The Super Featherweight division has seen some major star power leave its ranks in the past half decade, from old legends like Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, to the likes Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner. So what's next at 130 lbs, and who are the big dogs left in the Super Featherweight division rankings?
Super featherweight division rankings last updated November 2013
- Takashi Uchiyama - Through 21 pro fights, he's undefeated and has 17 knockout wins. He became the WBA champion after knocking out Juan Carlos Salgado, the man who dethroned Jorge Linares via TKO1. He has since defended the title six times, all of which have been TKO victories, excluding a seventh defense which ended via technical draw in the 3rd round.
- Mikey Garcia - One of the most technically sound and proficient fighters in the sport, made an excellent debut in the division by defeating Roman Martinez with ease, despite a surprise flash knockdown early on.
- Takashi Miura - After losing to Uchiyama a few years ago, he got a big fight chance against Gamaliel Diaz and capitalized with a 9th round TKO title win. Defeated Sergio Thompson in a fight which saw each man hitting the canvas.
- Argenis Mendez - Mendez was on a real hot streak heading into a vacant title shot against Juan Carlos Salgado. He lost the decision there, but his team feels he didn't get a fair shake. After getting a few wins under his belt once again, including over Martin Honorio, he got his rematch against Salgado, and knocked him out in 4 rounds in a very impressive performance. Disappointing draw with Arash Usmanee most reently.
- Juan Carlos Burgos - Since coming up from featherweight, all Burgos did was win 5 straight, including wins over then-undefeated Luis Cruz, and former titleholder Cristobal Cruz. Note: if your last name is Cruz, skip your upcoming date against Burgos. He'll win. Defeated Cesar Vazquez, another undefeated fighter, and then deserved to defeat Rocky Martinez, but was on the wrong end of some bad scoring which resulted in a draw instead. Most recently, was perhaps on the luckier side of some close scorecards which led to a draw against Yakubu Amidu.
- Gary Russell Jr. - What's frustrating about Gary Russell Jr. is that we've seen the immense talent for years. But it's been such a painstakingly slow rise to the top. Can we finally see this guy in there with somebody who could at least challenge him in some way? Should have been fighting for titles in 2011.
- Roman Martinez – Roman Martinez lost his first belt to Ricky Burns, but since then, has been busy. A winning streak although in less than stellar fashion followed, with a split decision against Miguel Beltran Jr., and then that draw against Burgos, which really should have been an L. He defeated Diego Magdaleno, by a split decision, handing him his first career defeat. Top Rank was quite eager to feed him to Garcia.
- Arash Usmanee - Many believed he defeated Barthelemy but just didn't receive a fair shake on the scorecards. Then challenged Argenis Mendez, one of the hottest fighters in the division, and came away with a draw. Time to take him seriously.
- Rances Barthelemy - Barthelemy, that's Kid Blast to you, remains undefeated, although it's Arash Usmanee, who some feel deserved the decision against him, who received a title shot first. Tons of talent, needs to put all the pieces together on the big stage.
- Dante Jordan - Current four-fight win streak includes a revenge-victory over Miguel Roman, and a win over Gamaliel Diaz, who only recently had been riding high with a title strap around his waist. Challenges Miura, who took Diaz's title, next.
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