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


  • Boxing 1
    • Professional boxing 1.1
      • Professional Champions 1.1.1
    • Amateur boxing 1.2
      • Olympic champions 1.2.1
      • Pan American Champions 1.2.2
    • Notable featherweights 1.3
  • Kickboxing 2
  • Mixed Martial Arts 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Professional boxing

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,

  1. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 172.  


See also

In MMA, within the UFC company and most other MMA companies the featherweight range is from 61.7kg to 65.8kg (136 to 145lbs).

Mixed Martial Arts

In Glory promotion, a featherweight division is up to 65 kg (143 lb).[2]

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).


Notable featherweights

Pan American Champions

Olympic champions

In amateur boxing, the weight limit is 54 to 57 kilograms.

Amateur boxing

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) August 29, 2015 Léo Santa Cruz 31-0-1 (17 KO) 0
WBA February 21, 2015 Jesus Cuellar 27-1 (21 KO) 1
WBC March 28, 2015 Gary Russell, Jr. 26-1 (15 KO) 0
IBF May 30, 2015 Lee Selby 22-1 (8 KO) 1
WBO June 21, 2014 Vasyl Lomachenko 4-1 (2 KO) 2
Current Champions

Professional Champions

Eusebio Pedroza holds the record 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 the likes of Orlando Salido, Chris John, Juan Manuel López, Celestino Caballero, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Elio Rojas, Israel Vazquez, Cristobal Cruz, Rafael Márquez, Rocky Juarez, and Steven Luevano and Manny Pacquiao.

Considered one of the greatest featherweight champions of all time, Johnny Kilbane held the championship for 11 years, starting when he won the title in 1912 from 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.

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.


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