By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Sergey Kuzmin (15-0): WBA #5 / IBF 7
The WBA Intercontinental champion Sergey Kuzmin will clash with the WBA International champion Michael Hunter on September 14th.
-Evgeny Romanov (13-0): WBO #10
Romanov became the 1st ever WBO Global Heavyweight champion this past February and marked his inaugural title defense in June. He will be in action on August 24th. (Opponent TBA)
-Alexander Povetkin (34-2): WBC #7 / WBA #10
The former Olympic & World champion is set to return on August 31st against Hughie Fury (23-2).
-Alexey Egorov (9-0): WBA Gold champion
The 2013 European winner bested Ukranian veteran Roman Golovashchenko (20-4) within 3 rounds to be declared the new WBA Gold champion.
-Yury Kashinsky (18-0): IBF #3 / WBA #3 / WBO #4 / WBC #7
Kashinsky won the vacant IBF Intercontinental title, on June 16th.
-Evgeny Tishchenko (5-0): WBO #11
The 2016 Olympic champion dropped to Cruiserweight and won the vacant WBO Intercontinental title after stopping Abraham Tabul (16-2) in one round.
-Aleksei Papin (11-0): IBF #14
Papin finished Alexandru Jur (18-4) this June to become a 2 time IBF International champion. He will challenge Ilunga Makabu (25-2) on August 24th in Russia for the WBC Silver title.
-Ruslan Fayfer (24-1): IBF #5 / WBC #12
Ruslan defeated Serhiy Radchenko (7-4) on May 19th.
-Sergey Kovalev (33-3): WBO World champion
The Russian legend will defend his WBO title against undefeated top contender Anthony Yarde (18-0) on August 24th.
-Artur Beterbiev (14-0): IBF World champion
Beterbiev will unify with the WBC champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-0) on October 18th.
-Dmitry Bivol (16-0): WBA World champion
Bivol made his 4th successful title defense in March against Joe Smith Jr. (24-3).
-Maksim Vlasov (44-3): WBO #7 / IBF #11
Vlasov defended his WBO Global title against former foe & 2 time world title challenger Isaac Chilemba (25-7) on July 20th, thus avenging his 1st professional loss.
-Umar Salamov (24-1): WBO #4 / WBA #7
Salamov successfully retained the WBO International title after knocking out Norbert Dabrowski (22-8) this past April.
-Igor Mikhalkin (23-2): WBC #3 / IBF #13
Mikhalkin earned a unanimous decision victory over Timur Nikarkhoev (21-3) as well as the interim IBO title.
-Fedor Chudinov (20-2): WBA #3 / IBF #6 / WBC #6
The former WBA World champion has fought thrice in 2019, defeating the likes of Wuzhati Nuerlang (11-3), Rafael Bejaran (26-4) and Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (26-6).
-Aidos Yerbossynuly (11-0): WBA #6 / WBO #10
The Kazakh defeated Lukas Ndafoluma (16-2) in March, to become the WBA International champion. Aidos already holds the WBO Global & WBC Asia Continental titles as well. He will put his WBA belt on the line, against Rocky Jerkic (17-1) in Australia, on August 14th.
-Aslambek Idigov (16-0): WBO #9
Idigov picked up a majority decision over Ronny Landaeta (16-2) in April, to become the WBO & IBF European champion.
-Azizbek Abdugofurov (12-0): WBC #4
Abdugofurov won the WBC Silver title last year.
-Gennady Golovkin (39-1): WBO #1 / WBA #1 / WBC #1 / IBF #3
Triple G stopped Steve Rolls (19-1) on June 8th. Golovkin will possibly battle for the now vacant IBF title against Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-1) in October.
-Kanat Islam (26-0): WBO #8
The 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist made his triumphant return after a 2 year hiatus and demolished Julio De Jesus (27-2) in 14 seconds to become the new WBO International champion.
-Magomed Madiev (13-0): WBA #5
Madiev went to war with fellow Russian fighter Evgeny Terentiev (14-2) on July 22nd and defended his WBA Asia title for the 3rd time.
