Middleweight

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Middleweight is a weight class in combat sports.

Boxing

Professional

In professional boxing, the middleweight division is contested above 154 lb (70 kg) and up to 160 lb (73 kg).

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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).

Current world champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA January 7, 2021 Flag of Japan.svg Ryota Murata [1] 16–2 (13 KO)00
WBC June 26, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Jermall Charlo 32–0 (22 KO)44
IBF October 5, 2019 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Gennady Golovkin 41–1–1 (36 KO)11
WBO October 20, 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Demetrius Andrade 30–0 (18 KO)44

Current interim champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefensesBeaten opponents
WBA (Interim) December 7, 2019 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Eubank Jr. 30–2–0 (22 KO)00

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of October16, 2021. [2]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
RankNameRecordTitle(s)
Cvacant
1 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Gennady Golovkin 41–1–1 (36 KO) IBF
2 Flag of the United States.svg Jermall Charlo 32–0 (22 KO) WBC
3 Flag of the United States.svg Demetrius Andrade 30–0 (18 KO) WBO
4 Flag of Ukraine.svg Serhiy Derevyanchenko 13–3 (10 KO)
5 Flag of Japan.svg Ryōta Murata 16–2 (13 KO) WBA
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Eubank Jr. 30–2 (22 KO)
7 Flag of the United States.svg Rob Brant 26–3 (18 KO)
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Liam Williams 23–3–1 (18 KO)
9 Flag of Mexico.svg Jaime Munguia 37–0 (30 KO)
10 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Zhanibek Alimkhanuly 10–0 (6 KO)
BoxRec

As of October16, 2021. [3]

RankNameRecordPointsTitle(s)
1 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Gennady Golovkin 41–1–1 (36 KO)730.7 IBF
2 Flag of the United States.svg Jermall Charlo 32–0 (22 KO)350.9 WBC
3 Flag of Mexico.svg Jaime Munguia 37–0 (30 KO)215.0
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Eubank Jr. 30–2 (22 KO)150.6
5 Flag of the United States.svg Demetrius Andrade 30–0 (18 KO)146.3 WBO
6 Flag of Japan.svg Ryōta Murata 16–2 (13 KO)83.86 WBA
7 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Liam Smith 29–3–1 (16 KO)75.34
8 Flag of Ukraine.svg Serhiy Derevyanchenko 13–3 (10 KO)74.84
9 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Liam Williams 23–3–1 (18 KO)67.77
10 Flag of the United States.svg Rob Brant 26–3 (18 KO)38.09

Longest reigning world 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. 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.

RankNameTitle ReignTitle RecognitionSuccessful DefensesBeaten opponentsFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Bernard Hopkins 10 years, 2 months, 18 daysIBF, WBA, WBC, WBO2017 [4]
2. Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Ryan 8 years, 7 months, 4 daysWorld66 [5] [6]
3. Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Gennady Golovkin 8 years, 1 months, 1 dayWBA (Super), IBF, WBC2019 [7]
4. Flag of the United States.svg Tony Zale 6 years, 11 months, 24 daysNBA (current WBA)44 [8]
5. Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 daysWBA, WBC1411 [9] [10]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Marvelous Marvin Hagler 6 years, 7 months, 10 daysWBC, WBA, IBF1210 [11]
7. Flag of Ireland.svg Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey 6 years, 6 months, 15 daysWorld22 [12]
8. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Fitzsimmons 3 years, 8 months, 12 daysWorld11 [13] [14]
9. Flag of Germany.svg Arthur Abraham 3 years, 7 months, 2 daysIBF1010 [15]
  Active Title Reign
  Reign has ended

Amateur

Olympic champions

Kickboxing

Lethwei

The World Lethwei Championship recognizes the middleweight division with an upper limit of 75 kg (165 lb). In World Lethwei Championship, Naimjon Tuhtaboyev is the Middleweight Champion.

Mixed Martial Arts

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

Anderson Silva is considered to be the greatest Middleweight MMA fighter of all time. [17]

Taekwondo

CategoryMen'sWomen'sCompetitionsNote
Middleweight78–84 kg67–72 kg World Championships, Continental Championships, Asian Games since 1999
Middleweight76–83 kg65–70 kg World Championships, Continental Championships, Asian Games until 1998
Middleweight68–80 kg57–67 kg Olympic Games, Pan Am Games, All-Africa Games

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