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Super featherweight (WBA and WBC), also known as Junior Lightweight (IBF and WBO), 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 January 2, 2021 Roger Gutiérrez 26–3–1 (20 KO) 1
WBC April 30, 2022 Shakur Stevenson 18–0 (9 KO) 0
IBF June 4, 2022 Joe Cordina 15–0 (9 KO) 0
WBO October 23, 2021 Shakur Stevenson 18–0 (9 KO) 1

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of 4 June 2022.[5]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record Title(s)
C Shakur Stevenson 18–0 (9 KO) WBC, WBO
1 Óscar Valdez 30–1 (23 KO)
2 Shavkat Rakhimov 16–0–1 (13 KO)
3 Roger Gutiérrez 26–3–1 (20 KO) WBA
4 Robson Conceição 17–1 (8 KO)
5 Joe Cordina 15-0 (9 KO) IBF
6 O'Shaquie Foster 19–2 (11 KO)
7 Héctor García 15–0 (10 KO)
8 Kenichi Ogawa 26-2-1 (18 KO)
9 Samir Ziani 33–3–1 (8 KO)
10 Eduardo Ramirez 26–2–3 (12 KO)

BoxRec

As of 12 June 2022.[6]

Rank Name Record Points Title(s)
1 Shakur Stevenson 18-0 (9 KO) 204.5 WBC, WBO
2 Oscar Valdez 30-1 (23 KO) 74.75
3 Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov 16–0–1 (13 KO) 63.64
4 O'Shaquie Foster 19–2 (11 KO) 52.74
5 Joe Cordina 15-0 (9 KO) 49.01 IBF
6 Zelfa Barrett 28–1–1 (18 KO) 35.57
7 Hector Garcia 15-0 (10 KO) 34.85
8 Kenichi Ogawa 26-2-1 (18 KO) 24.50
9 Kid Galahad 28-2 (17 KO) 23.31
10 Jono Carroll 22-2-1 (7 KO) 22.47

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 4 June 2022.
  6. ^ "BoxRec ratings: super featherweight, active". Retrieved 12 June 2022.