By Stevie Adams / in , , /

Welterweight is a weight class in combat
sports. Originally the term “welterweight” was used only in boxing,
but other combat sports like Muay Thai, taekwondo and mixed martial arts also
use it for their own weight division system to classify the opponents. In
most sports that use it, welterweight is heavier than lightweight but lighter
than middleweight. Boxing
=Professional boxing=A welterweight boxer’s weight is greater
than 63.5 kg, but less than 67 kg. Henry Armstrong holds the record for the
most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 19 defenses of the lineal
title. Professional champions
Current champions Current The Ring magazine welterweight
rankings Updated 4 August 2015=Amateur boxing=
Olympic champions The current Olympic male welterweight
division is set at 64–69 kg. Kickboxing
The weight division system is different in each organisation, so the kickboxing
weight divisions of some international organizations vary:
International Kickboxing Federation, welterweight 142.1 lbs. – 147 lbs.(64.6
kg – 66.8 kg) International Sport Karate Association,
welterweight 142.1–147 pounds World Kickboxing Association,
welterweight upper limit 147.4 pounds In Glory promotion, a welterweight
division is up to 77 kg. Mixed martial arts
The welterweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and
the Association of Boxing Commissions is 155 pounds to 170 pounds.
Other sports Other sports to include a welterweight
division include the following, Muay Thai has fixed its weight division
similarly to boxing. International Kickboxing Federation:
Muay Thai Welterweight 142.1 lbs. – 147 lbs.(64.59 kg – 66.8 kg)
World Muay Thai Council, welterweight range is from 140 pounds to 147 pounds
World Muay Thai Federation, the official amateur organization, fixed welterweight
from 63.5 to 67 kg for adult; the junior category is the same as adult
The official rules of shoot boxing define welterweights as between 65 and
67 kg. In Olympic taekwondo, welterweight falls
between 74 and 80 kg. At the weight classes for the Olympic games it is
between 68 and 80 kg. References and notes
^ a b “Classes & Divisions”. HolyTrinityBoxing.com. Retrieved 17
April 2013. ^ “IKF WEIGHT CLASSES”.
IKFKickboxing.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
ISKAWorldHQ.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
^ “WKA USA – Official Rulebook”. WKAUSA.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
^ “Fighters Rankings”. gloryworldseries.com.
^ “Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 – UNARMED COMBAT”.
http:www.leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
^ “UNIFIED RULES OF MMA”. ABCBoxing.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15.

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