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Light middleweight,[1] also known as super welterweight[2][3][4] or junior middleweight,[5][6][7] is a weight class in combat sports.

BoxingEdit

The light middleweight division (also known as junior middleweight in the IBF or super welterweight in the WBA and WBC), is a weight division in professional boxing, above 147 pounds and up to 154 pounds (66.7–69.9 kg).

HistoryEdit

This division was established in 1962, when the Austrian Board of Control recognized a fight between Emile Griffith and Teddy Wright for the "world" championship. The fight, which took place on October 17, was won by Griffith via a 15-round decision. Three days later, the World Boxing Association championship was created when Denny Moyer outpointed Joey Giambra. The World Boxing Council recognized the WBA champion as the true division champion until 1975, when it stripped their current champion and sanctioned a fight between Miguel de Oliveira and Jose Duran for the vacant title. De Oliveira won the title over 15 rounds in 1975. The International Boxing Federation crowned its first champion when Mark Medal defeated Earl Hargrove in 1984. The World Boxing Organization crowned its first champion when John David Jackson defeated Lupe Aquino in 1988.

Gianfranco Rosi holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 11 defenses of the IBF title.

Popular boxers to have held championships in this division were Nino Benvenuti, Manny Pacquiao, Wilfred Benítez, Sugar Ray Leonard, Miguel Cotto, Thomas Hearns, Mike McCallum, Julian Jackson, Roberto Durán, Terry Norris, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Winky Wright.

Professional championsEdit

Current Men champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) May 11, 2019   Julian Williams 27–1–1 (1) (16 KO) 0
WBC December 22, 2018   Tony Harrison 28–2–0 (21 KO) 0
IBF May 11, 2019   Julian Williams 27–1–1 (1) (16 KO) 0
WBO May 12, 2018   Jaime Munguia 34–0–0 (27 KO) 5

Current Women champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA September 30, 2018   Hanna Gabriels 19–2–1–0 (11 KO) 1
WBC September 17, 2016   Ewa Piatkowska 12–1–0–0 (4 KO) 2
IBF December 1, 2018   Marie Eve Dicaire 15–0–0–0 (0 KO) 1
WBO Vacant

KickboxingEdit

In the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF), Super Welterweight is 147.1 - 153 lb (66.9 - 69.5 kg) & Light Middleweight is 153.1 - 159 lb (69.6 - 72.3 kg).

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ Per Boxing News
  2. ^ Per WBA
  3. ^ Per WBC
  4. ^ Per BoxRec
  5. ^ Per WBO
  6. ^ Per IBF
  7. ^ Per The Ring