Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports. For boxing the range is above 115 pounds and up to 118 pounds. In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 kg ' and 55 kg '. In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds.
The name for the class is derived from bantam chickens.


Bantamweight is a class in boxing for boxers who weigh above 115 pounds and up to 118 pounds.



The first title fight with gloves was between Chappie Moran and Ray Lewis in 1889. At that time, the limit for this weight class was 110 pounds. In 1910, however, the British settled on a limit of 118.

Current world champions

Sanctioning bodyReign beganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA November 7, 2019 Naoya Inoue19–0 00
WBCJanuary 19, 2019 Nordine Oubaali17–0 22
IBFMay 18, 2019 Naoya Inoue19–0 11
WBONovember 30, 2019 Johnriel Casimero29–4 00

Current ''The Ring'' world rankings

As of ,.
RankNameRecord Title
C Naoya Inoue19–0 WBA, IBF
1 Nonito Donaire40–6
2 Nordine Oubaali17–0 WBC
3 John Riel Casimero29–4 WBO
4 Emmanuel Rodríguez19–1
5 Zolani Tete28–4
6 Jason Moloney19–1
7 Joshua Greer Jr.22–1–1
8 Takuma Inoue13–1
9 Guillermo Rigondeaux20–1
10 Oscar Negrete19–2–2

Longest reigning world bantamweight champions

Below is a list of longest reigning bantamweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. Career total time as champion does not apply.
NameTitle reignTitle recognitionSuccessful defensesBeaten opponentsFights
1. Anselmo Moreno6 years, 3 months, 26 daysWBA1211
2. Veeraphol Sahaprom6 years, 3 months, 17 daysWBC1411
3. Orlando Canizales6 years, 3 months, 16 daysIBF1615
4. Shinsuke Yamanaka5 years, 9 months, 9 daysWBC1211
5. Tim Austin5 years, 6 months, 26 daysIBF99
6. Hozumi Hasegawa5 years, 14 daysWBC1010
7. Panama Al Brown4 years, 9 months, 28 daysNYSAC, NBA, IBU108
8. Eder Jofre4 years, 6 monthsNBA, WBA, WBC88
9. Manuel Ortiz4 years, 4 months, 29 daysWorld1511


Olympic Champions

In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 kg and 55 kg. However, some governing bodies have slightly different classes. For example, the International Kickboxing Federation Bantamweight division is 117.1 lbs.–122 lbs. or 53.22 kg–55.45 kg.

Mixed Martial Arts

In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds.

Muay Thai

In Muay Thai, bantamweight is 115–118 pounds. A notable Muai Thai bantamweight fighter is Randy Thong Phoun Phim.


Wrestling also has similar weight classes including bantamweight.