By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Rene Mark Cuarto (16-1): IBF #5 / WBO #8
Cuarto won his first championship in August after he fought Clyde Azarcon (14-2) for the vacant WBO Oriental title. He will face Samuel Salva (16-0) in an IBF world title eliminator, on March 23rd.
-Robert Paradero (17-0): WBO #1
Paradero’s next fight will be against Wilfredo Mendez (11-1) for the vacant WBO Intercontinental championship, on March 8.
-Samuel Salva (16-0): IBF #4
The Filipino prospect remained undefeated in 2018 as well, thus adding 4 more victories to his record. As mentioned above, Salva and Rene Mark Cuarto (16-1) will square off, for a chance at the IBF World championship, March 23rd, in Manila.
-Pedro Taduran (13-2): IBF #7 / WBC #9
Taduran began 2018 very promising as he dropped former world title challenger Jerry Tomogdan (26-10) in the fifth round, but couldn’t capitalize on that momentum in his World championship bout against Chayaphon Moonsri (52-0). He beat Jeffrey Galero (17-6) in December.
-Melvin Jerusalem (14-2): IBF #9
Jerusalem got a unanimous decision victory over 2 time world title challenger Toto Landero (10-4) this past November.
-Mark Anthony Barriga (9-1): IBF #3 / WBA #5 / WBC #13
Barriga failed to capture the vacant IBF World Championship in December.
-Jonathan Taconing (28-3): WBC #1 / WBO #1 / WBA #2 / IBF #6
Taconing defended his WBC International championship, for the second time, this past September against former world title contender Vince Paras (13-2). A match with either the WBO World champion Angel Acosta (19-1) or the WBC World champion Ken Shiro (15-0), seem to be the next step for him.
-Edward Heno (14-0): WBO #3 / WBC #3 / WBA #4
Heno made 2 title defenses of the OPBF championship, within 2018, over Jesse Espinas (19-3) as well as former World champion Merlito Sabillo (27-6). His third successful OPBF title defense took place in Japan, against Koji Itagaki (18-14), on February 11.
-Jing Xiang (16-4): WBA #8 / WBO #8 / WBC #9
2018 was a quite successful year for Xiang as he, not only captured the vacant WBO Intercontinental title in January, but also earned a huge victory after defeating former World champion Merlito Sabillo (27-6), this past September, to become the WBC Silver champion. 2019 already brought another major test for the Chinese rising star as he successfully defended his WBC Silver title against 2 division World champion Suriyan Satorn (59-7), on January 5th, in China.
-Christian Araneta (17-0): IBF #4 / WBA #9 / WBC #10 / WBO #12
Araneta added 3 more wins to his perfect record, in 2018, including a stoppage victory over former world title contender Jerry Tomogdan (26-10), in August.
-Rey Loreto (24-14): WBC #8
Loreto has only fought once in 2018.
-Randy Petalcorin (29-3): IBF #10
The former interim WBA World champion will return to action on April 6, in Australia. (Opponent TBA)
-Giemel Magramo (23-1): WBO #5 / WBC #5 / WBA #8 / IBF #8
The Filipino captured the vacant WBO Oriental title on March of 2018 and successfully defended it in October, against Petchchorhae Kokietgym (17-2). Magramo kicked off 2019 with a bang as he stopped Wenfeng Ge (11-1) for the WBO International title on January 5th, in China.
-Teeraphong Utaida (38-6): IBF #5
Utaida went 4-0 in 2018, moving up to Flyweight only recently and soon became the IBF Pan Pacific champion. [Ed's note - Utaida, aka Fahlan Sakkreerin will face Jayson Mama on March 28th in China]
-Wulan Tuolehazi (10-3): WBC #10
The WBC Silver champion will face Japanese standout Ryota Yamauchi (4-0), on March 30, for the vacant WBA International title.
-Sarawut Thawornkham (20-1): WBA #1
The former WBA Asia champion has fought twice in 2018 and has knocked out both of his opponents. He could be fighting Josber Perez (15-1) in the near future.
