Category:Bantamweight Division

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Bantamweight Division

Named after the bantam cock, a ferocious bird from the illegal sport of cock fighting, the weight class goes back to the days of the London Prize Ring. However, the earliest recorded information uncovered is in 1856 when an American bare-fist fighter, Charley Lynch, weighing around 112lbs, arrived in England to fight Simon Finighty. After 95 rounds, Finighty was declared the winner but then lost the title after 43 rounds of a return engagement in November 1859. Next came three Britons – Billy Shaw (1860), George Holden (1861) and Peter Morris (1862). Eventually, after running out of opposition on this side of the Atlantic Morris went to America, but unable to raise a challenge there either he retired undefeated in 1870, being one of the few bare-knuckle fighters to do so

In 1872, with glove fighting becoming popular in Britain under Marquess of Queensberry Rules (MoQ Rules), George Dove beat Jerry Hawkes on points over five rounds to win the Bow Cup at the Prince of Wales Running Grounds, Bow, London. The weight the men fought at was 116lbs. Having successfully defended the cup when knocking Hawkes out in the second round in August 1877, little more is heard of Dove, apart from his death being reported in December 1895.

Weight Band/Amendments

All weights up to 116lbs (December 1877 to August 1888)

All weights up to 114lbs (With Cal McCarthy coming to the fore in America, by the end of August 1888 the 114/115lbs weight class was generally recognised by those running boxing in America as belonging to the featherweights. However, 105lbs was still seen by many in the country as being the limit, which caused much confusion for several years when trying to match the best men on either side of the Atlantic)

All weights up to 116lbs (By the end of 1891, 114/115lbs was once again seen as belonging to the bantamweight class by the majority of Americans)

All weights up to 118lbs (With Joe Bowker meeting Bill King for the English 118lbs title on 5 October 1903, the boxing establishment in Britain recognised 118lbs as belonging to the former’s bantam claim at this moment in time)

112lbs to 118lbs (At a meeting of the NSC on 11 February 1909, it was formally decided to introduce a new weight division below the bantams and recommended that the 112lbs limit would be set aside for ‘flyweights’. It was also announced that the bantamweight limit would stand at 118lbs, despite the American bantam limit being generally seen as 116lbs at that time)

115lbs to 118lbs (On 2 February 1980, the WBC’s newly-formed 115lbs weight class gained its first champion in Rafael Orono

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