Flyweight

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For other uses, see Flyweight (disambiguation).

Flyweight is a weight class division in combat sports.

Boxing[edit]

Flyweight is a class in boxing which includes fighters weighing above 49 kg (108 lb) and up to 52 kg (112 lb).[1]

Professional boxing[edit]

The flyweight division was the last of boxing's eight traditional weight classes to be established. Before 1909, anyone below featherweight was considered a bantamweight, regardless of how small the boxer. In 1911, the organization that eventually became the British Boxing Board of Control held a match that crowned Sid Smith as the first flyweight champion of the world. Jimmy Wilde, who reigned from 1914 to 1923, was the first fighter recognized both in Britain and the United States as a flyweight champion.[2]

Other notable flyweights include Pancho Villa, Walter McGowan, Pascual Pérez, Pone Kingpetch, Fighting Harada, Masao Ohba, Chartchai Chionoi, Efren Torres, Erbito Salavarria, Miguel Canto, Dave McAuley, Charlie Magri, Gabriel Bernal, Santos Laciar, Sot Chitalada, Yong-Kang Kim, Yuri Arbachakov, Danny Romero, Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, Manny Pacquiao, Jorge Arce, Vic Darchinyan, Nonito Donaire and Pongsaklek Wonjongkam.

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 19 defenses of the WBC title.

Professional Champions[edit]

Current Champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) April 6, 2013 Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada 32-2 (23 KO) 4
WBA April 22, 2015 Japan Kazuto Ioka 17-1 (10 KO) 0
WBA (Interim) July 29, 2015 Thailand Stamp Kiatniwat 14-0 (6 KO) 0
WBC September 5, 2014 Nicaragua Román González 43-0 (37 KO) 2
IBF January 22, 2014 Thailand Amnat Ruenroeng 16-0 (5 KO) 4
WBO April 6, 2013 Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada 32-2 (23 KO) 4

Amateur Champions[edit]

Olympic Champions[edit]

Pan American Champions[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

In kickboxing, a flyweight fighter generally weighs 53 kg (115 lb) or under. The International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Flyweight division (professional and amateur) is 112.1 lbs. – 117 lbs. or 50.95 kg – 53.18 kg.

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Main article: Flyweight (MMA)

The flyweight division in mixed martial arts – as defined the Nevada State Athletic Commission combat sports doctrine[3] and by the Association of Boxing Commissions[4] – groups together all competitors 125 lb (57 kg) and below.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aiba.org/documents/site1/Articles%20&%20Rules/technical_and_competition_rules_20111025.pdf Technical & Competition Rules, Appendix K AIBA
  2. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). Boxing: The Definitive Illustrated Guide to World Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 186. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5. 
  3. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". http://www.leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  4. ^ "UNIFIED RULES OF MMA". ABCBoxing.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15.