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Middleweight is a weight class division in combat sports.


In Boxing, the middleweight division is above 154 lbs (70.5 kg) and up to 160 lb (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

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA August 9, 2014 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 33-0 (30 KO) 15
WBC June 7, 2014 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto 40-4 (33 KO) 1
IBF June 20, 2015 Canada David Lemieux 34-2 (31 KO) 0
WBO December 13, 2014 Republic of Ireland Andy Lee 34-2-1 (24 KO) 0

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.

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

Olympic champions[edit]


Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Main article: Middleweight (MMA)

In MMA, the middleweight division is from 171 lbs (77.5 kg) to 186  lb (84 kg).


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