Light middleweight

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.

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.

Current world championsEdit

Male champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses Beaten opponents
WBA January 20, 2020   Jeison Rosario 20–1–1 (14 KO) 0 0
WBC December 21, 2019   Jermell Charlo 33–1–0 (17 KO) 0 0
IBF January 20, 2020   Jeison Rosario 20–1–1 (14 KO) 0 0
WBO December 4, 2019   Patrick Teixeira 31–1–0 (22 KO) 0 0

Female champions

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

Current The Ring world rankingsEdit

As of August 11, 2020.[8]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record (W–L–D) Title(s)
C vacant
1   Jermell Charlo 33–1 (17 KO) WBC
2   Jeison Rosario 20–1–1 (14 KO) IBF, WBA
3   Julian Williams 27–2–1 (16 KO)
4   Jarrett Hurd 24–1 (16 KO)
5   Erislandy Lara 26–3–3 (15 KO)
6   Brian Castaño 16–0–1 (12 KO)
7   Tony Harrison 28–3 (21 KO)
8   Michel Soro 35–2–1 (24 KO)
9   Erickson Lubin 22–1 (16 KO)
10   Patrick Teixeira 31–1 (22 KO) WBO

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
  8. ^ "The Ring ratings: light middleweight". Retrieved 12 April 2020.