Lightweight is a weight class in combat sports and rowing.
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.
|Sanctioning body||Reign began||Champion||Record||Defenses||Beaten opponents|
|WBA||October 17, 2020||Teófimo López||16–0 (12 KO)||0||0|
|WBC||October 23, 2019||Devin Haney||26–0 (15 KO)||3||3|
|IBF||December 14, 2019||Teófimo López||16–0 (12 KO)||1||1|
|WBO||October 17, 2020||Teófimo López||16–0 (12 KO)||0||0|
As of July23, 2021.
|C||Teofimo Lopez||16–0 (12 KO)||WBA, WBO, IBF|
|1||Vasyl Lomachenko||15–2 (11 KO)|
|2||Ryan García||21–0 (18 KO)|
|3||Devin Haney||26–0 (15 KO)||WBC|
|4||Richard Commey||30–3 (27 KO)|
|5||Luke Campbell||20–4 (16 KO)|
|6||Javier Fortuna||36–2–1 (25 KO)|
|7||Jorge Linares||47–6 (29 KO)|
|8||George Kambosos Jr.||19–0 (10 KO)|
|9||Masayoshi Nakatani||19–2 (13 KO)|
|10||Isaac Cruz||21–1–1 (15 KO)|
As of July23, 2021.
|1||Teofimo Lopez||16–0 (12 KO)||336.2||WBA, WBO, IBF|
|2||Gervonta Davis||24–0 (23 KO)||263.5|
|3||Vasyl Lomachenko||15–2 (11 KO)||190.0|
|4||Devin Haney||26–0 (15 KO)||140.3||WBC|
|5||Richard Commey||30–3 (27 KO)||94.15|
|6||Ryan García||21–0 (18 KO)||87.37|
|7||Javier Fortuna||36–2–1 (25 KO)||77.66|
|8||George Kambosos Jnr||19–0 (10 KO)||60.61|
|9||Lee Selby||28–3 (9 KO)||55.02|
|10||Jorge Linares||47–6 (29 KO)||48.64|
Below is a list of "longest reigning lightweight champions" career time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.
|Name||Title Reign||Title recognition||Successful defenses||Beaten opponents||Fights|
|1.||Benny Leonard||7 years, 7 months, 17 days||World||6||6|
|2.||Artur Grigorian||7 years, 6 months, 20 days||WBO||17||17|
|3.||Jack McAuliffe||6 years, 7 months, 12 days||World||7||6|
|4.||Roberto Durán||6 years, 7 months, 5 days||WBA||12||11|
|5.||Ike Williams||6 years, 1 month, 7 days||World||8||6|
|6.||Joe Gans||6 years, 27 days||World||15||13|
|7.||Joe Brown (boxer)||5 years, 7 months, 27 days||World||11||10|
|8.||Miguel Vazquez||4 years, 29 days||IBF||6||6|
|9.||Sammy Mandell||4 years, 14 days||NBA||4||4|
|10.||Paul Spadafora||3 years, 10 months||IBF||8||8|
Pan American Champions
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).
In ONE Championship, the lightweight division limit is 77.1 kg (170 lb).
In World Lethwei Championship, the lightweight division has an upper limit of 60 kg (130 lb).
In MMA, the lightweight division is from 146 lb (66 kg) to 155 lb (70 kg).
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