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Flyweight is a weight class in combat sports.


Flyweight is a class in boxing which includes fighters weighing above 49 kg (108 lb) and up to 51 kg (112 lb).[1]

Professional boxing

The flyweight division was the last of boxing's eight traditional weight classes to be established. Before 1909, anyone below featherweight was considered a bantamweight, regardless of how small the boxer. In 1911, the organization that eventually became the British Boxing Board of Control held a match that crowned Sid Smith as the first flyweight champion of the world. Jimmy Wilde, who reigned from 1914 to 1923, was the first fighter recognized both in Britain and the United States as a flyweight champion.[2]

Other notable flyweights include Pancho Villa, Walter McGowan, Pascual Pérez, Pone Kingpetch, Fighting Harada, Masao Ohba, Chartchai Chionoi, Efren Torres, Erbito Salavarria, Miguel Canto, Dave McAuley, Charlie Magri, Gabriel Bernal, Santos Laciar, Sot Chitalada, Yong-Kang Kim, Yuri Arbachakov, Danny Romero, Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, Manny Pacquiao, Jorge Arce, Vic Darchinyan, Nonito Donaire, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Amnat Ruenroeng, Román González, McWilliams Arroyo, Donnie Nietes and Nicola Adams.

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 19 defenses of the WBC title.

Professional champions

Current champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA February 24, 2018 Ukraine Artem Dalakian 18–0–0 (13 KO) 2
WBC December 22, 2018 United Kingdom Charlie Edwards 14–1–0 (6 KO) 0
IBF July 15, 2018 South Africa Moruti Mthalane 37–2–0 (25 KO) 1
WBO September 24, 2018 Japan Kosei Tanaka 12–0–0 (7 KO) 0

Longest reigning flyweight champions

Below is a list of longest reigning flyweight 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. Argentina Omar Andres Narvaez 7 years, 10 months WBO 16
2. United Kingdom Jimmy Wilde 7 years, 4 months, 4 days World 5
3. Thailand Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 6 years, 4 months, 16 days WBC 19
4. Colombia Irene Pacheco 5 years, 8 months, 6 days IBF 6
5. Argentina Pascual Perez 5 years, 4 months, 20 days World 16
6. Russia Yuri Arbachakov 5 years, 4 months, 19 days WBC 9
7. Mexico Miguel Canto 4 years, 2 months, 10 days WBC 14
8. South Africa Moruti Mthalane 4 years, 1 month, 23 days IBF 4
9. United Kingdom Jackie Paterson 4 years, 1 month, 12 days NBA N/A
10. Thailand Sot Chitalada 3 years, 9 months, 16 days WBC 6

Amateur Champions


In kickboxing, a flyweight fighter generally weighs 53 kg (116 lb) or under. The International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Flyweight division (professional and amateur) is 112.1 lbs. – 117 lbs. or 50.95 kg – 53.18 kg.

Mixed Martial Arts

The flyweight division in mixed martial arts – as defined the Nevada State Athletic Commission combat sports doctrine[3] and by the Association of Boxing Commissions[4] – groups together all competitors 125 lb (57 kg) and below.


  1. ^ Technical & Competition Rules, Appendix K AIBA
  2. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). Boxing: The Definitive Illustrated Guide to World Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 186. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.
  3. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". Retrieved 2007-02-20. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "UNIFIED RULES OF MMA". Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.

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