 (24) Age: 26 Top: 5ft 4ins
Rodriguez is conducting his profession the Mexican manner. He made his professional debut on the tender of age of 17, when taking up a fellow first-timer and profitable by stoppage. He boxed three opponents making their debuts in his first six prizefights earlier than transferring as much as skilled opposition with profitable information. The losses and the draw on his ledger may be thought of the results of aggressive matchmaking. All the way in which again in 2013 he took on the good Roman Gonzalez in Nicaragua, dropping forgivably inside the gap. In 2015 he misplaced factors selections to Donnie Nietes and Moises Fuentes, however he’s been unbeaten since then having gone on a 14-fight profitable streak.

STRENGTHS: At his greatest when cantering ahead slinging out straight pictures.

WEAKNESSES: Much less convincing on the again foot, the place his defence is simply too inflexible.

BEST PERFORMANCE: He outpointed Katsunari Takayama to unify the WBO and IBF strawweight titles.

WORST PERFORMANCE: An early loss to little-known Salvador Arias.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: He grinds down Merlito Sabillo to win his first world title with walloping combos.

HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? It is a aggressive division however Rodriguez remains to be solely simply coming into his prime.

9. Gideon Buthelezi (RSA)
File: 22-5 (5) Age: 33 Top: 5ft 5ins
The tall South African has constructed one thing of a stronghold in his dwelling nation. He has been unbeaten since 2015 most just lately stopping Mexico’s Adrian Jimenez in July of final 12 months. He’s not the toughest puncher, with solely 5 inside the gap wins in his 27-fight profession, however the Jimenez consequence got here uncharacteristically rapidly within the first bout. Regardless of his advancing years he’ll hope to place himself for a shot at a extra significant belt than the IBO strap he at present holds. His WBC light-flyweight problem in opposition to Adrian Hernandez led to a knockout defeat in 2011.

STRENGTHS: A pointy southpaw with good handspeed.

WEAKNESSES: May do with sterner punch energy and his punch resistance can be questionable.

BEST PERFORMANCE: Hekkie Budler is probably the most important title that Buthelezi has overwhelmed.

WORST PERFORMANCE: His chin was uncovered within the thunderous knockout Edrin Dapudong handed him in 2013.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: Footage of Buthelezi is restricted however he may be seen wanting slick in his rematch with Dapudong till a sudden left hook knocks him chilly.

HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? He can be the underdog in opposition to the opposite members of the world high 10.

8. Andrew Moloney (AUS)
File: 21-0 (14) Age: 29 Top: 5ft 5ins
Australian twin brothers Jason and Andrew Moloney are signed with promotional powerhouse High Rank. Andrew was a promising newbie who gained the Commonwealth Video games in Scotland in 2014. As knowledgeable he’s executed little improper, compiling 21 victories in opposition to no defeats, with 14 of these wins coming by stoppage. He gained an ‘interim’ belt from the WBA when he stopped Elton Dharry. The WBA, for causes greatest identified to themselves, determined to make {that a} ‘common’ championship, though Roman Gonzalez is actually their tremendous (actual) champion.

STRENGTHS: Technically sound he prods jabs out from his excessive guard.

WEAKNESSES: His hooks on the within may be ragged, reaching ahead along with his cross can depart him weak to being knocked off steadiness.

BEST PERFORMANCE: With lengthy vary and energy Elton Dharry gave Moloney loads to consider, however the Aussie managed to show the tide.

WORST PERFORMANCE: Moloney was dropped on the way in which to his 10-round factors win over Richard Claveras.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: He mixes his assaults to the top and physique as he grinds down Luis Concepcion.

HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? His advance can proceed, though he has vulnerabilities to iron out.

Andrew Moloney super-flyweight

7. Fernando Martinez (ARG)
File: 11-0 (7) Age: 28 Top: 5ft 3½ins
Martinez has plied his commerce principally in his homeland of Argentina since his skilled debut in 2017. As an newbie he certified for the final Olympic Video games, dropping his first bout in Rio to Daniel Asenov, a great high quality Bulgarian. He’s executed nicely to advance on the earth high 10 as knowledgeable. The 11 fights may not appear to be a lot however it’s a deceptive quantity when one considers the seasoning he gained throughout a prolonged expertise within the World Sequence of Boxing the place bouts had been fought over 5 rounds.

