Lightweight is a weight class in combat sports and rowing.

Boxing

Professional boxing

The lightweight division is over 130 pounds (59 kilograms) and up to 135 pounds (61.2 kilograms) weight class in the sport of boxing. Notable lightweight boxers include Henry Armstrong, Ken Buchanan, Tony Canzoneri, Pedro Carrasco, Keyshawn Davis, Joel Casamayor, Al "Bummy" Davis, Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Durán, Joe Gans, Artur Grigorian, Benny Leonard, Ray Mancini, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Juan Manuel Márquez, Sugar Shane Mosley, Miguel Ángel González, Carlos Ortiz, Katie Taylor, Edwin Valero, Len Wickwar, Pernell Whitaker, Manny Pacquiao and Ike Williams.

Current world champions

Main article: List of world lightweight boxing champions

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses
WBA June 5, 2022 Devin Haney 28–0 (15 KO) 0
WBC October 23, 2019 Devin Haney 28–0 (15 KO) 5
IBF June 5, 2022 Devin Haney 28-0 (15 KO) 0
WBO June 5, 2022 Devin Haney 28-0 (15 KO) 0

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of June 21, 2022.[1]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record Title(s)
C Devin Haney 28-0 (15 KO) WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO
1 George Kambosos Jr 20-1 (10 KO)
2 Teofimo Lopez 16–1 (12 KO)
3 Vasily Lomachenko 16-2 (11 KO)
4 Gervonta Davis 27-0 (25 KO)
5 Ryan Garcia 22–0 (18 KO)
6 Isaac Cruz 23–2–1 (16 KO)
7 Joseph Diaz Jr. 32–2–1 (15 KO)
8 Richard Commey 30-4 (27 KO)
9 Javier Fortuna 37-3-1 (26 KO)
10 William Zepeda 26-0 (23 KO)
BoxRec

As of June 21, 2022.[2]

Rank Name Record Points Title(s)
1 Gervonta Davis 26–0 (24 KO) 147.6
2 Devin Haney 28–0 (15 KO) 110.8 WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO
3 Teófimo López 16–1 (12 KO) 106.6
4 George Kambosos Jr 20-0 (10 KO) 102.9
5 Vasiliy Lomachenko 16–2 (11 KO) 97.13
6 Isaac Cruz 23–2–1 (16 KO) 57.34
7 Gustavo Daniel Lemos 28–0 (18 KO) 55.50
8 Joseph Diaz 32–2–1 (15 KO) 51.86
9 Jeremia Nakathila 23–2 (19 KO) 49.08
10 Ryan García 22–0 (18 KO) 48.51

Longest reigning world lightweight champions

Below is a list of "longest reigning lightweight champions" career time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

Name Title Reign Title recognition Successful defenses Beaten opponents Fights
1. Benny Leonard 7 years, 7 months, 17 days World 6 6 [3][4]
2. Artur Grigorian 7 years, 6 months, 20 days WBO 17 17 [5]
3. Jack McAuliffe 6 years, 7 months, 12 days World 7 6 [6]
4. Roberto Durán 6 years, 7 months, 5 days WBA 12 11 [7]
5. Ike Williams 6 years, 1 month, 7 days World 8 6 [8]
6. Joe Gans 6 years, 27 days World 15 13 [9]
7. Joe Brown (boxer) 5 years, 7 months, 27 days World 11 10 [10]
8. Miguel Vazquez 4 years, 29 days IBF 6 6 [11]
9. Sammy Mandell 4 years, 14 days NBA 4 4 [12][13]
10. Paul Spadafora 3 years, 10 months IBF 8 8 [14]

Amateur boxing

Olympic Champions

Pan American Champions

Kickboxing

International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Lightweight (Pro & Amateur) 127.1 lb - 132 lb or 57.77 kg - 60 kg. Women's divisions also use this weight class, but usually at a lower weight than the men's divisions. In Glory promotion, a lightweight division is up to 70 kg (154 lb).[15]

In ONE Championship, the lightweight division limit is 77.1 kg (170 lb).

Lethwei

In World Lethwei Championship, the lightweight division has an upper limit of 60 kg (132 lb).

Mixed martial arts

Main article: Lightweight (MMA)

In MMA, the lightweight division is from 146 lb (66 kg) to 155 lb (70 kg).

Rowing

Lightweight rowing was a category entered into the Olympic sport, originally due to countries of smaller stature competing with an unfair disadvantage, as rowing favors the taller athlete who has more leverage.

Current Olympic class lightweight events in rowing are a men's lightweight Double Scull, and a women's lightweight Double Scull.

References

  1. ^ "The Ring ratings: lightweight". Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  2. ^ "BoxRec ratings: lightweight, active". Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Professional boxing record: Benny Leonard". Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Benny Leonard, p. 182" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Professional boxing record: Artur Grigorian". Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Jack McAuliffe, p. 200" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Professional boxing record: Roberto Durán". Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Ike Williams, p. 784" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  9. ^ "BoxRec: Joe Gans".
  10. ^ "Joe Brown ("Old Bones"), p. 352" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Professional boxing record: Miguel Vazquez". Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Professional boxing record: Sammy Mandel". Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Sammy Mandell, p. 198" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Professional boxing record: Paul Spadafora". Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  15. ^ OFFICIAL GLORY RANKING Archived 2014-01-19 at the Wayback Machine