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Bantamweight is a weight class division in combat sports. The name is derived from bantam chickens.


Bantamweight is usually a class in boxing for boxers who weigh above 115 pounds (52.163 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.525 kg). Orlando Canizales holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 16 defenses of the IBF title.


The first title fight with gloves was between Chappie Moran and Tommy Kelly in 1889. At that time, the limit for this weight class was 110 pounds. In 1910, however, the British settled on a limit of 118.[1]

Professional Champions[edit]

Current Champions (Last updated on August 11, 2014)

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) May 31, 2008 Panama Anselmo Moreno 35–2–1 (12 KO) 12
WBA May 31, 2014 United Kingdom Jamie McDonnell 24–2–1 (11 KO) 0
WBC November 6, 2011 Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka 21–0–2 (16 KO) 6
IBF Vacant
WBO August 1, 2013 Japan Tomoki Kameda 30–0 (19 KO) 2

Current Female Champions (Last updated on August 12, 2014)

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA January 5, 2013 Mexico Irma Garcia 10-1-1 (2KO) 2
WBC June 28, 2014 Mexico Yazmin Rivas 30-8 (9KO) 0
IBF May 10, 2014 Chile Carolina Rodríguez 13-0 (1KO) 1
WBO July 26, 2013 Argentina Carolina Duer 17-3-1 (5KO) 2

Amateur Champions[edit]

Olympic Champions[edit]

Pan American Champions[edit]

Commonwealth Games Champions[edit]

Notable bantamweights[edit]


In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 kg (116 lb) and 55 kg (120 lb). However, some governing bodies have slightly different classes. For example, the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Bantamweight division (professional and amateur) is 117.1 lbs.–122 lbs. or 53.22 kg–55.45 kg.

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Main article: Bantamweight (MMA)

In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds (57.2–61.2 kg).


Wrestling also has similar weight classes including bantamweight.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 178. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.