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Lightweight is a weight class in the sports of boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and rowing.


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 Alexis Argüello, Henry Armstrong, Ken Buchanan, Tony Canzoneri, Pedro Carrasco, Joel Casamayor, Al "Bummy" Davis, Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Durán, Artur Grigorian, Joe Gans, Benny Leonard, Ray Mancini, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Juan Manuel Marquez, Sugar Shane Mosley, Miguel Ángel González, Carlos Ortiz, Edwin Valero, Pernell Whitaker, and Ike Williams.

Artur Grigorian holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 17 defenses of the WBO title.

Professional champions

Current champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefenses
WBASeptember 24, 2016Venezuela Jorge Linares42–3–0 (27 KO)1
WBCJanuary 28, 2017United States Mikey Garcia37–0–0 (30 KO)0
IBFSeptember 9, 2016United States Robert Easter Jr.20–0–0 (14 KO)2
WBOJuly 11, 2015United Kingdom Terry Flanagan33–0–0 (13 KO)5

Longest reigning lightweight champions

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

NameTitle ReignTitle recognitionSuccessful defenses
1.United States Benny Leonard7 years, 7 months, 17 daysWorld7
2.Uzbekistan Artur Grigorian7 years, 6 months, 20 daysWBO17
3.Republic of Ireland Jack McAuliffe6 years, 7 months, 12 daysWorld3
4.Panama Roberto Durán6 years, 7 months, 5 daysWBA12
5.United States Ike Williams6 years, 1 month, 7 daysWorld5
6.United States Joe Gans6 years, 27 daysWorld10
7.United States Joe Brown (boxer)5 years, 7 months, 27 daysWorld11
8.Mexico Miguel Vazquez4 years, 29 daysIBF6
9.United States Sammy Mandel4 years, 14 daysNBA2
10.United States Paul Spadafora3 years, 10 monthsIBF7

Amateur boxing


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).[1]

Mixed martial arts

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


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 Coxless Four and Double Scull, and a women's lightweight Double Scull.


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