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Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports.

  • For boxing the range is above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg).
  • In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 kg (116 lb) and 55 kg (120 lb).
  • In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds (57.2–61.2 kg).

The name bantam is derived from bantam chickens.

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BoxingEdit

Bantamweight is usually a class in boxing for boxers who weigh above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg). Orlando Canizales holds the record for most consecutive title defenses in boxing at this division, with 16 defenses of the IBF title.

HistoryEdit

The first title fight with gloves was between Chappie Moran and Ray Lewis in 1889. At that time, the limit for this weight class was 110 pounds. In 1910, however, the British settled on a limit of 118.[1]

Professional championsEdit

Current championsEdit

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) October 21, 2017   Ryan Burnett 19–0 (9 KO) 1
WBA (Regular) May 25, 2018   Naoya Inoue 17–0 (15 KO) 1
WBC vacant
IBF May 5, 2018   Emmanuel Rodríguez 18–0 (12 KO) 0
WBO April 22, 2017   Zolani Tete 28–3 (21 KO) 3

Current interim champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA March 23, 2018   Reymart Gaballo 20–0 (17 KO) 0

Current The Ring magazine bantamweight rankingsEdit

Updated 25 March 2018

Rank Name Record Title(s)
1   Zolani Tete 27–3 (21 KO) WBO
2   Naoya Inoue 17–0 (15 KO) WBA (Regular)
3   Ryan Burnett 19–0 (9 KO) WBA
4   Emmanuel Rodríguez 18–0 (12 KO) IBF
5   Juan Carlos Payano 20–2 (9 KO)
6   Liborio Solís 27–5–1 (12 KO)
7   Lee Haskins 35–4 (14 KO)
8   Jason Moloney 17–0 (14 KO)
9   Nordine Oubaali 14–0 (11 KO)
10   Takuma Inoue 12–0 (3 KO)

Longest reigning bantamweight championsEdit

Below is a list of longest reigning bantamweight 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.   Anselmo Moreno 6 years, 3 months, 26 days WBA 12
2.   Veeraphol Sahaprom 6 years, 3 months, 17 days WBC 14
3.   Orlando Canizales 6 years, 3 months, 16 days IBF 16
4.   Shinsuke Yamanaka 5 years, 9 months, 9 days WBC, The Ring 12
5.   Tim Austin 5 years, 6 months, 26 days IBF 10
6.   Hozumi Hasegawa 5 years, 14 days WBC 10
7.   Jimmy Barry 4 years, 11 months, 17 days World 6
8.   Panama Al Brown 4 years, 9 months, 28 days NBA N/A
9.   Eder Jofre 4 years, 6 months World 8
10.   Manuel Ortiz 4 years, 4 months, 29 days World 15
     Active Title Reign
     Reign has ended

Amateur ChampionsEdit

Notable bantamweightsEdit

KickboxingEdit

In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 kg (116 lb) and 55 kg (120 lb). However, some governing bodies have slightly different classes. For example, the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Bantamweight division (professional and amateur) is 117.1 lbs.–122 lbs. or 53.22 kg–55.45 kg.

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds (57.2–61.2 kg).

Muay ThaiEdit

In Muay Thai, bantamweight is 115–118 pounds (52.2-53.5 kg). A notable Muai Thai bantamweight fighter is Randy Thong Phoun Phim.

WrestlingEdit

Wrestling also has similar weight classes including bantamweight.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 178. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.

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