Bantamweight

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Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports.

  • For boxing the range is above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg).
  • In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 kg (116 lb) and 55 kg (120 lb).
  • In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds (57.2–61.2 kg).

The name for the class 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[edit]

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) November 3, 2018 Philippines Nonito Donaire 40–5 (26 KO) 1
WBA (Regular) May 25, 2018 Japan Naoya Inoue 18–0 (16 KO) 2
WBC January 19, 2019 France Nordine Oubaali 16–0 (12 KO) 1
IBF May 18, 2019 Japan Naoya Inoue 18–0 (16 KO) 0
WBO April 22, 2017 South Africa Zolani Tete 28–3 (21 KO) 3

Current interim champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA March 23, 2018 Philippines Reymart Gaballo 20–0 (17 KO) 0
WBC December 29, 2018 Japan Takuma Inoue 13–0 (3 KO) 0
WBO April 20, 2019 Philippines Johnriel Casimero 27–4 (18 KO) 0

Current The Ring magazine bantamweight rankings[edit]

Updated 23 May 2019

Rank Name Record Title(s)
C Japan Naoya Inoue 18–0 (16 KO) WBA (Regular), IBF
1 South Africa Zolani Tete 28–3 (21 KO) WBO
2 Mexico Luis Nery 29–0 (23 KO)
3 Philippines Nonito Donaire 40–5 (26 KO) WBA
4 Puerto Rico Emmanuel Rodríguez 19–1 (12 KO)
5 France Nordine Oubaali 15–0 (11 KO) WBC
6 Australia Jason Moloney 18–1 (15 KO)
7 Japan Takuma Inoue 13–0 (3 KO)
8 Mexico Carlos Cuadras 38–3–1 (27 KO)
9 United States Joshua Greer Jr. 20–1–1 (12 KO)
10 United States Joshua Franco 15–1–1 (7 KO)

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. Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka 5 years, 9 months, 9 days WBC, The Ring 12
5. United States Tim Austin 5 years, 6 months, 26 days IBF 10
6. Japan Hozumi Hasegawa 5 years, 14 days WBC 10
7. United States Jimmy Barry 4 years, 11 months, 17 days World 6
8. Panama Panama Al Brown 4 years, 9 months, 28 days NBA N/A
9. Brazil Eder Jofre 4 years, 6 months World 8
10. United States Manuel Ortiz 4 years, 4 months, 29 days World 15
     Active Title Reign
     Reign has ended

Amateur 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]

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

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

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