Featherweight

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Featherweight is a weight class in the combat sports of boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and Greco-Roman wrestling.

Boxing[edit]

Professional boxing[edit]

History[edit]

A featherweight boxer weighs in at a limit of 126 pounds (57 kg). In the early days of the division, this limit fluctuated. The British have generally always recognized the limit at 126 pounds, but in America the weight limit was at first 114 pounds. An early champion, George Dixon, moved the limit to 120 and then 122 pounds. Finally, in 1920 the United States fixed the limit at 126 pounds.[1]

The 1860 fight between Nobby Clark and Jim Elliott is sometimes called the first featherweight championship. However, the division only gained wide acceptance in 1889 after the Ike Weir-Frank Murphy fight.(One of The Most Famous Fights Of All Time.)

Since the end of the 2000s and early 2010s the featherweight division is one of the most active in boxing with fighters such as Orlando Salido, Chris John, Juan Manuel López, Celestino Caballero, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Elio Rojas, Israel Vazquez, Cristobal Cruz, Rafael Márquez, Rocky Juarez, Steven Luevano, Naseem Hamed, Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao.

Current world champions[edit]

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses Beaten opponents
WBA (Super) January 29, 2017 Mexico Léo Santa Cruz 37–1–1 (19 KO) 3 3
WBC March 28, 2015 United States Gary Russell, Jr. 31–1 (18 KO) 5 5
IBF May 19, 2018 United Kingdom Josh Warrington 30–0 (7 KO) 3 3
WBO October 26, 2019 United States Shakur Stevenson 13–0 (7 KO) 0 0

Current The Ring world rankings[edit]

As of June 3, 2020.[2]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record (W–L–D) Title(s)
C vacant
1 United Kingdom Josh Warrington 30–0 (7 KO) IBF
2 United States Gary Russell Jr. 31–1 (18 KO) WBC
3 China Xu Can 18–2 (3 KO)
4 United States Shakur Stevenson 13–0 (7 KO) WBO
5 Philippines Mark Magsayo 20–0 (14 KO)
6 United Kingdom Abdul Barry Awad 27–1 (16 KO)
7 Mongolia Tugstsogt Nyambayar 11–1 (9 KO)
8 United States Ruben Villa 18–0 (5 KO)
9 United States Jessie Magdaleno 27–1 (18 KO)
10 Colombia Miguel Marriaga 29–3 (25 KO)

Longest reigning world featherweight champions[edit]

Below is a list of longest reigning featherweight 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. United States Johnny Kilbane 11 years, 3 months, 24 days World 4 4 [3][4]
2. Indonesia Chris John 10 years, 1 month, 5 days WBA 18 16 [5]
3. United States Abe Attell 8 years, 5 months, 19 days World 22 14 [6]
4. Panama Eusebio Pedroza 7 years, 1 month, 23 days WBA 19 18 [7]
5. United States Sandy Saddler 6 years, 4 months, 13 days World 4 3 [8][9]
6. United States Gary Russell, Jr. 5 years, 2 months and 6 days WBC 5 5 [10]
7. United Kingdom Naseem Hamed 4 years, 11 months, 20 days WBO 15 15 [11]
8. Canada George Dixon 4 years, 5 months World 4 4 [12][13]
9. Venezuela Antonio Esparragoza 4 years, 27 days WBA 7 7 [14]
10. United States Davey Moore 4 years, 3 days World 5 4 [15]

Amateur boxing[edit]

In amateur boxing, the weight limit is 54 to 57 kilograms (119 to 126 lb) for women and 52 to 57 kilograms (115 to 126 lb) for men. To make room for the introduction of women's boxing to the Olympics in 2012, the men's featherweight class was dropped down one kilogram and became bantamweight. Following further adjustments, the 2020 Olympics will again feature men's featherweight and, for the first time, women's featherweight.[16]

Notable featherweights[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

In kickboxing, a featherweight fighter generally weighs between 55 and 59 kg (121 and 130 lb). However, some governing bodies have slightly different classes. For example, the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) featherweight division (professional and amateur) is between 122.1–127 lb (55.4–57.6 kg).

In Glory promotion, a featherweight division is up to 65 kg (143 lb).[17]

In Bellator Kickboxing promotion, a featherweight division is up to 66 kg (146 lb).

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

In MMA, within the UFC company and most other MMA companies the featherweight range is from 61.7 to 65.8 kg (136 to 145 lb).

Current champions[edit]

These tables were last updated in April 2019.

Men:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC December 14, 2019 Australia Alexander Volkanovski 21–1 (11KO 3SUB) 0
Bellator MMA April 21, 2017 Brazil Patrício Freire 29-4 (10KO 11SUB) 2
ONE Championship August 18, 2016 Australia Martin Nguyen 12-3 (8KO 3SUB) 2
ACA March 16, 2019 Russia Salman Zhamaldaev 17-1 (5KO 4SUB) 0
Cage Warriors December 8, 2018 England Dean Trueman 10-4 (5KO 1SUB) 0
M-1 Global July 21, 2018 United States Nate Landwehr 12-2 (8KO 0SUB) 1
Fight Nights Global Vacant
Brave Combat Federation September 21, 2018 United States Bubba Jenkins 13-4 (5KO 3SUB) 0
Titan FC April 6, 2018 United States Jason Soares 13-0 (3KO 8SUB) 2
Legacy Fighting Alliance Vacant
Road FC November 3, 2018 South Korea Jung Young Lee 8-1 (2KO 3SUB) 0
KSW April 27, 2019 France Salahdine Parnasse 13-0-1 (1KO 4SUB) 0

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC December 29, 2018 Brazil Amanda Nunes 17-4 (12KO 3SUB) 0
Bellator MMA March 3, 2017 Canada Julia Budd 12-2 (5KO 1SUB) 2
Invicta FC vacant

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 172. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.
  2. ^ "The Ring ratings: featherweight". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Professional boxing record: Johnny Kilbane". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Johnny Kilbane, p. 172" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Professional boxing record: Chris John". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Professional boxing record: Abe Attell". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Eusebio Pedrosa, p. 668" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Professional boxing record: Sandy Saddler". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Sandy Saddler, p. 720" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Professional boxing record: Gary Allen Russell Jr". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Professional boxing record: Naseem Hamed". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Professional boxing record: George Dixon". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  13. ^ "George Dixon, p. 118" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Professional boxing record: Antonio Esparragoza". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Professional boxing record: Davey Moore". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  16. ^ https://www.irish-boxing.com/2-gone-and-2-changed-info-on-new-mens-olympic-weight-classes/
  17. ^ OFFICIAL GLORY RANKING Archived 2014-01-18 at the Wayback Machine