Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports. For boxing the range is above 115 lb (52.2 kg) and up to 118 lb (53.5 kg). In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 and 55 kilograms (117 and 121 lb). In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 lb (57.2–61.2 kg).
The name for the class is derived from bantam chickens.
Bantamweight is a class in boxing for boxers who weigh above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg).
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.
|Sanctioning body||Reign began||Champion||Record||Defenses||Beaten opponents|
|WBA (Super)||November 7, 2019||Naoya Inoue||20–0 (17 KO)||1||1|
|WBC||January 19, 2019||Nordine Oubaali||17–0 (12 KO)||2||2|
|IBF||May 18, 2019||Naoya Inoue||20–0 (17 KO)||2||2|
|WBO||November 30, 2019||Johnriel Casimero||30–4 (21 KO)||1||1|
As of March23, 2021.
|C||Naoya Inoue||20–0 (17 KO)||WBA, IBF|
|1||Nonito Donaire||40–6 (26 KO)|
|2||Nordine Oubaali||17–0 (12 KO)||WBC|
|3||John Riel Casimero||30–4 (21 KO)||WBO|
|4||Emmanuel Rodríguez||19–2 (12 KO)|
|5||Zolani Tete||28–4 (21 KO)|
|6||Jason Moloney||21–2 (18 KO)|
|7||Joshua Greer Jr.||22–2–2 (12 KO)|
|8||Takuma Inoue||14–1 (3 KO)|
|9||Guillermo Rigondeaux||20–1 (13 KO)|
|10||Oscar Negrete||19–3–2 (7 KO)|
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||Beaten opponents||Fights|
|1.||Anselmo Moreno||6 years, 3 months, 26 days||WBA||12||11|
|2.||Veeraphol Sahaprom||6 years, 3 months, 17 days||WBC||14||11|
|3.||Orlando Canizales||6 years, 3 months, 16 days||IBF||16||15|
|4.||Shinsuke Yamanaka||5 years, 9 months, 9 days||WBC||12||11|
|5.||Tim Austin||5 years, 6 months, 26 days||IBF||9||9|
|6.||Hozumi Hasegawa||5 years, 14 days||WBC||10||10|
|7.||Panama Al Brown||4 years, 9 months, 28 days||NYSAC, NBA, IBU||10||8|
|8.||Eder Jofre||4 years, 6 months||NBA, WBA, WBC||8||8|
|9.||Manuel Ortiz||4 years, 4 months, 29 days||World||15||11|
Pan American Champions
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.
In International Lethwei Federation Japan Yuta Hamamoto is the Bantamweight Champion.
In World Lethwei Championship Souris Manfredi is the Bantamweight Champion.
In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds (57.2–61.2 kg).
These tables were last updated in August 2020.
|UFC||July 11, 2020||Petr Yan||15–1 (7KO 1SUB)||0|
|Bellator||September 12, 2020||Juan Archuleta||25-2 (11KO 1SUB)||0|
|Rizin FF||August 10, 2020||Kai Asakura||15–2 (10KO 2SUB)||0|
|ONE Championship||March 31, 2019||Bibiano Fernandes||24–4 (2KO 9SUB)||1|
|Fight Nights Global||October 10, 2017||Tomáš Deák||20–10–1 (6KO 8SUB)||1|
|Cage Warriors||September 6, 2019||Jack Cartwright||8–0 (3KO 4SUB)||1|
|ACA||March 6, 2020||Daniel Oliveira||27–6 (9KO 11SUB)||0|
|Brave CF||November 17, 2017||Stephen Loman||13–2 (4KO 2SUB)||4|
|Legacy Fighting Alliance||N/A||Vacant||N/A||N/A|
|UFC||July 9, 2016||Amanda Nunes||20–4 (13KO 3SUB)||5|
In Muay Thai, bantamweight is 115–118 pounds (52.2-53.5 kg). A notable Muai Thai bantamweight fighter is Randy Thong Phoun Phim.
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