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This article is about the sports concept. For the 2004 French film, see Lightweight (film). For the company, see Bergsala Lightweight. For the general concept, see Weight.
For other uses, see Lightweight (disambiguation).

Lightweight is a weight class in the sports of boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts and rowing.


Professional boxing[edit]

The lightweight division is over 130 pounds (59 kilograms) and up to 135 pounds (61 kilograms) weight class in the sport of boxing. Notable lightweight boxers include Alexis Argüello, Henry Armstrong, Ken Buchanan, Tony Canzoneri, Pedro Carrasco, Joel Casamayor, Al "Bummy" Davis, Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Durán, Artur Grigorian, Joe Gans, Benny Leonard, Ray Mancini, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Juan Manuel Marquez, Sugar Shane Mosley, Miguel Ángel González, Carlos Ortiz, Edwin Valero, Pernell Whitaker, and Ike Williams.

Artur Grigorian holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 17 defenses of the WBO title.

Professional Champions[edit]

Current Champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA November 21, 2015 United Kingdom Anthony Crolla 30-4-3 (12 KO) 0
WBC December 30, 2014 Venezuela Jorge Linares 40-3 (27 KO) 2
IBF vacant
WBO July 11, 2015 United Kingdom Terry Flanagan 29-0 (12 KO) 1

Longest reigning lightweight champions[edit]

Below is a list of "longest reigning lightweight champions" career time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

Name Title Reign Title recognition Successful defenses
1. United States Benny Leonard 7 years, 7 months, 17 days World 7
2. Uzbekistan Artur Grigorian 7 years, 6 months, 20 days WBO 17
3. Republic of Ireland Jack McAuliffe 6 years, 7 months, 12 days World 3
4. Panama Roberto Duran 6 years, 7 months, 5 days WBA 12
5. United States Ike Williams 6 years, 1 month, 7 days World 5
6. United States Joe Gans 6 years, 27 days World 10
7. United States Joe Brown (boxer) 5 years, 7 months, 27 days World 11
8. Mexico Miguel Vazquez 4 years, 29 days IBF 6
9. United States Sammy Mandel 4 years, 14 days NBA 2
10. United States Paul Spadafora 3 years, 10 months IBF 7

Amateur boxing[edit]


International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Lightweight (Pro & Amateur) 127.1 lb - 132 lb or 57.77 kg - 60 kg. Women's divisions also use this weight class, but usually at a lower weight than the men's divisions. In Glory promotion, a lightweight division is up to 70 kg (154 lb).[1]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Main article: Lightweight (MMA)

In MMA, the lightweight division is from 146 lb (66 kg) to 155 lb (70 kg).


Lightweight rowing was a category entered into the Olympic sport, originally due to countries of smaller stature competing with an unfair disadvantage, as rowing favors the taller athlete who has more leverage.

Current Olympic class lightweight events in rowing are a men's lightweight Coxless Four and Double Scull, and a women's lightweight Double Scull.