Light middleweight,[1] also known as super welterweight[2][3][4] or junior middleweight,[5][6][7] is a weight class in combat sports.

Boxing

The light middleweight division (also known as junior middleweight in the IBF or super welterweight in the WBA and WBC), is a weight division in professional boxing, above 147 pounds and up to 154 pounds (66.7–69.9 kg).

History

This division was established in 1962, when the Austrian Board of Control recognized a fight between Emile Griffith and Teddy Wright for the "world" championship. The fight, which took place on October 17, was won by Griffith via a 15-round decision. Three days later, the World Boxing Association championship was created when Denny Moyer outpointed Joey Giambra. The World Boxing Council recognized the WBA champion as the true division champion until 1975, when it stripped their current champion and sanctioned a fight between Miguel de Oliveira and Jose Duran for the vacant title. De Oliveira won the title over 15 rounds in 1975. The International Boxing Federation crowned its first champion when Mark Medal defeated Earl Hargrove in 1984. The World Boxing Organization crowned its first champion when John David Jackson defeated Lupe Aquino in 1988.

Popular boxers to have held championships in this division were Nino Benvenuti, Manny Pacquiao, Wilfred Benítez, Sugar Ray Leonard, Miguel Cotto, Thomas Hearns, Mike McCallum, Julian Jackson, Roberto Durán, Terry Norris, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Zab Judah and Winky Wright.

Current world champions

Main article: List of world light-middleweight boxing champions

Male champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA September 26, 2020 United States Jermell Charlo 35–1–1 (19 KO) 2
WBC December 21, 2019 United States Jermell Charlo 35–1–1 (19 KO) 3
IBF September 26, 2020 United States Jermell Charlo 35–1–1 (19 KO) 2
WBO May 14, 2022 United States Jermell Charlo 35–1–1 (19 KO) 0

Current interim champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBC April 9, 2022 United States Sebastian Fundora 19–0-1 (13 KO) 0

Female champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA October 30, 2021 United Kingdom Hannah Rankin 11–5 (2 KO) 0
WBC November 27, 2021 United States Patricia Berghult 15–0 (3 KO) 1
IBF December 17, 2021 Canada Marie-Eve Dicaire 18–1 (1 KO) 0
WBO February 19, 2022 United Kingdom Natasha Jonas 11–2–1 (8 KO) 0

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of 24 April 2022.[8]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record (W–L–D) Title(s)
C United States Jermell Charlo 35–1–1 (18 KO) WBC, IBF, WBA, WBO
1 Argentina Brian Castaño 17–1–2 (12 KO)
2 United States Sebastian Fundora 19–0–1 (13 KO)
3 United States Jarrett Hurd 24–2 (16 KO)
4 Cuba Erislandy Lara 28–3–3 (16 KO)
5 Australia Tim Tszyu 21–0 (15 KO)
6 United States Tony Harrison 29–3–1 (21 KO)
7 United States Erickson Lubin 24–2 (17 KO)
8 Russia Magomed Kurbanov 22–0 (13 KO)
9 Uzbekistan Israil Madrimov 8–0 (6 KO)
10 United Kingdom Liam Smith 30–3–1 (17 KO)

BoxRec

As of 26 April 2022.[9]

Rank Name Record (W–L–D) Points Title(s)
1 United States Jermell Charlo 35–1–1 (18 KO) 147.5 WBC, IBF, WBA, WBO
2 United States Sebastian Fundora 19–0–1 (13 KO) 95.41
3 Argentina Brian Castaño 17–1–2 (12 KO) 73.74
4 Australia Tim Tszyu 21–0 (15 KO) 73.04
5 United Kingdom Liam Smith 31–3–1 (17 KO) 52.37
6 Uzbekistan Israil Madrimov 8–0 (6 KO) 48.45
7 United States Erickson Lubin 24–2 (17 KO) 47.71
8 Germany Jack Culcay 30–4 (13 KO) 37.45
9 United States Tony Harrison 29–3–1 (21 KO) 33.06
10 Republic of Ireland Dennis Hogan 30–4–1 (7 KO) 32.00

Kickboxing

In the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF), Super Welterweight is 147.1 - 153 lb (66.9 - 69.5 kg) & Light Middleweight is 153.1 - 159 lb (69.6 - 72.3 kg).

Lethwei

The World Lethwei Championship recognizes the light middleweight with an upper limit of 71 kg (157 lb). In World Lethwei Championship, Sasha Moisa is the Light middleweight Champion.

References and notes

  1. ^ Per Boxing News
  2. ^ Per WBA
  3. ^ Per WBC
  4. ^ Per BoxRec
  5. ^ Per WBO
  6. ^ Per IBF
  7. ^ Per The Ring
  8. ^ "The Ring ratings: light middleweight". Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  9. ^ "BoxRec ratings: super welter, active". Retrieved 26 April 2022.