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Middleweight is a weight class in combat sports.

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BoxingEdit

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).

Gennady Golovkin and Bernard Hopkins hold the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 20 defenses.[1][2]

Professional championsEdit

Current male champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) September 15, 2018   Canelo Álvarez[3][4] 51–1–2 (35 KO) 0
WBA (Regular) October 20, 2018   Robert Brant 25–1 (17 KO) 1
WBC September 15, 2018   Canelo Álvarez[5][6] 51–1–2 (35 KO) 0
IBF October 27, 2018   Daniel Jacobs 35–2 (29 KO) 0
WBO October 20, 2018   Demetrius Andrade 27–0 (17 KO) 1

Current interim champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBC April 21, 2018   Jermall Charlo 28–0–0 (21 KO) 1

Current The Ring magazine middleweight rankings Updated 20 September 2018

Rank Name Record Title(s)
C   Canelo Alvarez 50–1–2 (34 KO) WBA, WBC
1   Gennady Golovkin 38–1–1 (34 KO)
2   Daniel Jacobs 35–2 (29 KO) IBF
3   Billy Joe Saunders 27–0 (13 KO)
4   Rob Brant 25–1 (17 KO) WBA (Regular)
5   Demetrius Andrade 27–0 (17 KO) WBO
6   Jermall Charlo 28–0 (21 KO)
7   Serhiy Derevyanchenko 12–1 (10 KO)
8   David Lemieux 40–4 (34 KO)
9   Maciej Sulęcki 28–1 (11 KO)
10   Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam 37–3 (21 KO)

Longest reigning 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
1.   Bernard Hopkins 10 years, 2 months, 18 days IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO 20
2.   Tommy Ryan 8 years, 7 months, 4 days World 4
3.   Gennady Golovkin 8 years, 1 month, 3 days WBA (Super), IBF, WBC 20
4.   Tony Zale 6 years, 11 months, 24 days NBA (current WBA) 4
5.   Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 days WBA, WBC 14
6.   Marvelous Marvin Hagler 6 years, 7 months, 10 days WBC, WBA, IBF 12
7.   Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey 6 years, 6 months, 15 days World 3
8.   Felix Sturm 5 years, 4 months, 4 days WBA (Super) 12
9.   Bob Fitzsimmons 3 years, 8 months, 12 days World 1
10.   Arthur Abraham 3 years, 7 months, 2 days IBF 11
     Active Title Reign
     Reign has ended

Olympic championsEdit

KickboxingEdit

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

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

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. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2774557-gennady-golovkin-ties-bernard-hopkins-record-with-win-vs-vanes-martirosyan
  2. ^ http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/23418556/gennady-golovkin-knocks-vanes-martirosyan-stubhub-center
  3. ^ "Alvarez edges Golovkin, becomes new middleweight champion". CBSnews.com. September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Alvarez wins narrow decision for middleweight title". APnews.com. September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Alvarez edges Golovkin, becomes new middleweight champion". CBSnews.com. September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Alvarez wins narrow decision for middleweight title". APnews.com. September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  7. ^ OFFICIAL GLORY RANKING Archived 2014-01-08 at the Wayback Machine

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