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 welterweight boxer's weight is greater than 63.5 kg (140 lb), but no more than 66.7 kg (147 lb).
|Sanctioning body||Reign began||Champion||Record||Defenses||Beaten opponents|
|WBA||July 20, 2019||62–7–2 (39 KO)||0||0|
|WBC||September 29, 2019||26-0 (21 KO)||0||0|
|IBF||May 27, 2017||26–0 (21 KO)||4||4|
|WBO||June 9, 2018||35–0 (26 KO)||3||3|
As of June10, 2020.
|1||26–0 (21 KO)||IBF, WBC|
|2||36–0 (27 KO)||WBO|
|3||62–7–2 (39 KO)||WBA|
|4||29–1 (22 KO)|
|5||30–3–1 (17 KO)|
|6||36–2 (21 KO)|
|7||25–4 (12 KO)|
|8||17–0 (9 KO)|
|9||16–1 (12 KO)|
|10||40–1 (30 KO)|
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.||6 years, 8 months, 14 days||IBF||15||15|
|2.||5 years, 3 months, 28 days||WBO||7||7|
|3.||4 years, 6 months, 2 days||WBA, WBC||11||9|
|4.||4 years, 1 month, 18 days||WBC||5||4|
|5.||4 years, 1 month, 6 days||WBC||8||7|
|6.||4 years and 16 days||WBA||11||10|
|7.||3 years, 7 months, 19 days||World||5||5|
|8.||3 years, 7 months, 14 days||WBA||7||7|
|9.||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 March 15, 2019.
|UFC||March 3, 2019||15–1 (6KO 2SUB)||1|
|Bellator MMA||January 20, 2018||20–4 (7KO 7SUB)||0|
|ONE Championship||October 25, 2019||22–4 (7KO 4SUB)||0|
|British Association of Mixed Martial Arts||March 9, 2018||10–1 (4KO 2SUB)||0|
|Fight Nights Global||May 19, 2017||18–5 (1KO 15SUB)||1|
|KSW||April 14, 2018||12–1 (4KO 8SUB)||0|
|Titan FC||June 29, 2018||9–0 (4KO 4SUB)||0|
|ACB||August 19, 2017||12–0 (2KO 8SUB)||0|
|Legacy Fighting Alliance||September 22, 2017||8–0||0|
|Cage Warriors||Oct 20, 2018||8–0||0|
Other sports to include a welterweight division include the following,
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