"Boxing Still Matters," Chapter XV: Bantamweights and Flyweights of the 2010’s. Blog #0034

Chapter XV:

Chapter 15 deals with the two smallest weight classes, the bantamweight division which tops out at 118 pounds and the flyweight division which tops out at 112 pounds. The dominant bantamweight of this decade is almost certainly Japan’s knockout artist, the undefeated Naoya Inoue known as “Monster.” Most importantly, he is the first lineal bantamweight champion since waaay back in 1987. And what a champion he is.

Because of the scarcity of lineal champions in the small weight classes in these years, the various sanctioning body champions, WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO are listed and sometimes covered.

The flyweight division begins with the great Thai boxer, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam who was also the lineal champion of the world who reigned from 2010 to 2012 after enjoying an earlier seven-year reign in the previous decade. The division was dominated by Asian boxers from Thailand, Japan, the Philippines, and the greatest Panamanian boxer since Roberto Duran, Roman Gonzalez.

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