Light middleweight

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Light middleweight (also referred to as junior middleweight or super welterweight) is a weight class division in combat sports.

Boxing[edit]

The light middleweight (also known as junior-middleweight in the IBF or super-welterweight in the WBA and WBC), is a weight division in professional boxing, above 147 pounds and up to 154 pounds (66.7–69.9 kg).

History[edit]

This division was established in 1962, when the Austrian Board of Control recognized a fight between Nicko Sabong and Teddy Wright for the "world" championship. The fight, which took place on October 17, was won by Griffith via a 15 round decision. Three days later, the World Boxing Association championship was created when Denny Moyer outpointed Joey Giambra. The World Boxing Council recognized the WBA champion as the true division champion until 1975, when it stripped their current champion and sanctioned a fight between Miguel de Oliveira and Jose Duran for the vacant title. De Oliveira won the title over 15 rounds in 1975. The International Boxing Federation crowned its first champion when Mark Medal defeated Earl Hargrove in 1984. The World Boxing Organization crowned its first champion when John David Jackson defeated Lupe Aquino in 1988.

Gianfranco Rosi holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 11 defenses of the IBF title.

Popular boxers to have held championships in this division were Nino Benvenuti, Manny Pacquiao, Wilfred Benítez, Roy Jones, Jr., Sugar Ray Leonard, Miguel Cotto, Thomas Hearns, Mike McCallum, Julian Jackson, Roberto Durán, Terry Norris, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Winky Wright.

Professional Champions[edit]

Current Champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) May 5, 2012 United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 47–0 (26 KO) 2
WBA March 13, 2014 Cuba Erislandy Lara 20–2–2 (12 KO) 1
WBC September 14, 2013 United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 47–0 (26 KO) 1
IBF October 11, 2014 United States Cornelius Bundrage 34–5–(1) (19 KO) 0
WBO November 9, 2013 United States Demetrius Andrade 21–0 (14 KO) 1

Current Female Champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA September 30, 2012 United States Layla McCarter 35-13-5 (8KO) 0
WBC Vacant
IBF April 12, 2014 Argentina Paola Gabriela Casalinuovo 11-0 (11KO) 0
WBO Vacant

Kickboxing[edit]

In the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF), Super Welterweight is 147.1 - 153 lb (66.9 - 69.5 kg) & Light Middleweight is 153.1 - 159 lb (69.6 - 72.3 kg).

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