A Super Cruiserweight is a professional boxer who is too heavy for the cruiserweight division but not big, or tall, enough to compete well in the heavyweight division. It should not be confused with the light heavyweight division.
Super cruiserweights weigh approximately 210 lbs to 250 lbs (90.72 kg to 113.6 kg)—although there is no general consensus on the upper and lower weight limits. This division encompasses what most governing bodies consider to be heavier cruiserweight fighters and lighter heavyweights. It has been introduced because of the growing number of heavyweights who are well in excess of their division's minimum (200 lbs) and the likelihood of mismatches between men who are considerably different in size, but are both "heavyweights".
No major sanctioning body currently recognises this division, although the minor International Boxing Association does have a champion and produces rankings.
Only one fighter of any renown has ever fought for a super-cruiserweight title, that coming when former middleweight and super middleweight world champion James Toney fought for the IBA super-cruiserweight title in 2001. Toney won the title by a second-round knockout over journeyman Saul Montana, but never defended it. Instead, he moved back down to the regular cruiserweight division, and won a world title there two years later.
Rather than fight in this division, many fighters listed in "super-cruiserweight" rankings work between cruiserweight and heavyweight, such as former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion David Haye, who must lose weight to meet limits of the cruiserweight division while his natural body weight makes him small for a modern heavyweight.
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