Boxing lingo 101: Male weight divisions

May 15, 2021

It is widely known that the sport of boxing categorises its competitors by weight, but how many of those divisions could you name? And which one would you compete within?

In the past only a total of eight weight categories were recognised in the male sport, but since 2015 a standardised set of 17 classes has existed.

Check out our list below – ordered from lightest weight to heaviest – to test your knowledge on the names of the male divisions, the weights, and the current champions.

Mini-Flyweight

Maximum weight: 105 pounds / 47.6 kilograms

Current champion: Thammanoon Niyomtrong (WBA), Panya Pradabsri (WBC), Rene Mark Cuarto (IBF), Wilfredo Méndez (WBO)

Junior Flyweight / Light Flyweight 

Maximum weight: 108 pounds / 49 kilograms

Current champion: Hiroto Kyoguchi (WBA), Kenshiro Teraji (WBC), Felix Alvarado (IBF), Elwin Soto (WBO)

Flyweight

Maximum weight: 112 pounds / 50.8 kilograms

Current champion: Artem Dalakian (WBA), Julio Cesar Martinez (WBC), McWilliams Arroyo (WBC interim), Sunny Edwards (IBF), Junto Nakatani (WBO)

Junior Bantamweight / Super Flyweight

Maximum weight: 115 pounds / 52.2 kilograms

Current champion: Juan Francisco Estrada (WBA), Jerwin Ancajas (IBF), Kazuto Ioka (WBO)

Bantamweight

Maximum weight: 118 pounds / 53.5 kilograms

Current champion: Naoya Inoue (WBA, IBF), Nordine Oubaali (WBC), Reymart Gaballo (WBC interim), Johnriel Casimero (WBO)

Junior Featherweight / Super Bantamweight

Maximum weight: 122 pounds / 55.3 kilograms

Current champion: Murodjon Akhmadaliev (WBA, IBF), Brandon Figueroa (WBC), Stephen Fulton (WBO)

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Featherweight

Maximum weight: 126 pounds / 57.2 kilograms

Current champion: Léo Santa Cruz (WBA), Gary Russell Jr. (WBC), Emanuel Navarrete (WBO)

Junior Lightweight / Super Featherweight

Maximum weight: 130 pounds / 59 kilograms

Current champion: Gervonta Davis (WBA), Oscar Valdez (WBC), Jamel Herring (WBO)

Lightweight

Maximum weight: 135 pounds / 61.2 kilograms

Current champion: Teófimo López (WBA, WBC, WBO), Devin Haney (WBC)

Junior Welterweight / Light Welterweight

Maximum weight: 140 pounds / 63.5 kilograms

Current champion: Josh Taylor (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) 

Welterweight

Maximum weight: 147 pounds / 66.7 kilograms

Current champion: Yordenis Ugás (WBA), Errol Spence Jr. (WBC, IBF), Terence Crawford (WBO)

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Junior Middleweight / Super Welterweight

Maximum weight: 154 pounds / 69.9 kilograms

Current champion: Jermell Charlo (WBA, WBC, IBF), Brian Castaño (WBO)

Middleweight

Maximum weight: 160 pounds / 72.6 kilograms

Current champion: Ryōta Murata (WBA), Jermall Charlo (WBC), Gennady Golovkin (IBF), Demetrius Andrade (WBO)

Super Middleweight

Maximum weight: 168 pounds / 76.2 kilograms

Current champion: Canelo Álvarez (WBA, WBC, WBO), Caleb Plant (IBF)

Light Heavyweight

Maximum weight: 175 pounds / 79.4 kilograms

Current champion: Dmitry Bivol (WBA), Artur Beterbiev (WBC, IBF), Joe Smith Jr. (WBO)

Junior Heavyweight / Cruiserweight

Maximum weight: 200 pounds / 90.9 kilograms

Current champion: Arsen Goulamirian (WBA), Ilunga Makabu (WBC), Mairis Briedis (IBF), Lawrence Okolie (WBO)

Heavyweight

Maximum weight: Unlimited (200 pounds +, 90.9 kilograms +)

Current champion: Anthony Joshua (WBA, IBF, WBO), Tyson Fury (WBC), Dillian Whyte (WBC interim)

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