Welterweight is a weight class in combat sports. Originally the term "welterweight" was used only in boxing, but other combat sports like Muay Thai, taekwondo, and mixed martial arts also use it for their own weight division system to classify the opponents. In most sports that use it, welterweight is heavier than lightweight but lighter than middleweight.
The first known instance of the term is from 1831, meaning "heavyweight horseman," later "boxer or wrestler of a certain weight" by 1896. This sense comes from earlier "welter" "heavyweight horseman or boxer" from 1804, possibly from "welt", meaning "to beat severely", from c. 15th century.
A professional welterweight boxer's weight is greater than 140 pounds (≈63 Kg), but no more than 147 pounds (≈67 Kg).
|Sanctioning body||Reign began||Champion||Record||Defenses||Beaten opponents|
|WBA||January 29, 2021||Yordenis Ugas||26–4 (12 KO)||0||0|
|WBC||September 29, 2019||Errol Spence Jr.||27-0 (21 KO)||1||1|
|IBF||May 27, 2017||Errol Spence Jr.||27–0 (21 KO)||5||5|
|WBO||June 9, 2018||Terence Crawford||37–0 (28 KO)||4||4|
As of July27, 2021.
|1||Errol Spence Jr.||27–0 (21 KO)||IBF, WBC|
|2||Terence Crawford||37–0 (28 KO)||WBO|
|3||Manny Pacquiao||62–7–2 (39 KO)|
|4||Keith Thurman||29–1 (22 KO)|
|5||Shawn Porter||31–3–1 (17 KO)|
|6||Yordenis Ugás||26–4 (12 KO)||WBA|
|7||Danny García||36–3 (21 KO)|
|8||Kudratillo Abdukakhorov||18–0 (10 KO)|
|9||Sergey Lipinets||16–2–1 (12 KO)|
|10||Mikey Garcia||40–1 (30 KO)|
As of July27, 2021.
|1||Errol Spence Jr.||27–0 (21 KO)||678.8||IBF, WBC|
|3||Shawn Porter||31–3–1 (17 KO)||440.7|
|4||Mikey Garcia||40–1 (30 KO)||267.3|
|5||Yordenis Ugás||26–4 (12 KO)||175.9||WBA|
|6||David Avanesyan||27–3–1 (15 KO)||145.4|
|7||Danny García||36–3 (21 KO)||130.5|
|8||Jessie Vargas||29–3–2 (11 KO)||105.3|
|9||Egidijus Kavaliauskas||22–1–1 (18 KO)||93.39|
|10||Kell Brook||39–3 (27 KO)||87.36|
Below is a list of longest reigning welterweight 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.||Félix Trinidad||6 years, 8 months, 14 days||IBF||15||15|
|2.||Antonio Margarito||5 years, 3 months, 28 days||WBO||7||7|
|3.||José Nápoles||4 years, 6 months, 2 days||WBA, WBC||11||8|
|4.||Errol Spence Jr.||4 years and 2 months||IBF, WBC||5||5|
|5.||Floyd Mayweather Jr.||4 years, 1 month, 18 days||WBC||5||4|
|6.||Pernell Whitaker||4 years, 1 month, 6 days||WBC||8||7|
|7.||Pipino Cuevas||4 years and 16 days||WBA||11||10|
|8.||Sugar Ray Robinson||3 years, 7 months, 19 days||World||5||5|
|9.||Donald Curry||3 years, 7 months, 14 days||WBA||7||7|
|10.||Jack Britton||3 years, 7 months, 13 days||World||10||8|
The current Olympic male welterweight division is set at 64–69 kg (141–152 lb).
The weight division system is different in each organisation, so the kickboxing weight divisions of some international organizations vary:
The welterweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission 155 to 170 lb (70.3 to 77.1 kg).and the Association of Boxing Commissions is
This table is not always up to date. Last updated August 24, 2020.
|UFC||March 3, 2019||Kamaru Usman||17–1 (6KO 3SUB)||3|
|Bellator MMA||October 26, 2019||Yaroslav Amosov||26–0 (9KO 10SUB)||0|
|ONE Championship||October 25, 2019||Kiamrian Abbasov||22–4 (7KO 4SUB)||0|
|Fight Nights Global||April 6, 2019||Dmitry Bikrev||12–3 (8KO 1SUB)||1|
|KSW||October 6, 2018||Roberto Soldić||17–3 (14KO 1SUB)||1|
|Titan FC||March 15, 2019||Michael Graves||9–1 (4KO 2SUB)||1|
|ACA||April 26, 2019||Albert Tumenov||22–4 (14KO)||1|
|Legacy Fighting Alliance||August 21, 2020||Jaleel Willis||13–2 (5KO)||0|
Other sports to include a welterweight division include the following,
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