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2018-01-09
2017 IN REVIEW- The Junior Bantamweights
Pictured: reigning WBO World Junior Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue, TTR's #1 ranked junior bantamweight contender for the lineal title at 115 (for the time being)


The year ended with Naoya Inoue as TTR's #1 ranked contender for the vacant World junior bantamweight title but Inoue has announced his intention to campaign as a bantamweight and is expected to relinquish the WBO World junior bantamweight title in the near future. TTR will continue to rank Inoue at 115 until he officially cuts ties with the division.

The following is how "Monster" and the other TTR-ranked junior bantamweights did in 2017:

1. Naoya "Monster" Inoue (P4P #9; 15-0, 13 KOs)
- 5/21- Ricardo Rodriguez.....W KO-3
(retained WBO World Junior Bantamweight Title)
- 9/9- Antonio Nieves.....W TKO-6
(retained WBO World Junior Bantamweight Title)
- 12/30- Yoan Boyeaux.....W TKO-3
(retained WBO World Junior Bantamweight Title)

2. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (birth name: Sirichai Thaiyen; P4P #7; 44-4-1, 40 KOs)
- 3/18- Roman Gonzalez.....W MD 12
(won WBC World Super Flyweight Title)
- 9/9- Roman Gonzalez.....W KO-4
(retained WBC World Super Flyweight Title)

3. Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs)
- 3/11- Anuar Salas.....W TKO-5
- 9/9- Carlos Cuadras.....W UD 12

4. Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KOs)
- 1/19- Jose Alfredo Rodriguez.....W TKO-7
(retained IBF World Junior Bantamweight Title)
- 7/2- Teiru Kinoshita.....W TKO-7
(retained IBF World Junior Bantamweight Title)
- 11/18- Jamie Conlan.....W TKO-6
(retained IBF World Junior Bantamweight Title)

5. Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KOs)
- 3/18- David Carmona.....W UD 10
- 9/9- Juan Francisco Estrada.....L UD 12

6. Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs)
- 3/18- Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.....L MD 12
(lost WBC World Super Flyweight Title)
- 9/9- Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.....L KO-4
(for WBC World Super Flyweight Title)

7. Khalid Yafai (23-0, 14 KOs)
- 5/13- Suguru Muranaka......W UD 12
(retained WBA World Super Flyweight Title)
- 10/28- Sho Ishida.....W UD 12
(retained WBA World Super Flyweight Title)

8. Rau'shee Warren (15-2, 1 NC, 4 KOs/22-2, 1 NC, 4 KOs including WSB bouts)
- 2/10- Zhanat Zhakiyanov.....L SD 12
(lost WBA Super World Bantamweight Title and IBO World Bantamweight title- IBO title became vacant because Zhakiyanov did not pay the sanctioning fee.)
- 7/29- McJoe Arroyo.....W UD 12

9. Rex Tso (22-0, 13 KOs)
- 3/11- Hirofumi Mukai.....W KO-8
- 10/7- Kohei Kono.....W Unan. Tech. Dec. 7

10. Jonas Sultan (14-3, 9 KOs)
- 5/7- Sonny Boy Jaro.....W KO-8
- 9/16- John Riel Casimero.....W UD 12

11. Iran Diaz (also #13 at 122; 14-2-2, 6 KOs)
- 9/2- Luis Concepcion.....W UD 12
- 12/1- Edgar Alfredo Martinez.....W TKO-6
 
Article By: Ken Pollitt