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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.

Contents

1 Boxing

1.1 Professional boxing

1.1.1 Professional champions 1.1.2 Longest reigning welterweight champions

1.2 Amateur boxing

1.2.1 Olympic champions

2 Kickboxing 3 Mixed martial arts 4 Other sports 5 References 6 External links

Boxing[edit] Professional boxing[edit] A welterweight boxer's weight is greater than 63.5 kg (140 lb), but no more than 66.7 kg (147 lb).[1] Henry Armstrong
Henry Armstrong
holds the record for the most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 19 defenses of the lineal title. Professional champions[edit] Main article: List of welterweight boxing champions Current champions

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses

WBA (Super) January 16, 2015 Keith Thurman 28–0–0–1 (22 KO) 4

WBA (Regular) January 27, 2018 Lucas Matthysse 39–4–0–1 (36 KO) 0

WBC March 4, 2017 Keith Thurman 28–0–0–1 (22 KO) 0

IBF May 27, 2017 Errol Spence Jr. 23–0–0–0 (20 KO) 1

WBO July 2, 2017 Jeff Horn 18–0–1–0 (12 KO) 1

Current The Ring magazine welterweight rankings Updated 17 January 2018

Rank Name Record Title(s)

1 Keith Thurman 28–0–0 (22 KO) WBA, WBC

2 Errol Spence Jr. 23–0–0 (20 KO) IBF

3 Shawn Porter 28–2–1 (17 KO)

4 Danny García 34–1–0 (20 KO)

5 Jeff Horn 18–0–1 (12 KO) WBO

6 Manny Pacquiao 59–7–2 (38 KO)

7 Jessie Vargas 28–2–0 (10 KO)

8 Lucas Matthysse 39–4–0 (36 KO) WBA (Regular)

9 Egidijus Kavaliauskas 19–0 (16 KO)

10 Yordenis Ugás 21–3 (10 KO)

Longest reigning welterweight champions[edit] 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

1. Félix Trinidad 6 years, 8 months, 14 days IBF 15

2. Antonio Margarito 5 years, 3 months, 28 days WBO 7

3. Jose Napoles 4 years, 6 months, 2 days WBA, WBC 11

4. Floyd Mayweather Jr. 4 years, 1 month, 18 days WBC 5

5. Pernell Whitaker 4 years, 1 month, 6 days WBC 8

6. Pipino Cuevas 4 years and 16 days WBA 11

7. Sugar Ray Robinson 3 years, 7 months, 19 days World 5

8. Donald Curry 3 years, 7 months, 14 days WBA 7

9. Jack Britton 3 years, 7 months, 13 days World 4

10. Mickey Walker 3 years, 5 months, 20 days World 5

Amateur boxing[edit] Olympic champions[edit] Main article: List of Olympic medalists in welterweight boxing The current Olympic male welterweight division is set at 64–69 kg (141–152 lbs).[1] Kickboxing[edit] The weight division system is different in each organisation, so the kickboxing weight divisions of some international organizations vary:

International Kickboxing Federation (IKF), welterweight (Pro & Amateur) 142.1 pounds - 147 pounds (64.6 kg - 66.8 kg).[2] International Sport Karate Association
International Sport Karate Association
(ISKA), welterweight 142.1 pounds - 147 pounds (64.6 kg - 66.8 kg).[3] World Kickboxing Association
World Kickboxing Association
(WKA), welterweight (Pro) upper limit 147.4 pounds (67 kg).[4] In Glory promotion, a welterweight division is up to 77 kg (170 pounds).[5]

Mixed martial arts[edit] Main article: Welterweight (MMA) The welterweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[6] and the Association of Boxing
Boxing
Commissions[7] is 155 pounds (70.3 kg) to 170 pounds (77.1 kg). Other sports[edit] Other sports to include a welterweight division include the following,

Muay Thai
Muay Thai
has fixed its weight division similarly to boxing.

International Kickboxing Federation (IKF): Muay Thai
Muay Thai
Welterweight (Pro & Amateur) 142.1 lbs. - 147 lbs.(64.59 kg - 66.8 kg) World Muay Thai
Muay Thai
Council (WMC), welterweight range is from 140 pounds (63.5 kg) to 147 pounds (66.6 kg) World Muay Thai
Muay Thai
Federation (WMF), the official amateur organization, fixed welterweight from 63.5 to 67 kg for adult; the junior category is the same as adult

The official rules of shoot boxing define welterweights as between 65 and 67 kg (143.3 to 147.7 lb). In Olympic taekwondo, welterweight falls between 74 and 80 kg. At the weight classes for the Olympic games it is between 68 and 80 kg.

References[edit]

^ a b "Classes & Divisions". HolyTrinityBoxing.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013.  ^ "IKF WEIGHT CLASSES". IKFKickboxing.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.  ^ "INTERNATIONAL SPORT KARATE & KICKBOXING ASSOCIATION" (PDF). ISKAWorldHQ.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.  ^ "WKA USA - Official Rulebook". WKAUSA.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.  ^ "Fighters Rankings". gloryworldseries.com.  ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". www leg state nv us. Retrieved 2007-02-20.  ^ "UNIFIED RULES OF MMA". ABCBoxing.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 

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