fly·​weight | \ ˈflī-ˌwāt How to pronounce flyweight (audio) \

Definition of flyweight

: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 112 pounds — compare bantamweight

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This wasn’t like falling to Arizona State last year, when the Huskies’ flyweight non-conference schedule allowed no margin for error. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Despite taking a stinging one-two punch, Huskies’ hopes haven’t hit the canvas," 3 Sep. 2018 Like the preceding six-cylinder Boxster and Cayman, the 718 is the entry-level flyweight to the big-boy 911. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "When Is a Porsche Not Really a Porsche?," 23 Jan. 2017 Widely regarded as the second-best flyweight in the world behind champion Demetrious Johnson, Joseph Benavidez is 25-4 over the course of his MMA career with his only losses coming to champions Johnson and Dominick Cruz (twice each). Todd Martin,, "Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis live round-by-round coverage," 9 June 2018 Pacquiao’s rise from flyweight champion to junior-middleweight titleholder has never been matched in the sport. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "Pacquiao taking matters into his own hands for next fight — literally," 8 July 2018 After reclaiming the bantamweight title at November's UFC 217, T.J. Dillashaw set his sights on a superfight with reigning flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. Christopher Cason, GQ, "The Real-Life Diet of T.J. Dillashaw, UFC Champion and Future Ironman Triathlete," 14 May 2018 Tara Nott, a flyweight, won at the 2000 Sydney Games — the first Olympics in which women competed in weight lifting. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Chuck Vinci, Olympic Champion Weight Lifter, Dies at 85," 22 June 2018 Meanwhile, the division has been hollowed out by retirements and fighters moving to new divisions at featherweight and flyweight. Todd Martin,, "Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington live round-by-round coverage," 12 May 2018 The team eventually included boxers in the flyweight to light heavyweight divisions found at Camp Pendleton, Miramar and Twentynine Palms. Carl Prine,, "Marine boxer bludgeons his way to Best Boxer title in London bouts," 28 May 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flyweight was in 1911

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