Middleweight

Middleweight is a weight class in combat sports.

BoxingEdit

ProfessionalEdit

In professional boxing, the middleweight division is contested above 154 lb (70 kg) and up to 160 lb (73 kg).

Early boxing history is less than exact, but the middleweight designation seems to have begun in the 1840s. In the bare-knuckle era, the first middleweight championship fight was between Tom Chandler and Dooney Harris in 1867. Chandler won, becoming known as the American middleweight champion. The first middleweight fight with gloves may have been between George Fulljames and Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey (no relation to the more famous heavyweight Jack Dempsey).

Current world championsEdit

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses Beaten opponents
WBA (Super) September 15, 2018   Canelo Álvarez[1][2] 53–1–2 (36 KO) 2 2
WBC April 21, 2018   Jermall Charlo 31–0–0 (22 KO) 3 3
IBF October 5, 2019   Gennady Golovkin 40–1–1 (35 KO) 0 0
WBO October 20, 2018   Demetrius Andrade 29–0–0 (18 KO) 3 3

Current interim champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses Beaten opponents
WBA December 7, 2019   Chris Eubank Jr. 29–2–0 (22 KO) 0 0

Current The Ring world rankingsEdit

As of November 22, 2020.[3]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record Title(s)
C   Canelo Alvarez 53–1–2 (36 KO) WBA
1   Gennady Golovkin 40–1–1 (35 KO) IBF
2   Demetrius Andrade 29–0 (18 KO) WBO
3   Jermall Charlo 31–0 (22 KO) WBC
4   Serhiy Derevyanchenko 13–3 (10 KO)
5   Ryōta Murata 16–2 (13 KO)
6   Kamil Szeremeta 21–0 (5 KO)
7   Chris Eubank Jr. 29–2 (22 KO)
8   Rob Brant 26–2 (18 KO)
9   Maciej Sulęcki 29–2 (11 KO)
10   Liam Williams 22–2–1 (17 KO)


Longest reigning world middleweight championsEdit

Below is a list of longest reigning middleweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

Rank Name Title Reign Title Recognition Successful Defenses Beaten opponents Fights
1.   Bernard Hopkins 10 years, 2 months, 18 days IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO 20 17 [4]
2.   Tommy Ryan 8 years, 7 months, 4 days World 6 6 [5][6]
3.   Tony Zale 6 years, 11 months, 24 days NBA (current WBA) 4 4 [7]
4.   Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 days WBA, WBC 14 11 [8][9]
5.   Marvelous Marvin Hagler 6 years, 7 months, 10 days WBC, WBA, IBF 12 10 [10]
6.   Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey 6 years, 6 months, 15 days World 2 2 [11]
7.   Felix Sturm 5 years, 4 months, 4 days WBA (Super) 12 11 [12]
8.   Gennady Golovkin 4 years, 3 months, 12 days WBA (Super), IBF, WBC 10 10 [13]
9.   Bob Fitzsimmons 3 years, 8 months, 12 days World 1 1 [14][15]
10.   Arthur Abraham 3 years, 7 months, 2 days IBF 10 10 [16]
  Active Title Reign
  Reign has ended

AmateurEdit

Olympic championsEdit

KickboxingEdit

LethweiEdit

In World Lethwei Championship Naimjon Tuhtaboyev is the Middleweight Champion.

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

In MMA, the middleweight division is from 171 lbs (77.5 kg) to 185 lbs (84 kg).

Anderson Silva is considered to be the greatest Middleweight MMA fighter of all time.[18]

TaekwondoEdit

Category Men's Women's Competitions Note
Middleweight 78–84 kg 67–72 kg World Championships, Continental Championships, Asian Games since 1999
Middleweight 76–83 kg 65–70 kg World Championships, Continental Championships, Asian Games until 1998
Middleweight 68–80 kg 57–67 kg Olympic Games, Pan Am Games, All-Africa Games

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alvarez edges Golovkin, becomes new middleweight champion". CBSnews.com. September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Alvarez wins narrow decision for middleweight title". APnews.com. September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Ring ratings: middleweight". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Professional boxing record: Bernard Hopkins". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Professional boxing record: Tommy Ryan". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Tommy Ryan, p. 242" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Tony Zale, p. 794" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Professional boxing record: Carlos Monzon". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Carlos Monzon, p. 608" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Professional boxing record: Marvin Hagler". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Professional boxing record: Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Professional boxing record: Felix Sturm". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Professional boxing record: Gennadiy Golovkin". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Professional boxing record: Bob Fitzsimmons". Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Bob Fitzsimmons, p. 128" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Professional boxing record: Arthur Abraham". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  17. ^ OFFICIAL GLORY RANKING Archived 2014-01-08 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Ten greatest middleweight fighters in MMA history: Anderson Silva is the division's clear GOAT".

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