Flyweight is a class in boxing which includes fighters weighing above 108 lb (49 kg) and up to 112 lb (52 kg).[1]

Professional boxing[edit | edit source]

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, Sot Chitalada, Yong-Kang Kim, Yuri Arbachakov, Danny Romero, Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, Manny Pacquiao, Jorge Arce, Vic Darchinyan, Nonito Donaire and Pongsaklek Wonjongkam.

Current world champions[edit | edit source]

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA Super April 6, 2013 Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada 23-2 (18 KO) 0
WBA Regular November 17, 2012 Argentina Juan Carlos Reveco 30-1 (16 KO) 1
WBC April 8, 2013 22x20px Akira Yaegashi 17-3 (9 KO) 0
IBF November 20, 2009 22x20px Moruti Mthalane 29-2 (20 KO) 4
WBO April 6, 2013 Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada 23-2 (18 KO) 0

For a full list, see List of flyweight boxing champions.

Amateur Champions[edit | edit source]

Olympic Champions[edit | edit source]

Pan American Champions[edit | edit source]

Professional champions[edit | edit source]

See List of flyweight boxing champions

Kickboxing[edit | edit source]

In kickboxing, a flyweight fighter generally weighs 53 kg (115 lb) or under.

References[edit | edit source]

  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.
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