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First Champion
1886 British Chappie Moran
1887 English Tommy Kelly
1891 Commonwealth
(British Empire)
Billy Plimmer
1911 World Johnny Coulon
1915 NBA Kid Williams
1920 NYSAC Joe Lynch
1962 WBA Eder Jofre
1963 WBC Eder Jofre
1984 IBF Satoshi Shingaki
1989 WBO Israel Contreras
  • The maximum weight for this division is 118 pounds (53.5 kg or 8 stone 6 lbs).
  • One of the Traditional Eight Divisions: [1]


The earliest recorded mention of a boxing bantamweight was in the 1850s, and covered all weights up to 116 lbs prior to the introduction of the flyweight class. The bantamweight division was first established in 1889 by the Amateur Boxing Association of England Ltd (ABA). Originally, under the London Prize Ring Rules, the weight division was 105 pounds (47.6 kg or 7½ stone). In 1880, under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules, it increased to 112 pounds (50.8 kg or 8 stone) and then to 115 pounds (52.2 kg or 8 stone 3 lbs) in 1890.

Weight Limit Variations

1898 - Weight class was set at 116 pounds (52.7 kg or 8 stone 4 lbs)
1904 - 118-pound limit adopted in England
1909 - London's National Sporting Club (NSC) adopted 118 pounds (53.5 kg or 8 stone 6 lbs)
1920 - Solidified by the New York Walker Law for standardized weight divisions and endorsed by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) and sanctioned by the National Boxing Association (NBA)

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