flyweight

noun
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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Cejudo is an Olympic gold medalist, the UFC flyweight champion and knocked out former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw last time out. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "UFC 238 live updates: Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes," 8 June 2019 In the ring, Harry chatted with Adams, who won an Olympic boxing title in 2012 and was also an Olympic gold flyweight medalist in 2016. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry in the Boxing Ring! Royal Dad Launches Sports Campaign: 'This Is Going to Save Lives'," 12 June 2019 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, latimes.com, "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

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First Known Use of flyweight

1911, in the meaning defined above

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