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Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports.

For boxing the range is above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg). In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 kg (116 lb) and 55 kg (120 lb). In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds (57.2–61.2 kg).

The name bantam is derived from bantam chickens.

Contents

1 Boxing

1.1 History 1.2 Professional champions

1.2.1 Longest reigning bantamweight champions

1.3 Amateur Champions

1.3.1 Olympic Champions 1.3.2 Pan American Champions

1.4 Notable bantamweights

2 Kickboxing 3 Mixed Martial Arts 4 Muay Thai 5 Wrestling 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Boxing[edit] Bantamweight is usually a class in boxing for boxers who weigh above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg). Orlando Canizales holds the record for most consecutive title defenses in boxing at this division, with 16 defenses of the IBF title. History[edit] The first title fight with gloves was between Chappie Moran and Ray Lewis in 1889. At that time, the limit for this weight class was 110 pounds. In 1910, however, the British settled on a limit of 118.[1] Professional champions[edit] Main article: List of bantamweight boxing champions Current champions

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses

WBA (Super) October 21, 2017 Ryan Burnett 19–0–0 (9 KO) 1

WBA (Regular) May 31, 2014 Jamie McDonnell 29–2–1–1 (13 KO) 7

WBC

vacant

IBF

vacant

WBO April 22, 2017 Zolani Tete 26–3–0 (21 KO) 1

Current The Ring magazine bantamweight rankings Updated 25 March 2018

Rank Name Record Title(s)

1 Zolani Tete 26–3 (21 KO) WBO

2 Jamie McDonnell 29–2–1 (13 KO) WBA (Regular)

3 Ryan Burnett 19–0 (9 KO) WBA

4 Juan Carlos Payano 20–1 (9 KO)

5 Zhanat Zhakiyanov 27–2 (18 KO)

6 Liborio Solís 25–5–1 (11 KO)

7 Lee Haskins 35–4 (14 KO)

8 Emmanuel Rodríguez 17–0 (12 KO)

9 Paul Butler 26–1 (14 KO)

10 Omar Narváez 48–2–2 (25 KO)

Longest reigning bantamweight champions[edit] Below is a list of longest reigning bantamweight 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

1. Anselmo Moreno 6 years, 3 months, 26 days WBA 12

2. Veeraphol Sahaprom 6 years, 3 months, 17 days WBC 14

3. Orlando Canizales 6 years, 3 months, 16 days IBF 16

4. Shinsuke Yamanaka 5 years, 9 months, 9 days WBC, The Ring 12

5. Tim Austin 5 years, 6 months, 26 days IBF 10

6. Hozumi Hasegawa 5 years, 14 days WBC 10

7. Jimmy Barry 4 years, 11 months, 17 days World 6

8. Panama
Panama
Al Brown 4 years, 9 months, 28 days NBA N/A

9. Eder Jofre 4 years, 6 months World 8

10. Manuel Ortiz 4 years, 4 months, 29 days World 15

     Active Title Reign      Reign has ended

Amateur Champions[edit]

Olympic Champions[edit]

1904:  Oliver Kirk (USA) 1908:  Henry Thomas (GBR) 1920:  Clarence Walker (RSA) 1924:  William Smith (RSA) 1928:  Vittorio Tamagnini (ITA) 1932:  Horace Gwynne (CAN) 1936:  Ulderico Sergo (ITA) 1948:  Tibor Csík (HUN) 1952:  Pentti Hämäläinen (FIN) 1956:  Wolfgang Behrendt (EUA) 1960:  Oleg Grigoryev (URS) 1964:  Takao Sakurai (JPN) 1968:  Valeriy Sokolov (URS) 1972:  Orlando Martínez (CUB) 1976:  Gu Yong-Ju (PRK) 1980:  Juan Hernández (CUB) 1984:  Maurizio Stecca (ITA) 1988:  Kennedy McKinney (USA) 1992:  Joel Casamayor (CUB) 1996:  István Kovács (HUN) 2000:  Guillermo Rigondeaux (CUB) 2004:  Guillermo Rigondeaux (CUB) 2008:  Enkhbatyn Badar-Uugan (MGL) 2012:  Luke Campbell (GBR) 2016:  Robeisy Ramírez (CUB)

Pan American Champions[edit]

1951: Ricardo Gonzales (ARG) 1955: Salvador Enriquez (VEN) 1959: Waldo Claudiano (BRA) 1963: Abel Almaraz (ARG) 1967: Juvencio Martínez (MEX) 1971: Pedro Flores (MEX) 1975: Orlando Martínez (CUB) 1979: Jackie Beard (USA) 1983: Manuel Vilchez (VEN) 1987: Manuel Martínez (CUB) 1991: Enrique Carrion
Enrique Carrion
(CUB) 1995: Juan Despaigne (CUB) 1999: Gerald Tucker
Gerald Tucker
(USA) 2003: Daniel Chyutin (CUB) 2007: Carlos Cuadras (MEX) 2011: Lázaro Álvarez
Lázaro Álvarez
(CUB)

Notable bantamweights[edit]

Monte Attell Fabrice Benichou Panama
Panama
Al Brown Orlando Canizales Jimmy Carruthers Jeff Chandler Frankie Conley
Frankie Conley
(1910) George Dixon (the first black world champion at any weight, 1890) Sixto Escobar Wilfredo Vázquez Sung-Kil Moon Luisito Espinosa Eder Jofre Nana Konadu Alphonse Halimi Fighting Harada Pete Herman Akhil Kumar Abner Mares Joe Lynch Rubén Olivares Manuel Ortiz Lionel Rose Charlie Phil Rosenberg Charles "Bud" Taylor Alfonso Zamora Carlos Zarate Johnny Tapia Paulie Ayala Joichiro Tatsuyoshi Veeraphol Sahaprom Johnny Owen Guillermo Rigondeaux Holly Holm Wayne McCullough Joe Yabuki (fictional)

Kickboxing[edit] In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 kg (116 lb) and 55 kg (120 lb). However, some governing bodies have slightly different classes. For example, the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Bantamweight division (professional and amateur) is 117.1 lbs.–122 lbs. or 53.22 kg–55.45 kg. Mixed Martial Arts[edit] Main article: Bantamweight (MMA) In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds (57.2–61.2 kg). Muay Thai[edit] In Muay Thai, bantamweight is 115–118 pounds (52.2-53.5 kg). A notable Muai Thai bantamweight fighter is Randy Thong Phoun Phim. Wrestling[edit] Wrestling also has similar weight classes including bantamweight. See also[edit]

Reigning boxing champions

References[edit]

^ Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 178. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5. 

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