The long reign of Ivan Calderon atop of the junior flyweight, or light flyweight, division rankings is over. That created a power void, made more complicated by Giovani Segura’s departure to higher weight classes, and then Roman Gonzalez’s.
Junior flyweight (108 lbs.) division rankings last updated April 2014
Junior Flyweight Division Champion:
Top 10 Junior Flyweight Contenders
- Kaz Ioka – Won a title at strawweight in his 7th pro fight, defended it a few times, and came right up to win a strap in this division. Still unbeaten and with plenty of impressive performances along the way. May have plans for a permanent move to Flyweight.
- Donnie Nietes – Only lost once in his career, and that was a full decade ago. Beaten a good deal of the division’s contenders. Next up has a rematch against Moises Fuentes after the two fought to a majority draw the first time out. A win for either man elevates him to the division’s Champion.
- Moises Fuentes – Only one career loss, and a win over Ivan Calderon certainly stands out as impressive. The Mexican fighter has several other notable wins, including a 1st round stoppage over Luis De La Rosa.
- Naoya Inoue – Taking out the division’s presumptive top dog via knockout in your 6th pro fight? Not too bad for Inoue. The 21-year-old has obviously wasted no time in rising through the ranks. We’ll see how he follows up that breakout performance next.
- Johnriel Casimero – Casimero had lost two fights in a row, but then dropped back down to junior flyweight and scored a big win over Luis Lazarte. Of course, you might have seen the aftermath – a crazy riot and brawl in Lazarte’s home country of Argentina, an ugly scene to say the least. Three more wins since, including over Pedro Guevara.
- Adrian Hernandez – Long-time titleholder was unseated by Inoue, he of all 5 previous pro fights. Previously had another long winning streak ended by another surprise knockout defeat. He would avenge that loss, to Kompayak Porpramook, so perhaps he tries to come right back and do the same here.
- Pedro Guevara – Sole loss is to Casimero. That was a very tight split decision, and he’s won three straight since then.
- Ramon Garcia Hirales – Lost back to back to Nietes and Roman Gonzalez — no shame on either front. Since though has strung together some wins, including over Juan Hernandez.
- Alberto Rossel – Hasn’t lost since a match against Hugo Cazares in 2010. It’s been 8 straight since then, but once has to think the 36 year old is about at the end of his own rope.
- Felix Alvarado – The 25 year old Nicaraguan challenged Kaz Ioka in his last match and came up short. Before that, scored 15 KOs amongst his first 18 career bouts.