Middleweight

Middleweight is a weight class in combat sports.

Boxing edit

Professional edit

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 champions edit

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA March 9, 2023 Erislandy Lara 29–3–3 (17 KO) 0
WBC May 7, 2024 Carlos Adames 23–1 (18 KO) 0
IBF October 14, 2023 Janibek Alimkhanuly 15–0 (10 KO) 0
WBO August 26, 2022 Janibek Alimkhanuly[1] 15–0 (10 KO) 1

Current world rankings edit

The Ring edit

As of October 14, 2023.[2]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record Title(s)
C vacant
1 Janibek Alimkhanuly 15–0 (10 KO) WBO, IBF
2 Carlos Adames 23–1 (18 KO) WBC
3 Erislandy Lara 29–3–3 (17 KO) WBA
4 Sergiy Derevyanchenko 14–5 (10 KO)
5 Chris Eubank Jr 33–3 (24 KO)
6 Meiirim Nursultanov 20–0 (11 KO)
7 Elijah Garcia 16–0 (13 KO)
8 Felix Cash 16–0 (10 KO)
9 Liam Smith 33–4–1 (20 KO)
10 Hamzah Sheeraz 18–0 (14 KO)
BoxRec edit

As of June 12, 2024.[3]

Rank Name Record Points Title(s)
1 Gennady Golovkin 42–2–1 (37 KO) 687.5
2 Jermall Charlo 32–0 (22 KO) 109.1 WBC
3 Erislandy Lara 28–3–3 (16 KO) 95.18 WBA
4 Chris Eubank Jr. 32–2 (23 KO) 95.07
5 Jaime Munguía 38–0 (30 KO) 91.67
6 Michael Zerafa 30–4 (19 KO) 54.77
7 Carlos Adames 21–1 (16 KO) 44.18
8 Sergiy Derevyanchenko 13–4 (10 KO) 43.24
9 Janibek Alimkhanuly 14–0 (9 KO) 30.81 WBO IBF
10 Ryōta Murata 16–3 (13 KO) 28.35

Longest reigning world middleweight champions edit

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) is not counted.

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 22 19 [7]
4. Tony Zale 6 years, 11 months, 24 days NBA (current WBA) 4 4 [8]
5. Carlos Monzón 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. Nonpareil Jack Dempsey 6 years, 6 months, 15 days World 2 2 [12]
8. Felix Sturm 5 years, 4 months, 4 days WBA 12 10
9. Jermall Charlo 4 years, 11 months and 2 weeks WBC 4 4 [13]
10. Demetrius Andrade 3 years, 10 month, 12 days WBO 5 5 [14]
11. Bob Fitzsimmons 3 years, 8 months, 12 days World 1 1 [15][16]
12. Arthur Abraham 3 years, 7 months, 2 days IBF 10 10 [17]
  Active Title Reign
  Reign has ended

Amateur edit

Olympic champions edit

Kickboxing edit

Bare-knuckle boxing edit

The limit for middleweight generally differs among promotions in bare-knuckle boxing:

Lethwei edit

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 Arts edit

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

Anderson Silva is considered to be the greatest Middleweight MMA fighter of all time.[19]

Taekwondo edit

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

References edit

  1. ^ "In the Matter of the WBO Middleweight Division". World Boxing Organization. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  2. ^ "The Ring ratings: middleweight". Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  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: Jermall Charlo". Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  14. ^ "Professional boxing record:Demetrius Andrade". Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  15. ^ "Professional boxing record: Bob Fitzsimmons". Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ "Professional boxing record: Arthur Abraham". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  18. ^ OFFICIAL GLORY RANKING Archived 2014-01-08 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Ten greatest middleweight fighters in MMA history: Anderson Silva is the division's clear GOAT". CBSSports.com.