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Minimumweight Division     Weight: 105 or less

History

Minimumweight, also known as mini flyweight, light flyweight, or strawweight that tops out at 105 pounds. The division actually started, not in the professional ranks but rather in the Olympics. The weight class was not recognized in profesional boxing until 1987. when the IBF sanctioned Kyung-Yun Lee as its title holder. The WBC, the WBA, and the WBO quickly fell in line and inagurated their own 105 pound division.

The division originally produced a number of excellent fighters like Hi Yong Choi, Ivan Calderon, but the 105-pounders failed to capture the attention of mainstream boxing fans. It wasn't until the Minimumweight's first truly great fighter, Ricardo Lopez, "El Finito", came along. By the end of his career, Lopez had breached the "best in boxing history" instead of just in the division.

If you wonder what Lopez did to deserve such an honor consider that (1) he is the only fighter in the weight class to hold two major titles, holding the light-flyweight crown, along with the minimumweight bauble, (2) finished his career undefeated at 51-0-1, and (3) won all 21 of his title defenses.

The draw on Lopez' sterling record came about when Lopez faced another excellent 105-pound boxer, Rosendo Alvarez. Lopez narrowly avenged the draw by earning a split decision in the rematch. For Alvarez to hold the great "El Finito" to a draw (which, of course, many felt Alvarez had won) and then to lose by a split decision spells out Rosendo's talents. Had Lopez not been around, Rosendo Alvarez might be considered the best minimumweight of all time.

Chayaphon Moonsri, also known by the name of Wanheng Meenayothin, recently retired (1922) with a record of 55-3-0 with 19 wins by way of knockout.

The division is still relatively ignored, in part because it remains the only division never to have had an American World Champion. The minimumweights are the domain of fighters from Latin American and Asia, nationalities that produce smaller than average men. 

Carded Minimumweights

  CARDED  

 

Jose Antonio Aguirre

Rosendo Alvarez

Noel Arambulet

Miguel Barrera

Isaac Bustos

Ivan Calderon

Hi Yong Choi

On Doowiset

Joma Gamboa

Kermin Guardia

Keitaro Hoshino

Kittipong Jaigrajang

Nkosinathi Joyi

Eagle Den Junlaphan

Napa Kiatwanchai

Bong Jun Kim

Yasutaka Kuroki

Juan Landaeta

Roberto Leyva

Rocky Lin

Ricardo Lopez

Domingo Lucas

Ronnie Magramo

Manny Melchor

Hiroshi Nakajima

Donny Nietes

Yutaka Niida

Zolani Petelo

Anucha Phothong

Chana Porpaoin

Muhammad Rachman

Daniel Reyes

Surachai Saengmorakot

Alex Sanchez

Somporn Seeta

Samuth Sithnaruepol

Andy Tabanas

Thongchai Utaida

Ala Villamor

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Thammannoon Niyomtrong

Chayaphon Moonsri

Hideyuki Ohashi

Eagle Den Juniaphan

Thongchai Utaida

Muhammad Rachman

Kam Motma

Junichiro Kanea

Fahsang Pongsawang

Keitaro Hoshino

Khulile Makeba

Chaozhong Xiong

Zukisani Kwayiba

Teruo Misawa

Lindi Memani

Rey Loreto

Mongkol Charoen

Hiroshi Matsumoto

Kyung Yun Lee

Shinichi Tamaki

Hiroyuki Abe

Hiroshi Nakajima

Ryuji Hara

Makoto Suzuki

Nico Thomas

Mtutuzeli Nene

Macario Santos

Toshikazu Waga

Joey Canoy

Tatsuya Fukuhara

Jose Garcia Bernal

Aswin Sithlakmuang

Takuya Mitamura

Satoru Abe

Toshihiro Nakashima

Wolf Tokimtsu

Edmund Villamor

Kwanjai 3K Battery

Ekawit Singchachawan

Bongani Mfundisi

Samuel Salva

Jing Xiang

Jae Won Kim

Abraham Rodriguez

Rene Mark Cuarto

Julio Cesar Felix

Henri Amol

Lee Sandoval

Edwardo Ray Marquez

Carlos Mario Eluaiza

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