Bantamweight

The name for the class is derived from bantam chickens.[1]

Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports.

  • 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).

Boxing

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.

History

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.[2]

Professional champions

Current champions

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) November 7, 2019 Naoya Inoue 19–0 (16 KO) 0
WBC January 19, 2019 Nordine Oubaali 17–0 (12 KO) 2
IBF May 18, 2019 Naoya Inoue 19–0 (16 KO) 1
WBO November 30, 2019 Johnriel Casimero 29–4 (20 KO) 0


Current The Ring magazine bantamweight rankings

Updated 8 November 2019

Rank Name Record Title(s)
C Naoya Inoue 19–0 (16 KO) WBA (Super), IBF
2 Luis Nery 30–0 (24 KO)
1 Zolani Tete 28–3 (21 KO) WBO
3 Nonito Donaire 40–6 (26 KO)
4 Nordine Oubaali 17–0 (12 KO) WBC
5 Emmanuel Rodríguez 19–1 (12 KO)
6 Jason Moloney 19–1 (16 KO)
7 Takuma Inoue 13–1 (3 KO)
8 Carlos Cuadras 39–3–1 (27 KO)
9 Joshua Greer Jr. 22–1–1 (12 KO)
10 John Riel Casimero 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.

NameTitle reignTitle recognitionSuccessful defenses
1. Anselmo Moreno6 years, 3 months, 26 daysWBA12
2. Veeraphol Sahaprom6 years, 3 months, 17 daysWBC14
3. Orlando Canizales6 years, 3 months, 16 daysIBF16
4. Shinsuke Yamanaka5 years, 9 months, 9 daysWBC, The Ring12
5. Tim Austin5 years, 6 months, 26 daysIBF10
6. Hozumi Hasegawa5 years, 14 daysWBC10
7. Jimmy Barry4 years, 11 months, 17 daysWorld6
8. Panama Al Brown4 years, 9 months, 28 daysNBAN/A
9. Eder Jofre4 years, 6 monthsWorld8
10. Manuel Ortiz4 years, 4 months, 29 daysWorld15
     Active Title Reign
     Reign has ended

Amateur Champions

Notable bantamweights

Kickboxing

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).

Muay Thai

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

Wrestling also has similar weight classes including bantamweight.

See also

References

  1. http://philboxing.com/news/story-147933.html
  2. Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 178. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.
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