For the mixed martial arts division of the same name, see Featherweight (MMA).

Featherweight is a weight class division in the sport of boxing, Mixed Martial Arts organizations and in Greco-Roman wrestling.

MMA / UFC[edit | edit source]

In mixed martial arts, within the UFC company and most other MMA company's the featherweight range is from 61kg to 66kg.

Professional boxing[edit | edit source]

A featherweight boxer weighs in at a limit of 126 pounds (57 kg). In the early days of the division, this limit fluctuated. The British have generally always recognized the limit at 126 pounds, but in America the weight limit was at first 114 pounds. An early champion, George Dixon, moved the limit to 120 and then 122 pounds. Finally, in 1920 the United States fixed the limit at 126 pounds.[1]

The 1860 fight between Nobby Clark and Jim Elliott is sometimes called the first featherweight championship. However, the division only gained wide acceptance in 1889 after the Ike Weir-Frank Murphy fight.

Considered one of the greatest featherweight champions of all time, Johnny Kilbane held the championship for 11 years, starting when he won the title in 1912 from Abe Attell till he lost the title in 1923 to Eugène Criqui. To this day he remains the second longest world title holder in boxing history.

Since the end of the 2000s and early 2010s the Featherweight division is one of the most active in boxing with the likes of Chris John, Juan Manuel López, Celestino Caballero, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Elio Rojas, Israel Vazquez, Cristobal Cruz, Rafael Márquez, Rocky Juarez, and Steven Luevano and Manny Pacquiao.

Notable featherweights[edit | edit source]

Amateur boxing[edit | edit source]

In amateur boxing, the weight limit is 54 to 57 kilograms.

Olympic champions[edit | edit source]

Pan American Champions[edit | edit source]

Professional champions[edit | edit source]

Current champions[edit | edit source]

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA Super November 1, 2003 22x20px Chris John 48-0-3 (22 KO) 18
WBA Regular December 8, 2012 22x20px Nicholas Walters 22-0 (18 KO) 0
WBC September 15, 2012 Mexico Abner Mares 26-1 (14 KO) 0
IBF March 1, 2013 Russia Evgeny Gradovich 16-0 (8 KO) 0
WBO January 19, 2013 United States Miguel Angel Garcia 31-0 (26 KO) 0

For a full list, see List of featherweight boxing champions

Kickboxing featherweight[edit | edit source]

In kickboxing, a featherweight fighter generally weighs between 55 kg (121 lb) and 59 kg (130 lb). However, some governing bodies have slightly different classes. For example, the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) featherweight division (professional and amateur) is between 122.1-127 lb (55.50–57.72 kg).

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. pp. 172. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.
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