With two 130-pound beltholders scheduled to fight this weekend, it’s a good time to review the super featherweight top 10. This is one of the sport’s better divisions, with a nice mix of young talent and experienced veterans.
1. Vasyl Lomachenko, WBO Champion, 8-1 with 6 KOs
Despite just nine professional fights, Lomachenko is almost universally regarded as a top pound-for-pound talent. I wish his next fight was a rematch with Orlando Salido, instead of against Miguel Marriaga.
2. Jezreel Corrales, WBA Champion, 21-1 with 8 KOs
Corrales came out of nowhere last year to knockout long-time WBA standard bearer Takashi Uchiyama. He won the rematch by hard-fought split decision, in front of Uchiyama’s home crowd.
3. Miguel Berchelt, WBC Champion, 31-1 with 28 KOs
Berchelt knocked out a tough beltholder in Francisco Vargas last January. He is one of the sport’s most exciting young knockout artists.
4. Orlando Salido, 44-13-4 with 31 KOs
Salido is the ultimate graduate of the Mexican Boxing School of Hardknocks. He is a rugged, hard-nosed veteran who just won’t go away. Was robbed when he only got a draw against Roman Martinez in September 2015 and was heroic in drawing against Vargas last year. He was arguably in the best fight of the year in each of the past three years.
5. Francisco Vargas, 23-1-2 with 17 KOs
Vargas is another fighter in this division who is nearly guaranteed to provide excitement each time he enters the ring.
6. Gervonta Davis, IBF Champion, 18-0 with 17 KOs
Aside from Lomachenko, Davis might just be the most talented fighter in this talent-heavy division.
7. Takashi Uchiyama, 24-2-1 with 20 KOs
Uchiyama has been one of the most exciting fighters in the sport in recent years. His KO loss to Corrales last year was a shock. That he lost the rematch suggests he might be a bit past his prime.
8. Roman Martinez, 29-3-3 with 17 KOs
Martinez is a very good fighter who has lost to great fighters like Mikey Garcia and Vasyl Lomachenko. He has been through some wars and is now in his mid-30s but still deserves to rank in the top 10.
9. Takashi Miura, 31-3-2 with 24 KOs
Miura is yet another come-forward slugger who makes this division so electric. His loss to Vargas was the best fight of 2015 in my opinion. Look for another potential Fight of the Year when he faces Berchelt this weekend.
10. Jason Sosa, 24-2-4 with 15 KOs
I though he got a gift when he drew with Nicholas Walters in 2015 and he was simply out-classed by Lomachenko in April. But he is a hard-nosed fighter with good ring IQ.