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For the mixed martial arts division of the same name, see Bantamweight (MMA).

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). However, in mixed martial arts (MMA) it is 125–136 pounds (56.6–61.7 kg). Wrestling also has similar weight classes including bantamweight. The name is derived from bantam chickens.

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]

Notable bantamweights[edit]

Amateur Champions[edit]

Olympic Champions[edit]

Pan American Champions[edit]

Commonwealth Games Champions[edit]

Professional Champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

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

For a full list, see List of bantamweight boxing champions

Kickboxing bantamweight[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.

See also[edit]


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