-Janibek Alimkhanuly (6-0): WBO #15
The 2013 AIBA World champion defeated Christian Olivas (16-5) to win the inaguaral WBO Global title & the vacant WBC Continental Americas title. He is set to compete on August 17th against Stuart McLellan (27-3).
-Meiirim Nursultanov (11-0): IBF #10
Nursultanov has added 2 more victories, this year, to his already perfect record. He will be back in the ring on August 24th. (Opponent TBA)
-Israil Madrimov (3-0): WBA #8
Accomplished amateur Uzbek boxer Madrimov knocked Frank Rojas (24-3) out in just 2 rounds, to defend the WBA Intercontinental title this past March. He made his successful Madison Square Garden debut, on June 8, against Norberto Gonzalez (24-13).
-Magomed Kurbanov (17-0): WBA #10
Kurbanov was meant to fight Michel Soro (34-2) on July 20th, for the vacant WBA (Regular) World championship in France, but he couldn’t make it in the country due to a visa issue.
-Bakhram Murtazaliev (16-0): WBO #4 / IBF #6
Murtazaliev defended his WBC United States championship against Elvin Ayala (29-13) this past February. He then scored a first round finish of Bruno Leonardo Romay (21-7) in April. The Russian will now go toe to toe with Jeison Rosario (19-1) in an IBF title eliminator.
-Aram Amirkhanyan (12-0): WBO #7
The unified WBO International & WBA Continental champion hasn’t fought since December of last year.
-Kudratillo Abduqaxorov (16-0): IBF #1 / WBC #4 / WBO #11
Kudratillo bested Keita Obara (21-4) this past March, to become the #1 contender for the IBF World title.
-Sergey Lipinets (16-1): WBC #3 / IBF #3 / WBO #4
Lipinets stopped 2 division World champion Lamont Peterson (35-5) in March.
He added another finish to his record on July 20th after he dropped Jayar Inson (18-3) to win the vacant WBO Intercontinental title.
-David Avanesyan (24-3): WBC #8 / WBO #14
The former interim WBA World title holder defeated Kerman Lejarraga (28-1) in March and became the EBU European champion.
-Alexander Besputin (13-0): WBA #1 / IBF #4
Besputin defended his USBA title for the second time against Alfredo Blanco (20-8) on April 12. Odds are we are going to see him and Butaev fight each other for the now vacant WBA (Regular) title.
-Nursultan Zhangabayev (7-0): WBA #9 / IBF #15
Zhangabayev won the vacant WBA Intercontinental title after beating Ivan Matute (30-2) in March. He’s scheduled to make his Australian debut on August 14, against the IBF Pan Pacific champion Steve Gago (11-0).
-Radzhab Butaev (12-0): WBA #2
Butaev knocked out Lanardo Tyner (35-16) in March and then defeated Sliverio Ortiz (37-26) 2 months later. As said above, the 2 undefeated Russians might go at it for the WBA (Regular) crown.
-Batyr Akhmedov (7-0): WBA #3
Akhmedov has continued his undefeated streak in 2019, with victories over Viktor Plotnikov (33-6) as well as Francisco Gabriel Pina (14-15). The WBA has now ordered him and Mario Barrios (24-0) to fight for the Regular title.
-Zhankosh Turarov (24-0) WBO #9
Turarov stopped Mauro Maximiliano Godoy (31-5) in July, thus winning the vacant WBO Intercontinental title.
-Shohjahon Ergashev (16-0): WBA #4 / IBF #6 / WBO #8
The unstoppable Uzbek beat Mykal Fox (20-1) this past February. He now faces Abdiel Ramirez (24-4) on August 23rd.
-Shakhram Giyasov (8-0): WBA #10 / IBF #15
The 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist picked up his 8th victory as a pro this past April as well as the vacant WBA International title. Giyasov will meet former interim WBA World champion Darleys Perez (34-4) on August 24th in Mexico.
The young Russian rising star unfortunately passed away, after his fierce battle with Subriel Matias, on July 23rd. Dadashev was a true warrior inside the ring and a great family man. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Mad Max.
