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Top 10 Best Featherweight Boxers – World Rankings

Updating the best Featherweight Boxers Rankings list after Rafael Espinoza upset title win over Robeisy Ramírez

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By admin | December 13, 2023

The Best Featherweight Boxers Rankings list gets an update after Rafael Espinoza defeats Robeisy Ramírez in an upset to win the WBO Featherweight Title.

Honorable Mention

Before we move on to the Top 10 Best Featherweight Boxers, here are some honorable mentions who are among the best featherweight boxers right now, but don’t make the top 10.

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Ruben Villa

Ruben Villa is an American professional boxer, who has a record of 21 wins and only 1 loss. 

Villa is the former WBO International featherweight champion, and he also challenged Emanuel Navarrete for the WBO Featherweight world title but lost. Villa has held the WBO Youth featherweight title as well. 

In his most recent fight, he defeated Brandon Valdes, and his next fight has not been announced yet.

Kiko Martínez

Kiko Martinez is a professional boxer from Spain, with a record of 44 wins, 12 losses, and 2 draws. 

Martinez has won world titles in two different divisions. He is a former IBF super-bantamweight champion and the former IBF Featherweight champion as well. He also held the European title in both divisions.

In his most recent fight, he lost to Reiya Abe via unanimous decision, and there is no official announcement about his next fight.

Gary Russell Jr.

Gary Russell Jr is an American boxer with a professional record of 31 wins and 2 losses.

Russell is the former WBC featherweight world champion, and he remained the champion for almost 5 years, with 5 title defenses.

In his most recent fight, Russell lost his title to Mark Magsayo, and there is no announcement about his next fight yet.

Michael Conlan

Michael Conlan moves out of the Featherweight Boxing Rankings honorable mention and into the Top 10. Conlan is a professional boxer from Ireland, and he has a record of 18 wins and 2 losses.

Conlan is the former WBO and WBA Inter-Continental featherweight Champion, and has multiple impressive wins over top opponents. 

In his most recent fight, he fought Luis Alberto Lopez for the IBF Featherweight world title, however, he lost. As of now, there is no official announcement about his next fight

Top 10 Featherweight Boxing Rankings

10. Reiya Abe

Opening the best Featherweight Boxers list is Reiya Abe. Abe is a professional boxer from Japan, and he has a record of 25 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw. 

He is one of the best-rising talents in the featherweight division. Abe is the former Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific featherweight champion. He made the Featherweight boxing rankings after defeating Kiko Martínez via Unanimous Decision in his most recent fight. 

Abe is the Mandatory challenger for the current IBF featherweight champion, Luis Alberto Lopez and their fight is scheduled to happen in February or March of next year.

9. Josh Warrington

Josh Warrington is a professional boxer from the UK and he has a record of 31 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. 

Warrington is a former two-time IBF featherweight world champion. He is also the former WBC international featherweight champion, and the former European, British, and Commonwealth Featherweight champion. 

Warrington faced Luis Lopez Vargas and lost his IBF title. He took a hard shot in the first round, which made his nose bleed, and couldn’t do much in the following rounds. Though he had some success in the late rounds, he couldn’t do enough to convince the judges. 

In his most recent fight he faced Leigh Wood for the WBA Featherweight Title. Warrington came out strong in the third and applied pressure to the point where Wood was cut over right eye. In the seventh round Wood finished Warrington.

8. Robeisy Ramírez

Robeisy Ramírez is a professional boxer from Cuba and he has a record of 13 wins and 2 losses. 

Ramirez is the former WBO featherweight world champion and previously held the WBO Global title as well. As an amateur, he won Olympic Gold twice in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

In his most recent fight, Ramírez lost the title to Rafael Espinoza via Majority Decision after a competitive performance. . His next fight has not been announced yet.

7. Mauricio Lara

Mauricio Lara is a Mexican professional boxer. He has a record of 26 wins, 3 losses, and 1 Draw.

He is the former WBA featherweight champion and won the title after defeating Leigh Wood. However, last weekend, Lara missed weight for his rematch against Leigh Wood and was stripped of the title. 

Lara lost the fight as well, and Leigh Wood took the world title. As of now, there is no official announcement about Mauricio Lara’s next fight.

6. Mark Magsayo

Magsayo is a Filipino professional boxer with a professional record of 25 wins and 2 losses. 

