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Super featherweight, also known as junior lightweight, is a weight division in professional boxing, contested between 126 pounds (57 kg) and 130 pounds (59 kg).

The super featherweight division was established by the New York Walker Law in 1920, although first founded[clarification needed] by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) in 1930. The first English champion was "Battling Kid" Nelson in 1914, who lost his title to Benny Berger in 1915. Artie O’Leary also won this title in 1917. This weight class appeared into two distinct historical periods, from 1921 to 1933 and 1960 to the present.

Some of the notable fighters to hold championship titles at this weight include Brian Mitchell, Arturo Gatti, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Flash Elorde, Alexis Argüello, Azumah Nelson, Julio César Chávez, Diego Corrales, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Érik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Acelino Freitas, Juan Manuel Márquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Rocky Lockridge, and Manny Pacquiao. The first World Boxing Association (previously known as the National Boxing Association up until 1962) champion was Johnny Dundee in 1922.[1] The first World Boxing Council champion was Gabriel Elorde in 1963.[2] The inaugural champion for the International Boxing Federation was Hwan-Kil Yuh in 1984.[3] The first World Boxing Organisation champion was John John Molina in 1989.[4]

Current world champions

Main article: List of world super-featherweight boxing champions

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses
WBA November 25, 2023 Lamont Roach Jr. 24–1–1 (9 KO) 0
WBC February 11, 2023 O'Shaquie Foster 21–2 (12 KO) 2
IBF May 18, 2024 Anthony Cacace 22–1 (8 KO) 0
WBO February 3, 2023 Emanuel Navarrete 38–2–1 (31 KO) 2

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of May 18, 2024.[5]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record Title(s)
C vacant
1 Emanuel Navarrete 38–2–1 (31 KO) WBO
2 O'Shaquie Foster 22–2 (12 KO) WBC
3 Óscar Valdez 32–2 (24 KO)
4 Lamont Roach Jr. 24–1–1 (9 KO) WBA
5 Anthony Cacace 22–1 (8 KO) IBF
6 Joe Cordina 17–1 (9 KO)
7 Héctor García 16–2–0–3 (10 KO)
8 Robson Conceição 18–2–1–1 (9 KO)
9 Otar Eranosyan 14–0 (7 KO)
10 Albert Bell 26–0 (9 KO)

BoxRec

As of 5 January 2024.[6]

Rank Name Record Title(s)
1 Emanuel Navarrete 38–1–1 (31 KO) WBO
2 O'Shaquie Foster 21–2 (12 KO) WBC
3 Joe Cordina 18–1 (9 KO)
4 Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov 17–1–1 (14 KO)
5 Lamont Roach Jr. 24–1–1 (9 KO) WBA (Regular)
6 Masanori Rikiishi 14–1 (9 KO)
7 Robson Conceição 17–2–1–1 (8 KO)
8 Mark Magsayo 25–2 (17 KO)
9 Elnur Samedov 17–1 (7 KO)
10 Anthony Cacace 21–1 (7 KO) IBF

References

  1. ^ "National Boxing Association - BoxRec".
  2. ^ "Punches and Trophies: The 19th Elorde Awards Will Once Again Honor the Best of Philippine Boxing, Plus Migs will Defend his Title". 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Blog Archives".
  4. ^ "Best I Faced: John John Molina". 10 January 2019.
  5. ^ "The Ring ratings: super featherweight/junior lightweight". Retrieved 18 May 2024.
  6. ^ "BoxRec ratings: super featherweight, active". Retrieved 12 June 2022.