STRENGTHS: Presses ahead aggressively to land his energy pictures, harmful with hooks.

WEAKNESSES: Leaves his chin to open to straight pictures and might settle into rhythm relying an excessive amount of on single punches.

BEST PERFORMANCE: In his most up-to-date outing, he made his mark stopping Athenkozi Dumezweni in South Africa. Martinez floor down the house fighter in 11 rounds in December final 12 months.

WORST PERFORMANCE: He couldn’t discover the stoppage in his bout with a 1-5 Santiago Jesus Perotti in January final 12 months.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: His conflict away from dwelling with Dumezweni is obtainable in full.

HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? World stage fighters ought to have the sting over him.

Fernando Martinez super-flyweight

6. Kal Yafai (ENG)
File: 26-1 (15) Age: 31 Top: 5ft 4ins
The Birmingham man had a protracted reign because the WBA super-flyweight champion, profitable the crown in 2016 and holding it proper up till he met Roman Gonzalez in February. Yafai, a 2008 Olympian, scythed via his early opposition as he rose to win the title. He obtained slowed down in defences of restricted significance combating sometimes in locations like Monte Carlo and Fresno and solely as soon as in his hometown as a champion. However he did get to go in with the celebrity of the division this 12 months. Sadly for Yafai Gonzalez rediscovered his kind after they clashed.

STRENGTHS: A gifted technical boxer, he throws advantageous combos, punctuated with onerous left hooks and is a harmful physique puncher.

WEAKNESSES: He turned inconsistent and wanted to be extra energetic throughout his championship reign.

BEST PERFORMANCE: Outclassing Luis Concepcion, who got here in too heavy, over 12 busy rounds to win his world title.

WORST PERFORMANCE: He was flat and out of types in opposition to Israel Gonzalez in Monaco.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: Yafai soundly whipping David Carmona with hooks and physique pictures.

HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? Studying the teachings from the Gonzalez struggle can propel him again to world class competitors.

Kal Yafai super-flyweight

5. Jerwin Ancajas (PHl)
32-1-2 (22) Age: 28 Top: 5ft 6ins
The formidable IBF super-flyweight champion from the Philippines has solely misplaced as soon as in his 35 profession fights. In 2016 he handed McJoe Arroyo a primary misplaced to win his world title. The next 12 months he was in Belfast to hammer a gallant Jamie Conlan. Subsequently he launched into a run of fights in America however is but to safe a unification conflict with one of many different champions.

STRENGTHS: With good footwork Ancajas can dictate the tempo of a bout. The heavy-handed southpaw additionally lands punches to the physique nicely.

WEAKNESSES: His motion needs to be, and may be, nullified by a top quality cell opponent who is aware of when to counter him.

BEST PERFORMANCE: Dropping Arroyo on his technique to a large factors resolution to win the world title.

WORST PERFORMANCE: Alejandro Barrios discovered flaws to present Ancajas a tough struggle and safe a draw.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: Ancajas scored a number of knockdowns as he overcame Jamie Conlan in a 2017 showcase that ought to have led to additional big-time publicity.

HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? He definitely now deserves a unification showdown with one of many different champions. Even in opposition to the largest names, Ancajas would stand an enormous likelihood of profitable.


4. Kazuto Ioka (JPN)
File: 25-2 (14) Age: 31 Top: 5ft 4½ins
The exceptional Ioka is a four-weight world titlist. He gained his first belt down at 105lbs when, in simply his seventh professional struggle, he stopped Kittipong Jaigrajang to win the WBC title. He unified that with the WBA championship when he beat Akira Yaegashi in 2012. Then he moved as much as light-flyweight, halting Jose Rodriguez to win the vacant WBA strap. In 2015 he took the WBA 112lbs belt from Juan Carlos Reveco. He defended that 5 instances earlier than transferring as much as super-fly in 2018. His first try on the WBO’s super-flyweight led to a contentious cut up resolution defeat to Donnie Nietes. However Ioka bounced again in 2019 to win that title when stopping Aston Palicte in Chiba Metropolis.

STRENGTHS: Extremely skilled, Ioka can adapt in opposition to most syles.

WEAKNESSES: He isn’t such a potent power on the increased weights.

