No division in boxing includes a more diverse bunch of high quality fighters than the super bantamweight division. It’s like a stew of sorts—or to be more refined, a bouillabaisse of mixed and spicy ingredients.
Toshiaki Nishioka, the current WBC super bantamweight champion, is one of the very best in the world. At 39-4-3, he has not lost since 2004. The 36-year old-Japanese fighter has won 17 bouts in a row against the very best opposition available. Thai bomber, Veeraphol Sahaprom (66-4-2), may have had his number as he went 2-0-2 against the streaking Nishioka—amazingly all in Japan—but that was then and this is now. Sahaprom, age 44, has not fought in almost two years.
In 2009, Nishioka stopped KO artist Jhonny Gonzales (51-7) in three rounds and he did it in Mexico no less. But Jhonny has not lost since as he has won 11 in a row all by KO and most coming early (seven were in two rounds or less). In 2011, he stopped the great Hozumi Hasegawa in four stanzas. Jhonny is the current WBC featherweight champion.
Meanwhile, former WBO bantamweight title holder Jorge "Travieso" Arce has gone nine straight without a loss, while WBA champion Guillermo "The Jackal" Rigondeaux is undefeated at a deceptive 9-0—deceptive because he has the typical lengthy amateur career of a Cuban defector.
Arguably the best of them all, Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire (28-1) recently beat tough and game Puerto Rican Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1) to capture the vacant WBO super bantamweight crown but "The Flash" did carry the power he had when he was a bantamweight. Throw in former WBA super bantamweight champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (45-2) and add Panamanian Ricardo "Maestrito" Cordoba (38-3-2) to the tasty mix.
Finally, IBF super bantamweight champion South African Takalani Ndlovu (33-6), former champion and Canadian Steve Molitor (34-2), Panamanian Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno (32-1-1), and well traveled and still very dangerous Celestino "Pelenchin" Caballero (36-4) add to a composite for great matches.