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2018-01-07
2017 IN REVIEW- The Featherweights
Pictured: TTR #1 ranked featherweight contender Leo Santa Cruz, the reigning WBA Super World Featherweight Champion


The twelve TTR-ranked contenders for the vacant lineal world featherweight championship are talented but not very active. Only one, Lee Selby, fought more than twice this past year and four, Gary Russell, Jr., Abner Mares, Nonito Donaire, and Jorge Lara, fought only once!

1. Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs)
- 1/28- Carl Frampton.....W MD 12
(regained WBA Super World Featherweight Title)
- 10/14- Chris Avalos.....W KO-8
(retained WBA Super World Featherweight Title)

2. Gary Russell, Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs)
- 5/20- Oscar Escandon.....W TKO-7
(retained WBC World Featherweight Title)

3. Carl Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs)
- 1/28- Leo Santa Cruz.....L MD 12
(lost WBA Super World Featherweight Title)
- 11/18- Horacio Garcia.....W UD 10

4. Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs)
- 10/14- Andres Gutierrez.....W Unan. Tech. Dec. 10
(retained WBA World Featherweight Title)

5. Lee Selby (26-1, 9 KOs)
- 3/4- Andoni Gago.....W TKO-9
- 7/15- Jonathan Victor Barros.....W UD 12
(retained IBF World Featherweight Title)
- 12/9- Eduardo Ramirez.....W UD 12
(retained IBF World Featherweight Title)

6. Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs)
- 4/22- Miguel Marriaga.....W UD 12
(retained WBO World Featherweight Title)
- 9/22- Genesis Servania.....W UD 12
(retained WBO World Featherweight Title)

7. Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs)
- 4/29- Viorel Simion.....W UD 12
- 11/4- Oleg Yefimovych.....W TKO-6

8. Joseph Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs/26-1, 13 KOs including WSB bouts)
- 5/6- Manuel Avila.....W UD 10
- 9/16- Rafael Rivera.....W UD 12

9. Jesus M. Rojas (26-1-2, 1 NC, 19 KOs)
- 5/8- Abraham Lopez.....W TKO-8
- 9/15- Claudio Marrero.....W KO-7
(won WBA Interim World Featherweight Title)

10. Josh Warrington (26-0, 6 KOs)
- 5/13- Kiko Martinez.....W MD 12
- 10/21- Dennis Ceylan.....W TKO-10

11. Nonito Donaire (also #4 at 122; 38-4, 24 KOs)
- 9/23- Ruben Garcia Hernandez.....W UD 10

12. Jorge Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs)
- 5/20- Mario Briones.....W TKO-3
 
Article By: Ken Pollitt