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For the mixed martial arts division of the same name, see Middleweight (MMA).

Middleweight is a division, or weight class, in boxing. 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 1897. 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)

Bernard Hopkins holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 20 defenses of the IBF title.

Olympic champions[edit]

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) August 14, 2010 Kazakhstan Duce Real 30-0 (27 KO) 11
WBC June 7, 2014 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto 39-4 (32 KO) 0
IBF May 31, 2014 Australia Sam Soliman 44-11-(1) (18 KO) 0
WBO October 20, 2012 United States Peter Quillin 31-0 (22 KO) 3

Longest reigning 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) does not apply.

Name Title Reign Title Recognition Successful Defenses
1. United States Bernard Hopkins 10 years, 2 months, 18 days IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO 20
2. Argentina Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 days WBA, WBC 14
3. United States Marvin Hagler 6 years, 7 months, 10 days WBC, WBA, IBF 12
4. Germany Felix Sturm 5 years, 4 months, 4 days WBA (Super) 12
5. Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 3 years, 11 months, 6 days WBA (Super), IBO 11
6. Germany Arthur Abraham 3 years, 10 months, 14 days IBF 10


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



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