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First Champion
1850 English John Moneghan
1884 BBBoC (British) Jem Cauney
1886 American Jack McAuliffe
1886 World Jack McAuliffe
1912 Commonwealth
(British Empire)
Freddie Welsh
1940 NBA Sammy Angott
1942 NYSAC Beau Jack
1962 WBA Carlos Ortiz
1963 WBC Carlos Ortiz
1984 IBF Charlie Brown
1989 WBO Mauricio Aceves
  • The maximum weight for this division is 135 pounds (61.2 kg or 9 stone 9 lbs).
  • One of the traditional eight divisions.

The lightweight division was initially created in 1738 by Jack Broughton for any fighter whose weight was less than 160 pounds (72.6 kg or 11 stone 6 lbs). Under the London Prize Ring Rules of 1838, the weight class ranged from 130-150 pounds. In 1889, the Amateur Boxing Association of England Ltd (ABA) established the limit as 140 pounds (63.5 kg or 10 stone) and in 1909 London's National Sporting Club (NSC) modified the limit as 135 pounds (61.2 kg or 9 stone 9 lbs).

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