light heavyweight


Definition of light heavyweight

: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 175 pounds for professionals and 178 pounds for amateurs — compare heavyweight, middleweight

Examples of light heavyweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the fight, Benavidez is considering a move up to light heavyweight, from 168 pounds to 175. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 Canelo already owns all the belts at 168 pounds and will be stepping up to 175 pounds to try to capture Bivol's WBA light heavyweight title. Matt Young, Chron, 25 Feb. 2022 The undisputed super middleweight world champion will move up to light heavyweight for the second time on May 7 to take on WBA champion Dmitry Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) in Las Vegas. Greg Beacham, ajc, 3 Mar. 2022 Saturday night, Ramirez (42-0, 28 KOs) takes on Cuban veteran Yunieski Gonzalez (21-3, 17 KOs), in a WBA light heavyweight title eliminator at the AT&T Center. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Dec. 2021 After winning the Fury FC light heavyweight championship, Villanueva joined the UFC in 2020. Matt Young, Chron, 11 Feb. 2022 But a failed move up to light heavyweight against champion Jan Błachowicz at UFC 259 may have exposed some flaws in his game, most notably takedown defense against a much bigger opponent. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 12 Feb. 2022 The light heavyweight title bout was the UFC 267 main event at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Matthew Wells, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 Anders is 4-4 as a middleweight and 2-2 as a light heavyweight in UFC. Mark Inabinett |, al, 11 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of light heavyweight

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Light heavyweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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