Divisional rankings: Junior featherweight

Check out my rankings within each division by clicking on the links below. If there is a lineal champion in the weight class he is ranked No. 1.

For a list of the current champions in all weight classes, click here.

Note: Results through Nov. 20. In an effort to provide the most up-to-date rankings, ESPN.com's division-by-division boxing rankings will be updated every Tuesday.

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Heavyweight - Cruiserweight - Light heavyweight - Super middleweight

Middleweight - Junior middleweight - Welterweight - Junior welterweight

Lightweight - Junior lightweight - Featherweight - Junior featherweight

Bantamweight - Junior bantamweight - Flyweight - Junior flyweight/Strawweight


1. Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0)

Rigondeaux, the two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist who was effectively banned by HBO for his unwatchable fights, defended his belt against the overmatched James Dickens in July 2016, making him quit with a broken jaw - basically the only punch Rigondeaux landed in the fight -- after the second round. Rigondeaux was due to make his mandatory defense against interim titlist Moises Flores (25-0), of Mexico, on the Miguel Cotto-James Kirkland card on Feb. 25 but when the card was canceled the fight was delayed. Instead, it took place June 17 on the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev II HBO PPV undercard and Rigondeaux scored a first-round knockout, but it was changed to a no decision because Rigondeaux flattened Flores with a punch after the bell. An immediate rematch was ordered but Rigondeaux instead will jump up two weight classes to challenge titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1) in New York on a Top Rank ESPN card in an unprecedented match between two two-time Olympic gold medal winners and two of the greatest amateurs in boxing history.
Next: Dec. 9 vs. Lomachenko

2. Jessie Magdaleno (25-0)
Magdaleno's first defense came April 22 as part of a Top Rank PPV card, and he looked outstanding, dropping Brazil's Adeilson Dos Santos twice in the second round to get the knockout victory. Defense No. 2 was supposed to be a mandatory against hard-charging Cesar Juarez (20-5) of Mexico on the Nov. 11 Top Rank ESPN card, but it was called off because Magdaleno injured his left wrist sparring. So Juarez has been ordered to face Ghana's Isaac Dogboe (17-0), with Magdaleno mandated to face the winner of that unscheduled bout, but it is unlikely it will ever happen. Magdaleno likely will move up in weight.
Next: TBA

3. Rey Vargas (30-0)
Mexico's Vargas traveled to England and outpointed Gavin McDonnell to win a vacant world title in February. Then he looked good again in his first defense as he rolled to a decision win against Ronny Rios on Aug. 26 on HBO on the Miguel Cotto-Yoshihiro Kamegai undercard. Defense No. 2 will come on HBO against Colombia's Oscar Negrete (17-0) on Cotto's next undercard.
Next: Dec. 2 vs. Negrete

4. Moises Flores (25-0)
Mexico's Flores, who has defended his interim title twice, got his mandatory shot at full titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0) on June 17 on the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev II HBO PPV undercard. The fight ended suddenly when Rigondeaux knocked Flores out with a punch well after the bell ended the first round, leading to a no decision. An immediate rematch was ordered but it is unlikely to happen with Rigondeaux headed for junior lightweight to challenge Vasyl Lomachenko.
Next: TBA

5. Danny Roman (23-2-1)
Los Angeles' Roman extended his winning streak to 15 fights in a row on Sept. 3, when he traveled to Japan and, in a mandatory fight, stopped Shun Kubo in the ninth round of an upset to win a secondary world title. Roman cut Kubo and scored two knockdowns in an impressive and one-sided victory.
Next: TBA

Other contenders: Hugo Ruiz, Julio Ceja, Ryosuke Iwasa, Shun Kubo, Cesar Juarez.