Bantamweight is usually a class in boxing for boxers who weigh above 115 pounds (52.163 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.525 kg). However, in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) it is 125-136 pounds (56.6 - 61.7 kg). Wrestling also has similar weight classes including bantamweight. The name is derived from bantam chickens.

History[edit | edit source]

The first title fight with gloves was between Chappie Moran and Tommy Kelly 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]

Notable bantamweights[edit | edit source]

Amateur Champions[edit | edit source]

Olympic Champions[edit | edit source]

Pan American Champions[edit | edit source]

Commonwealth Games Champions[edit | edit source]

Professional Champions[edit | edit source]

Current champions[edit | edit source]

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA Super May 31, 2008 22x20px Anselmo Moreno 33-2-1 (12 KO) 10
WBA Regular December 26, 2010 22x20px Koki Kameda 30-1 (17 KO) 6
WBC November 6, 2011 22x20px Shinsuke Yamanaka 18-0-2 (13 KO) 3
IBF Vacant
WBO March 2, 2013 22x20px Paulus Ambunda 20-0 (10 KO) 0

For a full list, see List of bantamweight boxing champions

Kickboxing bantamweight[edit | edit source]

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.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. pp. 178. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.

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