Featherweight rankings

Latest update: September 2022

The BOX! Magazine rankings experts have weighed in. The highly competitive Featherweight division has a new champion and what better time to evaluate the rankings than right now.

Here are our rankings heading into the end of summer and towards a fall that promises many new and exciting matchups.

Champion

Michaela Sommer

Long underestimated, Queen Kong is one of the hardest pound for pound punchers in all of women’s boxing. Deceptively quick and astoundingly powerful, taking on the German and world champion is a tough task. One cannot stand long in the pocket with Sommer and hope not to end on the canvas. Wambui Njeri will be her first test it appears.

Hee Jung Park
Number 1

Wambui Njeri

The Chadian Viking has had a reputation of never being able to win the big fights. That was all seemingly erased after she deleted Selina Martinez in 4 rounds. As the only fighter near the top of the rankings with any momentum, she’s the number one challenger by default. Njeri is as balanced a fighter as there is in this division, but one wonders if she can stay at this weight, given her frame.

Hee Jung Park
Number 2

Hee Jung Park

It’s hard to rank the former multiple weight world champion. She was decisively beaten by Kayleigh Parsons, but even as she seems to be fading, we don’t believe her resume and skills can be ignored. Park’s camp has suggested that she will take the remainder of the year off, before launching one last assault on the division. We would not bet against her.

Renee Heroux
Number 3

Kayleigh Parsons

A harsh drop for the former champion, but getting steamrolled in one round can change the perception of a fighter overnight. The question about Parsons has never ever been talent, but its been about whether she will ever fight the way that makes best use of her skills. As a technical boxer she’s flawless. But when she wants to scrap, she can often come off second best. A critical look at her resume suggests that she may not be as good as she thinks she is.

Sybil Graves
Number 4

Virani macVicar

The former title challenger has been rebuilding in 2022. Her record may not be the best, but her wins over Michaela Sommer and Steffi Slater seem more impressive now. She showcased something a little different against Sonia Fox, but it does raise questions about her power. Is it as vaunted as it seems? It’s time for a step up in competition again. Another loss could damage her career beyond repair.

Kayleigh Parsons
Number 5

Tanille Taylor

The Prodigy may have the talent but disagreements with management and a few small injuries have kept the American sidelined recently. She is still young and clearly talented, but its time to showcase her talents against a top opponent. The public is impatient.

Virani MacVicar
Number 6

Emma McGale

One of the great surprises of this year has been the emergence of McGale. Knockout losses to Mechelle Gauthier and Tanille Taylor seemed to confirm she was destined for a middling career. A change of coach and an embracing of her unique skills has turned all that around. She knocked out Gauthier impressively in the rematch and then retired Takara Oshima with one of the knockouts of the year. A tough matchup for anyone, McGale is another one that may not stick with the Featherweight division, given her success outside of it.

Yenifer Perez
Number 7

Sybil Graves

Getting blown out by Kayleigh Parsons isn’t something to be ashamed of. But Sybil’s unique style seems to be faltering a little as the talent level rises in the division. A big win is needed.

Michaela Sommer
Number 8

Renee Heroux

Most feel that Heroux has been exposed after losing to Michaela Sommer earlier this year. Given Sommer’s wins though, maybe she can be forgiven. She is another fighter that needs a respectable victory to get her back on track. Beating up no names won’t do it anymore.

Tanille Taylor
Number 9

Kasandra Sobieski

The Pole produced a brilliant display of boxing to convincingly beat Carla Flores in Mexico. Momentum seems to be with her and the new, more creative, more fluid style of boxing that she’s shown recently seems to suit her. She is one that we suspect will rise in the rankings.

Carla Flores
Number 10

Mechelle GauthIer

A proper warrior with losses only to very good fighters in Heather Barker and Emma McGale. A win over McGale seems much more impressive now than it did at the time. Underrate at your own peril.

Carla Flores

Just missing the cut

Leanne Storm, Carla Flores

Stars - Alesia
Alesia Schumann
Sophie Schumann
Chelsea Carter
Heather Barker
Stars - Alex
Virani MacVicar
Kayleigh Parsons
Emma McGale
Cast - Alesia
Zohana Patel
ChloƩ Potvin
Taylor Grant
Steffi Slater
Leyla Abdul
Sarita Waris
Cast - Alex
Hee Jung Park
Kasandra Sobieski
Michaela Sommer
Yenifer Perez
Carla Flores
Wambui Njeri
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