Magsayo is the former WBC Featherweight world champion and won the title after defeating Gary Russell Jr. He is also a 2-time WBO International featherweight champion.

He lost the WBO title to Rey Vargas. The fight was very competitive, and Magsayo even scored a knockdown in the 9th round, however, Vargas had momentum on his side, and decisively won more rounds than Magsayo, which got him the split decision win.

Mark Magsayo then fought Brandon Figueroa with the WBC interim featherweight title on the line. Magsayo was deducted points for excessive holding in rounds eight and eleven. He lost via unanimous decision.

In his most recent fight, which happened earlier this month, he defeated Isaac Avelar with an impressive 3rd round knockout, and there is no announcement about his next fight.

5. Rafael Espinoza

Title(s):

  • WBO Featherweight World Champion

Rafael Espinoza is a Mexican professional boxer with an undefeated professional record of 24-0.

Espinoza is the current WBO Featherweight world champion, and he won the title after a win over Robeisy Ramírez last weekend. The fight was quite competitive, with both fighters getting knocked down. 

Espinoza stole the fight with a remarkable final round, landing a barrage of punches, and knocking Ramírez down, making his way up to number five in our Featherweight rankings.

4. Brandon Figueroa

Title(s):

  • WBC Featherweight Interim Champion

Brandon Figueroa is an American Professional boxer with a record of 24 wins 1 loss, and 1 draw. 

He is the former unified WBA and WBC super bantamweight world champion, and he also fought for the WBO title. He is now the WBC Featherweight Interim Champion after his last fight against Mark Magsayo.

Figueroa fought Magsayo for the Interim WBC Featherweight title. He won via unanimous decision with Magsayo being deducted a point in each the eighth and eleventh round. 

3. Rey Vargas

Title(s):

  • WBC Featherweight World Champion

Rey Vargas. Is a professional boxer from Mexico, and he has an undefeated professional record of 36 wins and 1 loss. 

Vargas is the current WBC Featherweight world champion. He previously held the WBC Super Bantamweight title as well and defended it 5 times before moving up to featherweight. 

He won the Featherweight title after defeating Mark Magsayo via Split decision. Vargas had good momentum between rounds 3 and 8, and he won the championship rounds as well. He got dropped in the 9th but had done enough to win the decision.

In his most recent fight, he moved up to super featherweight to fight O’Shaquie Foster for the WBC title, however, he lost, and there is no official announcement about his next fight.

2. Leigh Wood

Title(s):

  • WBA Featherweight World Champion

Leigh Wood is a British professional boxer, and he has a record of 27 wins and 3 losses.

Leigh Wood is a two-time WBA Featherweight world champion and currently holds the title as well. Wood also held the British and Commonwealth featherweight titles

He fought Mauricio Lara in a rematch after he had lost the WBA title to Lara in their previous fight. Lara missed weight, and the title was only on the line for Wood, who seized the opportunity and won the fight via a decisive Unanimous Decision.

Wood fought Josh Warrington with the WBA Featherweight title on the line. After a great start Warrington came back in the third round and was able to cut and bruise Wood around right eye.

Warrington applied the pressure but too much resulted in a point deduction due to shots in the back of the head. Wood hit Warrington with a right hook soon after that stunned him. Wood finished him and the referee stopped the fight.

1. Luis Alberto Lopez Vargas

Title(s):

  • IBF Featherweight World Champion

Now at #1 in the Best Featherweight Boxers Rankings list is Luis Lopez Vargas. Lopez is a professional boxer from Mexico, and he has a record of 29 wins and 2 losses.

Vargas is the current IBF featherweight world champion and has previously also held the WBO International featherweight title. 

Vargas fought Josh Warrington for the IBF title and won the fight via Majority Decision. He had a good start and hurt Warrington in the first round. Warrington did come back in the later rounds, but couldn’t do enough. He made his first title defense against Michael Conlan winning the fight via TKO in the 11th round. 

More recently Vargas went up against Joet Gonzalez. The fight was very competitive, with Lopez taking control in the early rounds, and Gonzalez bringing an onslaught of punches in the later rounds. Still, Lopez was able to resist and retain his title, winning via Unanimous Decision.

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  3. Mauricio Lara

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  5. Mark Magsayo

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  8. Kid Galahad

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  9. Michael Conlan

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