-Roman Andreev (23-0): WBO #3 / IBF #10
Top Russian contender defeated Jesus Cuadro (17-5) in May.
-Zaur Abdullaev (11-0): WBC #3 / WBO #15
The WBC Silver champion stopped Humberto Martinez (33-9) earlier this year. Abdullaev will now collide with Devin Haney (22-0), on September 14th, in a WBC title eliminator.
-Shavkat Rakhimov (14-0): WBC #4 / IBF #5
Rakhimov marked his 3rd IBO title defense, against Rofhiwa Maemu (18-9) in March.
-Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu (14-0): WBA #4
Sulaimanbek stopped Pipat Chaiporn (46-13) in Russia, to defend his WBA Asia championship. His next match will take place on August 24th. (Opponent TBA)
-Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov (14-0): WBC #13 / IBF #14
The undefeated WBC International champion has scored 2 victories this year against Jhon Gemino (20-12) and former interim WBA World champion Emanuel Lopez (30-11).
-Denis Shafikov (40-4): IBF #9
Shafikov fought Gaybatulla Gadzhialiev (6-2), this past February, to a draw.
-Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0): WBC #1 / IBF #5
The 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist defeated Claudio Marrero (24-3) in January, to earn the vacant IBO belt. King Tug is next in line for a shot at the WBC World championship.
-Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0): WBA #2
The 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist made his pro debut last year and has already amassed 6 victories (5 stoppages) as well as the WBA Intercontinental title. He is now targeting the unified WBA & IBF World champion Daniel Roman (27-2). Their match will take place on September 14th.
-Nikolai Potapov (20-2): WBO #8 / IBF #11
Potapov lost to Joshua Greer Jr. (20-2) on July 13th.
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-Meng Fanlong (15-0): IBF #1
Meng won an IBF title eliminator in June, against Adam Deines (17-1).
-Apinun Khongsong (16-0): IBF #1
The undefeated Thai fighter stopped Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (31-9) with a thunderous uppercut, to become the #1 contender for the IBF World title.
-Romero Duno (20-1): WBO #10
The Filipino prospect defeated world title contender Juan Antonio Rodriguez (30-8) in the States, a few months ago. A match with Ryan Garcia (18-0) is being considered to take place this Fall, probably on September 14th.
-Xiangxiang Sun (16-0): IBF #12
Sun defended his IBF Asia championship against Monico Laurente (30-15) this past March.
-Joe Noynay (18-2): WBO #5
Noynay earned the biggest win of his career on July 12th as he dominated the 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Satoshi Shimizu (8-1) to defend his WBO Asia Pacific crown.
-Jhack Tepora (23-0): IBF #3 / WBA #13 / WBC #14
The former interim WBA World champion got a unanimous decision over Jose Luis Gallegos (16-7) on June 1st.
-Mark Magsayo (19-0): WBC #8
Magsayo will step into the ring for the second time this year, on August 31st, when he goes up against 2 time World champion Panya Uthok (53-6) with the vacant WBC Asia & IBF Pan Pacific titles on the line.
-Marlon Tapales (33-2): WBO #1 / IBF #3
The former WBO Bantamweight World champion has 3 stoppage wins since moving up a weight class.
-Juan Miguel Elorde (28-1): WBO #2
Elorde has been the WBO Asia Pacific champion since 2015 and has defended it successfully 4 times, most recently against Shohei Kawashima (17-3).
-Albert Pagara (31-1): WBO #3
The WBO Intercontinental champion will face Ratchanon Sawangsoda (12-3) on August 17th.
-Jeo Santisima (17-2): WBO #7
Santisima fights Alvius Maufani (6-3) on August 17th.
-Nawaphon Kaikanha (46-1): WBC #4
Kaikanha marked a second successful defense of his WBC Asia title against former World champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-15) in May and also knocked out Ryan Lumacad (14-3) on July 20th.
-Michael Dasmarinas (29-2): IBF #1 / WBC #11
Dasmarinas defeated Kenny Demecillo (14-5) this past March, to become the #1 contender for the IBF World title.
