Asian Boxing Rankings 2023
Ranking the best Asian Boxers of 2023 as Naoya Inoue leads the way in honor of AAPI Month
Throughout the history of boxing there have been some great boxers of Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander descent around the world. Boxers such as Choi Chang Jung and Manny Pacquiao whom is one of the greatest asian boxers today.
For this article we are focusing on the best asian boxers today of 2023. Before we move to the official rankings, here are some honorable mentions.
WBA Minimumweight Super Champion
Also known as “Knockout CP Freshmart”. Boxing record of 24 wins and 0 losses. The undefeated boxer did not fight in 2023 but does deserve an honorable mention.
Zhan Koosobutskiy has 19 wins and 0 losses. Koosobutskiy did not fight in 2023 but fought in late 2022 retaining his WBC International Heavyweight Title.
The Japanese boxer has 29 wins and 0 losses. Ioka faced Joshua Franco in December and the fight went into a draw. Ioka dropped his WBO Super Flyweight title to face Franco for a rematch in June 2023.
Top 10 Best Asian Boxers 2023 Rankings
10. Hiroto Kyoguchi
Hiroto Kyoguchi is a Japanese boxer with a record of 17 wins with only 1 loss.
Hiroto Kyoguchi is the former unified WBA (Super) and The Ring light-flyweight champion. He won the title in 2018 after defeating Hekkie Budler and defended it four times. He is also the former IBF mini-flyweight champion.
In his most recent fight, he defeated Roland Jay Biendima in May 2023. As of now, there is no official announcement about his next fight.
9. Zhilei Zhang
WBO Heavyweight Interim Champion
Zhilei Zhang is a Chinese professional boxer with a record of 25 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw.
Zhang recently won the WBO Interim heavyweight title. He won the title after defeating Joe Joyce in April.
Zhang has a bright future in the division, however, there is no official announcement about his next fight yet.
8. Yudai Shigeoka
WBC Mini-Flyweight Interim Champion
Yudai Shigeoka is a Japanese boxer with a record of 7 wins and no losses.
In April of this year, won with an impressive knockout against Wilfredo Méndez, and became the interim WBC mini-flyweight champion. He also had a couple of solid wins late last year, winning the Japanese Strawweight title and the WBO Asia Pacific mini-flyweight title.
There is no official announcement about his next fight yet.
7. John Riel Casimero
John Riel Casimero is a professional boxer from the Philippines. With a record of 33 wins and 4 losses, he has held world titles in three different weight classes.
Casimero is the former WBO bantamweight champion. He has also held the IBF junior flyweight and the IBF flyweight title and also won interim titles in both divisions.
Earlier this year, In his most recent fight, he defeated Fillipus Nghitumbwa and won the WBO Global super bantamweight title. In late 2022 he also defeated Ryo Akaho by knockout. As of now, there is no announcement of his next fight.
6. Junto Nakatani
WBO Super Flyweight World Champion
Junto Nakatani is a Japanese boxer, with an undefeated record of 25 wins and no losses.
Nakatani has had a great start to this year, winning the WBO junior bantamweight in May. He also had some solid wins late last year defeating Francisco Rodríguez Jr. in November and is the former WBO Bantamweight champion as well.
He defeated Andrew Moloney in his most recent fight by knockout, and there is no official announcement about his next fight.
5. Marlon Tapales
WBA Super Bantamweight Super Champion
IBF Super Bantamweight World Champion
Marlon Tapales is a Filipino professional boxer, and he has a record of 37 wins and 3 losses.
Tapales has had an impressive start to the year, winning the unified WBA (Super) and IBF super-bantamweight titles in April. Apart from his current titles, Tapales has also previously held the WBO bantamweight world title.
In his most recent fight, he defeated Murodjon Akhmadaliev to win his unified title in April, and there is no official announcement about his next fight.
4. Takuma Inoue
WBA Bantamweight World Champion
Takuma Inoue is a professional boxer from Japan, and he has a record of 18 wins and only 1 loss.
Inoue is the current WBA bantamweight champion of the world and previously held the interim title as well. He is also the former Japanese super-bantamweight national champion.
He won the WBA title in his last fight after defeating Liborio Solís via Unanimous Decision, defeated Jake Bornea in late 2022 in Tokyo, and his next fight has not been announced yet.
3. Janibek Alimkhanuly
WBO Middleweight World Champion
Fighting out of Kazakhstan, Janibek Alimkhanuly is an undefeated boxer with 14 wins and 0 losses.
Janibek Alimkhanuly is the current WBO middleweight world champion, and he has also held multiple regional titles. He won the Vacant WBO title after defeating Danny Dignum via Knockout and has already defended it twice.
In his most recent fight, he defeated Steven Butler. He won the fight with an impressive knockout in the second round. He also faced Denzel Bentley and won by unanimous decision in late 2022. There is no announcement about his next fight.
2. Kenshiro Teraji
WBA Junior Flyweight Unified Champion
WBC Junior Flyweight World Champion
The Ring Junior Flyweight World Champion
More commonly known by his ring name Ken Shiro, Kenshiro Teraji is a Japanese professional boxer with a record of 21 wins and 1 loss.
Ken Shiro is a two-time WBC light-flyweight champion and currently holds the unified WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring light-flyweight titles.
In his most recent fight, Ken Shiro defended his unified titles against Anthony Olascuaga, winning by 9th round TKO. In late 2022 he also defeated Hiroto Kyoguchi by TKO. There is no announcement about his next fight.
1. Naoya Inoue
Fighting out of Japan, Naoya Inoue is one of the best Japanese boxers ever with a record of 24 wins and 0 losses.
Inoue has held world titles in three different weight classes, and until recently, he was the Undisputed bantamweight champion of the world. Inoue also held the WBO junior-bantamweight title, and the WBC light-flyweight title and has 15-combined title defenses across all three weight classes.
He defeated Nonito Donaire, and Paul Butler late last year both by TKO, and his next fight is scheduled against Stephen Fulton for the WBC and WBO Super Bantamweight titles.
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