Light heavyweight

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Light heavyweight, also referred to as junior cruiserweight or light cruiserweight, is a weight class in combat sports.

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Professional

In professional boxing, the division is above 168 pounds (76 kg) and up to 175 pounds (79 kg), falling between super middleweight and cruiserweight.

The light-heavyweight class has produced some of boxing's greatest champions: Bernard Hopkins (who, upon becoming champion, broke the record for oldest man to win a world title), Tommy Loughran, Billy Conn, Joey Maxim, Archie Moore, Michael Moorer, Bob Foster, Ann Wolfe, Michael Spinks, Dariusz Michalczewski, Roy Jones, Jr., Sergey Kovalev and Zsolt Erdei.

Many light heavyweight champions unsuccessfully challenged for the heavyweight crown until Michael Spinks became the first reigning light heavyweight champion to win the heavyweight championship. Bob Fitzsimmons captured the light-heavyweight championship after losing his heavyweight championship. Two all-time great heavyweight champions, Ezzard Charles and Floyd Patterson, started out as light heavyweights. Charles defeated Archie Moore and Joey Maxim several times in non-title bouts before becoming heavyweight champion and Patterson lost an eight-round decision to Joey Maxim before becoming heavyweight champion himself. Evander Holyfield successfully moved up from the light-heavyweight division to the cruiserweight division and eventually the heavyweight division and became undisputed champion of the latter two.

Current world champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA Sep 18, 2017 Flag of Russia.svg Dmitry Bivol 18–0 (11 KO)77
WBC Oct 18, 2019 Flag of Russia.svg Artur Beterbiev 16–0 (16 KO)11
IBF Nov 11, 2017 Flag of Russia.svg Artur Beterbiev 16–0 (16 KO)44
WBO Apr 10, 2021 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Smith Jr. 27–3 (21 KO)00

Current interim champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA Oct 10, 2020 Flag of Germany.svg Robin Krasniqi 51–6 (19 KO)00

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of July10, 2021. [1]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
RankNameRecord (W–L–D)Title(s)
Cvacant
1 Flag of Russia.svg Artur Beterbiev 16–0 (16 KO) IBF, WBC
2 Flag of Russia.svg Dmitry Bivol 18–0 (11 KO) WBA
3 Flag of Russia.svg Sergey Kovalev 34–4–1 (29 KO)
4 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Smith Jr. 27–3 (21 KO) WBO
5 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jean Pascal 35–6–1 (20 KO)
6 Flag of Sweden.svg Badou Jack 24–3–3 (14 KO)
7 Flag of Colombia.svg Eleider Alvarez 25–2 (13 KO)
8 Flag of the United States.svg Marcus Browne 24–1 (16 KO)
9 Flag of Russia.svg Umar Salamov 26–1 (19 KO)
10 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lyndon Arthur 18–0 (12 KO)
BoxRec

As of July10, 2021. [2]

RankNameRecord (W–L–D)PointsTitle(s)
1 Flag of Russia.svg Sergey Kovalev 34–4–1 (29 KO)306.7
2 Flag of Russia.svg Dmitry Bivol 18–0 (11 KO)266.5 WBA
3 Flag of Russia.svg Artur Beterbiev 16–0 (16 KO)250.0 IBF, WBC
4 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Smith Jr. 27–3 (21 KO)160.8 WBO
5 Flag of the United States.svg Jesse Hart 26–3 (21 KO)117.7
6 Flag of Russia.svg Maxim Vlasov 45–4 (26 KO)103.8
7 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jean Pascal 35–6–1 (20 KO)86.42
8 Flag of Sweden.svg Badou Jack 24–3–3 (14 KO)82.00
9 Flag of Mexico.svg Gilberto Ramirez 42–0 (28 KO)81.24
10 Flag of Colombia.svg Eleider Alvarez 25–2 (13 KO)80.80

Longest reigning world light heavyweight champions

Below is a list of longest reigning light heavyweight 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 States.svg Archie Moore 9 years, 4 months, 24 daysNYSAC, NBA97 [3] [4]
2. Flag of Poland.svg / Flag of Germany.svg Dariusz Michalczewski 9 years, 1 months, 8 daysIBF, WBA, WBO2320 [5]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Bob Foster 6 years, 0 months, 23 daysWBC, WBA1413 [6]
4. Flag of Hungary.svg Zsolt Erdei 5 years, 9 months, 27 daysWBO1110 [7]
5. Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Adonis Stevenson 5 years, 5 months, 24 daysWBC99 [8]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Charles Williams 5 years, 4 months, 21 daysIBF88 [9]
7. Flag of the United States.svg Roy Jones Jr 5 years, 2 months, 25 daysWBC, IBF, WBA (Super)1111 [10]
8. Flag of the United States.svg Virgil Hill 4 years, 9 months, 15 daysWBA1010 [11]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Michael Spinks 4 years, 2 months, 3 daysIBF, WBA, WBC1010 [12]
10. Flag of the United States.svg Battling Levinsky 3 years, 11 months, 19 daysWorld00 [13] [14]
12. Flag of Russia.svg Dmitry Bivol 3 years, 9 months, 3 weeks and 1 dayWBA77 [15]
13. Flag of Argentina.svg Victor Galindez 3 years, 9 months, 8 daysWBA107 [16] [17]
14. Flag of Russia.svg Artur Beterbiev 3 years, 7 months, 4 weeks and 1 dayIBF, WBC44 [18]
15. Flag of Russia.svg Sergey Kovalev 3 years, 3 months, 3 daysIBF, WBA, WBO87 [19]
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Amateur

In amateur boxing, light heavyweight is a weight division above 165 pounds (75 kg) and up to 178 pounds (81 kg), falling between middleweight and heavyweight.

Olympic champions

Kickboxing

Mixed martial arts

In MMA, the light heavyweight division is from 186 lb (84 kg) to 205 lb (93 kg).

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