Light middleweight

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Light middleweight, [1] also known as super welterweight [2] [3] [4] or junior middleweight, [5] [6] [7] is a weight class in combat sports.

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The light middleweight division (also known as junior middleweight in the IBF or super welterweight in the WBA and WBC), is a weight division in professional boxing, above 147 pounds and up to 154 pounds (66.7–69.9 kg).

History

This division was established in 1962, when the Austrian Board of Control recognized a fight between Emile Griffith and Teddy Wright for the "world" championship. The fight, which took place on October 17, was won by Griffith via a 15-round decision. Three days later, the World Boxing Association championship was created when Denny Moyer outpointed Joey Giambra. The World Boxing Council recognized the WBA champion as the true division champion until 1975, when it stripped their current champion and sanctioned a fight between Miguel de Oliveira and Jose Duran for the vacant title. De Oliveira won the title over 15 rounds in 1975. The International Boxing Federation crowned its first champion when Mark Medal defeated Earl Hargrove in 1984. The World Boxing Organization crowned its first champion when John David Jackson defeated Lupe Aquino in 1988.

Popular boxers to have held championships in this division were Nino Benvenuti, Manny Pacquiao, Wilfred Benítez, Sugar Ray Leonard, Miguel Cotto, Thomas Hearns, Mike McCallum, Julian Jackson, Roberto Durán, Terry Norris, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Zab Judah and Winky Wright.

Current world champions

Male champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA September 26, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Jermell Charlo 34–1–1 (18 KO)10
WBC December 21, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Jermell Charlo 34–1–1 (18 KO)21
IBF September 26, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Jermell Charlo 34–1–1 (18 KO)10
WBO February 13, 2021 Flag of Argentina.svg Brian Castaño 17–0–2 (12 KO)10

Female champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA March 5, 2021 Flag of the United States.svg Claressa Shields 11–0–0 (2 KO)00
WBC January 10, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Claressa Shields 11–0 (2 KO)11
IBF March 5, 2021 Flag of the United States.svg Claressa Shields 11–0 (2 KO)00
WBO January 10, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Claressa Shields 11–0 (2 KO)11

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of September11, 2021. [8]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
RankNameRecord (W–L–D)Title(s)
C Flag of the United States.svg Jermell Charlo 34–1–1 (18 KO) WBC, IBF, WBA
1 Flag of the United States.svg Jarrett Hurd 24–2 (16 KO)
2 Flag of Cuba.svg Erislandy Lara 28–3–3 (16 KO)
3 Flag of Argentina.svg Brian Castaño 17–0–2 (12 KO) WBO
4 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Jeison Rosario 20–3–1 (14 KO)
5 Flag of the United States.svg Julian Williams 27–2–1 (16 KO)
6 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Harrison 28–3–1 (21 KO)
7 Flag of the United States.svg Erickson Lubin 24–1 (17 KO)
8 Flag of France.svg Michel Soro 35–2–1 (24 KO)
9 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tim Tszyu 19–0 (15 KO)
10 Flag of the United States.svg Sebastian Fundora17–0–1 (12 KO)

BoxRec

As of September11, 2021. [9]

RankNameRecord (W–L–D)PointsTitle(s)
1 Flag of the United States.svg Jermell Charlo 34–1–1 (18 KO)244.3 WBC, IBF, WBA
2 Flag of Argentina.svg Brian Castaño 17–0–2 (12 KO)147.7 WBO
3 Flag of Cuba.svg Erislandy Lara 28–3–3 (16 KO)95.91
4 Flag of France.svg Michel Soro 35–2–1 (24 KO)95.43
5 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tim Tszyu 19–0 (15 KO)70.05
6 Flag of the United States.svg Jarrett Hurd 24–2 (16 KO)60.59
7 Flag of the United States.svg Erickson Lubin 24–1 (17 KO)59.13
8 Flag of Germany.svg Jack Culcay 29–4 (13 KO)53.74
9 Flag of Spain.svg Kerman Lejarraga 33–2 (25 KO)45.41
10 Flag of Spain.svg Sergio Garcia 33–0 (14 KO)41.07

Kickboxing

In the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF), Super Welterweight is 147.1 - 153 lb (66.9 - 69.5 kg) & Light Middleweight is 153.1 - 159 lb (69.6 - 72.3 kg).

Lethwei

The World Lethwei Championship recognizes the light middleweight with an upper limit of 71 kg (157 lb). In World Lethwei Championship, Sasha Moisa is the Light middleweight Champion.

References and notes

  1. Per Boxing News
  2. Per WBA
  3. Per WBC
  4. Per BoxRec
  5. Per WBO
  6. Per IBF
  7. Per The Ring
  8. "The Ring ratings: light middleweight" . Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  9. "BoxRec ratings: super welter, active" . Retrieved 12 April 2020.

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