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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. [1]


Professional boxing

A professional welterweight boxer's weight is greater than 140 pounds (≈63 Kg), but no more than 147 pounds (≈67 Kg). [2]

Current world champions

Current champions

Sanctioning bodyReign beganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA January 29, 2021 Flag of Cuba.svg Yordenis Ugas 26–4 (12 KO)00
WBC September 29, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Errol Spence Jr. 27-0 (21 KO)11
IBF May 27, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Errol Spence Jr. 27–0 (21 KO)55
WBO June 9, 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Terence Crawford 37–0 (28 KO)44

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of July27, 2021. [3]


 C  Current The Ring world champion
1 Flag of the United States.svg Errol Spence Jr. 27–0 (21 KO) IBF, WBC
2 Flag of the United States.svg Terence Crawford 37–0 (28 KO) WBO
3 Flag of the Philippines.svg Manny Pacquiao 62–7–2 (39 KO)
4 Flag of the United States.svg Keith Thurman 29–1 (22 KO)
5 Flag of the United States.svg Shawn Porter 31–3–1 (17 KO)
6 Flag of Cuba.svg Yordenis Ugás 26–4 (12 KO) WBA
7 Flag of the United States.svg Danny García 36–3 (21 KO)
8 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Kudratillo Abdukakhorov 18–0 (10 KO)
9 Flag of Russia.svg Sergey Lipinets 16–2–1 (12 KO)
10 Flag of the United States.svg Mikey Garcia 40–1 (30 KO)

As of July27, 2021. [4]

1 Flag of the United States.svg Errol Spence Jr. 27–0 (21 KO)678.8 IBF, WBC
3 Flag of the United States.svg Shawn Porter 31–3–1 (17 KO)440.7
4 Flag of the United States.svg Mikey Garcia 40–1 (30 KO)267.3
5 Flag of Cuba.svg Yordenis Ugás 26–4 (12 KO)175.9 WBA
6 Flag of Russia.svg David Avanesyan 27–3–1 (15 KO)145.4
7 Flag of the United States.svg Danny García 36–3 (21 KO)130.5
8 Flag of the United States.svg Jessie Vargas 29–3–2 (11 KO)105.3
9 Flag of Lithuania.svg Egidijus Kavaliauskas 22–1–1 (18 KO)93.39
10 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kell Brook 39–3 (27 KO)87.36

Longest reigning world welterweight champions

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.

NameTitle reignTitle recognitionSuccessful defensesBeaten opponentsFights
1. Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Félix Trinidad 6 years, 8 months, 14 daysIBF1515 [5]
2. Flag of Mexico.svg Antonio Margarito 5 years, 3 months, 28 daysWBO77 [6]
3. Flag of Cuba.svg José Nápoles 4 years, 6 months, 2 daysWBA, WBC118 [7]
4. Flag of the United States.svg Errol Spence Jr. 4 years and 2 monthsIBF, WBC55 [8]
5. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Mayweather Jr. 4 years, 1 month, 18 daysWBC54 [9]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Pernell Whitaker 4 years, 1 month, 6 daysWBC87 [10]
7. Flag of Mexico.svg Pipino Cuevas 4 years and 16 daysWBA1110 [11]
8. Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson 3 years, 7 months, 19 daysWorld55 [12] [13]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Donald Curry 3 years, 7 months, 14 daysWBA77 [14]
10. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Britton 3 years, 7 months, 13 daysWorld108 [15] [16]

Amateur boxing

Olympic champions

The current Olympic male welterweight division is set at 64–69 kg (141–152 lb). [2]


The weight division system is different in each organisation, so the kickboxing weight divisions of some international organizations vary:

Mixed martial arts

The welterweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission [21] and the Association of Boxing Commissions [22] is 155 to 170 lb (70.3 to 77.1 kg).

Current champions

This table is not always up to date. Last updated August 24, 2020.

OrganizationReign beganChampionRecordDefenses
UFC March 3, 2019 Flag of Nigeria.svg Kamaru Usman 171 (6KO 3SUB)3
Bellator MMA October 26, 2019 Flag of Ukraine.svg Yaroslav Amosov 260 (9KO 10SUB)0
ONE Championship October 25, 2019 Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Kiamrian Abbasov224 (7KO 4SUB)0
Fight Nights Global April 6, 2019 Flag of Russia.svg Dmitry Bikrev123 (8KO 1SUB)1
KSW October 6, 2018 Flag of Croatia.svg Roberto Soldić 173 (14KO 1SUB)1
Titan FC March 15, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Graves 91 (4KO 2SUB)1
ACA April 26, 2019 Flag of Russia.svg Albert Tumenov 224 (14KO)1
Legacy Fighting Alliance August 21, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg Jaleel Willis132 (5KO)0
Cage Warriors TBAvacantTBA0

Other sports

Other sports to include a welterweight division include the following,

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