BEST PERFORMANCE: His conflict with Akira Yaegashi was the primary time two Japanese fighters had boxed to unify world titles.

WORST PERFORMANCE: Amnat Ruenroeng handed Ioka his first skilled defeat, the identical man who beat him as an newbie.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: How he finishes Aston Palicte with a monstrous flurry of punches.

HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? Unifying on this division is perhaps a step too far for him.


3. Roman Gonzalez (NIC)
49-2 (41) Age: 33 Top: 5ft 3ins
Nicaragua’s “Chocolatito” has had a protracted, thrilling profession. He has gained world titles in 4 divisions and guaranteed himself of legendary standing with the standard of his performances. He gained his first world title in 2008 at strawweight and has been a champion, on and off, ever since. His rivalry with Juan Francisco Estrada started in 2012, an awesome win for Gonzalez and he has additionally scalped the likes of Akira Yaegashi, Brian Viloria, and Carlos Cuadras. Simply when it appeared like the good warrior was fading, he returned to prominence this 12 months when he overcame Kal Yafai.

STRENGTHS: At his greatest, he is among the most excellent strain fighters within the enterprise.

WEAKNESSES: His advancing years and his lengthy profession are catching up with him.

BEST PERFORMANCE: The 2012 victory over Juan Francisco Estrada has aged nicely.

WORST PERFORMANCE: Being destroyed in his rematch with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, on the time, appeared to mark a sudden decline for ‘Chocolatito’.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: His 12 bout battle with Carlos Cuadras was a breakthrough second for Gonzalez in America.

HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? Srisaket seems to have his quantity however an Estrada rematch can be fascinating. Deserves one other run on the very high of this division.

Roman Gonzalez
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2. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (THA)
47-5-1 (41) Age: 33 Top: 5ft 3ins
The sturdy southpaw from Thailand burst on to the scene in a unprecedented 12-month interval over 2017 and 2018. For his first struggle in America, in Madison Sq. Backyard, he took on the legendary Roman Gonzalez. Srisaket upset one of the best laid plans for “Chocolatito” with an surprising majority resolution victory. Within the rematch nonetheless he delivered a fair larger shock to show the primary struggle was no fluke, knocking out Gonzalez in solely 4 rounds. Then he went on to outpoint Juan Francisco Estrada no much less. Final 12 months he rematched Estrada and surrendered his WBC super-flyweight world title, baffling observers by switching orthodox from his regular southpaw stance.

STRENGTHS: A robust, rugged southpaw, Srisaket, the one man to have overwhelmed Gonzalez, is intimidated by nobody.

WEAKNESSES: Curious tactical judgement has proven him up just lately.

BEST PERFORMANCE: Destroying Gonzalez in his second struggle is tough to high.

WORST PERFORMANCE: Being taken 12 rounds by Hiram Irak Diaz was a low key outing.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: His first struggle with Juan Francisco Estrada was probably the greatest fights of 2018.

HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? He must resolve the thriller of that second struggle with Estrada.

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

1. Juan Francisco Estrada (MEX)
40-3 (27) Age: 30 Top: 5ft 4ins
The Mexican has fought his technique to the highest of the super-flyweight division over the course of his 12 12 months skilled profession. He got here up brief in his first world title struggle at light-flyweight in 2012, however that was to a peak Roman Gonzalez. He bounced again in his very subsequent outing, taking the unified WBO and WBO flyweight titles from Brian Viloria. He then knocked out Hernan Marquez and unanimously outpointed Carlos Cuadras however misplaced his WBC super-flyweight title problem to to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in 2018. That loss he avenged the next 12 months with a unanimous resolution in Inglewood. It leaves him because the world main super-flyweight and a star within the making.

STRENGTHS: Grinds down opponents with relentless aggression.Mixture punching lets him arrange his crunching proper cross.

WEAKNESSES: He may be tipped on to the again foot when opponents rush him.

BEST PERFORMANCE: Topping the in-form Srisaket.

WORST PERFORMANCE: Dropping to Juan Carlos Sanchez over eight rounds.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: He took an in depth however unanimous win in his hectic conflict with Carlos Cuadras.

HOW HIGH CAN HE GO? He can add extra titles to trophy cupboard and proceed to construct his profile.

Juan Francisco Estrada
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