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2018-01-08
2017 IN REVIEW- The Junior Featherweights
Pictured: Lineal World Junior Featherweight Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux


Guillermo Rigondeaux remains the lineal champion at 122 as his year consisted of a No Contest in a title defense, a loss in an successful attempt to win a title at 130, and being unceremoniously stripped of the WBA Super World super bantamweight title for losing in the aforementioned junior lightweight contest!

Champion: Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 1 NC, 11 KOs)
- 6/17- Moises Flores.....NC-1
(retained Lineal World Junior Featherweight Title and WBA Super World Super Bantamweight Title; for IBO World Super Bantamweight Title- originally ruled a KO-1 victory for Rigondeaux; NSAC overruled the referee and changed the result to a No Contest; the IBO title was then declared vacant.)
- 12/9- Vasyl Lomachenko.....L TKO-6
(for WBO World Junior Lightweight Title)
- 12/31- the WBA no longer listed Rigondeaux as their Super World Super Bantamweight champion

1. Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs)
- 4/22- Adeilson Dos Santos.....W KO-2
(retained WBO World Junior Featherweight Title)

2. Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 KOs)
- 2/25- Gavin McDonnell.....W MD 12
(won vacant WBC World Super Bantamweight Title)
- 8/26- Ronny Rios.....W UD 12
(retained WBC World Super Bantamweight Title)
- 12/2- Oscar Negrete.....W UD 12
(retained WBC World Super Bantamweight Title)

3. Ryosuke Iwasa (24-2, 16 KOs)
- 3/2- Glenn Madura.....W TKO-3
- 9/13- Yukinori Oguni.....W TKO-6
(won IBF World Junior Featherweight Title)

4. Nonito Donaire (also #11 at 126; 38-4, 24 KOs)
- 9/23- Ruben Garcia Hernandez.....W UD 10

5. Daniel Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs)
- 1/20- Adam Lopez.....W TKO-9
- 9/3- Shun Kubo.....W TKO-9
(won WBA World Super Bantamweight Title)

6. Moises Flores (25-0, 2 NCs, 17 KOs)
- 6/17- Guillermo Rigondeaux.....NC-1
(for Rigondeaux's Lineal World Junior Featherweight Title, Rigondeaux's WBA Super World Super Bantamweight Title, and Flores' IBO World Super Bantamweight Title; originally ruled a KO-1 victory for Rigondeaux; NSAC overruled the referee and changed the result to a No Contest; the IBO title was then declared vacant.)
- Note: Flores still holds the WBA Interim World Super Bantamweight title.

7. Julio Ceja (32-2, 28 KOs)
- 5/27- Anselmo Moreno.....W KO-3
- 11/25- Breilor Teran.....W UD 12

8. Shingo Wake (23-5-2, 15 KOs)
- 7/19- Mikihito Seto.....W TKO-5
- 9/13- Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (birth name: Boonsom Lamsiri).....W KO-8
- 12/31- Adundet Saithonggym.....W TKO-3

9. Yukinori Oguni (19-2-1, 7 KOs)
- 9/13- Ryosuke Iwasa.....L TKO-6
(lost IBF World Junior Featherweight Title)

10. Diego De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs)
- 3/11- Roberto Pucheta.....W UD 8
- 5/18- Erik Ruiz.....W UD 10
- 7/1- Alan Isaias Luques Castillo.....W UD 10
- 9/16- Randy Caballero.....W UD 10

11. Cesar Juarez (20-5, 15 KOs)
- 4/1- Eugene "Rambo" Lagos.....W KO-3
- Note: Juarez fell to 20-6 when he was stopped in the fifth round by Isaac Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs) on 1/6/18 in a bout contested for the vacant WBO Interim World junior featherweight title.

12. Randy Caballero (24-1, 14 KOs)
- 3/23- Jesus Ruiz.....W UD 10
- 9/16- Diego De La Hoya.....L UD 10

13. Iran Diaz (also #11 at 115; 14-2-2, 6 KOs)
- 9/2- Luis Concepcion.....W UD 10
- 12/1- Edgar Alfredo Martinez.....W TKO-6
 
Article By: Ken Pollitt