Bantamweight

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Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports. For boxing, the range is above 115 lb (52.2 kg) and up to 118 lb (53.5 kg). In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 and 55 kilograms (117 and 121 lb). In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 lb (57.2–61.2 kg).

The name for the class is derived from bantam chickens.[1] Brazilian jiu-jitsu has an equivalent Rooster weight.

Boxing[edit]

Bantamweight is a class in boxing for boxers who weigh above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg).

Professional[edit]

History[edit]

The first title fight with gloves was between Chappie Moran and Ray Lewis 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.[2]

Current world champions[edit]

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses
WBA November 7, 2019 Naoya Inoue 24–0 (21 KO) 5
WBC June 7, 2022 Naoya Inoue 24–0 (21 KO) 1
IBF May 18, 2019 Naoya Inoue 24–0 (21 KO) 6
WBO December 13, 2022 Naoya Inoue 24–0 (21 KO) 0

Current The Ring world rankings[edit]

As of January 28, 2023.[3]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record Title(s)
C Naoya Inoue 24–0 (21 KO) IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO
1 Emmanuel Rodríguez 21–2–0–1 (13 KO)
2 Jason Moloney 25–2 (19 KO)
3 Nonito Donaire 42–7 (28 KO)
4 Vincent Astrolabio 18–3 (13 KO)
5 Lee McGregor 11–0–1 (9 KO)
6 Gary Antonio Russell 19–0–0–1 (12 KO)
7 Alejandro Santiago 27–3–5 (14 KO)
8 Paul Butler 34–3 (15 KO)
9 Ryosuke Nishida 6–0 (1 KO)
10 Kai Chiba 15–3 (9 KO)

Longest reigning world bantamweight champions[edit]

Below is a list of longest reigning bantamweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

Name Title reign Title recognition Successful defenses Beaten opponents Fights
1. Anselmo Moreno 6 years, 3 months, 26 days WBA 12 11 [4]
2. Veeraphol Sahaprom 6 years, 3 months, 17 days WBC 14 11 [5]
3. Orlando Canizales 6 years, 3 months, 16 days IBF 16 15 [6]
4. Shinsuke Yamanaka 5 years, 9 months, 9 days WBC 12 11 [7]
5. Tim Austin 5 years, 6 months, 26 days IBF 9 9 [8]
6. Hozumi Hasegawa 5 years, 14 days WBC 10 10 [9]
7. Panama Al Brown 4 years, 9 months, 28 days NYSAC, NBA, IBU 10 8 [10][11]
8. Eder Jofre 4 years, 6 months NBA, WBA, WBC 8 8 [12]
9. Manuel Ortiz 4 years, 4 months, 29 days World 15 11 [13]
  Active Title Reign
  Reign has ended

Amateur[edit]

Only one boxer has ever held the Olympic and World Amateur bantamweight titles simultaneously, Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba, who managed the feat twice in 2001 and 2005.

Olympic Champions[edit]

World Champions[edit]

Pan American Champions[edit]

European Champions[edit]

Kickboxing[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.

In ONE Championship, the bantamweight division limit is 65.8 kg (145 lb).

Lethwei[edit]

In International Lethwei Federation Japan, the bantamweight division is up to 60 kg (130 lb). In International Lethwei Federation Japan, Yuta Hamamoto is the Bantamweight Champion.

The World Lethwei Championship recognizes the bantamweight division with an upper limit of 54 kg (119 lb). In World Lethwei Championship, Souris Manfredi is the Bantamweight Champion.

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

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

Current champions[edit]

These tables were last updated in November 2022.

Organization Reign began Champion Record Defenses
Men
UFC Mar 6, 2021 Aljamain Sterling 22–3 (3KO 8SUB) 2
Bellator September 12, 2020 Sergio Pettis 21–5 (3KO 4SUB) 0
Rizin FF August 10, 2020 Kyoji Horiguchi 29–3 (15KO 3SUB) 0
ONE Championship March 31, 2019 Bibiano Fernandes 24–4 (2KO 9SUB) 1
Fight Nights Global October 10, 2017 Tomáš Deák 20–10–1 (6KO 8SUB) 1
Cage Warriors September 6, 2019 Jack Cartwright 8–0 (3KO 4SUB) 1
ACA March 6, 2020 Daniel Oliveira 27–6 (9KO 11SUB) 0
Brave CF November 17, 2017 Stephen Loman 13–2 (4KO 2SUB) 4
Legacy Fighting Alliance N/A Vacant N/A N/A
Women
UFC July 30, 2022 Amanda Nunes 22–5 (13KO 4SUB) 0
Invicta FC N/A Vacant N/A N/A

Muay Thai[edit]

In Muay Thai, bantamweight is 115–118 pounds (52.2-53.5 kg). A notable Muai Thai bantamweight fighter is Randy Thong Phoun Phim.

Wrestling[edit]

Wrestling also has similar weight classes including bantamweight.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bantamweight and Featherweight, New Pinoy Niche Weight Classes?".
  2. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 178. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.
  3. ^ "The Ring Bantamweight Ratings". The Ring. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Professional boxing record: Anselmo Moreno". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Professional boxing record: Veeraphol Sahaprom". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Orlando Canizales, p. 366" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Professional boxing record: Shinsuke Yamanaka". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Professional boxing record: Tim Austin". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Professional boxing record: Hozumi Hasegawa". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Professional boxing record: Panama Al Brown". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Panama Al Brown, p. 84" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Professional boxing record: Eder Jofre". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Manuel Ortiz, p. 648" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.

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