Super bantamweight

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Super bantamweight (also known as junior featherweight) is a weight division in professional boxing. The maximum weight for this division is 122 pounds, or roughly 55.34 kilograms.

There were attempts by boxing promoters in the 1920s to establish this weight class, but few sanctioning organizations or state athletic commissions would recognize it. Jack Wolf won recognition as champion when he beat Joe Lynch at Madison Square Garden on September 21, 1922, but afterwards the weight division fell into disuse.[1]

The division was revived in the 1970s and the first title fight took place in 1976 when the World Boxing Council recognized Rigoberto Riasco as its champion when he defeated Waruinge Nakayama in eight rounds. The World Boxing Association crowned its first champion in 1977 when Soo Hwan Hong knocked out Hector Carasquilla in three rounds to win the inaugural WBA championship. In 1983 the International Boxing Federation sanctioned the bout between Bobby Berna and Seung-In Suh for its first title. Berna won in the eleventh round.

Notable fighters to hold championship titles at this weight have been Guillermo Rigondeaux, Wilfredo Gómez, Lupe Pintor, Jeff Fenech, Fabrice Benichou, Daniel Zaragoza, Kennedy McKinney, Érik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao, Rafael Márquez and Israel Vázquez. Gómez holds the record for longest title reign, at five years and ten months. He also holds the record for most title defenses, at seventeen.

Professional Champions[edit]

Current Champions (Last updated on September 13, 2014)

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) January 20, 2012 Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux 14-0 (9 KO) 5
WBC August 24, 2013 Mexico Léo Santa Cruz 28-0-1 (16 KO) 3
IBF September 6, 2014 United Kingdom Carl Frampton 19-0 (13 KO) 0
WBO April 13, 2013 Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux 14-0 (9 KO) 2

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

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA May 24, 2014 Mexico Jackie Nava 29-4-3 (13KO) 0
WBC July 23, 2011 Jamaica Alicia Ashley 21-9-1 (3KO) 3
IBF March 24, 2012 Dominican Republic Katy Wilson-Castillo 18-1 (11KO) 2
WBO October 25, 2013 Argentina Marcela Acuna 41-6-1 (18KO) 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Champions: The Last 20 Years", International Boxing Digest, 39, no. 1, August 1997: 64