Bantamweight

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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).

The name bantam is derived from bantam chickens.

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.[1]

Professional champions

Current champions

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) October 21, 2017 United Kingdom Ryan Burnett 19–0 (9 KO) 1
WBA (Regular) May 25, 2018 Japan Naoya Inoue 16–0 (14 KO) 0
WBC vacant
IBF May 5, 2018 Puerto Rico Emmanuel Rodríguez 18–0 (12 KO) 0
WBO April 22, 2017 South Africa Zolani Tete 27–3 (21 KO) 2

Current interim champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA March 23, 2018 Philippines Reymart Gaballo 19–0 (16 KO) 0

Current The Ring magazine bantamweight rankings

Updated 25 March 2018

Rank Name Record Title(s)
1 South Africa Zolani Tete 27–3 (21 KO) WBO
2 Japan Naoya Inoue 16–0 (14 KO) WBA (Regular)
3 United Kingdom Ryan Burnett 19–0 (9 KO) WBA
4 Puerto Rico Emmanuel Rodríguez 18–0 (12 KO) IBF
5 Dominican Republic Juan Carlos Payano 20–1 (9 KO)
6 Kazakhstan Zhanat Zhakiyanov 27–2 (18 KO)
7 Venezuela Liborio Solís 26–5–1 (11 KO)
8 United Kingdom Lee Haskins 35–4 (14 KO)
9 Australia Jason Moloney 17–0 (14 KO)
10 France Nordine Oubaali 14–0 (11 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. Panama Anselmo Moreno 6 years, 3 months, 26 days WBA 12
2. Thailand Veeraphol Sahaprom 6 years, 3 months, 17 days WBC 14
3. United States Orlando Canizales 6 years, 3 months, 16 days IBF 16
4. Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka 5 years, 9 months, 9 days WBC, The Ring 12
5. United States Tim Austin 5 years, 6 months, 26 days IBF 10
6. Japan Hozumi Hasegawa 5 years, 14 days WBC 10
7. United States Jimmy Barry 4 years, 11 months, 17 days World 6
8. Panama Panama Al Brown 4 years, 9 months, 28 days NBA N/A
9. Brazil Eder Jofre 4 years, 6 months World 8
10. United States Manuel Ortiz 4 years, 4 months, 29 days World 15
     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. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 178. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5. 

External links

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