Welterweight

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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.

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Etymology

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]

Boxing

Professional boxing

A welterweight boxer's weight is greater than 63.5 kg (140 lb), but no more than 66.7 kg (147 lb). [2]

Current world champions

Current champions

Sanctioning bodyReign beganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA July 20, 2019 Flag of the Philippines.svg Manny Pacquiao 62–7–2 (39 KO)00
WBC September 29, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Errol Spence Jr. 26-0 (21 KO)00
IBF May 27, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Errol Spence Jr. 26–0 (21 KO)44
WBO June 9, 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Terence Crawford 35–0 (26 KO)33

Current The Ring world rankings

As of June10, 2020. [3]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
RankNameRecordTitle(s)
Cvacant
1 Flag of the United States.svg Errol Spence Jr. 26–0 (21 KO) IBF, WBC
2 Flag of the United States.svg Terence Crawford 36–0 (27 KO) WBO
3 Flag of the Philippines.svg Manny Pacquiao 62–7–2 (39 KO) WBA
4 Flag of the United States.svg Keith Thurman 29–1 (22 KO)
5 Flag of the United States.svg Shawn Porter 30–3–1 (17 KO)
6 Flag of the United States.svg Danny García 36–2 (21 KO)
7 Flag of Cuba.svg Yordenis Ugás 25–4 (12 KO)
8 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Qudratillo Abduqaxorov 17–0 (9 KO)
9 Flag of Russia.svg Sergey Lipinets 16–1 (12 KO)
10 Flag of the United States.svg Mikey Garcia 40–1 (30 KO)

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 Felix Trinidad 6 years, 8 months, 14 daysIBF1515 [4]
2. Flag of Mexico.svg Antonio Margarito 5 years, 3 months, 28 daysWBO77 [5]
3. Flag of Cuba.svg José Nápoles 4 years, 6 months, 2 daysWBA, WBC119 [6]
4. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Mayweather Jr. 4 years, 1 month, 18 daysWBC54 [7]
5. Flag of the United States.svg Pernell Whitaker 4 years, 1 month, 6 daysWBC87 [8]
6. Flag of Mexico.svg Pipino Cuevas 4 years and 16 daysWBA1110 [9]
7. Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson 3 years, 7 months, 19 daysWorld55 [10] [11]
8. Flag of the United States.svg Donald Curry 3 years, 7 months, 14 daysWBA77 [12]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Britton 3 years, 7 months, 13 daysWorld108 [13] [14]

Amateur boxing

Olympic champions

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

Kickboxing

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 [19] and the Association of Boxing Commissions [20] is 155 to 170 lb (70.3 to 77.1 kg).

Current champions

This table is not always up to date. Last updated March 15, 2019.

OrganizationReign beganChampionRecordDefenses
UFC March 3, 2019 Flag of Nigeria.svg Kamaru Usman 151 (6KO 2SUB)1
Bellator MMA January 20, 2018 Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Lima 204 (7KO 7SUB)0
ONE Championship October 25, 2019 Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Kiamrian Abbasov224 (7KO 4SUB)0
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts March 9, 2018 Flag of England.svg Terry Brazier101 (4KO 2SUB)0
Fight Nights Global May 19, 2017 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Georgy Kichigin185 (1KO 15SUB)1
KSW April 14, 2018 Flag of South Africa.svg Dricus du Plessis 121 (4KO 8SUB)0
Titan FC June 29, 2018 Flag of Slovenia.svg Uroš Jurišic90 (4KO 4SUB)0
ACB August 19, 2017 Flag of Russia.svg Mukhamed Berkhamov120 (2KO 8SUB)0
Legacy Fighting Alliance September 22, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg James Nakashima800
Cage Warriors Oct 20, 2018 Flag of Scotland.svg Ross Houston800

Other sports

Other sports to include a welterweight division include the following,

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