Flyweight is a weight class in combat sports.

Boxing edit

Flyweight is a class in boxing which includes fighters weighing up to and including 51 kg (112 lb) for a title fight.[1]

Professional boxing edit

The flyweight division was the last of boxing's eight traditional weight classes to be established. Before 1909, anyone below featherweight was considered a bantamweight, regardless of how small the boxer. In 1911, the organization that eventually became the British Boxing Board of Control held a match that crowned Sid Smith as the first flyweight champion of the world. Jimmy Wilde, who reigned from 1916 to 1923, was the first fighter recognized both in Britain and the United States as a flyweight champion.[2]

Other notable flyweights include Victor Perez, Pancho Villa, Walter McGowan, Pascual Pérez, Pone Kingpetch, Fighting Harada, Masao Ohba, Chartchai Chionoi, Efren Torres, Erbito Salavarria, Miguel Canto, Dave McAuley, Charlie Magri, Gabriel Bernal, Santos Laciar, Sot Chitalada, Yong-Kang Kim, Yuri Arbachakov, Danny Romero, Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, Manny Pacquiao, Jorge Arce, Vic Darchinyan, Nonito Donaire, Omar Andrés Narváez, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Amnat Ruenroeng, Román González, McWilliams Arroyo, Donnie Nietes, Nicola Adams.

Current world champions edit

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA January 23, 2024 Seigo Yuri Akui 19–2–1 (11 KO) 0
WBC December 20, 2019 Julio Cesar Martinez 20–2–0–2 (15 KO) 6
IBF December 16, 2023 Jesse Rodriguez 19–0 (12 KO) 0
WBO April 8, 2023 Jesse Rodriguez 19–0 (12 KO) 1

Current The Ring world rankings edit

As of June 20, 2023.[3]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record Title(s)
C vacant
1 Jesse Rodriguez 19–0 (14 KO) WBO, IBF
2 Sunny Edwards 20–1 (4 KO)
3 Julio Cesar Martinez 20–2–0–2 (15 KO) WBC
4 Artem Dalakian 22–0 (15 KO) WBA
5 Ángel Ayala Lardizabal 17–0 (7 KO)
6 David Jiménez 13–1 (10 KO)
7 Ricardo Rafael Sandoval 23–2 (16 KO)
8 Felix Alvarado 39–4 (34 KO)
9 Cristofer Rosales 36–6 (22 KO)
10 Seigo Yuri Akui 18–2–1 (11 KO)

Longest reigning world flyweight champions edit

Below is a list of longest reigning flyweight 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. Omar Andres Narvaez 7 years, 10 months WBO 16 15 [4]
2. Jimmy Wilde 7 years, 4 months, 4 days World 3 3 [5]
3. Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 6 years, 4 months, 16 days WBC 17 16 [6]
4. Artem Dalakian 5 years, 10 months, 27 days WBA 5 5 [7]
3. Irene Pacheco 5 years, 8 months, 6 days IBF 6 6 [8]
6. Pascual Perez 5 years, 4 months, 20 days World 9 9 [9][10]
7. Yuri Arbachakov 5 years, 4 months, 19 days WBC 9 9 [11]
8. Jackie Paterson 4 years, 9 months, 4 days NBA 1 1 [12]
9. Miguel Canto 4 years, 2 months, 10 days WBC 14 11 [13]
10. Moruti Mthalane 4 years, 1 month, 23 days IBF 4 4 [14]
11. Sot Chitalada 3 years, 9 months, 16 days WBC 6 5 [15]

Amateur boxing edit

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Pan American Champions edit

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Kickboxing edit

In kickboxing, a flyweight fighter generally weighs 53 kg (116 lb) or under. The International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Flyweight division (professional and amateur) is 112.1 lb. – 117 lb. or 50.95 kg – 53.18 kg.

In ONE Championship, the flyweight division is up to 61.2 kg (135 lb).

Bare-knuckle boxing edit

The limit for flyweight generally differs among promotions in bare knuckle boxing:

  • In Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, the flyweight division has an upper limit of 125 lb (57 kg).
  • In BKB™, the flyweight division has an upper limit of 70 kg (154 lb).

Mixed Martial Arts edit

The flyweight division in mixed martial arts – as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission combat sports doctrine[16] and by the Association of Boxing Commissions[17] – groups together all competitors 125 lb (57 kg) and below. It sits between Strawweight (106 lb-115 lb) and Bantamweight (126 lb-135lb).

The flyweight division in mixed martial arts refers to a number of different weight classes:

  • The UFC's flyweight division, which groups competitors within 116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)
  • The Pancrase light flyweight division with an upper limit of 120 lb
  • The Shooto flyweight division with an upper limit of 115 lb[18]
  • The ONE Championship's flyweight division, with upper limit at 61.2 kg (134.9 lb)
  • The Road FC's flyweight division, with upper limit at 125 lb (57 kg)

Professional champions edit

These tables are not always up to date. Last updated on July 8, 2023.

Men:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC July 8, 2023   Alexandre Pantoja 27-5 (8KO 10SUB) 1
Bellator MMA N/A   Vacant N/A N/A
ONE Championship August 27, 2022   Demetrious Johnson 25-4-1 (5KO 8SUB) 1
Rizin FF December 31, 2023   Kyoji Horiguchi 32-5 (1) (15KO 5SUB) 0
Fight Nights Global N/A   Vacant N/A N/A
ACA February 25, 2023   Kurban Gadzhiev 19-3 (5KO 6SUB) 0
CWFC December 31, 2022   Shajidul Haque 15-5 (5KO) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance June 23, 2023   Cody Davis 8-1 (1KO 3SUB) 0

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC March 4, 2023   Alexa Grasso 16-3-1 (4KO 2SUB) 1
Bellator MMA April 22, 2022   Liz Carmouche 20-7 (9KO 5SUB) 3
Invicta FC N/A   Vacant N/A N/A
KSW N/A   Vacant N/A N/A
Legacy Fighting Alliance N/A   Vacant N/A N/A

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ http://www.aiba.org/documents/site1/Articles%20&%20Rules/technical_and_competition_rules_20111025.pdf Archived 2011-12-16 at the Wayback Machine Technical & Competition Rules, Appendix K AIBA
  2. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). Boxing: The Definitive Illustrated Guide to World Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 186. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.
  3. ^ "The Ring ratings: flyweight". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Professional boxing record: Omar Andres Narvaez". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Professional boxing record: Jimmy Wilde". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Professional boxing record: Pongsaklek Wonjongkam". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Professional boxing record: Artem DalakinSpence Jrl". Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Professional boxing record: Irene Pacheco". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Professional boxing record: Pascual Perez". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Pascual Perez, p. 678" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Professional boxing record: Yuri Arbachakov". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Professional boxing record: Jackie Paterson". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Professional boxing record: Miguel Canto". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Professional boxing record: Moruti Mthalane". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Professional boxing record: Sot Chitalada". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 - Unarmed Combat". leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  17. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". ABCBoxing.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  18. ^ Nelson, Chris (2010-07-19). "'The Way of Shooto 4' Quick Results". BloodyElbow.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19.

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