Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports. For boxing the range is above and up to . In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between . In MMA, bantamweight is . The name for the class is derived from bantam chickens.


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for boxers who weigh above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg).



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.

Current world champions

Current ''The Ring'' world rankings

As of , . Keys: : Current ''The Ring (magazine), The Ring'' world champion

Longest reigning world bantamweight champions

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. : Active Title Reign : Reign has ended


Olympic Champions

*Boxing at the 1904 Summer Olympics, 1904: *Boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics, 1908: *Boxing at the 1920 Summer Olympics, 1920: *Boxing at the 1924 Summer Olympics, 1924: *Boxing at the 1928 Summer Olympics, 1928: *Boxing at the 1932 Summer Olympics, 1932: *Boxing at the 1936 Summer Olympics, 1936: *Boxing at the 1948 Summer Olympics, 1948: *Boxing at the 1952 Summer Olympics, 1952: *Boxing at the 1956 Summer Olympics, 1956: *Boxing at the 1960 Summer Olympics, 1960: *Boxing at the 1964 Summer Olympics, 1964: *Boxing at the 1968 Summer Olympics, 1968: *Boxing at the 1972 Summer Olympics, 1972: *Boxing at the 1976 Summer Olympics, 1976: *Boxing at the 1980 Summer Olympics, 1980: *Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics, 1984: *Boxing at the 1988 Summer Olympics, 1988: *Boxing at the 1992 Summer Olympics, 1992: *Boxing at the 1996 Summer Olympics, 1996: *Boxing at the 2000 Summer Olympics, 2000: *Boxing at the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2004: *Boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2008: *Boxing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2012: *Boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics, 2016:

Pan American Champions

*Boxing at the 1951 Pan American Games, 1951: Ricardo Gonzales (boxer), Ricardo Gonzales (Argentina, ARG) *Boxing at the 1955 Pan American Games, 1955: Salvador Enriquez (Venezuela, VEN) *Boxing at the 1959 Pan American Games, 1959: Waldo Claudiano (Brazil, BRA) *Boxing at the 1963 Pan American Games, 1963: Abel Almaraz (Argentina, ARG) *Boxing at the 1967 Pan American Games, 1967: Juvencio Martínez (Mexico, MEX) *Boxing at the 1971 Pan American Games, 1971: Pedro Flores (boxer), Pedro Flores (Mexico, MEX) *Boxing at the 1975 Pan American Games, 1975: Orlando Martínez (Cuba, CUB) *Boxing at the 1979 Pan American Games, 1979: Jackie Beard (United States, USA) *Boxing at the 1983 Pan American Games, 1983: Manuel Vilchez (Venezuela, VEN) *Boxing at the 1987 Pan American Games, 1987: Manuel Martínez (boxer), Manuel Martínez (Cuba, CUB) *Boxing at the 1991 Pan American Games, 1991: Enrique Carrion (Cuba, CUB) *Boxing at the 1995 Pan American Games, 1995: Juan Despaigne (Cuba, CUB) *Boxing at the 1999 Pan American Games, 1999: Gerald Tucker (United States, USA) *Boxing at the 2003 Pan American Games, 2003: Daniel Chyutin (Cuba, CUB) *Boxing at the 2007 Pan American Games, 2007: Carlos Cuadras (Mexico, MEX) *Boxing at the 2011 Pan American Games, 2011: Lázaro Álvarez (Cuba, CUB)


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.


In International Lethwei Federation Japan Yuta Hamamoto is the Bantamweight Champion. In World Lethwei Championship Souris Manfredi is the Bantamweight Champion.

Mixed Martial Arts

In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds (57.2–61.2 kg).

Current champions

These tables were last updated in August 2020.

Muay Thai

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 also has similar wrestling weight classes, weight classes including bantamweight.

See also

*Reigning boxing champions#Bantamweight .28118 lb.2C 53.5 kg.29, Reigning boxing champions


External links

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