The Super Flyweight division has a host of contenders, many of whom seem to be in a queue to get a title fight. That's taken a lot of pressure off the prospects, who don't need to be rushed into title fights, though there are a lot of good prospects in the division.
If you missed our previous pieces on the Super Flyweight division they can be read here:
The state of the Division - Super Flyweight - The Champions
The state of the Division - Super Flyweight - The Contenders
KJ Cataraja (9-0, 7)
For us the stand out prospect at Super Flyweight is 23 year old Filipino sensation KJ Cataraja, who appears to have it all. He's quick, a wonderfully sharp puncher, heavy handed, throws wonderful combinations, has a fantastic work rate, has proven his stamina by going 10 rounds recently and can take a shot when he needs to. In 2018 we saw him score his biggest win, defeating Victor Hugo Reyes, and it seems like he's ready to make a big step up in class in 2019. He's probably a year or two away from a world title shot, but that's not going to be a problem given the amount of contenders that are in front of him, and in fact really gives him time to prepare fully for a world title fight.
Jeyvier Cintron (9-0, 4)
Puerto Rican prospect Jeyvier Cintron is a second generation fighter, following in the footsteps of father Javier, and is a 2-time Olympian, fighting in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, becoming the first Puerto to fight at 2 different Olympic games. He turned professional without too much fuss but the 23 year old did impress as an amateur and those in the know did tip when he made his debut in the Spring of 2017. So far he's impressed and has already notched good wins against Gregory Vera and Marvin Solano, done 10 rounds and made a march up the rankings. There's still a lot for him to do, but he's showing enough to be excited about.
Judy Flores (6-0, 3)
Another Filipino prospect in the division is 20 year old Judy Flores, who has just turned 20 years old and actually made his debut days after his 19th birthday. Given he's only been a professional since November 2017 it's obvious that he's not been tested too much, but impressed in September, stopping Wiljan Ugbaniel, and looks like he could end up being a real threat in the division, in the long term. He's already fighting in 8 rounders and looks likely to be kept busy through 2019 before stepping up his competition in 2020 or 2021. He's younger than almost everyone on this list, but could end up being a rela diamond in the rough.
Dynamic Kenji (10-3, 7)
At 27 years old, and soon to be 28, Japan's Dynamic Kenji is on the older side for a prospect but really only began to prove himself in 2017, before building on that success this past year. He's been a professional since late 2013 and struggled early on, losing 2 of his first 4 and 3 of his first 8. Now he's seemingly found his groove and has scored 5 straight stoppage wins, and over come the likes of Futa Akizuki and Shota Kawaguchi. He's proven to be a fighter who has developed, hits hard, and has the skills to back up his power. Sadly his age is a worry and he may well fall short of fighting for a world title, though we'd be very surprised if he doesn't mix it up at the top of the regional scene.
Dylan Price (7-0, 5)
Mayweather Promotions may not have a great track record of developing talent, and keeping it busy, but they have a real prodigy on their hands in the form of youngster Dylan Price. The American ran up an excellent 112-12 amateur record and now looks like he could be a real future star of the lower weights. He made his debut in early 2017 and whilst he's not been matched hard, at all, yet he has already completed a couple of 6 rounders and looks like he combines skills, speed and power. We're waiting to see him step up, but there is real hope that he could be one of the few "smaller" Americans to leave a real mark on the sport.
David Cuellar (10-0, 4)
Touting teenagers as something special is always risky, but 17 year old David Cuellar looks like he's a risk worthy of noting. The youngster, dubbed "El General", debuted at the age of 15 and after a string of low level wins stepped up this year with a victory over Victor Trejo Garcia. It's unclear if his future is at Flyweight, Super Flyweight or Bantamweight, yet, but we suspect he'll be fighting as a fully fledged Super Flyweight sooner, rather than later. The footage of Cuellar shows a decent boxer-puncher, but someone who needs to improve technically, with flawed defense and a lack of man strength. There's a lot to like about Cuellar, even at this very early stage in his career.
Ernesto Delgadillo (11-0-2, 2)
Whilst Dylan Price looks likely to be the biggest name prospect in the US he's some way behind Ernesto Delgadillo in terms of development. The unbeaten Delgadillo has impressed in 2017 and 2018, beating the likes of Bryan Aquino, Oscar Mojica and Nate Green and looks to be marching up towards the rankings. Although Delgadillo isn't fighting at a particularly high level he is worthy of some attention and looks like he could smash into the WBC rankings in the new year.
Alexandru Marin (17-0, 11)
American based Romanian 26 year old Alexandru Marin isn't a big name in the division but has slowly built himself into prospect with wins against the likes of Michael Ruiz Jr, Bruno Escalante and Juan Palacios, albeit a shot and out of shape Palacios. With 17 fights under his belt he's an advanced and experienced prospect, but still a prospect and one that maybe a year or two from a a bout with a top contender. His career has a lot of potential, but he seems likely to be moved slowly through the ranks and not given too many risks for the time being.
Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.