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2018-01-10
2017 IN REVIEW- The Junior Flyweights
Pictured: TTR's #1 ranked contender for the vacant lineal title at 108 pounds, Ken Shiro, the reigning WBC World Light Flyweight Champion


The sixteenth segment of TTR's review of 2017 looks at the eleven boxers ranked by TTR as the contenders for the vacant lineal World Junior Flyweight title.

1. Ken Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs)
- 5/20- Ganigan Lopez.....W MD 12
(won WBC World Light Flyweight Title)
- 10/22- Pedro Guevara.....W MD 12
(retained WBC World Light Flyweight Title)
- 12/30- Gilberto Pedroza.....W TKO-4
(retained WBC World Light Flyweight Title)

2. Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2, 12 KOs)
- 7/23- Robert Barrera.....W TKO-9
(retained WBA World Light Flyweight Title)
- 12/31- Milan Melindo.....W UD 12
(won IBF World Junior Flyweight Title; upgraded from WBA World Light Flyweight champion to WBA Super World Light Flyweight champion)

3. Pedro Guevara (30-3-1, 17 KOs)
- 5/13- Oswaldo Novoa.....W SD 8
- 10/22- Ken Shiro.....L MD 12
(for WBC World Light Flyweight Title)

4. Ganigan Lopez (28-7, 17 KOs)
- 5/20- Ken Shiro......L MD 1
(lost WBC World Light Flyweight Title)

5. Milan Melindo (37-3, 13 KOs)
- 5/21- Akira Yaegashi.....W TKO-1
(won IBF World Junior Flyweight Title)
- 9/16- Hekkie Budler.....W SD 12
(retained IBF World Junior Flyweight Title)
- 12/31- Ryoichi Taguchi.....L UD 12
(lost IBF World Junior Flyweight Title; for WBA Super World Light Flyweight Title)

6. Carlos Canizales (19-0-1, 16 KOs)
- 4/7- Freddy Beleno.....W TKO-6
- 8/12- Argenis Cheremo.....W TKO-4
- 9/29- Yenrry Bermudez.....W TKO-4

7. Felix Alvarado (30-2, 26 KOs)
- 1/27- Roberto Rodriguez.....W KO-1
- 2/24- Gabriel Ruiz.....W TKO-1
- 3/31- Luis de la Rosa.....W KO-1
- 4/28- Karluis Diaz.....W KO-1
- 5/26- Juan Antonio Jimenez.....W KO-1
- 10/14- Fahlan Sakkreerin, Jr. (birth name: Teeraphong Utaida).....W KO-3

8. Hekkie Budler (31-3, 10 KOs)
- 2/24- Joey Canoy.....W TKO-8
(won vacant IBO World Light Flyweight Title)
- 9/16- Milan Melindo.....L SD 12
(for IBF World Junior Flyweight Title)
- 10/9- The IBO lists its World Light Flyweight title as vacant.

9. Angel Acosta (17-1, 17 KOs)
- 2/11- Japhet Uutoni.....W TKO-10
- 5/20- Kosei Tanaka.....L UD 12
(for WBO World Junior Flyweight Title)
- 12/2- Juan "Pinky" Alejo.....W KO-10
(won vacant WBO World Junior Flyweight Title)

10. Akira Yaegashi (25-6, 13 KOs)
- 5/21- Milan Melindo.....L TKO-1
(lost IBF World Junior Flyweight Title)

11. Jonathan Inguito Taconing (26-3-1, 22 KOs)
- 3/25- Elias Nggenggo (AKA Faris Nenggo).....W TKO-4
- 7/30- Silam Serang.....W KO-3
- 10/15- Arnold Garde.....W KO-2
 
Article By: Ken Pollitt