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Middleweight

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Middleweight is a weight class in combat sports.

Boxing[edit]

Professional[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).

Current world champions[edit]

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses Beaten opponents
WBA January 7, 2021 Japan Ryota Murata[1] 16–2 (13 KO) 0 0
WBC June 26, 2019 United States Jermall Charlo 32–0 (22 KO) 4 4
IBF October 5, 2019 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 41–1–1 (36 KO) 1 1
WBO October 20, 2018 United States Demetrius Andrade 30–0 (18 KO) 4 4

Current interim champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses Beaten opponents
WBA (Interim) December 7, 2019 United Kingdom Chris Eubank Jr. 30–2–0 (22 KO) 0 0

Current world rankings[edit]

The Ring[edit]

As of October 22, 2021.[2]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record Title(s)
C vacant
1 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 41–1–1 (36 KO) IBF
2 United States Jermall Charlo 32–0 (22 KO) WBC
3 United States Demetrius Andrade 30–0 (18 KO) WBO
4 Ukraine Serhiy Derevyanchenko 13–3 (10 KO)
5 Japan Ryōta Murata 16–2 (13 KO) WBA
6 United Kingdom Chris Eubank Jr. 30–2 (22 KO)
7 United States Rob Brant 26–3 (18 KO)
8 United Kingdom Liam Williams 23–3–1 (18 KO)
9 Mexico Jaime Munguia 37–0 (30 KO)
10 Kazakhstan Zhanibek Alimkhanuly 10–0 (6 KO)
BoxRec[edit]

As of October 22, 2021.[3]

Rank Name Record Points Title(s)
1 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 41–1–1 (36 KO) 730.7 IBF
2 United States Jermall Charlo 32–0 (22 KO) 350.9 WBC
3 Mexico Jaime Munguia 37–0 (30 KO) 215.0
4 United Kingdom Chris Eubank Jr. 30–2 (22 KO) 150.6
5 United States Demetrius Andrade 30–0 (18 KO) 146.3 WBO
6 Japan Ryōta Murata 16–2 (13 KO) 83.86 WBA
7 United Kingdom Liam Smith 29–3–1 (16 KO) 75.34
8 Ukraine Serhiy Derevyanchenko 13–3 (10 KO) 74.84
9 United Kingdom Liam Williams 23–3–1 (18 KO) 67.77
10 United States Rob Brant 26–3 (18 KO) 38.09

Longest reigning world 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. 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 Beaten opponents Fights
1. United States Bernard Hopkins 10 years, 2 months, 18 days IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO 20 17 [4]
2. United States Tommy Ryan 8 years, 7 months, 4 days World 6 6 [5][6]
3. Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 8 years, 1 months, 1 day WBA (Super), IBF, WBC 20 19 [7]
4. United States Tony Zale 6 years, 11 months, 24 days NBA (current WBA) 4 4 [8]
5. Argentina Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 days WBA, WBC 14 11 [9][10]
6. United States Marvelous Marvin Hagler 6 years, 7 months, 10 days WBC, WBA, IBF 12 10 [11]
7. Republic of Ireland Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey 6 years, 6 months, 15 days World 2 2 [12]
8. United Kingdom Bob Fitzsimmons 3 years, 8 months, 12 days World 1 1 [13][14]
9. Germany Arthur Abraham 3 years, 7 months, 2 days IBF 10 10 [15]
  Active Title Reign
  Reign has ended

Amateur[edit]

Olympic champions[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Lethwei[edit]

The World Lethwei Championship recognizes the middleweight division with an upper limit of 75 kg (165 lb). In World Lethwei Championship, Naimjon Tuhtaboyev is the Middleweight Champion.

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

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

Anderson Silva is considered to be the greatest Middleweight MMA fighter of all time.[17]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryota Murata named WBA Middleweight Super Champion". January 7, 2021. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  2. ^ "The Ring ratings: middleweight". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  3. ^ "BoxRec ratings: middleweight, active". Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Professional boxing record: Bernard Hopkins". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Professional boxing record: Tommy Ryan". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Tommy Ryan, p. 242" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Professional boxing record: Gennadiy Golovkin". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Tony Zale, p. 794" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Professional boxing record: Carlos Monzon". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Carlos Monzon, p. 608" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Professional boxing record: Marvin Hagler". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Professional boxing record: Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Professional boxing record: Bob Fitzsimmons". Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Bob Fitzsimmons, p. 128" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Professional boxing record: Arthur Abraham". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  16. ^ OFFICIAL GLORY RANKING Archived 2014-01-08 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Ten greatest middleweight fighters in MMA history: Anderson Silva is the division's clear GOAT". CBSSports.com.

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