Cruiserweight (boxing)

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Cruiserweight, also referred to as junior heavyweight, is a weight class in professional boxing between light heavyweight and heavyweight. Before the advent of the current cruiserweight class, "light heavyweight" and "cruiserweight" were sometimes used interchangeably in the United Kingdom.

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The current weight limit for the division is 200 pounds (90.7 kg; 14 st 4.0 lb). When originally established, the weight limit was 190 pounds (86.2 kg; 13 st 8.0 lb). The division was established in order to accommodate smaller heavyweight boxers who could not compete with the growing size of boxers in that division. While many great heavyweight champions (such as Rocky Marciano and Joe Louis) weighed around 190 pounds in their career, during the 1970s it became fairly standard that fit heavyweight boxers weighed at least 210 pounds (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb). It was felt by many boxing authorities that asking men weighing between 176 pounds (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb) and 190 pounds (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb) to fight these larger men was unfair.

The WBC was the first boxing organization to recognize the cruiserweight division when it sanctioned a bout between Marvin Camel and Mate Parlov on December 8, 1979, for their version of the title. That fight was a draw, but in the rematch in March 1980 Camel won and became the first cruiserweight champion. In 1982 the World Boxing Association recognized Ossie Ocasio as their first cruiserweight champion when he defeated South African Robbie Williams (although at that time the WBA called the division "junior heavyweight"). The International Boxing Federation followed suit in 1983 when it matched former WBC champion Marvin Camel against Rick Sekorski for their inaugural title. Camel won and became the first IBF cruiserweight champion.

Several boxers moved up to heavyweight after winning world titles at cruiserweight. Evander Holyfield unified the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles to become undisputed champion, the first to do so, and then moved up to the heavyweight division in 1988. The second man to become undisputed champion was O’Neil Bell in 2006 who was later stripped of the IBF title.

Other notable champions in the division have been Bobby Czyz, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Tomasz Adamek, Virgil Hill, Al Cole, Orlin Norris, James Toney, David Haye and Oleksandr Usyk.

Current world champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA May 31, 2019 Flag of France.svg Arsen Goulamirian 24–0–0 (16 KO)22
WBC January 31, 2020 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Ilunga Makabu 28–2–0 (25 KO)11
IBF September 26, 2020 Flag of Latvia.svg Mairis Briedis 27–1–0 (19 KO)00
WBO March 20, 2021 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lawrence Okolie 16–0–0 (13 KO)00

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of June25, 2021. [1]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
RankNameRecord (W–L–D)Title(s)
C Flag of Latvia.svg Mairis Briedis 27–1 (19 KO) IBF
1 Flag of Cuba.svg Yuniel Dorticos 24–2 (22 KO)
2 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Ilunga Makabu 28–2 (25 KO) WBC
3 Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Glowacki 31–3 (19 KO)
4 Flag of South Africa.svg Kevin Lerena 26–1 (13 KO) IBO
5 Flag of the United States.svg Andrew Tabiti 17–1 (13 KO)
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lawrence Okolie 16–0 (13 KO) WBO
7 Flag of France.svg Arsen Goulamirian 26–0 (18 KO) WBA
8 Flag of South Africa.svg Thabiso Mchunu 23–5 (13 KO)
9 Flag of Russia.svg Alexei Papin 12–1 (11 KO)
10 Flag of Poland.svg Michal Cieslak 20–1 (14 KO)

BoxRec

As of June25, 2021. [2]

RankNameRecord (W–L–D)PointsTitle(s)
1 Flag of Latvia.svg Mairis Briedis 27–1 (19 KO)249.2 IBF
2 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Ilunga Makabu 28–2 (25 KO)140.4 WBC
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lawrence Okolie 16–0 (13 KO)95.87 WBO
4 Flag of Cuba.svg Yuniel Dorticos 24–2 (22 KO)88.27
5 Flag of South Africa.svg Thabiso Mchunu 23–5 (13 KO)84.86
6 Flag of France.svg Arsen Goulamirian 26–0 (18 KO)68.90 WBA
7 Flag of Poland.svg Michal Cieslak 20–1 (14 KO)60.74
8 Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Glowacki 31–3 (19 KO)32.71
9 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Ryad Merhy 29–1 (24 KO)30.14
10 Flag of Russia.svg Alexei Papin 12–1 (11 KO)28.77

Longest reigning world cruiserweight champions

Below is a list of longest reigning cruiserweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

NameTitle reignTitle recognitionSuccessful defensesBeaten opponentsFights
1. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Johnny Nelson 7 years, 5 months, 26 daysWBO1313 [3]
2. Flag of Germany.svg Marco Huck 5 years, 11 months, 17 daysWBO1310 [4]
3. Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Włodarczyk 4 years, 4 months, 12 daysWBC65 [5]
4. Flag of Russia.svg Denis Lebedev 4 years, 1 month, 3 daysWBA, IBF55 [6]
4. Flag of Panama.svg Guillermo Jones 4 years, 1 month, 3 daysWBA22 [7]
6. Flag of Cuba.svg Juan Carlos Gómez 3 years, 11 months, 29 daysWBC1010 [8]
7. Flag of France.svg Anaclet Wamba 3 years, 11 months, 17 daysWBC77 [9]
8. Flag of Cuba.svg Yoan Pablo Hernández 3 years, 11 months, 2 weeks and 5 daysIBF44 [10]
9. Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Vassiliy Jirov 3 years, 10 months, 21 daysIBF55 [11]
10. Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleksandr Usyk 4 years, 9 months, 1 week and 1 dayWBA, WBC, IBF, WBO66 [12]
11. Flag of France.svg Jean-Marc Mormeck 3 years, 10 months, 15 daysWBA, WBC44 [13]
12. Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Ossie Ocasio 2 years, 9 months, 18 daysWBA33 [14]
13. Flag of France.svg Arsen Goulamirian 2 years, 3 weeks and 4 daysWBA44 [15]
14. Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield 2 yearsWBA, WBC, IBF55 [16]
  Active reign
  Reign has ended

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Kickboxing

In kickboxing, a cruiserweight fighter generally weighs between 82 kg (181 lb) and 88 kg (195 lb). However, some governing bodies have slightly different classes. The International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Cruiserweight (professional and amateur) division is 186.1 lb195 lb or 84.6 kg88.6 kg.

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