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Top 10 Bantamweight Boxers - May 2022 Rankings

Updating the Bantamweight Boxing Rankings after Paul Butler defeated Jonas Sultan to become the WBO Interim Bantamweight champion last weekend. Also where John Riel Casimero, Gary Antonio Russell, Naoya Inoue, and more rank

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By Fan Rankings | April 30, 2022 - 10:52 PM

Honorable Mention

Guillermo Rigondeaux

The Cuban legend Guillermo Rigondeaux has a record of 20 wins, 2 losses, and 1 no-contest, and is a two-weight world champion. He doesn't make it in our rankings but deserves an honorable mention. 



Lee McGregor

Lee McGregor is an undefeated Scottish boxer with a record of 11 wins and 1 draw. He deserves an honorable mention. Reymart Gaballo is a Filipino professional boxer with a professional record of 24 wins and 1 loss. He is also the former WBC and WBA interim bantamweight champion



Jonas Sultan

Jonas Sultan is another talented fighter from the Philippines. Last weekend, he challenged for the WBO interim bantamweight title but lost the fight.




Top 10 Bantamweight Boxers

10. Gary Antonio Russell

Gary Antonio Russell is a professional boxer from the USA. He has an undefeated record of 19 victories and no defeats, with 1 no-contest. 

Russel has not won any world titles yet, but he is on an impressive win streak, and is ranked #8 by BoxRec and The Ring. TBRB ranked him at #7. In his most recent fight, Gary Antonio Russel defeated Alexandro Santiago, and his next fight has not been announced yet.




9. Rau'shee Warren

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.




8. Takuma Inoue

Takuma Inoue is an exciting boxer from Japan. He has a professional record of 14 wins and only 1 loss. 

Takuma Inoue is 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 lost. 

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.




7. Paul Butler

Title(s):

  • WBO Interim Bantamweight Champion

Paul Butler is a professional boxer from England, who has a record of 34 wins and 2 losses. 

Buttler is the current WBO interim Bantamweight champion, a title which he won last weekend. He is also the former IBF bantamweight champion and has held multiple regional titles in different weight classes. 

Last weekend, Butler fought Jonas Sultan for the vacant WBO interim Bantamweight title, the fight was mostly one-sided and Butler won via a unanimous decision.




6. Emmanuel Rodriguez

Emmanuel Rodriguez is from Puerto Rico and he has a professional boxing record of 20 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 lost a split decision. 

He won his most recent fight against Roberto Sanchez Cantu, and there is no official announcement about his next fight.




5. Nordine Oubaali

At number 5, Nordine Oubaali is a french professional fighter with a  record of 17-1. 

He is the former WBC bantamweight champion, a title which he recently lost to Nonito Donaire. 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.




4. Jason Moloney

Jason 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. 

Moloney is the current WBC Silver bantamweight champion.  He 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. 

In his most recent fight, Molony defeated Joshua Greer Jr. and his next fight has not been announced yet.




3. John Riel Casimero

Title(s):

  • WBO Bantamweight Champion

John Riel Casimero is a professional boxer from 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.




2. Nonito Donaire

Title(s):

  • WBC Bantamweight Champion

Nonito Donaire is a Filipino-American professional boxer with a record of 42-6. Donaire has held multiple titles in four different 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 is also the current WBC Bantamweight world champion. 

In his most recent fight, Donaire defeated Reymart Gaballo, and his next fight is scheduled against Naoya Inoue on 7 Jun 2022.




1. Naoya Inoue

Title(s):

  • WBA Bantamweight Super Champion

  • IBF Bantamweight Champion

  • The Ring Bantamweight Champion

Naoya Inoue is a Japanese boxer with an undefeated record of 22-0, 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 Aran Deepen and won via TKO, and his next fight is scheduled against Nonito Donaire on 7 Jun 2022.



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