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]

Current world champions[edit]

Current champions

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses Beaten opponents
WBA July 20, 2019 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 62–7–2 (39 KO) 0 0
WBC September 29, 2019 United States Errol Spence Jr. 26-0 (21 KO) 0 0
IBF May 27, 2017 United States Errol Spence Jr. 26–0 (21 KO) 4 4
WBO June 9, 2018 United States Terence Crawford 35–0 (26 KO) 3 3

Current The Ring world rankings[edit]

As of October 22, 2020.[3]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record Title(s)
C vacant
1 United States Errol Spence Jr. 26–0 (21 KO) IBF, WBC
2 United States Terence Crawford 36–0 (27 KO) WBO
3 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 62–7–2 (39 KO) WBA
4 United States Keith Thurman 29–1 (22 KO)
5 United States Shawn Porter 31–3–1 (17 KO)
6 United States Danny García 36–2 (21 KO)
7 Cuba Yordenis Ugás 25–4 (12 KO)
8 Uzbekistan Kudratillo Abdukakhorov 17–0 (9 KO)
9 Russia Sergey Lipinets 16–1 (12 KO)
10 United States Mikey Garcia 40–1 (30 KO)

Longest reigning world 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 Beaten opponents Fights
1. Puerto Rico Felix Trinidad 6 years, 8 months, 14 days IBF 15 15 [4]
2. Mexico Antonio Margarito 5 years, 3 months, 28 days WBO 7 7 [5]
3. Cuba José Nápoles 4 years, 6 months, 2 days WBA, WBC 11 9 [6]
4. United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. 4 years, 1 month, 18 days WBC 5 4 [7]
5. United States Pernell Whitaker 4 years, 1 month, 6 days WBC 8 7 [8]
6. Mexico Pipino Cuevas 4 years and 16 days WBA 11 10 [9]
7. United States Sugar Ray Robinson 3 years, 7 months, 19 days World 5 5 [10][11]
8. United States Donald Curry 3 years, 7 months, 14 days WBA 7 7 [12]
9. United States Jack Britton 3 years, 7 months, 13 days World 10 8 [13][14]

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[19] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[20] is 155 to 170 lb (70.3 to 77.1 kg).

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated August 24, 2020.

Organization Reign began Champion Record Defenses
UFC March 3, 2019 Nigeria Kamaru Usman 17–1 (6KO 2SUB) 2
Bellator MMA October 26, 2019 Brazil Douglas Lima 32–7 (14KO 12SUB) 0
ONE Championship October 25, 2019 Kyrgyzstan Kiamrian Abbasov 22–4 (7KO 4SUB) 0
Fight Nights Global April 6, 2019 Russia Dmitry Bikrev 12–3 (8KO 1SUB) 1
KSW October 6, 2018 Croatia Roberto Soldić 17–3 (14KO 1SUB) 1
Titan FC March 15, 2019 United States Michael Graves 9–1 (4KO 2SUB) 1
ACA April 26, 2019 Russia Albert Tumenov 22–4 (14KO) 1
Legacy Fighting Alliance August 21, 2020 United States Jaleel Willis 13–2 (5KO) 0
Cage Warriors TBA vacant TBA 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. ^ "welterweight | Origin and meaning of welterweight by Online Etymology Dictionary". www.etymonline.com.
  2. ^ a b "Classes & Divisions". HolyTrinityBoxing.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  3. ^ "The Ring ratings: welterweight". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Professional boxing record: Felix Trinidad". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Professional boxing record: Felix Trinidad". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Professional boxing record: José Nápoles". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Professional boxing record: Floyd Mayweather Jr". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Professional boxing record: Pernell Whitaker". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Professional boxing record: Pipino Cuevas". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Professional boxing record: Sugar Ray Robinson". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Sugar Ray Robinson, p. 700" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Professional boxing record: Donald Curry". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Professional boxing record: Jack Britton". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Jack Britton, p. 80" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  15. ^ "IKF WEIGHT CLASSES". IKFKickboxing.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  16. ^ "INTERNATIONAL SPORT KARATE & KICKBOXING ASSOCIATION" (PDF). ISKAWorldHQ.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  17. ^ "WKA USA - Official Rulebook". WKAUSA.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  18. ^ "Fighters Rankings". gloryworldseries.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". www leg state nv us. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  20. ^ "UNIFIED RULES OF MMA". ABCBoxing.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.

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