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 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 (super) August 14, 2010 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 37-0 (33 KO) 17
WBC May 18, 2016 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 37-0 (33 KO) 2
IBF October 17, 2015 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 37-0 (33 KO) 3
WBO December 20, 2015 United Kingdom Billy Joe Saunders 24-0-0 (12 KO) 1
WBA (regular) May 20, 2017 France Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam 36-2 (21 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.

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. United States Tony Zale 6 years, 11 months, 24 days NBA (current WBA) 4
4. Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 6 years, 10 months, 1 week and 4 days WBC, WBA, IBF 18
5. Argentina Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 days WBA, WBC 14
6. United States 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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