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Top 10 Bantamweight Boxers - December 2021 Rankings

Ranking the best Bantamweight boxers after Nonito Donaire defeated Reymart Gaballo by knockout to retain his WBC Bantamweight Championship. Also, where Gary Antonio Russell, Naoya Inoue, John Riel Casimero, and more rank

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By Fan Rankings | December 13, 2021 - 05:06 PM

Honorable Mention

Mike Plania

The first fighter on our Bantamweight boxing rankings of honorable mentions is Mike Plania. He is an exciting young fighter from the Philippines with a record of 25 wins and 1 loss. 



Gary Antonio Russell

Gary Antonio Russell from the USA also deserves an honorable mention on this list. The undefeated fighter has a record of 18 victories and no defeats. 



Lee McGregor

Lee McGregor is an undefeated Scottish boxer with a record of 11 wins. He also deserves an honorable mention in our list. 



Zolani Tete

Zolani Tete is a professional boxer from South Africa, and he has a record of 28-4. He is a former two-weight world champion, having held the IBF Junior-Bantamweight title and the WBO Bantamweight title




Top 10 Bantamweight Boxers

  1. Rau'shee Warren

Starting off the list, Rau'shee Warren is an American boxer with a record of 19 wins, 3 losses, and 1 no-contest. 

Warren is the former WBA (Undisputed) and IBO Bantamweight champion. He won the titles after defeating Juan Carlos Payano back in 2016. In 2019, he also challenged Nordine Oubaali for the WBC Bantamweight title but lost. 

In his most recent fight, Rau'shee Warren knocked out  Damien Vázquez, and his next fight has not been announced yet.




  1. Emmanuel Rodriguez

Next up, we have Emmanuel Rodriguez from Puerto Rico. he has a professional boxing record of 19 wins, 2 losses, and 1 no-contest

Rodriguez is also the former IBF Bantamweight Champion, a title he won after defeating Paul Butler in 2018. He defended the title once, before losing it to Naoya Inoue in 2019. Rodriguez also challenged Reymart Gaballo for the WBC Interim Bantamweight title but couldn’t do enough, and lost a split decision. 

His most recent fight against Gary Antonio Russell was ruled as a no-contest, after an accidental head clash, and there is no announcement about his next fight. 




  1. Reymart Gaballo

Reymart Gaballo is a Filipino professional boxer with an undefeated professional record of 24 wins and no losses. 

He is the current WBC Interim Bantamweight champion and has held the title since 2020. Previously he also held the WBA Interim Bantamweight title in 2018.

Last night, he fought against Nonito Donaire for the WBC Bantamweight title, however, he could capitalize on the opportunity. Donaire kept landing heavy shots, and after a strong body shot in the 4th, Gaballo went down and could not make the count get up. Donaire was declared the winner via KO. 




  1. Takuma Inoue

From Japan, Takuma Inoue is a very exciting fighter in the Bantamweight division. 

With a record of 14-1, he is also the former WBC Interim Bantamweight champion. He won the title after defeating Petch Sor Chitpattana in 2018. Takuma Inoue also faced Nordine Oubaali for the world title but came up short. 

In his most recent match, he defeated Shingo Wake and won the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight title. His next fight has not been announced yet. 




  1. Guillermo Rigondeaux

Next up, we have the Cuban legend Guillermo Rigondeaux. With a record of 20 wins, 2 losses, and 1 no-contest, Rigondeaux is a two-weight world champion. 

He is the former unified WBA (Super), WBO, and Ring magazine super-Bantamweight champion, and he currently holds the  WBA (Regular) Bantamweight title. Rigondeaux was also notably challenged for the  WBO super-featherweight back in 2017.

In 2020 he defeated Liborio Solís and won the WBA Bantamweight title. His last fight was against John Riel Casimero for the WBO title, however after a competitive fight went the distance, Rigondeaux lost via split decision. 




  1. Jason Moloney

Jason “Mayhem” Moloney is an Australian boxer, with a record of 22 wins and only 2 defeats, both of which came when he was challenging for the world title. 

“Mayhem” has held multiple regional titles including the WBA Oceania Bantamweight title. He challenged the current champion, Naoya Inoue for the  WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring Bantamweight titles in 2020, however, he came short. 

Last weekend, Molony defeated Joshua Greer Jr. to win the vacant WBC Silver Bantamweight title; his next fight has not been announced yet. 




  1. John Riel Casimero

Title(s):

  • WBO Bantamweight World Champion

John Riel Casimero is among the most exciting fighters to come out of the Philippines. With a record of 31 wins and 4 losses, he has held world titles in three different weight classes. 

Apart from being the current WBO Bantamweight champion, having held the title since 2019, John Riel Casimero has also held the IBF junior-flyweight and the IBF flyweight title he also won Interim titles in both divisions. 

In his most recent fight, he defeated Cuban legend Guillermo Rigondeaux. His next fight has not been announced yet. 




  1. Nordine Oubaali

Our Number 3 pick for the list is Nordine Oubaali, a french professional fighter with Moroccan descent and a record of 18-1. 

He is the former WBC Bantamweight champion, a title which he recently lost to Nonito Donaire in May of this year. He defended the title twice before losing it. Oubaali has also won multiple regional titles including the  WBC Silver Bantamweight title and the WBA Inter-Continental Bantamweight title.

In his most recent fight, Oubaali lost to Nonito Donaire via 4th round KO, and as of now, his next fight has not been announced. 




  1. Nonito Donaire

Title(s): 

  • WBC Bantamweight World Champion

Nonito Donaire is a Filipino-American professional boxer with a record of 42-6. Donaire is a future Hall of Famer, having held multiple titles in multiple weight classes. 

These include the  IBF and IBO flyweight titles, WBA Interim super-flyweight titles, WBC and WBO Bantamweight titles, the WBO super-Bantamweight title, and the WBA (Undisputed) featherweight title. 

Donaire also won the WBC Bantamweight title for the second time in his career after defeating Nordine Oubaali earlier this year. Last weekend, he defeated  Reymart Gaballo and defended the WBC Bantamweight title. The fight was mostly one-sided as Donaire kept landing good shots in the first three rounds. In the fourth, he hit Gaballo with a body shot and sat him down. Gaballo did not make the count, and Donaire won via 4th round KO. 

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  1. Naoya Inoue

Title(s): 

  • WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Champion
  • IBF Bantamweight World Champion
  • The Ring Bantamweight World Champion

Leading the pack of the Bantamweights is Naoya Inoue. With an undefeated record of 21-0, he is the current unified Bantamweight champion and has also held titles in two more divisions. 

He won the WBC light-flyweight title in 2014, and defended it once, before moving up, and winning the WBO junior-Bantamweight title, which he defended 7 times. He currently holds the WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring Bantamweight titles.

In his most recent fight, he defended his titles against Michael Dasmariñas and won via KO in the 3rd round. And for his next fight, he will be facing Aran Dipaen on 14 December



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