Bantamweight

Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports. For boxing, the range is above 115 lb (52.2 kg) and up to 118 lb (53.5 kg). In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 and 55 kilograms (117 and 121 lb). In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 lb (57.2–61.2 kg).

The name for the class is derived from bantam chickens.[1]

BoxingEdit

Bantamweight is a class in boxing for boxers who weigh above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg).

ProfessionalEdit

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.[2]

Current world championsEdit

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses Beaten opponents
WBA (Super) November 7, 2019   Naoya Inoue 20–0 (17 KO) 1 1
WBC May 29, 2021   Nonito Donaire 41–6 (27 KO) 0 0
IBF May 18, 2019   Naoya Inoue 20–0 (17 KO) 2 2
WBO November 30, 2019   John Riel Casimero 30–4 (21 KO) 1 1

Current The Ring world rankingsEdit

As of August 1, 2021.[3]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record (W–L–D) Title(s)
C   Naoya Inoue 20–0 (17 KO) WBA, IBF
1   Nonito Donaire 41–6 (27 KO) WBC
2   Nordine Oubaali 17–1 (12 KO)
3   John Riel Casimero 30–4 (21 KO) WBO
4   Emmanuel Rodríguez 19–2 (12 KO)
5   Zolani Tete 28–4 (21 KO)
6   Jason Moloney 21–2 (18 KO)
7   Joshua Greer Jr. 22–2–2 (12 KO)
8   Takuma Inoue 14–1 (3 KO)
9   Guillermo Rigondeaux 20–1 (13 KO)
10   Oscar Negrete 19–3–2 (7 KO)

Longest reigning world 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 Beaten opponents Fights
1.   Anselmo Moreno 6 years, 3 months, 26 days WBA 12 11 [4]
2.   Veeraphol Sahaprom 6 years, 3 months, 17 days WBC 14 11 [5]
3.   Orlando Canizales 6 years, 3 months, 16 days IBF 16 15 [6]
4.   Shinsuke Yamanaka 5 years, 9 months, 9 days WBC 12 11 [7]
5.   Tim Austin 5 years, 6 months, 26 days IBF 9 9 [8]
6.   Hozumi Hasegawa 5 years, 14 days WBC 10 10 [9]
7.   Panama Al Brown 4 years, 9 months, 28 days NYSAC, NBA, IBU 10 8 [10][11]
8.   Eder Jofre 4 years, 6 months NBA, WBA, WBC 8 8 [12]
9.   Manuel Ortiz 4 years, 4 months, 29 days World 15 11 [13]
  Active Title Reign
  Reign has ended

AmateurEdit

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.

In ONE Championship, the bantamweight division limit is 65.8 kg (145 lb).

LethweiEdit

In International Lethwei Federation Japan, the bantamweight division is up to 60 kg (130 lb). In International Lethwei Federation Japan, Yuta Hamamoto is the Bantamweight Champion.

The World Lethwei Championship recognizes the bantamweight division with an upper limit of 54 kg (119 lb). In World Lethwei Championship, Souris Manfredi is the Bantamweight Champion.

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

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

Current championsEdit

These tables were last updated in June 2021.

Organization Reign began Champion Record Defenses
Men
UFC Mar 6, 2021   Aljamain Sterling 20–3 (2KO 8SUB) 0
Bellator September 12, 2020   Juan Archuleta 25-2 (11KO 1SUB) 0
Rizin FF August 10, 2020   Kai Asakura 15–2 (10KO 2SUB) 0
ONE Championship March 31, 2019   Bibiano Fernandes 24–4 (2KO 9SUB) 1
Fight Nights Global October 10, 2017   Tomáš Deák 20–10–1 (6KO 8SUB) 1
Cage Warriors September 6, 2019   Jack Cartwright 8–0 (3KO 4SUB) 1
ACA March 6, 2020   Daniel Oliveira 27–6 (9KO 11SUB) 0
Brave CF November 17, 2017   Stephen Loman 13–2 (4KO 2SUB) 4
Legacy Fighting Alliance N/A   Vacant N/A N/A
Women
UFC July 9, 2016   Amanda Nunes 20–4 (13KO 3SUB) 5
Invicta FC N/A   Vacant N/A N/A

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. ^ http://philboxing.com/news/story-147933.html
  2. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 178. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.
  3. ^ "The Ring ratings: bantamweight". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Professional boxing record: Anselmo Moreno". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Professional boxing record: Veeraphol Sahaprom". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Orlando Canizales, p. 366" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Professional boxing record: Shinsuke Yamanaka". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Professional boxing record: Tim Austin". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Professional boxing record: Hozumi Hasegawa". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Professional boxing record: Panama Al Brown". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Panama Al Brown, p. 84" (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: Eder Jofre". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Manuel Ortiz, p. 648" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.

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