The name for the class is derived from bantam chickens.
- For boxing the range is above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg).
- In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 kg (116 lb) and 55 kg (120 lb).
- In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds (57.2–61.2 kg).
Bantamweight is usually a class in boxing for boxers who weigh above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg). Orlando Canizales holds the record for most consecutive title defenses in boxing at this division, with 16 defenses of the IBF title.
The first title fight with gloves was between Chappie Moran and Ray Lewis in 1889. At that time, the limit for this weight class was 110 pounds. In 1910, however, the British settled on a limit of 118.
|Sanctioning body||Reign began||Champion||Record||Defenses|
|WBA (Super)||November 7, 2019||19–0 (16 KO)||0|
|WBC||January 19, 2019||17–0 (12 KO)||2|
|IBF||May 18, 2019||19–0 (16 KO)||1|
|WBO||November 30, 2019||29–4 (20 KO)||0|
Current The Ring magazine bantamweight rankings
Updated 8 November 2019
|C||19–0 (16 KO)||WBA (Super), IBF|
|2||30–0 (24 KO)|
|1||28–3 (21 KO)||WBO|
|3||40–6 (26 KO)|
|4||17–0 (12 KO)||WBC|
|5||19–1 (12 KO)|
|6||19–1 (16 KO)|
|7||13–1 (3 KO)|
|8||39–3–1 (27 KO)|
|9||22–1–1 (12 KO)|
|10||28–4–0 (19 KO)|
Longest reigning bantamweight champions
Below is a list of longest reigning bantamweight 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.||6 years, 3 months, 26 days||WBA||12|
|2.||6 years, 3 months, 17 days||WBC||14|
|3.||6 years, 3 months, 16 days||IBF||16|
|4.||5 years, 9 months, 9 days||WBC, The Ring||12|
|5.||5 years, 6 months, 26 days||IBF||10|
|6.||5 years, 14 days||WBC||10|
|7.||4 years, 11 months, 17 days||World||6|
|8.||4 years, 9 months, 28 days||NBA||N/A|
|9.||4 years, 6 months||World||8|
|10.||4 years, 4 months, 29 days||World||15|
- Active Title Reign
- Reign has ended
- Monte Attell
- Fabrice Benichou
- Panama Al Brown
- Orlando Canizales
- Jimmy Carruthers
- Jeff Chandler
- Frankie Conley (1910)
- George Dixon (the first black world champion at any weight, 1890)
- Sixto Escobar
- Wilfredo Vázquez
- Sung-Kil Moon
- Luisito Espinosa
- Eder Jofre
- Nana Konadu
- Alphonse Halimi
- Fighting Harada
- Pete Herman
- Akhil Kumar
- Abner Mares
- Joe Lynch
- Rubén Olivares
- Manuel Ortiz
- Lionel Rose
- Charlie Phil Rosenberg
- Charles "Bud" Taylor
- Alfonso Zamora
- Carlos Zarate
- Johnny Tapia
- Paulie Ayala
- Joichiro Tatsuyoshi
- Veeraphol Sahaprom
- Johnny Owen
- Guillermo Rigondeaux
- Holly Holm
- Wayne McCullough
Joe Yabuki (fictional)
In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 kg (116 lb) and 55 kg (120 lb). However, some governing bodies have slightly different classes. For example, the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Bantamweight division (professional and amateur) is 117.1 lbs.–122 lbs. or 53.22 kg–55.45 kg.
Mixed Martial Arts
In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds (57.2–61.2 kg).
In Muay Thai, bantamweight is 115–118 pounds (52.2-53.5 kg). A notable Muai Thai bantamweight fighter is Randy Thong Phoun Phim.
Wrestling also has similar weight classes including bantamweight.