Listed below are all the various boxing weight classes and divisions – from the heaviest down to the lightest. The naming convention used are those provided by the WBC and WBA – for the IBF and WBO naming terms, please see the footnote at the bottom of the page.
The figures stated are the limits for each weight class, meaning to compete at Cruiserweight a boxer must weigh-in at under 200 lb.
|Heavyweight||No Limit||No Limit||No Limit|
|Cruiserweight||200 lb||14st 4 lb||90.7 kg|
|Light Heavyweight||175 lb||12st 7 lb||79.3 kg|
|Super Middleweight||168 lb||12st||76.2 kg|
|Middleweight||160 lb||11st 6 lb||72.5 kg|
|Super Welterweight||154 lb||11st||69.8 kg|
|Welterweight||147 lb||10st 7 lb||66.6 kg|
|Super Lightweight||140 lb||10st||63.5 kg|
|Lightweight||135 lb||9st 9 lb||61.2 kg|
|Super Featherweight||130 lb||9st 4 lb||58.9 kg|
|Featherweight||126 lb||9st||57.1 kg|
|Super Bantamweigth||122 lb||8st 10 lb||55.3 kg|
|Bantamweight||118 lb||8st 6 lb||53.5 kg|
|Super Flyweight||115 lb||8st 3 lb||52.1 kg|
|Flyweight||112 lb||8st||50.8 kg|
|Light Flyweight||108 lb||7st 10 lb||48.9 kg|
|Minimum Weight||105 lb||7st 7 lb||47.6 kg|
Alternative Naming Conventions
|WBC & WBA Name||IBF & WBO Name|
|Super Welterweight||Junior Middleweight|
|Super Lightweight||Junior Welterweight|
|Super Featherweight||Junior Lightweight|
|Super Bantamweight||Junior Featherweight|
|Super Flyweight||Junior Bantamweight|
|Light Flyweight||Junior Flyweight|
|Minimum Weight||Mini Flyweight|
Boxing Weight Classes and Divisions
FACT: Originally there were only eight weight classes / weight divisions in boxing: Heavyweight (No Limit); Light Heavyweight (12 st 11 lbs Limit); Middleweight (11 st 6 lbs Limit); Welterweight (10 st 7 lbs Limit); Lightweight (9 st 9 lbs Limit); Featherweight (9 st Limit); Bantamweight (8 st 6 lbs Limit); Flyweight (8 st Limit).
FACT: Catch Weight contests are becoming more popular in the modern era. This is where a boxer from a lower division agrees to fight a boxer in the division above, but the weight limit of the higher division is lowered. This forces the heavier boxer to weigh-in lighter than normal and thus bridge the gap between the two divisions. Historically, Catch Weight contests did not qualify as title fights. However, in recent times there has been a growing trend among the governing bodies to sanction such bouts as genuine title fights.