Lightweight

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Lightweight is a weight class in combat sports and rowing.

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Boxing

Professional boxing

The lightweight division is over 130 pounds (59 kilograms) and up to 135 pounds (61.2 kilograms) weight class in the sport of boxing. Notable lightweight boxers include Henry Armstrong, Ken Buchanan, Tony Canzoneri, Pedro Carrasco, Joel Casamayor, Al "Bummy" Davis, Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Durán, Joe Gans, Artur Grigorian, Benny Leonard, Ray Mancini, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Juan Manuel Márquez, Sugar Shane Mosley, Miguel Ángel González, Carlos Ortiz, Katie Taylor, Edwin Valero, Pernell Whitaker, Manny Pacquiao and Ike Williams. There are also the young, up and coming fighters, such as Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis.

Current world champions

Sanctioning bodyReign beganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA October 17, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Teófimo López 16–0 (12 KO)00
WBC October 23, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Devin Haney 26–0 (15 KO)33
IBF December 14, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Teófimo López 16–0 (12 KO)11
WBO October 17, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Teófimo López 16–0 (12 KO)00

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of July23, 2021. [1]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
RankNameRecord (W–L–D)Title(s)
C Flag of the United States.svg Teofimo Lopez 16–0 (12 KO) WBA, WBO, IBF
1 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vasyl Lomachenko 15–2 (11 KO)
2 Flag of the United States.svg Ryan García 21–0 (18 KO)
3 Flag of the United States.svg Devin Haney 26–0 (15 KO) WBC
4 Flag of Ghana.svg Richard Commey 30–3 (27 KO)
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Luke Campbell 20–4 (16 KO)
6 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Javier Fortuna 36–2–1 (25 KO)
7 Flag of Venezuela.svg Jorge Linares 47–6 (29 KO)
8 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of Greece.svg George Kambosos Jr. 19–0 (10 KO)
9 Flag of Japan.svg Masayoshi Nakatani 19–2 (13 KO)
10 Flag of Mexico.svg Isaac Cruz21–1–1 (15 KO)
BoxRec

As of July23, 2021. [2]

RankNameRecord (W–L–D)PointsTitle(s)
1 Flag of the United States.svg Teofimo Lopez 16–0 (12 KO)336.2 WBA, WBO, IBF
2 Flag of the United States.svg Gervonta Davis 24–0 (23 KO)263.5
3 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vasyl Lomachenko 15–2 (11 KO)190.0
4 Flag of the United States.svg Devin Haney 26–0 (15 KO)140.3 WBC
5 Flag of Ghana.svg Richard Commey 30–3 (27 KO)94.15
6 Flag of the United States.svg Ryan García 21–0 (18 KO)87.37
7 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Javier Fortuna 36–2–1 (25 KO)77.66
8 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of Greece.svg George Kambosos Jnr 19–0 (10 KO)60.61
9 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lee Selby 28–3 (9 KO)55.02
10 Flag of Venezuela.svg Jorge Linares 47–6 (29 KO)48.64

Longest reigning world lightweight champions

Below is a list of "longest reigning lightweight champions" career time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

NameTitle ReignTitle recognitionSuccessful defensesBeaten opponentsFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Benny Leonard 7 years, 7 months, 17 daysWorld66 [3] [4]
2. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Artur Grigorian 7 years, 6 months, 20 daysWBO1717 [5]
3. Flag of Ireland.svg Jack McAuliffe 6 years, 7 months, 12 daysWorld76 [6]
4. Flag of Panama.svg Roberto Durán 6 years, 7 months, 5 daysWBA1211 [7]
5. Flag of the United States.svg Ike Williams 6 years, 1 month, 7 daysWorld86 [8]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Gans 6 years, 27 daysWorld1513 [9]
7. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Brown (boxer) 5 years, 7 months, 27 daysWorld1110 [10]
8. Flag of Mexico.svg Miguel Vazquez 4 years, 29 daysIBF66 [11]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Sammy Mandell 4 years, 14 daysNBA44 [12] [13]
10. Flag of the United States.svg Paul Spadafora 3 years, 10 monthsIBF88 [14]

Amateur boxing

Kickboxing

International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Lightweight (Pro & Amateur) 127.1 lb - 132 lb or 57.77 kg - 60 kg. Women's divisions also use this weight class, but usually at a lower weight than the men's divisions. In Glory promotion, a lightweight division is up to 70 kg (154 lb). [15]

In ONE Championship, the lightweight division limit is 77.1 kg (170 lb).

Lethwei

In World Lethwei Championship, the lightweight division has an upper limit of 60 kg (130 lb).

Mixed martial arts

In MMA, the lightweight division is from 146 lb (66 kg) to 155 lb (70 kg).

Rowing

Lightweight rowing was a category entered into the Olympic sport, originally due to countries of smaller stature competing with an unfair disadvantage, as rowing favors the taller athlete who has more leverage.

Current Olympic class lightweight events in rowing are a men's lightweight Double Scull, and a women's lightweight Double Scull.

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