The Super Featherweight division has seen some major star power leave its ranks in the past half decade. While some talent has been restocked, it still seems like a way-station of a division, with the greener pastures of lightweight calling many of the big names. So what’s next at 130 lbs, and who are the big dogs left in the Super Featherweight division rankings?
Super featherweight division rankings (130 lbs.) last updated September 2015
Super Featherweight Division Champion:
Top 10 Super Featherweight Contenders
- Takashi Uchiyama – Through 24 pro fights, he’s undefeated and has 19 knockout wins. He became the WBA titleholder after knocking out Juan Carlos Salgado, the man who dethroned Jorge Linares via TKO1. All but one of his title defenses have been TKO victories, excluding a technical draw, the only blemish on his ledger.
- Mikey Garcia – One of the most technically sound and proficient fighters in the sport, Mikey made an excellent debut in the division by defeating Roman Martinez with ease, despite a surprise flash knockdown early on. A solid, if rather ho-hum, type of win over Juan Carlos Burgos came next. But it’s been a wasted year and a half since, spent on the shelf with promotional issues. Such a shame.
- Nicholas Walters – This is where we’re slotting in The Ax Man who should be making his debut at 130 lbs in short order. He couldn’t make weight in his last bout at featherweight, and was always quite large for the division. Walters vs. Salido would be a great fight, and would fall right into the Top Rank wheelhouse.
- 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, and since beaten Dante Jardon and Billy Dib. A big fight coming up against Francisco Vargas will determine where each man truly belongs in the pecking order here.
- Roman Martinez – Rocky always seems vulernable, but he almost always comes away with the win. Wasn’t up to the task against Mikey Garcia, but then scored a decision victory over Orlando Salido, in a seesaw affair, before a draw in the second fight. Trilogy, anybody?
- Orlando Salido – Siri’s first official fight in the division was a KO of Terdsak Kokietgym. His last fight at featherweight was a win over Vasyl Lomachenko, not too shabby, although Salido’s pro-style gamesmanship of not making weight clearly factored in. Lost to Martinez, and then inched closer with a split draw in fight number 2. As mentioned, these two should most certainly be headed to a trilogy.
- Javier Fortuna – The still unbeaten Javier Fortuna has been a bit all over the map. Couldn’t make weight at 126 lbs, losing his interim strap there on the scales, and had a draw against Luis Franco. Fought three times in 2014, building up some momentum and leading to his vacant title winning efforts against Bryan Vasquez in his lat outing. Has a chance to impress against Carlos Velasquez next.
- Jose Pedraza – The long-time top prospect ended 2014 with a solid win over Michael Farenas. In his next outing, he capitalized on a vacant title opportunity, defeating Andrey Klimov. “The Sniper” is an apt name for the young Puerto Rican titleholder. Faces Edner Cherry next.
- Francisco Vargas – The unbeaten Vargas has quite the streak, defeating in succession Jerry Belmontes, Abner Cotto and now Juan Manuel Lopez. Most recently took care of business against Will Tomlinson. El Bandito looks like he’s ready for a title shot, and he gets it against Takashi Miura next.
- Bryan Vasquez – Vasquez lost to Javier Fortuna in his last outing. But prior to that, he defeated Sergio Thompson and the unbeaten Jose Felix Jr. in back to back bouts. His only other loss is to division ruler Uchiyama.
More Names: Oscar Valdez, Juan Carlos Burgos, Bryan Vasquez, Argenis Mendez, Adrian Estrella, Abner Cotto, Daiki Kaneko, Takahiro Ao, Diego Magdaleno, Miguel Beltran Jr, Juan Carlos Salgado, Edner Cherry, Gary Buckland, Johnathan Victor Barros, Sipho Taliwe, Will Tomlinson, Jerry Belmontes