What’s Going On In The Featherweight Division

What’s going on with the WBA Featherweight Championship?

This weekend sees the 2x WBA Featherweight Champion Leigh Wood defend his crown against former 2x Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington. The winner of the bout is mandated to fight the WBA number 1, Otabek Kholmatov. There is a possibility that the winner moves up in weight and challenges Joe Cordina, if he is successful with his Championship defence in Monaco. If the winner remains Champion at Featherweight, they will have 4 months to schedule the bout.

Speaking on 05 October 2023, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the winner will vacate the belt and avoid a mandatory defence.

You can read a preview of Wood vs Warrington here

What’s going on with the WBC Featherweight Championship?

Also in the UK, on 18 November 2023, Nick Ball faces off against Isaac Dogboe in an eliminator for the WBC Featherweight Championship. There’s a preview of that card here

The WBC belt is currently held by Rey Vargas, who lost to O’Shaquie Foster at Super Featherweight earlier this year, and hasn’t defended since July 2022 against Magsayo.

Brandon Figueroa holds the interim championship after also defeating Magsayo earlier this year, and is next in line for Foster’s title defence.

What’s going on with the IBF Featherweight Championship?

Luis Alberto Lopez retained his championship for the second time when he beat Joet Gonzalez (#2) in a voluntary defence in September 2023. Lopez has already defeated both Michael Conlan and Josh Warrington, and has Reiya Abe (#1) and Raymond Ford (#3) as potential opponents next year.

What’s going on with the WBO Featherweight Championship?

Cuban fighter Robeisy Ramirez holds the WBO Featherweight belt. He travelled to Japan and defended his Championship for the first time against Satoshi Shimizu, having also defeated Isaac Dogboe back in April 2023. Ramirez has a voluntary defence and is likely to defend his belt in December, with Radael Espinoza (#11) the rumoured opposition.

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