-Nare Yianleang (69-5): WBA #2 / WBC #7
Since losing to Kazuto Ioka in 2017, Yianleang has been undefeated in his last 7 fights.
-Komgrich Nantapech (25-5): IBF #3
Nantapech became the IBF Pan Pacific champion in 2018, when he earned a decision win over Naoki Mochizuki (15-3). He was supposed to face Masayuki Kuroda (30-7) in an IBF World title eliminator bout on November 21st, but due to a sudden injury, he wasn’t able to compete. Komgrich later had to vacate his belt but still managed to pick two more victories before the year was over.
-Sirichai Thaiyen (52-4): WBA #7
The former WBA interim World champion failed the recapture the crown this summer in Ukraine when he fought Artem Dalakian (18-0). Since then, he has won 2 more fights.
-Aston Palicte (25-2): WBO #1 / WBC #6 / IBF #14
Palicte stopped Jose Martinez (20-1) on January 31st, in a WBO world title eliminator. He is rumored to be facing Kazuto Ioka (23-2) for the vacant belt.
-Donnie Nietes (42-1): IBF #4
The 4 division world champion recently vacated his WBO title.
-Michael Dasmarinas (28-2): IBF #4 / WBC #13
Dasmarinas knocked out former EBU European champion Karim Guerfi (28-4) in 2018 to win the IBO title. He will square off against Kenny Demecillo (14-4), on March 23rd, in an IBF world title eliminator.
-Kenny Demecillo (14-4): IBF #3
Demecillo has fought only once in 2018, scoring a KO win over Vyacheslav Mirzaev (11-1) in Russia. As mentioned above, he takes on Michael Dasmarinas (28-2) in Singapore.
- John Casimero (26-4): WBO #7
The former 2 division world champion stopped Kenya Yamashita (13-5) on February 16.
- Ben Mananquil (17-1): WBA #10
The Filipino earned a huge win against Japanese star Tenta Kiyoshe (15-3), on February 10, to win the WBO Asia Pacific championship.
-Arthur Villanueva (32-3): WBO #8 / WBC #14
Villanueva has one win and one draw in 2018.
-Albert Pagara (31-1): WBO #1 / IBF #6
Pagara stopped Laryea Gabriel Odoi (20-4) this past June, to become the WBO Intercontinental champion. He successfully made his inaugural title defense against George Krampah (14-4) in November. He will return to action in early March (Opponent TBA).
-Juan Miguel Elorde (27-1): WBO #2
Elorde has won the WBO Asia Pacific championship in 2015 and has defended it successfully thrice since then.
-Marlon Tapales (32-2): IBF #4 / WBO #7
The former WBO Bantamweight World champion has been 2-0 since moving up a weight class.
-Nawaphon Kaikanha (44-1): WBC #10
Kaikanha went 5-0 in 2018 and even scored a TKO victory over former World champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-3).
-Jeo Santisima (17-2): WBO #10
The Filipino won the vacant WBO Oriental title this past summer and has already defended it once.
-Mercito Gesta (32-2): WBO #2
After unsuccessfully challenging Jorge Linares (45-5) for the WBA World championship, Gesta defeated Robert Manzanarez (36-3) for the vacant WBO-NABO title. He’s scheduled to compete on March 21st (Opponent TBA).
-Apinun Khongsong (15-0): IBF #1 [Pictured]
The undefeated Thai fighter stopped former WBO Asia Pacific champion Akihiro Kondo (31-8) with a thunderous uppercut, to become the #1 contender for the IBF World title.
-Meng Fanlong (14-0): IBF #7 / WBA #12 / WBO #14
Meng stopped the former British & Commonwealth champion Frank Buglioni (22-4), this past November, to defend his IBF Intercontinental title for the first time.
-Zhilei Zhang (20-0): WBO #6
The undefeated Chinese giant and Olympic Silver Medalist beat Don Haynesworth (15-3) this past September in his first WBO Oriental title defense.
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