-Reymart Gaballo (21-0): WBA #4
The former interim WBA champion destroyed Japanese journeyman Yuya Nakamura (9-3) this past February. Gaballo recently signed with PBC.
-Tasana Salapat (50-1): WBC #8 / WBA #10
Since failing to capture the interim WBC title in December, Salapat has picked up 2 more wins and the OPBF Silver championship.
-Sukpraserd Ponpitak (24-10): IBF #4
Ponpitak lost to Yukinori Oguni (21-2) in May, but has already bounced back with 2 stoppages over Anucha Noithong (0-6) as well as Hamson Lamandau (10-3) and has also become the IBF Pan Pacific champion.
-Kenny Demecillo (14-5): IBF #10
Demecillo lost to Michael Dasmarinas (29-2) in Singapore, as mentioned above.
-Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5): WBC #1 / WBA #2
Srisaket already finds himself again at the top of the world rankings and has recently returned back to his camp, possibly getting ready for his next match.
-Sirichai Thaiyen (55-4): WBA #4
The former interim WBA Flyweight World champion has been 5-0 since losing to Dalakian.
-Donnie Nietes (42-1): IBF #4 / WBC #4
No news yet on the 4 division world champion’s return.
-Aston Palicte (25-3): WBO #8 / WBC #9
Palicte lost to Kazuto Ioka (24-2) and failed once again to capture the WBO crown.
-Wulan Tuolehazi (12-3): WBA #3 / WBO #12
The WBC Silver champion fought Japanese standout Ryota Yamauchi (4-1) in March, to win the vacant WBA International title. He marked his first WBA defense against former OPBF champion Ardin Diale (35-14) on May 26th.
-Jayson Mama (13-0): IBF #9 / WBO #10
The undefeated Filipino prospect has had quite an impressive year thus far, with victories over Teeraphong Utaida (38-7) and former WBA Strawweight World champion Ekkawit Songnui (49-7).
-Giemel Magramo (23-1): WBO #2 / IBF #4 / WBC #5 / WBA #5
Magramo defeated Wenfeng Ge (11-1) for the WBO International title this past January. He will clash with Komgrich Nantapech (25-5) on September 7th for a shot at the IBF World title.
-Nare Yianleang (71-5): WBA #1 / WBC #7
Since losing to Kazuto Ioka in 2017, Yianleang has won 9 fights in a row.
-Komgrich Nantapech (25-5): IBF #3
As mentioned above, the Thai boxer will be involved in an IBF eliminator against Giemel Magramo (23-1).
-Edward Heno (14-0): WBO #1 / WBC #2 / WBA #2 / IBF #14
Heno made his third successful OPBF title defense in February, against Koji Itagaki (18-14). There’s a good chance that the Filipino meets the newly crowned WBO World champion Elwin Soto (15-1), possibly in October.
-Christian Araneta (17-0): IBF #3 / WBO #10 / WBC #12
Araneta will go toe to toe with fellow undefeated top contender Agustin Mauro Gauto (12-0) in an IBF eliminator, on October 6th.
-Andika Fredikson Ha'e (16-0): WBA #4
“D’Golden Boy” became the WBA Asia champion in April.
-Randy Petalcorin (30-3): IBF #9 / WBA #11
The former interim WBA World champion beat Thai journeyman Worawatchai Boonjan (14-22) on June 9th.
-Jonathan Taconing (28-4): WBC #1
Taconing failed to capture the WBC World title from Ken Shiro (16-0).
-Jing Xiang (16-4): WBO #5
Xiang successfully defended his WBC Silver Light Flyweight title against 2 division World champion Suriyan Satorn (60-7) back in January. The Chinese star will make his Strawweight debut on August 17th against Jomar Caindog (10-1) for the vacant WBO International championship.
-Samuel Salva (17-0): IBF #1 / WBO #2
Salva and Pedro Taduran (13-2) will meet on September 7th in an IBF eliminator.
-Lito Dante (16-10): WBC #8 / IBF #11
In a shocking turn of events, Dante managed to TKO top contender Tsubasa Koura (14-1) and not only become the OPBF champion but also place himself in the world rankings.
