Welterweight is a weight class division in combat sports. Originally the term "welterweight" was used only in boxing, but other combat sports like kickboxing, taekwondo and mixed martial arts also began to use it for their own weight division system. In most sports that use it, welterweight is heavier than lightweight but lighter than middleweight.
A welterweight boxer weighs in greater than 140 pounds (63.5 kilos), but not greater than 147 pounds (66.7kilos).
Henry Armstrong holds the division record for most title defenses at 18. Freddie Cochran was the longest reigning champion, holding the title four years, six months, and three days (although José Nápoles comes in a close second at four years, six months, and two days). Sugar Ray Robinson is generally considered to be the greatest welterweight of all time.
Notable fighters who have fought as welterweights include Barney Ross, Jackie Fields, Johar Abu Lashin, Ted "Kid" Lewis, Jimmy McLarnin, Jack Britton, Henry Armstrong, Fritzie Zivic, Sugar Ray Robinson, Kid Gavilan, Carmen Basilio, Emile Griffith, José Nápoles, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Durán, Julio César Chávez, Pernell Whitaker, Félix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Ike Quartey, Shane Mosley, Vernon Forrest, [ab Judah, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ricky Hatton, Arturo Gatti, Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao.
- 1904 – Albert Young (USA)
- 1920 – Bert Schneider (CAN)
- 1924 – Jean Delarge (BEL)
- 1928 – Ted Morgan (NZL)
- 1932 – Edward Flynn (USA)
- 1936 – Ted Morgan (NZL)
- 1948 – Július Torma (TCH)
- 1952 – Zygmunt Chychła (POL)
- 1956 – Nicolae Linca (ROU)
- 1960 – Giovanni Benvenuti (ITA)
- 1964 – Marian Kasprzyk (POL)
- 1968 – Manfred Wolke (GDR)
- 1972 – Emilio Correa (CUB)
- 1976 – Jochen Bachfeld (GDR)
- 1980 – Andrés Aldama (CUB)
- 1984 – Mark Breland (USA)
- 1988 – Robert Wangila (KEN)
- 1992 – Michael Carruth (IRL)
- 1996 – Oleg Saitov (RUS)
- 2000 – Oleg Saitov (RUS)
- 2004 – Bakhtiyar Artayev (KAZ)
- 2008 – Bakhyt Sarsekbayev (KAZ)
- 2010 – Patrick Gallagher (NIR)
Professional Boxing Champions
|Sanctioning Body||Reign Began||Champion||Record||Defenses|
|WBA||10 April 2009||Vyacheslav Senchenko||31-0 (20 KO)||2|
|WBC||16 April 2011||Victor Ortiz||29-2-2 (22 KO)||0|
|IBF||11 December 2009||Dejan Zavec||31-1-0-1 (18 KO)||3|
|WBO||13 November 2010||Manny Pacquiao||53-3-2 (38 KO)||2|
The weight division system is different in each organisation. So the kickboxing weight divisions of some international organisations vary:
- International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Welterweight (Pro & Amateur) 142.1 lbs. - 147 lbs.(64.6 kg - 66.8 kg).
- World Kickboxing Association (WKA) fixed 140–147 pounds (63.5–67 kg) for welterweight.
- International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) set 142.1–147 pounds (64.6–66.8 kg) for welterweight.
Muay Thai has fixed its weight division as similar to boxing. According to World Muay Thai Council (WMC), its welter weight is from 140 pounds (63.5 kg) to 147 pounds (66.6 kg). And World Muay Thai Federation (WMF) which is the official amateur organization fixed from 63.5 to 67 kg for adult. The Junior category is the same as adult.
- International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Muay Thai Welterweight (Pro & Amateur) 142.1 lbs. - 147 lbs.(64.59 kg - 66.8 kg).
The official rules of shoot boxing define welterweights as between 65 and 67 kg (143.3 to 147.7 lb).
Mixed martial arts
- International Sport Combat Federation ISCF: Welterweight: 155.1 to 170 lbs. / 70.45.1 kg - 77.27 kg
In the sport of olympic taekwondo, welterweight falls between 74 and 80 kg. At the weight classes for the olympic games it is between 68 and 80 kg.
According to the National Physique Association, in bodybuilding a welterweight weighs more than 154.25 lbs and not more than 165.25 lbs.<ref>NPC Nationals Website</ref>
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