Bantamweight

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Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports. The name is derived from bantam chickens.

Boxing[edit]

Bantamweight is usually a class in boxing for boxers who weigh above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg). Orlando Canizales holds the record for most consecutive title defenses in boxing at this division, with 16 defenses of the IBF title.

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.[1]

Professional Champions[edit]

Current Champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) June 18, 2016 United States Rau'shee Warren 14-1-1 (4 KO) 1
WBA May 31, 2014 United Kingdom Jamie McDonnell 28-2-1 (13 KO) 4
WBC November 6, 2011 Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka 25-0-2 (17 KO) 10
IBF October 25, 2014 United Kingdom Lee Haskins 33-3 (14 KO) 1
WBO August 7, 2015 Thailand Pungluang Sor Singyu 52-3 (35 KO) 1

Longest reigning 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
1. Panama Anselmo Moreno 6 years, 3 months, 26 days WBA 12
2. Thailand Veeraphol Sahaprom 6 years, 3 months, 17 days WBC 14
3. United States Orlando Canizales 6 years, 3 months, 16 days IBF 16
4. United States Tim Austin 5 years, 6 months, 26 days IBF 10
5. Japan Hozumi Hasegawa 5 years, 11 days WBC 10
6. United States Jimmy Barry 5 years World 6
7. Panama Panama Al Brown 4 years, 9 months, 28 days NBA N/A
8. Brazil Eder Jofre 4 years, 6 months World 8
9. United States Manuel Ortiz 4 years, 4 months, 29 days World 15
10. Mexico Rafael Marquez (boxer) 4 years, 1 month, 1 day IBF 7

Amateur Champions[edit]

Olympic Champions[edit]

Pan American Champions[edit]

Commonwealth Games Champions[edit]

Notable bantamweights[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.

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Main article: Bantamweight (MMA)

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

Wrestling[edit]

Wrestling also has similar weight classes including bantamweight.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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