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In amateur boxing, the super heavyweight division is a weight class division for fighters weighing in excess of 91 kilograms (200 pounds). Introduced for the 1984 Summer Olympics, the division, despite its grandiose name, is merely the amateur equivalent of the heavyweight division in professional boxing. The super heavyweight division was introduced because the general increase in the weight of top heavyweights throughout the 20th century meant that the heavyweight division became excessively broad, with the smaller men having little chance of competing effectively. Therefore, the bigger men were split off into the new super heavyweight division. Professional boxing also made this split, but instead of renaming the unlimited division, it introduced the cruiserweight division for the smaller heavyweights, and continued to call the unlimited division heavyweight. In the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF), the Super Heavyweight class (pro & amateur) is for kickboxers weighing 106.8 kilograms (235 lb) and above.
- 1984 – Tyrell Biggs (USA)
- 1988 – Lennox Lewis (CAN)
- 1992 – Roberto Balado (CUB)
- 1996 – Wladimir Klitschko (UKR)
- 2000 – Audley Harrison (GBR)
- 2004 – Alexander Povetkin (RUS)
- 2008 – Roberto Cammarelle (ITA)
- 2012 – Anthony Joshua (GBR)
- 2016 – Tony Yoka (FRA)
Mixed martial arts
The super heavyweight division in MMA generally refers to competitors weighing at a lower limit of 265lb (120 kg), as up to 265 a competitor is considered to be part of the heavyweight division. In modern MMA, no organisation has introduced an actual super heavyweight division.
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