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 25.
-Robert Paradero (17-0): WBO #1 / WBC #28
Paradero successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific Youth title in 2018.
-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 25, in Manila.
-Pedro Taduran (13-2): WBC #9 / IBF #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 #10
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 #14
Barriga failed to capture the vacant IBF World Championship in December.
-Joey Canoy (14-3): WBO #10
Canoy recently challenged Simpiwe Konkco (19-5) for the IBO title but the fight ended in a no contest.
-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 (13-0): WBO #3 / WBC #3 / WBA #6 / IBF #11
Heno marked 2 successful 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 OPBF title defense will take place in Japan, against Koji Itagaki (18-13), on February 11.
-Jing Xiang (16-4): 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 #3 / WBA #9 / WBC #10 / WBO #11
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.
-Randy Petalcorin (29-3): IBF #10
The former interim WBA World champion will return to action on April 6, in Australia.
-Rey Loreto (24-14): WBC #4
Loreto has only fought once in 2018.
-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 #6
Utaida went 4-0 in 2018, moving up to Flyweight only recently and soon became the IBF Pan Pacific champion.
-Sarawut Thawornkham (20-1): WBA #1
The former WBA Asia champion has fought twice in 2018 and has knocked out both of his opponents.
-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 (51-4): WBA #7 / WBC #18
The former WBA interim World champion failed the recapture the crown this summer in Ukraine when he fought Artem Dalakian (18-0).
-Aston Palicte (25-2): WBO #1 / WBC #7 / IBF #14
Palicte stopped Jose Martinez (20-1) on January 31st, in a WBO world title eliminator.
-Michael Dasmarinas (28-2): IBF #4 / WBC #14
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 29, in an IBF world title eliminator.
-Kenny Demecillo (14-4): IBF #3 / WBC #33
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.
-Carl Jammes Martin (11-0): WBO #10 / WBA #14
2018 has been a breakout year for the Filipino, winning 4 fights in the span of only 6 months, plus earning the WBO Oriental Youth & WBA Asia titles. Martin will fight again, on February 16, against Petchchorhae Kokietgym (17-2).
-Arthur Villanueva (32-3): WBO #8 / WBC #15
The former WBO Asia Pacific champion and world title contender has one win and one draw in 2018.
-Albert Pagara (31-1): WBO #2 / IBF #7 / WBC #21
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 #3
Elorde has won the WBO Asia Pacific championship in 2015 and has defended it successfully thrice since then.
-Marlon Tapales (31-2): WBO #6 / IBF #6
The former WBO Bantamweight World champion’s next fight will take place on February 16.
-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). He will be involved in a special attraction match in Thailand, on February 8, against the WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4).
-Jeo Santisima (17-2): WBO #10
The Filipino won the vacant WBO Oriental title this past summer and has already defended it once.
-Genesis Servania (32-1): WBO #1 / WBA #1
Servania has knocked out all of his opponents, since losing to WBO World champion Oscar Valder (25-0) in 2017, including world title contender Carlos Carlson (23-5) in September. His next confirmed opponent is Carlos Castro (21-0), whom he’ll face in California, on February 10. If Servania wins here, since he’s already the number 1 ranked Featherweight by both the WBA & WBO, he can either challenge Can Xu (16-2) or rematch Valder in the immediate future.
-Mark Magsayo (18-0): WBC #1
The former undefeated WBO International champion is the number 1 contender for the WBC World title. A match with Gary Russell Jr. (29-1) could be in the works for later this year.
-Daud Yordan (38-4): WBA #5
Yordan’s latest success came in April of 2018, when he knocked out Pavel Malikov (14-1) to become the WBO Intercontinental champion. He later put on a good performance against former World champion Anthony Crolla (34-6) in a WBA world title eliminator, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
-Mercito Gesta (32-2): WBO #2 / WBC #32
After unsuccessfully challenging Jorge Linares (45-5) for the WBA World championship, Gesta defeated Robert Manzanarez (36-3) for the vacant WBO-NABO.
-Apinun Khongsong (14-0): IBF #6
The current IBF Asia & Pan Pacific champion has fought 4 times in 2018, all stoppage victories. Khongsong will now face Akihiro Kondo (31-7) in an IBF world title eliminator, on February 18.
-Meng Fanlong (14-0): IBF #8 / WBA #12 / WBO #15 / WBC #29
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 #5
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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