Welterweight

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Welterweight is a weight class division in combat sports. Originally the term "welterweight" was used only in boxing, but other combat sports like kickboxing, taekwondo and mixed martial arts also use it for their own weight division system. In most sports that use it, welterweight is heavier than lightweight but lighter than middleweight.

Boxing[edit]

Professional boxing[edit]

A welterweight boxer's weight is greater than 63.5 kg (140 lb), but not greater than 67 kg (147 lb).[1]

Henry Armstrong holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 19 defenses of the lineal title.

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Unified) May 3, 2014 United States Floyd Mayweather 47-0 (26 KO) 1
WBC September 17, 2011 United States Floyd Mayweather 47-0 (26 KO) 3
IBF August 16, 2014 United Kingdom Kell Brook 33-0 (22 KO) 0
WBO April 12, 2014 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 56-5-2 (38 KO) 0

Current female champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA March 14, 2009 Norway Cecilia Brækhus 25-0 (7 KO) 13
WBC March 14, 2009 Norway Cecilia Brækhus 25-0 (7 KO) 14
IBF September 13, 2014 Norway Cecilia Brækhus 25-0 (7 KO) 0
WBO May 15, 2010 Norway Cecilia Brækhus 25-0 (7 KO) 11

Current BoxRec Welterweight rankings[edit]

Updated 6 October 2014 [2]

Rank Name Record Title(s)
1 United States Floyd Mayweather Jnr 47–0 (26 KO) WBA (Unified), WBC
2 Philippines Manny Pacquaio 56-5-2 (38 KO)) WBO
3 Mexico Juan Manuel Marquez 56-7-1 (40 KO)
4 United Kingdom Kell Brook 33-0 (22 KO) IBF
5 United States Timothy Bradley 31-1 (12 KO)
6 Argentina Marcos Rene Maidana 35-5 (31 KO)
7 United States Robert Guerrero 32-2-1 (18 KO)
8 United States Shawn Porter 24-1-1 (15 KO)
9 United States Devon Alexander 26-2 (14 KO)
10 United States Keith Thurman 23-0 (21 KO)
11 United Kingdom Amir Khan 29-3 (19 KO)
12 Italy Leonard Bundu 31-0-2 (11 KO)
13 Argentina Luis Carlos Abregu 36-1 (29 KO)
14 United Kingdom Frankie Gavin 19-1 (12 KO)
15 United States Paul Malignaggi 33-6 (7 KO)

Amateur boxing[edit]

Olympic champions[edit]

The current Olympic male welterweight division is set at 64–69 kg (141–152 lbs).[3]

Commonwealth champions[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

The weight division system is different in each organisation, so the kickboxing weight divisions of some international organizations vary:

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Main article: Welterweight (MMA)

The welterweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[8] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[9] is 155 pounds (70.3 kg) to 170 pounds (77.1 kg).

Other sports[edit]

Other sports to include a minimumweight division include the following,

  • Muay Thai has fixed its weight division similarly to boxing.
    • International Kickboxing Federation (IKF): Muay Thai Welterweight (Pro & Amateur) 142.1 lbs. - 147 lbs.(64.59 kg - 66.8 kg)
    • World Muay Thai Council (WMC), welterweight range is from 140 pounds (63.5 kg) to 147 pounds (66.6 kg)
    • World Muay Thai Federation (WMF), the official amateur organization, fixed welterweight from 63.5 to 67 kg for adult; the junior category is the same as adult
  • The official rules of shoot boxing define welterweights as between 65 and 67 kg (143.3 to 147.7 lb).
  • In Olympic taekwondo, welterweight falls between 74 and 80 kg. At the weight classes for the Olympic games it is between 68 and 80 kg.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Classes & Divisions". HolyTrinityBoxing.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Current Welterweight rankings. BoxRec. 
  3. ^ "Classes & Divisions". HolyTrinityBoxing.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "IKF WEIGHT CLASSES". IKFKickboxing.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "INTERNATIONAL SPORT KARATE & KICKBOXING ASSOCIATION". ISKAWorldHQ.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "WKA USA - Official Rulebook". WKAUSA.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  7. ^ OFFICIAL GLORY RANKING
  8. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". http://www.leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  9. ^ "UNIFIED RULES OF MMA". ABCBoxing.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15.