-Rhenrob Andales (10-1): WBA #5
”ArAr” captured the vacant WBA Asia title earlier this year and defended it for the first time in April against Cris Ganoza (17-3). He now challenges the WBA World champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong (18-0) on August 2nd.
-Pedro Taduran (13-2): IBF #3 / WBC #4 / WBO #8
As mentioned above, Taduran will be involved in an IBF No.1 contendership match with Samuel Salva (17-0)
-Rene Mark Cuarto (17-2): IBF #6 / WBO #15
Cuarto defeated Mike Kinaadman (6-10) on June 28th.
-Joey Canoy (15-3): WBO #9
Canoy stopped Ryan Makiputin (13-18) on July 11th.
-Mark Anthony Barriga (9-1): WBC #6 / IBF #9 / WBO #14
Barriga failed to capture the vacant IBF World Championship in December.
-Robert Paradero (18-0): WBO #3 / WBA #13
Paradero beat Jonathan Almacen (5-3) this past April.
-Melvin Jerusalem (14-2): WBC #2 / IBF #7 / WBO #10
Jerusalem hasn’t fought since November.
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-Kyotaro Fujimoto (20-1): WBA #11
The former K-1 star and reigning WBO Asia Pacific champion has vacated his Japanese & OPBF titles recently. Kyotaro is looking to secure a world title match in the near future.
-Ryota Murata (15-2): WBA (Regular) World champion
The 2012 Olympic champion got his revenge on Rob Brant (25-2) in Osaka, reclaiming his WBA title.
-Takeshi Inoue (14-1): WBO #11
Inoue made short work of Thai veteran Komsan Polsan (38-11) on August 3rd, to become the WBO Asia Pacific champion for the second time.
-Keita Obara (21-4): IBF #8
After losing to Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (16-0) earlier this year, Obara beat Indonesian journeyman Yosmar Kefi (9-12) in June.
-Yusuke Konno (15-4): WBA #15
Konno earned a huge win on March 30th when he stopped Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (15-3) in China to become the new WBA Asia champion.
-Masayoshi Nakatani (18-1): IBF #7 / WBC #7 / WBO #14
Nakatani came up short against Teofimo Lopez (14-0), ending his undefeated streak.
-Masaru Sueyoshi (19-1): WBO #3
Sueyoshi will meet Kosuke Saka (18-5), on September 2nd, for the 5th defense of his Japanese title. [Ed's note - This bout has been postponed due to Sueyoshi suffering an injury]
-Kenichi Ogawa (24-1): IBF #3 / WBA #4 / WBO #11
The uncrowned IBF king returned to the ring earlier this year and has already amassed 2 victories. His next match has been scheduled for September 7th. (Opponent TBA) [Ed's note - This scheduled bout also appears to have been cancelled, though the reason is unclear]
-Musashi Mori (9-0): WBO #9
Mori defended his WBO Asia Pacific title against the former champion Richard Pumicpic (21-10) this past April.
-Hiroshige Osawa (35-5): WBA #1 / IBF #14
Osawa fought and beat Indonesian journeyman Ahmad Lahizab (4-8) on April 7th.
-Reiya Abe (19-2): IBF #6 / WBC #10
Abe will square off with Ryo Sagawa (7-1) for the vacant Japanese title, on September 13th.
-Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3): IBF #1
Iwasa won an IBF title eliminator against Cesar Juarez (24-7) in February.
-Hiroaki Teshigawara (19-2): IBF #8
Teshigawara will mark his second defense of the OPBF championship against former world title challenger Shohei Omori (20-2) on August 8th.
-Shingo Wake (26-5): WBC #2 / IBF #4 / WBA #10
Wake has been on a 6 fight winning streak since losing to Jonathan Guzman (23-1) in 2016.
-Yukinori Oguni (21-2): WBA #3
The former IBF World champion defeated Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-10) on May 8.
-Yusaku Kuga (18-3): WBC #10
Kuga became once again the Japanese champion after earning a unanimous decision over Ryoichi Tamura (12-4) on May 18th.
