Featherweight is a weight class in the combat sports of boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and Greco-Roman wrestling.
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, George Dixon, moved the limit to 120 and then 122 pounds. Finally, in 1920 the United States fixed the limit at 126 pounds.
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 (one of the most famous fights of all time).
Since the end of the 2000s and early 2010s the featherweight division is one of the most active in boxing with fighters such as Orlando Salido, Chris John, Juan Manuel López, Celestino Caballero, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Elio Rojas, Israel Vazquez, Cristobal Cruz, Rafael Márquez, Rocky Juarez, Steven Luevano, Naseem Hamed, Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao.
Main article: List of world featherweight boxing champions
|Sanctioning Body||Reign Began||Champion||Record||Defenses|
|WBA||January 29, 2017||Léo Santa Cruz||38–2–1 (19 KO)||3|
|WBC||July 9, 2022||Rey Vargas||36–0 (22 KO)||0|
|IBF||March 26, 2022||Josh Warrington||31–1–1 (8 KO)||0|
|WBO||October 9, 2020||Emanuel Navarrete||35–1 (29 KO)||2|
As of November 6, 2022.
|1||Emanuel Navarrete||35–1 (29 KO)||WBO|
|2||Rey Vargas||36–0 (22 KO)||WBC|
|3||Mark Magsayo||24–1 (16 KO)|
|4||Mauricio Lara||24–2–1 (17 KO)|
|5||Josh Warrington||31–1–1 (8 KO)||IBF|
|6||Leigh Wood||26–2 (16 KO)|
|7||Gary Russell Jr.||31–2 (18 KO)|
|8||Kiko Martínez||43–11–2 (30 KO)|
|9||Kid Galahad||28–2 (17 KO)|
|10||Robeisy Ramírez||10–1 (6 KO)|
Below is a list of longest reigning featherweight 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||Beaten opponents||Fights|
|1.||Johnny Kilbane||11 years, 3 months, 24 days||World/NYSAC||4||2|||
|2.||Chris John||10 years, 1 month, 5 days||WBA||18||16|||
|3.||Abe Attell||8 years, 5 months, 19 days||World||22||14|||
|4.||Eusebio Pedroza||7 years, 1 month, 23 days||WBA||19||18|||
|5.||Gary Russell, Jr.||6 years, 9 month, 25 days||WBC||5||5|||
|6.||Sandy Saddler||6 years, 4 months, 13 days||World||4||3|||
|7.||Léo Santa Cruz||5 years, 9 months, 1 week and 1 day||WBA (Super)||5||5|||
|8.||Naseem Hamed||4 years, 11 months, 20 days||WBO||15||15|||
|9.||George Dixon||4 years, 5 months||World||4||4|||
|10.||Antonio Esparragoza||4 years, 27 days||WBA||7||7|||
|11.||Davey Moore||4 years, 3 days||World||5||4|||
In amateur boxing, the weight limit is 54 to 57 kilograms (119 to 126 lb) for women and 52 to 57 kilograms (115 to 126 lb) for men. To make room for the introduction of women's boxing to the Olympics in 2012, the men's featherweight class was dropped down one kilogram and became bantamweight. Following further adjustments, the 2020 Olympics will again feature men's featherweight and, for the first time, women's featherweight.
In kickboxing, a featherweight fighter generally weighs between 55 and 59 kg (121 and 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 (55.4–57.6 kg).
In Glory promotion, a featherweight division is up to 65 kg (143 lb).
In Bellator Kickboxing promotion, a featherweight division is up to 66 kg (146 lb).
In ONE Championship, the featherweight division limit is 70.3 kg (155 lb).
International Lethwei Federation Japan has a featherweight division with an upper limit of 65 kg (143 lb). In International Lethwei Federation Japan, Thar A Thae Ta Pwint is the Featherweight Champion.
In World Lethwei Championship, the featherweight division has an upper limit of 57 kg (126 lb).
Main article: Featherweight (MMA)
In MMA, within the UFC company and most other MMA companies the featherweight range is from 136 to 145 lb (62 to 66 kg).
These tables were last updated in August 2020.
|UFC||December 14, 2019||Alexander Volkanovski||24–1 (12KO 3SUB)||3|
|Bellator MMA||April 15, 2022||Patrício Pitbull||33-5 (11KO 12SUB)||0|
|ONE Championship||August 18, 2017||Martin Nguyen||13–3 (9KO 3SUB)||3|
|ACA||October 4, 2019||Felipe Froes||18–4 (7KO 2SUB)||0|
|Cage Warriors||June 29, 2019||Mads Burnell||13–3 (8SUB)||0|
|Fight Nights Global||Vacant|
|Brave Combat Federation||September 21, 2018||Bubba Jenkins||14–4 (6KO 3SUB)||1|
|Titan FC||April 6, 2018||Jason Soares||14–0 (3KO 9SUB)||3|
|Legacy Fighting Alliance||July 10, 2020||Justin Gonzales||11–0 (4KO 1SUB)||0|
|Road FC||November 3, 2018||Jeong Yeong Lee||9–1 (3KO 3SUB)||1|
|KSW||April 27, 2019||Salahdine Parnasse||14–0–1 (2KO 4SUB)||1|
|UFC||December 29, 2018||Amanda Nunes||20–4 (13KO 3SUB)||1|
|Bellator MMA||January 25, 2020||Cris Cyborg||22–2 (1) (18KO 1NC)||0|
|Invicta FC||August 9, 2019||Pam Sorenson||8–3 (1SUB)||0|