Middleweight

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Middleweight is a weight class in combat sports.

Boxing[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).

Gennady Golovkin and Bernard Hopkins hold the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 20 defenses.[1][2]

Professional champions[edit]

Current male champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (super) August 13, 2010 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 38–0–1 (34 KO) 19
WBA (regular) October 22, 2017 Japan Ryōta Murata 14–1–0 (11 KO) 1
WBC May 18, 2016 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 38–0–1 (34 KO) 4
IBF vacant
WBO December 20, 2015 United Kingdom Billy Joe Saunders 26–0–0 (12 KO) 3

Current interim champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBC March 3, 2018 United States Jermall Charlo 27–0–0 (21 KO) 0

Current The Ring magazine middleweight rankings Updated 16 June 2018

Rank Name Record Title(s)
1 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 38–0–1 (34 KO) WBA, WBC
2 United States Daniel Jacobs (boxer) 34–2-0 (29 KO)
3 United Kingdom Billy Joe Saunders 26–0-0 (12 KO) WBO
4 Ukraine Serhiy Derevyanchenko 12–0–0 (10 KO)
5 United States Jermall Charlo 27–0-0 (21 KO)
6 Japan Ryota Murata 14–1–0 (11 KO) WBA (Regular)
7 United States Demetrius Andrade 25–0–0 (16 KO)
8 Canada David Lemieux 38–4-0 (33 KO)
9 Cameroon Hassan N'dam N'jikam 36–3-0 (33 KO)
10 Republic of Ireland Gary O'Sullivan 28–2–0 (20 KO)

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.

Rank Name Title Reign Title Recognition Successful Defenses
1. United States Bernard Hopkins 10 years, 2 months, 18 days IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO 20
2. United States Tommy Ryan 8 years, 7 months, 4 days World 4
3. Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 7 years, 10 months and 4 days WBA (Super), IBF, WBC 20
4. United States Tony Zale 6 years, 11 months, 24 days NBA (current WBA) 4
5. Argentina Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 days WBA, WBC 14
6. United States Marvelous Marvin Hagler 6 years, 7 months, 10 days WBC, WBA, IBF 12
7. Republic of Ireland Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey 6 years, 6 months, 15 days World 3
8. Germany Felix Sturm 5 years, 4 months, 4 days WBA (Super) 12
9. United Kingdom Bob Fitzsimmons 3 years, 8 months, 12 days World 1
10. Germany Arthur Abraham 3 years, 7 months, 2 days IBF 11
     Active Title Reign
     Reign has ended

Olympic champions[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

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

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

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