Welterweight

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Welterweight is a weight class in combat sports. Originally the term "welterweight" was used only in boxing, but other combat sports like Muay Thai, taekwondo, and mixed martial arts also use it for their own weight division system to classify the opponents. In most sports that use it, welterweight is heavier than lightweight but lighter than middleweight.

Etymology[edit]

The first known instance of the term is from 1831, meaning "heavyweight horseman," later "boxer or wrestler of a certain weight" by 1896. This sense comes from earlier "welter" "heavyweight horseman or boxer" from 1804, possibly from "welt", meaning "to beat severely", from c. 15th century.[1]

Boxing[edit]

Professional boxing[edit]

A welterweight boxer's weight is greater than 63.5 kg (140 lb), but no more than 66.7 kg (147 lb).[2]

Henry Armstrong holds the record for the most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 19 defenses of the lineal title.

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (super) January 28, 2015 United States Keith Thurman 29–0 (1) (22 KO) 5
WBA (regular) July 15, 2018 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 61–7–2 (39 KO) 1
WBC September 8, 2018 United States Shawn Porter 30–2–1 (17 KO) 1
IBF May 27, 2017 United States Errol Spence Jr. 25–0 (21 KO) 3
WBO June 9, 2018 United States Terence Crawford 35–0 (26 KO) 2

Current The Ring magazine welterweight rankings Updated 9 March 2019

Rank Name Record Title(s)
1 United States Errol Spence Jr. 25–0 (21 KO) IBF
2 United States Terence Crawford 35–0 (26 KO) WBO
3 United States Keith Thurman 29–0 (22 KO) WBA (super)
4 United States Shawn Porter 30–2–1 (17 KO) WBC
5 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 61–7–2 (39 KO) WBA (regular)
6 United States Danny García 35–2 (21 KO)
7 Cuba Yordenis Ugás 23–4 (11 KO)
8 Australia Jeff Horn 19–1–1 (13 KO)
9 Lithuania Egidijus Kavaliauskas 21–0–1 (17 KO)
10 Russia Sergey Lipinets 15–1 (11 KO)

Longest reigning welterweight champions[edit]

Below is a list of longest reigning welterweight 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. Puerto Rico Felix Trinidad 6 years, 8 months, 14 days IBF 15
2. Mexico Antonio Margarito 5 years, 3 months, 28 days WBO 7
3. Cuba José Nápoles 4 years, 6 months, 2 days WBA, WBC 11
4. United States Keith Thurman 4 years, 5 months and 4 days WBA 5
5. United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. 4 years, 1 month, 18 days WBC 5
6. United States Pernell Whitaker 4 years, 1 month, 6 days WBC 8
7. Mexico Pipino Cuevas 4 years and 16 days WBA 11
8. United States Sugar Ray Robinson 3 years, 7 months, 19 days World 5
9. United States Donald Curry 3 years, 7 months, 14 days WBA 7
10. United States Jack Britton 3 years, 7 months, 13 days World 4

Amateur boxing[edit]

Olympic champions[edit]

The current Olympic male welterweight division is set at 64–69 kg (141–152 lb).[2]

Kickboxing[edit]

The weight division system is different in each organisation, so the kickboxing weight divisions of some international organizations vary:

Mixed martial arts[edit]

The welterweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[7] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[8] is 155 to 170 lb (70.3 to 77.1 kg).

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated March 15, 2019.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC March 3, 2019 Nigeria Kamaru Usman 15-1 (6KO 2SUB) 0
Bellator MMA January 20, 2018 Canada Rory MacDonald 20-4 (7KO 7SUB) 0
ONE Championship November 17, 2018 Sweden Zebaztian Kadestam 11-4 (9KO 1SUB) 0
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts March 9,2018 England Terry Brazier 10-1 (4KO 2SUB) 0
Fight Nights Global May 19, 2017 Kazakhstan Georgy Kichigin 18-5 (1KO 15SUB) 1
KSW April 14, 2018 South Africa Dricus Du Plessis 12-1 (4KO 8SUB) 0
Titan FC June 29, 2018 Slovenia Uroš Jurišic 9-0 (4KO 4SUB) 0
ACB August 19, 2017 Russia Mukhamed Berkhamov 12-0 (2KO 8SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance September 22, 2017 United States James Nakashima 8-0 0
Cage Warriors Oct 20, 2018 Scotland Ross Houston 8 - 0 0

Other sports[edit]

Other sports to include a welterweight division include the following,

  • Muay Thai has fixed its weight division similarly to boxing.
    • International Kickboxing Federation (IKF): Muay Thai Welterweight (Pro & Amateur) 142.1-147 lb or 64.59-66.8 kg
    • World Muay Thai Council (WMC), welterweight range is from 140 to 147 lb or 63.5 to 66.6 kg
    • World Muay Thai Federation (WMF), the official amateur organization, fixed welterweight from 65.0 to 67.0 kg (143.3 to 147.7 lb) for adult; the junior category is the same as adult
  • The official rules of shoot boxing define welterweights as between 65 and 67 kg (143 and 148 lb).
  • In Olympic taekwondo, welterweight falls between 74 and 80 kg (163 and 176 lb). At the weight classes for the Olympic games it is between 68 and 80 kg (150 and 176 lb).

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.etymonline.com/word/welterweight
  2. ^ a b "Classes & Divisions". HolyTrinityBoxing.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  3. ^ "IKF WEIGHT CLASSES". IKFKickboxing.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ "INTERNATIONAL SPORT KARATE & KICKBOXING ASSOCIATION" (PDF). ISKAWorldHQ.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  5. ^ "WKA USA - Official Rulebook". WKAUSA.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Fighters Rankings". gloryworldseries.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". www leg state nv us. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  8. ^ "UNIFIED RULES OF MMA". ABCBoxing.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.

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