Light flyweight

Light flyweight, also known as junior flyweight or super strawweight, is a weight class in boxing.

Professional boxingEdit

The weight limit at light flyweight in professional boxing is 108 pounds (49 kilograms). When New York legalized boxing in 1920, the law stipulated a "junior flyweight" class, with a weight limit of 99 pounds. When the National Boxing Association was formed in 1921, it also recognized this weight class. However, on January 19, 1922, the NBA decided to withdraw recognition of the junior flyweight division. On December 31, 1929, the New York State Athletic Commission also abolished the junior flyweight class. No champion had been crowned in this division prior to its abolition.[1]

The World Boxing Council (WBC) decided to resurrect this division in the 1970s. The first champion in this division was Franco Udella, who won the WBC title in 1975. The World Boxing Association also crowned its first champion in 1975, when Jaime Rios defeated Rigoberto Marcano via fifteen-round decision. The first International Boxing Federation champion was Dodie Boy Penalosa, who won the belt in 1983.

The first light flyweight "superfight" took place on March 13, 1993, when Michael Carbajal, the IBF champion, knocked out WBC champion Humberto González to unify the championship. Their rematch, on February 19, 1994, was the first time a light flyweight fighter (Carbajal) made a million dollar purse.

Current world championsEdit

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses Beaten opponents
WBA (super) December 31, 2018   Hiroto Kyoguchi 15–0 (10 KO) 3 3
WBC September 22, 2021   Masamichi Yabuki 13–3 (12 KO) 0 0
IBF October 29, 2018   Felix Alvarado 37–2 (32 KO) 2 2
WBO October 16, 2021   Jonathan Gonzalez 25–3–1–1 (14 KO) 0 0

Current The Ring world rankingsEdit

As of October 25, 2021.[2]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record (W–L–D) Title(s)
C   Hiroto Kyoguchi 15–0 (10 KO) WBA
1   Kenshiro Teraji 18–0 (10 KO) WBC
2   Hekkie Budler 33–4 (10 KO)
3   Carlos Cañizales 22–1–1 (17 KO)
4   Felix Alvarado 37–2 (32 KO) IBF
5   Elwin Soto 19–2 (13 KO)
6   Tetsuya Hisada 34–10–2 (20 KO)
7   Edward Heno 14–1–5 (5 KO)
8   Sho Kimura 19–3–2 (12 KO)
9   Daniel Matellon 12–0–2 (6 KO)
10   Agustin Mauro Gauto 15–0 (10 KO)

Amateur boxingEdit

At the Summer Olympic Games, the division is defined as up to 49 kilograms.

Olympic championsEdit

European championsEdit

Pan American championsEdit

Notable light flyweightsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Goldman, Herbert (June 1980), "Junior Divisions", The Ring, 59, no. 4: 74, 75
  2. ^ "The Ring ratings: junior flyweight". Retrieved 19 April 2020.

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