By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Samuel Salva (17-0): IBF #1 / WBO #1 / WBA #10
Salva scored a major victory over Rene Mark Cuarto (16-2), on March 23rd, to secure a future IBF world title shot.
- Rhenrob Andales (9-0): WBA #9
”ArAr” captured the vacant WBA Asia title earlier this year and defended it for the first time on April 13 against Cris Ganoza (17-3).
-Joey Canoy (14-3): WBO #10
Canoy will take on Frans Damur Palue (15-22) on May 11 for the WBA Asia & WBC Asia Silver belts.
-Lito Dante (16-10): WBC #10 / IBF #13
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.
-Melvin Jerusalem (14-2): WBC #2 / IBF #8 / WBO #11
Jerusalem got a unanimous decision victory over 2 time world title challenger Toto Landero (10-4) this past November.
-Robert Paradero (18-0): WBO #2
Paradero’s beat Jonathan Almacen (5-3) on April 5th.
-Pedro Taduran (13-2): IBF #5 / WBC #6 / WBO #8
Taduran hasn’t competed since last year.
-Rene Mark Cuarto (16-2): IBF #7
As mentioned above, Cuarto lost to Samuel Salva (17-0) in Manila.
-Mark Anthony Barriga (9-1): IBF #3 / WBC #8
Barriga failed to capture the vacant IBF World Championship in December.
-Jonathan Taconing (28-3): WBC #1 / WBA #3 / WBO #3 / IBF #12
The WBC International champion Taconing is expected to be challenging the WBC World champion Ken Shiro (15-0) on July 12, in Japan.
-Tanawat Nakoon (11-0): WBA #11
Muay Thai phenom turned pro boxer, the former Lumpinee & Rajadamnern Stadium champion earns his place at the world rankings as he challenges Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0) for the WBA Super World championship, on June 19.
-Jing Xiang (16-4): WBO #8 / WBA #8 / WBC #9
Xiang successfully defended his WBC Silver title against 2 division World champion Suriyan Satorn (59-7), on January 5th, in China.
-Edward Heno (14-0): WBO #2 / WBC #2 / WBA #4
Heno made his third successful OPBF title defense, in February, against Koji Itagaki (18-14).
-Christian Araneta (17-0): IBF #4 / WBA #9 / WBC #11 / WBO #12
Araneta added 3 more wins to his perfect record, in 2018.
-Randy Petalcorin (29-3): IBF #9 / WBA #15
The former interim WBA World champion has been inactive since losing to Felix Alvarado.
-Ivan Soriano (20-2): IBF #10
Soriano has won twice since losing to Wenfeng Ge (11-1) in 2018.
-Wulan Tuolehazi (11-3): WBA #4
The WBC Silver champion fought Japanese standout Ryota Yamauchi (4-1), on March 30, to win the vacant WBA International title. He will mark his inaugural WBA defense against former OPBF champion Ardin Diale (35-13) on May 26.
-Sarawut Thawornkham (20-1): WBA #1
Undefeated since September of 2014, Thawornkham will go on to challenge Artem Dalakian (18-0) for the WBA World championship on June 15.
-Giemel Magramo (23-1): WBO #2 / WBC #4 / IBF #5 / WBA #9
Magramo defeated Wenfeng Ge (11-1) for the WBO International title on January 5th.
- Jayson Mama (12-0): WBO #10 / IBF #10
The undefeated Filipino prospect earned the biggest win of his young career this past March over the IBF Pan Pacific champion & 2 time world title contender Teeraphong Utaida (38-7).
-Nare Yianleang (70-5): WBA #2 / WBC #8
Since losing to Kazuto Ioka in 2017, Yianleang has won 8 fights in a row.
-Komgrich Nantapech (25-5): IBF #3
No news yet on what’s next for the former IBF Pan Pacific champion.
-Sirichai Thaiyen (53-4): WBA #8
The former WBA interim World champion has been 3-0 since losing to Dalakian.
-Aston Palicte (25-2): WBO #1 / WBC #7
Palicte stopped Jose Martinez (20-1) on January 31st, in a WBO world title eliminator. He is set to meet Kazuto Ioka (23-2) for the vacant championship, on June 19.
-Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5): WBA #3
The former WBC, The Ring & Lineal champion already finds himself again at the top of the world rankings.
-Donnie Nietes (42-1): IBF #4 / WBC #5
The 4 division world champion decided to relinquish his WBO strap. No news on his return yet.
-Michael Dasmarinas (29-2): IBF #1 / WBC #11
Tsarinas picked up a unanimous decision win over Kenny Demecillo (14-5), on March 23rd, to become the #1 contender for the IBF World title.
-Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-9): IBF #5
“Sukkasem Kietyongyuth’s” toughest challenge will take place on May 8, as he takes on the former IBF Super Bantamweight World champion Yukinori Oguni (20-2) in Japan.
- Ben Mananquil (17-1): WBA #8 / IBF #8 / WBO #10
The Filipino earned a huge win against Japanese star Tenta Kiyoshe (15-3), on February 10, to win the WBO Asia Pacific championship. He will defend it for the first time against Yuki Strong Kobayashi (14-8), on May 26.
-Tasana Salapat (49-1): WBC #8
After failing to capture the interim WBC title in December, Salapat returned to the ring on April 24 to defeat Nicky Jordan Nainggolan (6-1) and become the OPBF Silver champion.
-Kenny Demecillo (14-5): IBF #9
Demecillo lost to Michael Dasmarinas (29-2) in Singapore, as mentioned above.
-Arthur Villanueva (32-3): WBO #6 / WBC #14
Villanueva has one win and one draw in 2018.
-Juan Miguel Elorde (28-1): WBO #2
Elorde has won the WBO Asia Pacific championship in 2015 and has defended it successfully 4 times since then, most recently against Shohei Kawashima (17-3).
-Nawaphon Kaikanha (44-1): WBC #7
Kaikanha went 5-0 in 2018 and even scored a TKO victory over former IBF World champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3). He will make his 1st appearance in 2019, on May 18, as he faces former WBC World champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-14).
-Marlon Tapales (32-2): IBF #4 / WBO #4
The former WBO Bantamweight World champion has been 2-0 since moving up a weight class.
-Albert Pagara (31-1): WBO #1 / IBF #7
The WBO Intercontinental champion hasn’t been active close to 6 months now.
-Jeo Santisima (17-2): WBO #10
The Filipino won the vacant WBO Oriental title this past summer and has defended it only once.
-Joe Noynay (17-2): WBO #8
The Filipino rising star TKOed Kosuke Saka (18-5), on April 20, to win the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title.
-Apinun Khongsong (15-0): IBF #1
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 #12
Meng stopped the former British & Commonwealth champion Frank Buglioni (22-4) in November of 2018, to defend his IBF Intercontinental title for the first time.
-Zhilei Zhang (20-0): WBO #5
The 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist has signed with Matchroom Boxing.
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