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The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

Updated 4 May 2020 3.5k votes 796 voters 20.4k views51 items

List RulesOnly professional flyweight class boxers (108-112 lbs) recognized by WBA, WBC, IBF or WBO.

List of the best flyweight boxers of all time, from all over the world including the US, Thailand, Mexico, Hungary, Japan, the Philippines, the UK and more. Top flyweight boxing champions include professional fighters weighing above 108 lb (49 kg) and up to 112 lb (52 kg). Those are the limits of the flyweight boxing category agreed upon by four of the best-known sanctioning organizations: the World Boxing Association (WBA), the World Boxing Council (WBC), the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

Just like with the best heavyweight boxers of all time and the best lightweight boxers of all time, there are a few favorites among these elite fighters that come to mind when discussing the top boxers in the featherweight division. Jimmy Wilde, Pancho Villa and Miguel Canto are widely considered to be some of the best and most legendary flyweight boxers of all time. Manny Pacquiao is another popular flyweight boxing champion - he is considered to be one of the best professional boxers of all time, has competed in 8 weight classes including the flyweight division. 

The flyweight division was the last of boxing's eight traditional weight classes to be established. Before 1909, anyone below featherweight was considered a bantamweight, regardless of how small the boxer. In 1911, the organization that eventually became the British Boxing Board of Control held a match that crowned Sid Smith as the first flyweight champion of the world. Jimmy Wilde, who reigned from 1914 to 1923, was the first fighter recognized both in Britain and the United States as a flyweight champion.

Boxing, like other combat sports, is divided into weight classes in an effort to match fighters of similar physical characteristics against each other. Without weight classes it would be difficult to determine whether a fighter was being unfairly pitted against a larger or stronger opponent, and would potentially present an advantage to the heavier-weighted player. This is a complete list of the best boxing champions to ever fight in the flyweight class.
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