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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 1916 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.

Current world champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA February 24, 2018 Flag of Ukraine.svg Artem Dalakian 20–0–0 (14 KO)44
WBC December 20, 2019 Flag of Mexico.svg Julio Cesar Martinez 16–1–0 (12 KO)11
IBF July 15, 2018 Flag of South Africa.svg Moruti Mthalane 39–2–0 (26 KO)33
WBO vacant

Current The Ring world rankings

As of May17, 2020. [3]


 C  Current The Ring world champion
RankNameRecord (W–L–D)Title(s)
1 Flag of Japan.svg Kosei Tanaka 15–0 (9 KO)
2 Flag of South Africa.svg Moruti Mthalane 39–2 (26 KO) IBF
3 Flag of Mexico.svg Julio Cesar Martinez 16–1 (12 KO) WBC
4 Flag of Ukraine.svg Artem Dalakian 20–0 (14 KO) WBA
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Charlie Edwards 15–1 (6 KO)
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Selby 13–1 (7 KO)
7 Flag of Japan.svg Masayuki Kuroda 30–8–3 (216 KO)
8 Flag of Japan.svg Junto Nakatani 20–0 (15 KO)
9 Flag of Nicaragua.svg Cristofer Rosales 29–5 (20 KO)
10 Flag of the Philippines.svg Giemel Magramo 24–1 (20 KO)

Longest reigning world 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.

NameTitle reignTitle recognitionSuccessful defensesBeaten opponentsFights
1. Flag of Argentina.svg Omar Andres Narvaez 7 years, 10 monthsWBO1615 [4]
2. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jimmy Wilde 7 years, 4 months, 4 daysWorld33 [5]
3. Flag of Thailand.svg Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 6 years, 4 months, 16 daysWBC1716 [6]
4. Flag of Colombia.svg Irene Pacheco 5 years, 8 months, 6 daysIBF66 [7]
5. Flag of Argentina.svg Pascual Perez 5 years, 4 months, 20 daysWorld99 [8] [9]
6. Flag of Russia.svg Yuri Arbachakov 5 years, 4 months, 19 daysWBC99 [10]
7. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jackie Paterson 4 years, 9 months, 4 daysNBA11 [11]
8. Flag of Mexico.svg Miguel Canto 4 years, 2 months, 10 daysWBC1411 [12]
9. Flag of South Africa.svg Moruti Mthalane 4 years, 1 month, 23 daysIBF44 [13]
10. Flag of Thailand.svg Sot Chitalada 3 years, 9 months, 16 daysWBC65 [14]

Amateur boxing


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 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission combat sports doctrine [15] and by the Association of Boxing Commissions [16] – groups together all competitors 125  lb (57  kg) and below. It sits between Strawweight (106 lbs-115 lbs) and Bantamweight (126 lbs-135lbs).

The flyweight division in mixed martial arts refers to a number of different weight classes:


On February 3, 2009, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) announced they would be adding a flyweight division set at 125 lb, [18] however the division was never instituted. When the UFC and WEC merged, UFC president Dana White indicated that the Ultimate Fighting Championship would likely add a flyweight division in the future. [19] The UFC flyweight division was officially announced in 2011; [20] with the inaugural champion being decided by way of a four-man tournament that began with the semifinal round held at the UFC on FX 2 event in Sydney Australia on March 2, 2012. Joseph Benavidez won his semi-final at UFC on FX 2 while Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall fought to a draw. Johnson and McCall rematched at UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall on June 8, 2012 with Johnson advancing. Johnson won the first UFC flyweight championship with his win over Benavidez at UFC 152. [21]

Professional Champions

These tables are not always up to date. Last updated on February 28, 2020.


OrganizationReign BeganChampionRecordDefenses
UFC December 19, 2019VacantN/AN/A
ONE Championship June 23, 2018 Flag of the Philippines.svg Geje Eustaquio11-6 (2KO 2SUB)0
Fight Nights Global August 31, 2018 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Zhalgas Zhumagulov12-3-0 (7TKO 2SUB)0
Legacy Fighting Alliance April 20, 2018 Flag of Cuba.svg Maikel Pérez6-1 (1KO 3SUB)0


OrganizationReign BeganChampionRecordDefenses
UFC December 8, 2018 Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Flag of Peru.svg Valentina Shevchenko 19-3 (6KO 7SUB)3
Bellator MMA November 3, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Ilima-Lei Macfarlane 8-0 (1KO 5SUB)4
Invicta FC Flag placeholder.svg Vacant
KSW May 27, 2017 Flag of Brazil.svg Ariane Lipski 11-3 (6KO 2SUB)2
Legacy Fighting Alliance May 27, 2017 Flag of Colombia.svg Sabina Mazo5-0 (2KO)0

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