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 ]
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.
Bernard Hopkins 10 years, 2 months, 18 days
IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO
Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 days
Marvin Hagler 6 years, 7 months, 10 days
WBC, WBA, IBF
Felix Sturm 5 years, 4 months, 4 days
Gennady Golovkin 3 years, 10 months, 20 days
WBA (Super), IBO
Arthur Abraham 3 years, 10 months, 14 days
Taekwondo [ edit ]
Kickboxing [ edit ]
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