-Naoya Inoue (18-0): IBF World champion
Inoue is set to clash with the WBA Super & WBC Diamond champion Nonito Donaire (40-5) in the WBSS Bantamweight final, on November 7th.
-Takuma Inoue (13-0): WBC Interim World champion
Takuma is expected to unify with Nordine Oubaali (16-0) before the year is over.
-Ryo Akaho (34-2): WBO #2
Akaho has been undefeated since 2016, amassing 8 wins. It’s worth noting that the former Japanese & OPBF champion is currently fighting at Featherweight. We aren’t 100% sure if this is a mistake by the WBO or he is intending to go down again at Bantamweight. He is scheduled to compete on October 5th.
-Keita Kurihara (14-5): IBF #9 / WBC #12
Kurihara defended his OPBF crown in May, after knocking out former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas (21-10).
-Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8): IBF #12
Kobayashi won the WBO Asia Pacific title, this past May, from Ben Mananquil (17-2).
-Kazuto Ioka (24-2): WBO World champion.
Ioka defeated Aston Palicte (25-3) in June to win the vacant WBO strap and to become the 1st ever Japanese 4 division World champion.
-Akira Yaegashi (28-6): WBO #9 / WBA #12 / WBC #14
The 3 division World champion has been undefeated as a Super Flyweight, with 3 consecutive TKO victories under his belt. His next fight will probably be this coming November.
-Sho Ishida (28-1): WBO #1 / IBF #5 / WBA #5 / WBC #10
Ishida has been 4-0 since losing to Khalid Yafai (26-0) in 2017.
-Koki Eto (24-5): WBO #2 / WBA #3 / WBC #7 / IBF #7
Eto lost to Jeyvier Cintron (11-0) on August 2nd, in a WBO #1 contenders’ match.
-Kosei Tanaka (13-0): WBO World champion
Tanaka defends against Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2) on August 24th.
-Junto Nakatani (19-0): WBC #3 / WBO #4 / WBA #7 / IBF #11
Nakatani’s biggest fight yet will take place on October 5th, when he tests himself against former IBF Light Flyweight World champion Milan Melindo (37-4).
-Masayuki Kuroda (30-8): IBF #10 / WBC #13
Kuroda went to war with Moruti Mthalane (38-2) for the IBF World title, this past May, but couldn’t bring the belt back home.
-Yusuke Sakashita (18-8): WBO #15
Sakashita stopped former world title contender Masahiro Sakamoto (13-3) to become the new WBO Asia Pacific champion.
-Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0): WBA World champion.
Kyoguchi successfully defended the WBA title for the 1st time, this June, against Muay Thai champion Tanawat Nakoon (11-1). Tetsuya Hisada will be next.
-Ken Shiro (16-0): WBC World champion.
The unstoppable Ken Shiro made short work of Jonathan Taconing (28-4) on July 12th, to mark his 6th title defense.
-Tetsuya Hisada (34-9): WBA #1 / WBO #3 / WBC #3 / IBF #6
Hisada has been on an impressive 13 fight winning streak. His big opportunity finally has arrived as he challenges Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0) for the WBA (Super) title, on October 1st.
-Kenichi Horikawa (40-15): WBC #5 / IBF #5
Horikawa won the Japanese title earlier this year, for the second time in his career. He made his inaugural defense in May and will mark his second one, on August 8th, against Ryuto Oho (12-5).
-Reiya Konishi (17-2): IBF #8
Konishi didn’t manage to capture the IBF title from Felix Alvarado (35-2).
-Sho Kimura (18-3): WBA #8
The former WBO Flyweight World champion lost a unanimous decision to Carlos Canizales (22-0) for the WBA (Regular) World title in China.
-Norihito Tanaka (19-7): IBF #5 / WBO #6 / WBA #12
Tanaka won the Japanese title, this past January, and defended it on June 13 against Naoya Haruguchi (15-11).
-Masataka Taniguchi (11-3): WBO #7
Taniguchi will face rising star Kai Ishizawa (6-0) on September 21st.
-Tsubasa Koura (14-1): WBC #10 / IBF #14
Koura surprisingly lost his OPBF title to Lito Dante (16-10) a few months ago.
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