By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Zhilei Zhang (20-0): WBO #8
The 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist has signed with Matchroom and could be facing the undefeated Australian champion Demsey McKean (15-0) this Fall.
-Meng Fanlong (15-0): IBF #1
Meng won an IBF world title eliminator, on June 1st, against Adam Deines (17-1) and he’s now next in line to challenge Artur Beterbiev (14-0).
-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.
-Romero Duno (20-1): WBO #10
The Filipino Golden Boy fighter recently won the WBO NABO title in the States.
-Joe Noynay (17-2): WBO #6
Noynay TKOed Kosuke Saka (18-5) this past April, to earn the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title. His inaugural defense will take place in Japan, on July 12, against Olympic Bronze Medalist Satoshi Shimizu (8-0).
-Jhack Tepora (23-0): IBF #4 / WBA #13
The former interim WBA World champion earned a unanimous decision victory over Jose Luis Gallegos (16-7), on June 1st.
-Dave Penalosa (15-0): WBO #10
Penalosa stopped Marcos Cardenas (20-7) this past February, to become the new WBO Oriental champion. The Filipino will clash with Lerato Dlamini (12-1), on July 12, for the vacant WBC Silver title.
-Mark Magsayo (19-0): WBC #8
The former WBO International champion and #1 contender made a successful in ring return on April 12 against Ery Subiyasno (12-5).
-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 hasn’t been active close to 8 months now.
-Jeo Santisima (17-2): WBO #8
The Filipino won the vacant WBO Oriental title this past summer and has defended it only once.
-Arthur Villanueva (32-3): WBO #4 / WBC #15
Villanueva will challenge Nordine Oubaali (15-0), on July 6, for the WBC World title.
-Michael Dasmarinas (29-2): IBF #1 / WBC #11
Dasmarinas picked up a unanimous decision over Kenny Demecillo (14-5), on March 23rd, to become the #1 contender for the IBF World title.
-Nawaphon Kaikanha (45-1): WBC #4
Kaikanha marked a second defense of his WBC Asia title against former World champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-15) on May 18.
-Tasana Salapat (49-1): WBC #8 / WBA #9
After failing to capture the interim WBC title in December, Salapat returned to the ring on April 24 and became the OPBF Silver champion.
-Sukpraserd Ponpitak (23-10): IBF #5
“Sukkasem Kietyongyuth’s” suffered a defeat at the hands of the former IBF Super Bantamweight World champion Yukinori Oguni (21-2) on May 8. He then defeated Anucha Noithong (0-6) a month later.
-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
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 #4
The 4 division world champion decided to relinquish his WBO strap. No news on his return yet.
-Sirichai Thaiyen (54-4): WBA #4
The former interim WBA Flyweight World champion has been 4-0 since losing to Dalakian. Thaiyen will jump to Super Flyweight and fight Marzon Cabilla (17-18) for the OPBF Silver title, on July 18.
-Aston Palicte (25-3): WBO #8
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 26.
-Jayson Mama (13-0): IBF #9 / WBO #10
The undefeated Filipino prospect earned a major victory over the former WBA Strawweight World champion Ekkawit Songnui (49-7) on June 9.
-Giemel Magramo (23-1): WBO #2 / WBC #4 / IBF #4 / WBA #5
Magramo defeated Wenfeng Ge (11-1) for the WBO International title on January 5th.
-Nare Yianleang (70-5): WBA #1 / WBC #7
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.
-Jonathan Taconing (28-3): WBC #1
The WBC International champion Taconing will be challenging the WBC World champion Ken Shiro (15-0) on July 12.
-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.
-Andika Fredikson Ha'e (16-0): WBA #4
“Sabu” became the WBA Asia champion on April 6.
-Randy Petalcorin (30-3): IBF #9 / WBA #13
The former interim WBA World champion beat Thai journeyman Worawatchai Boonjan (14-22) on June 9.
-Christian Araneta (17-0): IBF #3 / WBA #7 / WBO #12 / WBC #11
Araneta hasn’t been active since December of last year.
-Ivan Soriano (20-2): IBF #10 / WBO #11
Soriano defeated Bonjun Loperez (12-12) this past January.
-Sarawut Thawornkham (20-2): WBA #6
Sarawut came up short in his match against Artem Dalakian (19-0) for the WBA World championship on June 15.
-Jing Xiang (16-4): WBO #5
Xiang successfully defended his WBC Silver Light Flyweight title against 2 division World champion Suriyan Satorn (60-7), on January 5th, in China. He will make his Strawweight debut on August 17 as he faces Jomar Caindog (9-1) for the inaugural WBO Global championship.
-Samuel Salva (17-0): IBF #1 / WBO #2
Salva challenges DeeJay Kriel (15-1) for the IBF World title on August 24.
-Lito Dante (16-10): WBC #8 / IBF #12
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 (10-0): WBA #5 / WBO #13
”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).
-Melvin Jerusalem (14-2): WBC #2 / IBF #7 / WBO #10
Jerusalem got a unanimous decision victory over 2 time world title challenger Toto Landero (10-4) this past November.
-Robert Paradero (18-0): WBO #3 / WBA #13
Paradero beat Jonathan Almacen (5-3) on April 5th.
-Pedro Taduran (13-2): IBF #3 / WBC #4 / WBO #8
Taduran hasn’t competed since last year.
-Rene Mark Cuarto (17-2): IBF #6
Cuarto defeated Mike Kinaadman (6-10) on June 28.
-Mark Anthony Barriga (9-1): IBF #8 / WBC #6 / WBO #15
Barriga failed to capture the vacant IBF World Championship in December.
-Joey Canoy (14-3): WBO #9
Canoy hasn’t fought since December.
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