Welterweight

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Welterweight is a weight class division in combat sports. Originally the term "welterweight" was used only in boxing, but other combat sports like kickboxing, taekwondo and mixed martial arts also use it for their own weight division system. In most sports that use it, welterweight is heavier than lightweight but lighter than middleweight.

Boxing[edit]

Commonwealth champions[edit]

Olympic champions[edit]

The current Olympic male welterweight division is set at 64–69 kg (141–152 lbs).[1]

Professional boxing[edit]

A welterweight boxer's weight is greater than 63.5 kg (140 lb), but not greater than 67 kg (147 lb).[2]

Henry Armstrong holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 19 defenses of the Lineal title.

Current champions[edit]

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefenses
WBADecember 14, 2013Argentina Marcos Maidana35–3 (31 KO)0
WBCSeptember 17, 2011United States Floyd Mayweather45–0 (26 KO)1
IBFDecember 7, 2013United States Shawn Porter23–0–1 (14 KO)0
WBOApril 12, 2014Philippines Manny Pacquiao56–5–2 (38 KO)0

Kickboxing[edit]

The weight division system is different in each organisation, so the kickboxing weight divisions of some international organizations vary:

Mixed martial arts[edit]

The welterweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[7] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[8] is 155 pounds (70.3 kg) to 170 pounds (77.1 kg).

Muay Thai[edit]

Muay Thai has fixed its weight division similarly to boxing.

Shoot boxing[edit]

The official rules of shoot boxing define welterweights as between 65 and 67 kg (143.3 to 147.7 lb).

Taekwondo[edit]

In the sport of 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 and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Classes & Divisions". HolyTrinityBoxing.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Classes & Divisions". HolyTrinityBoxing.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "IKF WEIGHT CLASSES". IKFKickboxing.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "INTERNATIONAL SPORT KARATE & KICKBOXING ASSOCIATION". ISKAWorldHQ.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "WKA USA - Official Rulebook". WKAUSA.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  6. ^ OFFICIAL GLORY RANKING
  7. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". http://www.leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  8. ^ "UNIFIED RULES OF MMA". ABCBoxing.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15.