If fight fans aren't paying attention to the lower weight classes, they are losing out on some of boxing's best action.
The flyweight division, especially, has developed into a hotbed of quality talent and a division loaded with potential quality match-ups.
Here's a look at the Top Ten of the 112 lb. class:
1. Hernan Marquez (34-2, 25 KOs)
The southpaw WBA flyweight champ from Mexico has a possible big money showdown with Brian Viloria later this year and will bring with him the heavy hands and warrior spirit that took him to the top of the division.
2. Brian Viloria (31-3, 18 KOs)
The WBO flyweight titlist has scored some major victories recently against the likes of Giovani Segura and past nemesis, Omar Niño Romero. A September clash with Hernan Marquez should prove to be an instant classic.
3. Toshiyuki Igarashi (16-1-1, 10 KOs)
The former Japanese flyweight champ just took the WBC 112 lb. title from unlikely champion, Sonny Boy Jaro and looks to have the goods for a long reign.
4. Moruti Mthalane (28-2, 19 KOs)
The South African battler is the defending IBF flyweight champ and has scored four consecutive quality wins over world class fighters. Unknown on this side of the world, Mthalane's only fight in The America's was a 2008 TKO 6 loss to Nonito Donaire.
5. Sonny Boy Jaro (34-11-4, 24 KOs)
The underdog world titlist from the Philippines upset Thailand's long-reigning WBC world champ, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam last March, but was beaten in his first defense by Japan's Toshiyuki Igarashi.
6. Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (83-4-2, 44 KOs)
The veteran Thai world champ has been a fixture in the flyweight division since winning his first major title in 2001. Despite a shocking loss to Sonny Boy Jaro in March, one gets the feeling that Wonjongkam is well within reach of yet another title run.
7. Edgar Sosa (45-7, 27 KOs)
The Mexican battler had a stellar run in the junior flyweight division, including a two-year and ten-defense reign as WBC champ. Along the way, he holds victories over Brian Viloria, Luis Lazarte, and Sonny Boy Jaro, as well as several other top 108-pounders. As a flyweight, he's 6-1 so far, with a loss to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a bid for the WBC belt.
8. Julio Cesar Miranda (37-7-1, 29 KOs)
Well on his way out of the rankings, the Mexican former WBO flyweight champ has apparently given up on the 112 lb. limit, but has yet to look good at a higher weight.
9. Ricardo Nuñez (24-2, 20 KOs)
Panama's heavy-handed Nuñez recently stopped former world titlist, Carlos Tamara and is moving up the ranks in search of a title shot.
10. Rocky Fuentes (33-6-2, 20 KOs)
Filipino contender, Fuentes, is 13-0 since losing a 2007 eight round split decision to countryman, Richie Mepranum, but is untested outside of the national/regional level.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
The Boxing Tribune, Unbiased World Rankings
- Sports & Recreation
- Brian Viloria
- Sonny Boy Jaro
- Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
- Hernan Marquez
- Toshiyuki Igarashi