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Welterweight is a weight class in combat sports. Originally the term "welterweight" was used only in boxing, but other combat sports like Muay Thai, taekwondo, and mixed martial arts also use it for their own weight division system to classify the opponents. In most sports that use it, welterweight is heavier than lightweight but lighter than middleweight.

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EtymologyEdit

The first known instance of the term is from 1831, meaning "heavyweight horseman," later "boxer or wrestler of a certain weight" by 1896. This sense comes from earlier "welter" "heavyweight horseman or boxer" from 1804, possibly from "welt", meaning "to beat severely", from c. 15th century.[1]

BoxingEdit

Professional boxingEdit

A welterweight boxer's weight is greater than 63.5 kg (140 lb), but no more than 66.7 kg (147 lb).[2]

Henry Armstrong holds the record for the most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 19 defenses of the lineal title.

Professional championsEdit

Current champions

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (super) January 28, 2015   Keith Thurman 29–0 (1) (22 KO) 5
WBA (regular) July 15, 2018   Manny Pacquiao 61–7–2 (39 KO) 1
WBC September 8, 2018   Shawn Porter 30–2–1 (17 KO) 1
IBF May 27, 2017   Errol Spence Jr. 25–0 (21 KO) 3
WBO June 9, 2018   Terence Crawford 35–0 (26 KO) 2

Current The Ring magazine welterweight rankings Updated 9 March 2019

Rank Name Record Title(s)
1   Errol Spence Jr. 25–0 (21 KO) IBF
2   Terence Crawford 34–0 (25 KO) WBO
3   Keith Thurman 29–0 (22 KO) WBA (super)
4   Shawn Porter 30–2–1 (17 KO) WBC
5   Manny Pacquiao 61–7–2 (39 KO) WBA (regular)
6   Danny García 34–2 (20 KO)
7   Yordenis Ugás 23–4 (11 KO)
8   Jeff Horn 19–1–1 (13 KO)
9   Jessie Vargas 28–2–2 (10 KO)
10   Egidijus Kavaliauskas 21–0–1 (17 KO)

Longest reigning welterweight championsEdit

Below is a list of longest reigning welterweight 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
1.   Felix Trinidad 6 years, 8 months, 14 days IBF 15
2.   Antonio Margarito 5 years, 3 months, 28 days WBO 7
3.   José Nápoles 4 years, 6 months, 2 days WBA, WBC 11
4.   Keith Thurman 4 years, 2 months, 3 weeks and 3 days WBA 5
5.   Floyd Mayweather Jr. 4 years, 1 month, 18 days WBC 5
6.   Pernell Whitaker 4 years, 1 month, 6 days WBC 8
7.   Pipino Cuevas 4 years and 16 days WBA 11
8.   Sugar Ray Robinson 3 years, 7 months, 19 days World 5
9.   Donald Curry 3 years, 7 months, 14 days WBA 7
10.   Jack Britton 3 years, 7 months, 13 days World 4

Amateur boxingEdit

Olympic championsEdit

The current Olympic male welterweight division is set at 64–69 kg (141–152 lb).[2]

KickboxingEdit

The weight division system is different in each organisation, so the kickboxing weight divisions of some international organizations vary:

Mixed martial artsEdit

The welterweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[7] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[8] is 155 to 170 lb (70.3 to 77.1 kg).

Current championsEdit

This table is not always up to date. Last updated March 15, 2019.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC March 3, 2019   Kamaru Usman 15-1 (6KO 2SUB) 0
Bellator MMA January 20, 2018   Rory MacDonald 20-4 (7KO 7SUB) 0
ONE Championship November 17, 2018   Zebaztian Kadestam 11-4 (9KO 1SUB) 0
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts March 9,2018   Terry Brazier 10-1 (4KO 2SUB) 0
Fight Nights Global May 19, 2017   Georgy Kichigin 18-5 (1KO 15SUB) 1
KSW April 14, 2018   Dricus Du Plessis 12-1 (4KO 8SUB) 0
Titan FC June 29, 2018   Uroš Jurišic 9-0 (4KO 4SUB) 0
ACB August 19, 2017   Mukhamed Berkhamov 12-0 (2KO 8SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance September 22, 2017   James Nakashima 8-0 0
Cage Warriors Oct 20, 2018   Ross Houston 8 - 0 0

Other sportsEdit

Other sports to include a welterweight division include the following,

  • Muay Thai has fixed its weight division similarly to boxing.
    • International Kickboxing Federation (IKF): Muay Thai Welterweight (Pro & Amateur) 142.1-147 lb or 64.59-66.8 kg
    • World Muay Thai Council (WMC), welterweight range is from 140 to 147 lb or 63.5 to 66.6 kg
    • World Muay Thai Federation (WMF), the official amateur organization, fixed welterweight from 65.0 to 67.0 kg (143.3 to 147.7 lb) for adult; the junior category is the same as adult
  • The official rules of shoot boxing define welterweights as between 65 and 67 kg (143 and 148 lb).
  • In Olympic taekwondo, welterweight falls between 74 and 80 kg (163 and 176 lb). At the weight classes for the Olympic games it is between 68 and 80 kg (150 and 176 lb).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.etymonline.com/word/welterweight
  2. ^ a b "Classes & Divisions". HolyTrinityBoxing.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  3. ^ "IKF WEIGHT CLASSES". IKFKickboxing.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ "INTERNATIONAL SPORT KARATE & KICKBOXING ASSOCIATION" (PDF). ISKAWorldHQ.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  5. ^ "WKA USA - Official Rulebook". WKAUSA.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Fighters Rankings". gloryworldseries.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". www leg state nv us. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  8. ^ "UNIFIED RULES OF MMA". ABCBoxing.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.

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