Minimumweight Championship Tournament
The Minimumweight division is typically one that is given hate by fans but right now it's a really interesting one with 4 champions who can easily face off. So what we'd love is a 4 man tournament between those 4 champions.
Ideally the bracket would be:
Wanheng Menayothin (49-0, 17) Vs Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0, 7)
Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0, 7) Vs Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4)
With the bouts taking place in mid 2018, with the champions getting any mandatory assignments out of the way earlier in the year, and the winners meeting in December. It's unlikely we'll see this, but the champions aren't tied to rival networks or promoters who won't work together so this is a possible set up and would help put the little guys in a high profile tournament that could help the winner make a real name for themselves.
Light Flyweight Chaos!
Over the last year or so the Light Flyweight division has become one of the most interesting with so many good fighters in it. Whilst a tournament here would be fun there are promotional and television issues preventing some bouts, such as a unification between Ryoichi Taguchi and Ken Shiro. Thankfully though there is more than enough top fighters to go around, and a number of bouts are already being spoken about.
The ones already thought to be target for the first half of the year will see WBC champion Ken Shiro (12-0, 6) rematch former WBC champion Ganigan Lopez (28-7, 17), see IBF/WBA unified champion Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2, 12) battle against Hekkie Budler (31-3, 10) and WBO champion Angel Acosta (17-1, 17) defending his title against Ryuji Hara (23-2, 14).
That leaves fighters like Pedro Guevara (30-3-1, 17), Milan Melindo (37-3, 13), Felix Alvarado (30-2, 26), Tetsuya Hisada (30-9-2, 19), Jonathan Taconing (26-3-1, 22), Carlos Canizales (19-0-1, 16), and Randy Petalcorin (28-2-1, 21) on the all looking for shots at titles. We could pretty much stick any of those together and get something worth watching, so hopefully we get some of those matches at the division starts to take off in what could be a defining year for the 108lb division.
The re-rise of the Flies
A few years ago the Flyweight division was the best in the sport, by quite some margin. Sadly though it's now a fragmented division,and with the retirement of Kazuto Ioka it's a division that really lacks in terms of both stars and long term champions. Between the 3 current world champions they have a combined 2 defenses and with many top fighters being in their mid 30's. The one real shining light in the division right now is the ultra aggressive Daigo Higa (14-0, 14), at 22 years old.
Thankfully the division is full of prospects in their early 20's and even teens. These include 19 year old fighters Junto Nakatani (13-0, 10) and Stamp Kiatniwat (19-1, 7), the 21 year old Ronnie Baldonado (10-0-1,7) and 22 year old Ryota Yamauchi (2-0, 2). Whilst 2018 probably won't be their year to reach the top it would be nice to see those guys racing into the rankings and moving towards bigger fights at the end of the year.
What's also worth noting at the division is that 22 year old Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6) is now in the division and chasing a third world title. He works with the same network that televised WBO champion Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9) in his last bout, and a contest between the two would seem an easy one to make and be a lot of fun.