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 Jan 7, 2021   Ryota Murata[1] 16–2 (13 KO) 0 0
WBC Jun 26, 2019   Jermall Charlo 32–0 (22 KO) 4 4
IBF Oct 5, 2019   Gennady Golovkin 41–1–1 (36 KO) 1 1
WBO Oct 20, 2018   Demetrius Andrade 31–0 (19 KO) 5 5

Current world rankingsEdit

The RingEdit

As of December 6, 2021.[2]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record Title(s)
C vacant
1   Gennady Golovkin 41–1–1 (36 KO) IBF
2   Jermall Charlo 32–0 (22 KO) WBC
3   Demetrius Andrade 31–0 (19 KO) WBO
4   Serhiy Derevyanchenko 13–3 (10 KO)
5   Jaime Munguia 38–0 (30 KO)
6   Ryōta Murata 16–2 (13 KO) WBA
7   Zhanibek Alimkhanuly 11–0 (7 KO)
8   Chris Eubank Jr. 31–2 (23 KO)
9   Liam Williams 23–3–1 (18 KO)
10   Felix Cash 14–0 (10 KO)
BoxRecEdit

As of December 6, 2021.[3]

Rank Name Record Points Title(s)
1   Gennady Golovkin 41–1–1 (36 KO) 730.7 IBF
2   Jermall Charlo 32–0 (22 KO) 350.9 WBC
3   Jaime Munguia 38–0 (30 KO) 215.0
4   Chris Eubank Jr. 31–2 (23 KO) 150.6
5   Demetrius Andrade 30–0 (18 KO) 146.3 WBO
6   Ryōta Murata 16–2 (13 KO) 83.86 WBA
7   Liam Smith 30–3–1 (17 KO) 75.34
8   Serhiy Derevyanchenko 13–3 (10 KO) 74.84
9   Liam Williams 23–3–1 (18 KO) 67.77
10   Rob Brant 26–3 (18 KO) 38.09

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. 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.   Gennady Golovkin 8 years, 1 months, 1 day WBA (Super), IBF, WBC 20 19 [7]
4.   Tony Zale 6 years, 11 months, 24 days NBA (current WBA) 4 4 [8]
5.   Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 days WBA, WBC 14 11 [9][10]
6.   Marvelous Marvin Hagler 6 years, 7 months, 10 days WBC, WBA, IBF 12 10 [11]
7.   Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey 6 years, 6 months, 15 days World 2 2 [12]
8.   Bob Fitzsimmons 3 years, 8 months, 12 days World 1 1 [13][14]
9.   Arthur Abraham 3 years, 7 months, 2 days IBF 10 10 [15]
  Active Title Reign
  Reign has ended

AmateurEdit

Olympic championsEdit

KickboxingEdit

LethweiEdit

The World Lethwei Championship recognizes the middleweight division with an upper limit of 75 kg (165 lb). 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.[17]

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. ^ "Ryota Murata named WBA Middleweight Super Champion". January 7, 2021. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  2. ^ "The Ring ratings: middleweight". Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  3. ^ "BoxRec ratings: middleweight, active". Retrieved 31 December 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. ^ "Professional boxing record: Gennadiy Golovkin". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Professional boxing record: Carlos Monzon". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Professional boxing record: Marvin Hagler". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Professional boxing record: Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Professional boxing record: Bob Fitzsimmons". Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Professional boxing record: Arthur Abraham". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  16. ^ OFFICIAL GLORY RANKING Archived 2014-01-08 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Ten greatest middleweight fighters in MMA history: Anderson Silva is the division's clear GOAT". CBSSports.com.

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