Category:Junior Welterweight Division

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Junior Welterweight (Super Lightweight/Light Welterweight) Division

This division, contested at 135 to 140lbs, first came into prominence in 1922 when Pinkey Mitchell was proclaimed world champion on 15 November after the result of a ‘poll’ taken by a weekly boxing magazine in Minneapolis called the Boxing Blade. There had been 20 names in the hat and 766,000 casting votes, many of them coming from outside America, but it was Mitchell who led the way with 100,800 to Harvey Thorpe’s 60,400. Following that, on 16 November 1922 it was announced that the publisher would be awarding Mitchell a diamond studded belt emblematic of the junior welterweight championship of the world that he would be asked to defend every six months against a selected opponent in the name of the National Boxing Association. Unfortunately, the NBA - which had been formed on 10 January 1921 when Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Toronto came together as a group - failed to reach agreement among its membership at their convention in January 1923, as to whether they should even support a 140lbs weight class let alone recognise Mitchell as its champion. This decision left Wisconsin in the invidious position of operating the championship without the support of the NBA and although threatening to withdraw from the Association it made no difference

Weight Band

135lbs to 140lbs






1973-11-01 Bruno Arcari w co 5 (15) Jorgen Hansen, KB Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark. Referee: Raymond Baldeyrou. Despite opening up cautiously, the southpaw champion stepped up the pace in the second round and although Hansen (137¾) did well in the third he was unable to unlock his opponent’s defence. Dropped by short left to the jaw in the fifth, Hansen tried to rally before being badly hurt by another solid left and being forced to hold on as Arcari (138) went to town. After the referee managed to break the pair, almost immediately Arcari connected with a heavy right and Hansen crashed down to be counted out. The 1987 Ring Record Book showed Hansen to weigh 141lbs, but having looked at the papers of the day the fight was clearly recognised as a defence for Arcari, with the above weights officially announced.

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