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]

Professional boxing[edit]

A welterweight boxer's weight is greater than 63.5 kg (140 lb), but not greater than 67 kg (147 lb).[1]

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

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefenses
WBA (Unified)May 3, 2014United States Floyd Mayweather47-0 (26 KO)1
WBCSeptember 17, 2011United States Floyd Mayweather47-0 (26 KO)3
IBFAugust 16, 2014United Kingdom Kell Brook33-0 (22 KO)0
WBOApril 12, 2014Philippines Manny Pacquiao56-5-2 (38 KO)0

Current female champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefenses
WBAMarch 14, 2009Norway Cecilia Brækhus25-0 (7 KO)13
WBCMarch 14, 2009Norway Cecilia Brækhus25-0 (7 KO)14
IBFSeptember 13, 2014Norway Cecilia Brækhus25-0 (7 KO)0
WBOMay 15, 2010Norway Cecilia Brækhus25-0 (7 KO)11

Amateur boxing[edit]

Olympic champions[edit]

The current Olympic male welterweight division is set at 64–69 kg (141–152 lbs).[2]

Commonwealth champions[edit]

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]

Main article: Welterweight (MMA)

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).

Other sports[edit]

Other sports to include a minimumweight division include the following,

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.