Middleweight

Middleweight is a weight class in combat sports.

Boxing

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

Current male champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) September 15, 2018 Canelo Álvarez[3][4] 52–1–2 (35 KO) 1
WBC September 15, 2018 Canelo Álvarez[5][6] 52–1–2 (35 KO) 1
IBF October 5, 2019 Gennady Golovkin 40–1–1 (35 KO) 0
WBO October 20, 2018 Demetrius Andrade 28–0 (17 KO) 2

Current interim champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBC April 21, 2018 Jermall Charlo 29–0–0 (21 KO) 2

Current The Ring magazine middleweight rankings Updated 20 September 2018

Rank Name Record Title(s)
C Canelo Alvarez 52–1–2 (34 KO) WBA, WBC
1 Gennady Golovkin 39–1–1 (35 KO) IBF
2 Daniel Jacobs 35–3 (29 KO)
3 Demetrius Andrade 28–0 (17 KO) WBO
4 Jermall Charlo 29–0 (21 KO)
5 Ryōta Murata 15–2 (12 KO) WBA (Regular)
6 Serhiy Derevyanchenko 13–1 (10 KO)
7 David Lemieux 40–4 (34 KO)
8 Kamil Szeremeta 19–0 (4 KO)
9 Maciej Sulęcki 28–2 (11 KO)
10 Rob Brant 25–2 (17 KO)

Longest reigning middleweight champions

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. Bernard Hopkins10 years, 2 months, 18 daysIBF, WBA, WBC, WBO20
2. Tommy Ryan8 years, 7 months, 4 daysWorld4
3. Gennady Golovkin8 years, 1 month, 3 daysWBA (Super), IBF, WBC20
4. Tony Zale6 years, 11 months, 24 daysNBA (current WBA)4
5. Carlos Monzon6 years, 9 months, 9 daysWBA, WBC14
6. Marvelous Marvin Hagler6 years, 7 months, 10 daysWBC, WBA, IBF12
7. Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey6 years, 6 months, 15 daysWorld3
8. Felix Sturm5 years, 4 months, 4 daysWBA (Super)12
9. Bob Fitzsimmons3 years, 8 months, 12 daysWorld1
10. Arthur Abraham3 years, 7 months, 2 daysIBF11
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Olympic champions

Kickboxing

Mixed Martial Arts

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

Taekwondo

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

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