Quick Reference Guide to Weight Classes/Title Belts

 

Noel A. Muro

July 21, 2018

 

Not many people know what certain terms in boxing are.  Myself being one of them before, and many in the fighting business at one point in their lives.

I can’t go through every single term and rule, but the one thing people seem to ask most about is “what are the weights?” otherwise, what do they mean, and what are the belts about?

Well I will post a quick reference guide for all of you who need it and you can see what these weights and belts (titles, sanctioning bodies) mean.

 

The Belts

In a nutshell there are four main sanctioning bodies in the world of boxing, the IBF, WBC, WBA, and the WBO. These sanctioning bodies have different rules and regulations and have their own ranking systems that can mandate a champion to fight the next top contender for the belt.

The bodies will charge a percentage from fighters to sanction the fight if it is a title fight thus making the fight more appealing to viewers, fellow contenders, and champions.

There are other belts that are out there and the main four have versions of their title belts that are below the World Championship caliber.

Other helpful terms in relation to titles:

Unify- When a title holder fights another champion they will “unify” their titles.

Undisputed- When a fighter in a weight class wins and holds all four belts they become the “undisputed champion”.

 

The IBF (International Boxing Federation) World Championship Belt is red with white trim and gold.

Photo by; Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

 

The WBA (World Boxing Association)  World Championship Belt is black with burgundy trim and gold.

Photo by Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

 

The WBO (World Boxing Organization) World Championship Belt is burgundy with white trim gold/blue.

Photo by: Stacey Verbeek/Frank Warren

 

The WBC (World Boxing Council) World Championship Belt is bright green with gold.

Photo by Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Weight Classes

Weight Classes
Minimumweight Limit of 105 lbs
Light Flyweight Limit of 108 lbs
Flyweight Limit of 112 lbs
Super Flyweight Limit of 115 lbs
Bantamweight Limit of 118 lbs
Super Bantamweight Limit of 122 lbs
Featherweight Limit of 126 lbs
Super Featherweight/ Jr. Lightweight Limit of 130 lbs
Lightweight Limit of 135 lbs
Super Lightweight/ Jr. Welterweight Limit of 140 lbs
Welterweight Limit of 147 lbs
Super Welterweight/ Jr. Middleweight Limit of 154 lbs
Middleweight Limit of 160 lbs
Super Middleweight Limit of 168 lbs
Light Heavyweight Limit of 175 lbs
Cruiserweight Limit of 200 lbs
Heavyweight 200 lbs +

 

There are many more terms, rules and regulations out there and great sources of information available that you can go find and research.

This was created by request to help clarify some of the basic terms in boxing.  Hope this helps!

 

 

 

 

 

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