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Middleweight is a weight class in combat sports.
Boxing, the middleweight division is above 154 lbs (70.5 kg) and up to 160 lbs (72.5 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 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.
Professional Champions [ edit ]
Current Male Champions
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
Tommy Ryan 8 years, 7 months, 4 days
Tony Zale 6 years, 11 months, 24 days
NBA (current WBA)
Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 days
Marvin Hagler 6 years, 7 months, 10 days
WBC, WBA, IBF
Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey 6 years, 6 months, 15 days
Felix Sturm 5 years, 4 months, 4 days
Gennady Golovkin 5 years, 2 weeks and 1 day
WBA (Super), IBO
Sergio "Maravilla" Martínez 4 years, 1 month, 19 days
Lineal, The Ring
Arthur Abraham 3 years, 7months, 2 days
Active Title Reign
Reign has ended
Olympic champions [ edit ]
Kickboxing [ edit ]
Mixed Martial Arts [ edit ]
MMA, the middleweight division is from 171 lbs (77.5 kg) to 186 lb (84 kg).
Taekwondo [ edit ]
References [ edit ]