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 The 40-year-old Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) has a new trainer and is bulking up to 168 pounds after 16 years as a middleweight, while Álvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) is newly humbled and motivated coming off a loss to light heavyweight Dmitry Bivol this year. Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2022 Anders is 4-5 as a middleweight and 2-2 as a light heavyweight in UFC. Mark Inabinett |, al, 3 Dec. 2022 Power Slap is hosting its first live slap fight at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas this Saturday, and will feature 13 matches and award heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight and welterweight titles. Emily Washburn, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 Among them was Laila Ali, a former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion and a daughter of Muhammad Ali. Remy Tumin, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2023 In addition, the event features light heavyweights Magomed Ankalaev and Johnny Walker doing battle, while Ikram Aliskerov and Warlley Alves fight in a middleweight bout. Rudie Obias, Variety, 20 Oct. 2023 Since then, he’s lost to an undefeated Dmitry Bivol — though out of his comfort zone at light heavyweight (175 pounds) — and wasn’t impressive in wins over a 40-year-old Gennady Golovkin and journeyman John Ryder. Jorge Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023 The five medalists are flyweight Nate Brooks; light welterweight Charley Adkins; middleweight Floyd Patterson; light heavyweight Norvell Lee and heavyweight Eddie Sanders. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Spinks bulked up from the light heavyweight class to heavyweight without losing speed, and defeated Holmes over 15 grueling rounds. Morgan Campbell, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of light heavyweight was in 1887

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“Light heavyweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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light heavyweight

: a boxer in a weight division having an upper limit of about 175 pounds

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