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]

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 Beaten opponents
WBA (Super) November 7, 2019 Japan Naoya Inoue 21–0 (18 KO) 2 2
WBC May 29, 2021 Philippines Nonito Donaire 41–6 (27 KO) 0 0
IBF May 18, 2019 Japan Naoya Inoue 21–0 (18 KO) 3 3
WBO November 30, 2019 Philippines John Riel Casimero 31–4 (21 KO) 2 2

Current The Ring world rankings[edit]

As of October 20, 2021.[3]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record (W–L–D) Title(s)
C Japan Naoya Inoue 21–0 (18 KO) WBA, IBF
1 Philippines Nonito Donaire 41–6 (27 KO) WBC
2 France Nordine Oubaali 17–1 (12 KO)
3 Philippines John Riel Casimero 31–4 (21 KO) WBO
4 Puerto Rico Emmanuel Rodríguez 19–2 (12 KO)
5 South Africa Zolani Tete 28–4 (21 KO)
6 Australia Jason Moloney 21–2–0–1 (18 KO)
7 United States Joshua Greer Jr. 22–2–2 (12 KO)
8 Japan Takuma Inoue 14–1 (3 KO)
9 Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux 20–2–0–1 (13 KO)
10 Colombia Oscar Negrete 19–3–2 (7 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. Panama Anselmo Moreno 6 years, 3 months, 26 days WBA 12 11 [4]
2. Thailand Veeraphol Sahaprom 6 years, 3 months, 17 days WBC 14 11 [5]
3. United States Orlando Canizales 6 years, 3 months, 16 days IBF 16 15 [6]
4. Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka 5 years, 9 months, 9 days WBC 12 11 [7]
5. United States Tim Austin 5 years, 6 months, 26 days IBF 9 9 [8]
6. Japan Hozumi Hasegawa 5 years, 14 days WBC 10 10 [9]
7. Panama Panama Al Brown 4 years, 9 months, 28 days NYSAC, NBA, IBU 10 8 [10][11]
8. Brazil Eder Jofre 4 years, 6 months NBA, WBA, WBC 8 8 [12]
9. United States Manuel Ortiz 4 years, 4 months, 29 days World 15 11 [13]
  Active Title Reign
  Reign has ended

Amateur[edit]

Olympic Champions[edit]

Pan American 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 June 2021.

Organization Reign began Champion Record Defenses
Men
UFC Mar 6, 2021 United States Aljamain Sterling 20–3 (2KO 8SUB) 0
Bellator September 12, 2020 United States Juan Archuleta 25-2 (11KO 1SUB) 0
Rizin FF August 10, 2020 Japan Kai Asakura 15–2 (10KO 2SUB) 0
ONE Championship March 31, 2019 Brazil Bibiano Fernandes 24–4 (2KO 9SUB) 1
Fight Nights Global October 10, 2017 Slovakia Tomáš Deák 20–10–1 (6KO 8SUB) 1
Cage Warriors September 6, 2019 England Jack Cartwright 8–0 (3KO 4SUB) 1
ACA March 6, 2020 Brazil Daniel Oliveira 27–6 (9KO 11SUB) 0
Brave CF November 17, 2017 Philippines Stephen Loman 13–2 (4KO 2SUB) 4
Legacy Fighting Alliance N/A Vacant N/A N/A
Women
UFC July 9, 2016 Brazil Amanda Nunes 20–4 (13KO 3SUB) 5
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 ratings: bantamweight". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  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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