Welterweight is a weight class in combat sports. Originally the term "welterweight" was used only in boxing, but other combat sports like Muay Thai, taekwondo, and mixed martial arts also use it for their own weight division system to classify the opponents. In most sports that use it, welterweight is heavier than lightweight but lighter than middleweight.

Etymology

The first known instance of the term is from 1831, meaning "heavyweight horseman," later "boxer or wrestler of a certain weight" by 1896. This sense comes from earlier "welter" "heavyweight horseman or boxer" from 1804, possibly from "welt", meaning "to beat severely", from c. 15th century.[1]

Boxing

Professional boxing

A professional welterweight boxer's weight is greater than 140 pounds (≈63 kg), but no more than 147 pounds (≈67 kg).[2]

Current world champions

Main article: List of world welterweight boxing champions

Current champions

Sanctioning body Reign began Champion Record Defenses
WBA April 16, 2022 Errol Spence Jr. 28–0 (22 KO) 0
WBC September 28, 2019 Errol Spence Jr. 28–0 (22 KO) 2
IBF May 27, 2017 Errol Spence Jr. 28–0 (22 KO) 5
WBO June 9, 2018 Terence Crawford 38–0 (29 KO) 5

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of 16 April 2022.[3]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record Title(s)
C vacant
1 Errol Spence Jr. 28–0 (22 KO) WBC, IBF, WBA
2 Terence Crawford 38–0 (29 KO) WBO
3 Yordenis Ugás 27–5 (12 KO)
4 Jaron Ennis 28–0–0–1 (26 KO)
5 Vergil Ortiz Jr. 19–0 (19 KO)
6 Eimantas Stanionis 14-0-0-1 (9 KO)
7 Keith Thurman 30–1 (22 KO)
8 David Avanesyan 29-3-1 (17 KO)
9 Conor Benn 21–0 (14 KO)
10 Radzhab Butaev 14–1 (11 KO)
BoxRec

As of 11 April 2022.[4]

Rank Name Record Points Title(s)
1 Terence Crawford 38–0 (29 KO) 513.6 WBO
2 Errol Spence Jr. 28–0 (22 KO) 442.3 WBC, IBF, WBA
3 Keith Thurman 30–1 (22 KO) 155.7
4 Yordenis Ugas 27–5 (12 KO) 139.4
5 Kell Brook 40–3 (28 KO) 100.4
6 Mikey Garcia 40–2 (30 KO) 82.77
7 Vergil Ortiz Jr. 19–0 (19 KO) 79.61
8 Cody Crowley 21–0 (9 KO) 71.90
9 David Avanesyan 29–3–1 (17 KO) 70.84
10 Jaron Ennis 28–0 (26 KO) 46.31

Longest reigning world welterweight champions

Below is a list of longest reigning welterweight 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. Félix Trinidad 6 years, 8 months, 14 days IBF 15 15 [5]
2. Errol Spence Jr. 5 years, 5 months and 4 weeks IBF, WBC 6 5 [6]
3. Antonio Margarito 5 years, 3 months, 28 days WBO 7 7 [7]
4. Ike Quartey 4 years, 7 months, 30 days WBA 7 7 [8]
5. José Nápoles 4 years, 6 months, 2 days WBA, WBC 10 8 [9]
6. Terence Crawford 4 years, 5 months, 2 weeks and 1 day WBO 5 5 [10]
7. Sugar Ray Robinson 4 years, 1 month, 26 days NYSAC, NBA 5 5 [11]
8. Floyd Mayweather Jr. 4 years, 1 month, 18 days WBC 5 4 [12]
9. Pernell Whitaker 4 years, 1 month, 6 days WBC 8 7 [13]
10. Pipino Cuevas 4 years and 16 days WBA 11 10 [14]

Top 10 most title defenses

Below is a list of most title defenses of welterweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's reign with the most title defenses. Career total title defenses as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

Name Title reign Title recognition Successful defenses Beaten opponents Fights
1. Henry Armstrong 2 years, 4 months, 3 days NYSAC, NBA, Ring 19 15 [15]
2. Félix Trinidad 6 years, 8 months, 14 days IBF 15 15 [5]
3. Pipino Cuevas 4 years and 16 days WBA 11 10 [14]
4. José Nápoles 4 years, 6 months, 2 days WBA, WBC, Ring 10 8 [9]
5. Jack Britton 3 years, 7 months, 13 days World 9 8 [16][17]
6. Pernell Whitaker 4 years, 1 month, 6 days WBC 8 7 [13]
7. Simon Brown 3 years, 7 months, 6 days IBF 8 8 [18]
8. Kid Gavilán 3 years, 5 months, 2 days NYSAC, NBA, Ring 7 6 [18]
9. Donald Curry 3 years, 7 months, 14 days WBA 7 7 [19]
10. Ike Quartey 4 years, 7 months, 30 days WBA 7 7 [8]

Amateur boxing

Olympic champions

Main article: List of Olympic medalists in welterweight boxing

The current Olympic male welterweight division is set at 64–69 kg (141–152 lb).[2]

Kickboxing

The weight division system is different in each organisation, so the kickboxing weight divisions of some international organizations vary:

Mixed martial arts

Main article: Welterweight (MMA)

The welterweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[24] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[25] is 155 to 170 lb (70.3 to 77.1 kg).

Current champions

This table is not always up to date. Last updated August 21, 2022.

Organization Reign began Champion Record Defenses
UFC August 20, 2022 England Leon Edwards 20–3 (7KO 3SUB) 0
Bellator MMA June 11, 2021 Ukraine Yaroslav Amosov 26–0 (9KO 10SUB) 0
ONE Championship October 25, 2019 Kyrgyzstan Kiamrian Abbasov 23–5 (8KO 4SUB) 1
Fight Nights Global September 17, 2021 Azerbaijan Nariman Abbasov 27–3 (11KO 5SUB) 0
KSW October 6, 2018 Croatia Roberto Soldić 20–3 (17KO 1SUB) 2
Titan FC March 15, 2019 United States Michael Graves 9–1 (4KO 2SUB) 1
ACA April 26, 2019 Russia Albert Tumenov 22–4 (14KO) 1
Legacy Fighting Alliance August 21, 2020 United States Jaleel Willis 13–2 (5KO) 0
Cage Warriors TBA vacant TBA 0

Other sports

Other sports to include a welterweight division include the following,

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