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


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.


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) September 26, 2014 Dominican Republic Juan Carlos Payano 17-0 (8 KO) 1
WBA May 31, 2014 United Kingdom Jamie McDonnell 26-2-1 (12 KO) 2
WBC November 6, 2011 Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka 23-0-2 (17 KO) 8
IBF October 25, 2014 United States Randy Caballero 22-0 (13 KO) 0
WBO August 7, 2015 Thailand Pungluang Sor Singyu 51-3 (35 KO) 0

Amateur Champions[edit]

Olympic Champions[edit]

Pan American Champions[edit]

Commonwealth Games Champions[edit]

Notable bantamweights[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 also has similar weight classes including bantamweight.

See also[edit]


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