The Info List - Featherweight

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Featherweight is a weight class in the combat sports of boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and Greco-Roman wrestling.


1 Boxing

1.1 Professional boxing

1.1.1 History 1.1.2 Professional champions 1.1.3 Longest reigning featherweight champions

1.2 Amateur boxing

1.2.1 Olympic champions 1.2.2 Pan American Champions

1.3 Notable featherweights

2 Kickboxing 3 Mixed Martial Arts 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Boxing[edit] Professional boxing[edit] History[edit] A featherweight boxer weighs in at a limit of 126 pounds (57 kg). In the early days of the division, this limit fluctuated. The British have generally always recognized the limit at 126 pounds, but in America the weight limit was at first 114 pounds. An early champion, George Dixon, moved the limit to 120 and then 122 pounds. Finally, in 1920 the United States
United States
fixed the limit at 126 pounds.[1] The 1860 fight between Nobby Clark and Jim Elliott is sometimes called the first featherweight championship. However, the division only gained wide acceptance in 1889 after the Ike Weir-Frank Murphy fight. Johnny Kilbane, considered one of the greatest featherweight champions of all time, held the championship for 11 years, starting when he won the title in 1912 from Abe Attell
Abe Attell
until he lost the title in 1923 to Eugène Criqui. To this day he remains the second longest world title holder in boxing history. Eusebio Pedroza holds the record, set in 1985, for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 19 defenses of the WBA title. Since the end of the 2000s and early 2010s the Featherweight division is one of the most active in boxing with fighters such as Orlando Salido, Chris John, Juan Manuel López, Celestino Caballero, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Elio Rojas, Israel Vazquez, Cristobal Cruz, Rafael Márquez, Rocky Juarez, Steven Luevano and Manny Pacquiao. Professional champions[edit] Main article: List of featherweight boxing champions Current champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses

WBA (Super) January 29, 2017 Léo Santa Cruz 34–1–1 (19 KO) 1

WBA (Regular) December 10, 2016 Abner Mares 31–2–1 (15 KO) 1

WBC March 28, 2015 Gary Russell, Jr. 28–1–0 (17 KO) 2

IBF May 30, 2015 Lee Selby 26–1–0 (9 KO) 4

WBO July 23, 2016 Óscar Valdez 24–0–0 (19 KO) 4

Longest reigning featherweight champions[edit] Below is a list of longest reigning featherweight 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. Johnny Kilbane 11 years, 3 months, 24 days World 4

2. Chris John 10 years, 1 month, 5 days WBA 18

3. Abe Attell 10 years World 18

4. Eusebio Pedroza 7 years, 1 month, 23 days WBA 19

5. Sandy Saddler 7 years World 4

6. Naseem Hamed 4 years, 11 months, 20 days WBO 15

7. George Dixon 4 years, 5 months World 3

8. Antonio Esparragoza 4 years, 27 days WBA 7

9. Davey Moore 4 years, 3 days World 5

10. Tom Johnson 3 years, 11 months, 12 days IBF 10

Amateur boxing[edit] In amateur boxing, the weight limit is 54 kilograms (119 lb) to 57 kilograms (126 lb).

Olympic champions[edit]

1904 –  Oliver Kirk (USA) 1908 –  Richard Gunn (GBR) 1920 –  Paul Fritsch (FRA) 1924 –  Jackie Fields (USA) 1928 –  Bep van Klaveren (NED) 1932 –  Carmelo Robledo (ARG) 1936 –  Oscar Casanovas (ARG) 1948 –  Ernesto Formenti (ITA) 1952 –  Jan Zachara (TCH) 1956 –  Vladimir Safronov (URS) 1960 –  Francesco Musso (ITA) 1964 –  Stanislav Stepashkin (URS) 1968 –  Antonio Roldán (MEX) 1972 –  Boris Kuznetsov (URS) 1976 –  Ángel Herrera (CUB) 1980 –  Rudi Fink (GDR) 1984 –  Meldrick Taylor (USA) 1988 –  Giovanni Parisi (ITA) 1992 –  Andreas Tews (GER) 1996 –  Somluck Kamsing (THA) 2000 –  Bekzat Sattarkhanov (KAZ) 2004 –  Alexei Tichtchenko (RUS) 2008 –  Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR)

Pan American Champions[edit]

1951 – Francisco Núñez (ARG) 1955 – Oswaldo Cañete (ARG) 1959 – Carlos Aro (ARG) 1963 – Rosemiro Mateus (BRA) 1967 – Miguel García (ARG) 1971 – Juan García (MEX) 1975 – Dave Armstrong (United States) 1979 – Bernard Taylor (United States) 1983 – Adolfo Horta (CUB) 1987 – Kelcie Banks (United States) 1991 – Arnaldo Mesa (CUB) 1995 – Arnaldo Mesa (CUB) 1999 – Yudel Johnson (CUB) 2003 – Likar Ramos Concha (COL) 2007 – Idel Torriente (CUB)

Notable featherweights[edit]

Alexis Argüello Henry Armstrong Abe Attell Marco Antonio Barrera Kid Chocolate Luisito Espinosa Wilfredo Gómez Wilfredo Vázquez Naseem Hamed Paul Ingle Chris 'The Dragon' John Tom "Boom Boom" Johnson Kevin Kelley Derrick Gainer Kina Malpartida Juan Manuel Márquez Barry McGuigan Érik Morales Azumah Nelson Manny Pacquiao Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Tommy Paul Willie Pep Sandy Saddler Calvin Grove Vicente Saldivar Salvador Sánchez Orlando Salido Miguel Ángel García Juan Manuel López Yuriorkis Gamboa Jeff Fenech Angel Meraz

Kickboxing[edit] In kickboxing, a featherweight fighter generally weighs between 55 kg (121 lb) and 59 kg (130 lb). However, some governing bodies have slightly different classes. For example, the International Kickboxing
Federation (IKF) featherweight division (professional and amateur) is between 122.1-127 lb (55.50–57.72 kg). In Glory promotion, a featherweight division is up to 65 kg (143 lb).[2] Mixed Martial Arts[edit] Main article: Featherweight (MMA) In MMA, within the UFC company and most other MMA companies the featherweight range is from 61.7 kg to 65.8 kg (136 to 145 lbs). See also[edit]

weight classes Reigning boxing champions


^ Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 172. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.  ^ OFFICIAL GLORY RANKING Archived 2014-01-18 at the Wayback Machine.

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