fly·​weight ˈflī-ˌwāt How to pronounce flyweight (audio)
: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 112 pounds compare bantamweight

Examples of flyweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gonzalez is also the first boxer in history to win world titles in all four of the lowest weight classes: minimumweight, light flyweight, flyweight and super flyweight. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Mar. 2022 Additionally, the card will see former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt debut at flyweight vs. Kai Kara-France, former UFC/WEC champ Dominick Cruz return against Pedro Munhoz in a key fight at 135 pounds, as well as a stacked deck of familiar names and fan favorites. Mike Bohn, Rolling Stone, 3 Dec. 2021 He’s won titles in eight weight divisions — from flyweight to welterweight. Washington Post, 19 July 2021 On a few runs up the middle, Oweh rag-dolled Bedford, forcing him to the ground as if the 304-pound junior were a flyweight. Jonas Shaffer,, 25 May 2021 Estrada captured the previously vacant WBC super flyweight title with a majority decision victory over Gonzalez. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 3 Dec. 2022 In addition to the main event of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Peña defending her title in a rematch against Amanda Nunes, an interim flyweight champion will be crowned in Brandon Moreno or Kai Kara-France. Dallas News, 27 July 2022 In addition to the main event, an interim flyweight championship bout between Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France will serve as a co-main. Dallas News, 3 June 2022 Rosales fought in Phoenix three years ago and lost on a technical knockout to Julio Cesar Martinez for the vacant WBC flyweight title. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 3 Dec. 2022 See More

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First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flyweight was in 1911

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“Flyweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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fly·​weight -ˌwāt How to pronounce flyweight (audio)
: a boxer in a weight division having an upper limit of 112 pounds

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