5 Underrated Flyweights To Watch Out For In 2023
The flyweight division is stacked with the likes of Juan Francisco Estrada and Román “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. At Big Fight Weekend, we have already shown you, numerous weight classes, in our underrated series, including the bantamweight and middleweight divisions. We are now bringing you the most underrated flyweights in boxing to look for in 2023.
Flyweights to Look For in 2023
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Galal Yafai has stopped Moises Calleros in the fourth round here at the O2.
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30-year-old Birmingham-born Galal Yafai enjoyed a successful amateur career, which included winning gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and his memorable gold at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
His professional career has seen him amass a record of 4-0 win three wins by knockout. Yafai possesses impressive speed and shot selection, making him a nightmare to fight. He is adept at throwing meaningful and damaging combinations. He is also comfortable fighting at distance or in close, making him versatile and adaptable. 2023 looks set to be a great year for the UK fighter, and he is a flyweight to watch out for in 2023.
Fernando Martinez has a perfect record of 15-0 in his professional career and holds the IBF super flyweight title, which he won against Jerwin Ancajas in February 2022. Martinez in his two wins over Ancajas showed his brilliant work rate and high output, which often catches the eyes of judges.
“Puma” has brilliant ring IQ, which often sees him control the tempo of fights. Martinez is not afraid to fight in the trenches, and with his impressive output, it makes him a difficult opponent to face.
23-year-old Jesse ‘ Bam’ Rodriguez has won all 17 professional contests thus far. During his amateur career, he won a silver medal at the 2015 junior world championships. The highlight of his professional career so far was his TKO win over ex-world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
His excellent footwork is one of his best attributes, which enables him to fight at angles and trouble his opponents. “Bam” showed in his fight against Rungvisai that he can trouble the best and most established fighters in the division, with his slick movement and ability to turn his opponents.
John Ramirez has a professional record of 11-0 since making his debut on December 18, 2020, where he defeated Jose Otero Solis. Despite making his professional debut during the Covid-19 pandemic, he has raced to 11 wins in his career thus far. His ring IQ is excellent and will seemingly only improve as he becomes more experienced.
Ramirez is adept at dictating the pace of fights and picking his punches with spite. His reputation continues to grow, and 2023 looks set to be a memorable year for the Californian fighter.
Julio Cesar Martinez
In his 23 fights so far, Julio Cesar Martinez has won 19 fights, with 2 losses and 2 no contests. A defeat in his first professional fight against Joaquin Cruz was avenged almost one year later. “El Rey” never tasted defeat again until he faced former four-weight world champion Roman Gonzalez on less than six weeks’ notice. He lost the fight with the judges scoring the fight 118–110, 117–111 and 116–112 all in favour of Gonzalez.
Martinez often shows his bravery and come forward style as he will willingly walk down his opponent. He possesses impressive power, as he showed when he obliterated Charlie Edwards inside three rounds back in 2019. Despite the bout ultimately being ruled a no-contest, it made the boxing world take notice of the Mexican fighter. Despite his defeat to Gonzalez, he has the skillset to come back and compete at the world title level again.