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 Reyes, 29, sits fourth in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie light heavyweight rankings. Danny Segura, MMA Junkie, "Jon Jones to defend UFC light heavyweight title vs. Dominick Reyes on Feb. 8," 22 Nov. 2019 After the fight, Reyes called out UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dominick Reyes stops Chris Weidman in Boston UFC bout," 18 Oct. 2019 Then there’s Charles, 29, who fights at the light heavyweight limit of 175 pounds. Jonah Dylan,, "New Haven boxer Charles Foster taking next step with fight against Denis Grachev," 16 Aug. 2019 Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev lock horns in the light heavyweight title fight at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, with the card kicking off at 9 p.m. ET. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Alvarez-Kovalev odds: Sergey Kovalev big underdog vs. Canelo Alvarez," 1 Nov. 2019 Raiders Linebacker Neiron Ball Dead at 27 After Battling a Rare Brain Condition Former light heavyweight world champion Andre Ward weighed in on the need for a change in boxing protocol following Dadashev and Santillán’s deaths. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Boxer Patrick Day Dies from Injuries — Here’s Why Knock-Out Blows Are so Dangerous," 17 Oct. 2019 At 11-0, Dominick Reyes is considered to be a rising star in the light heavyweight division. Andrew Mahoney,, "Fighters in main event at UFC’s Boston card have something to prove," 22 Aug. 2019 Boxing’s biggest breadwinner will move up two weight divisions and face light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Canelo Alvarez will move up two divisions to fight Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 2," 13 Sep. 2019 Amanda Nunes stopped Holly Holm late in the first round to defend her bantamweight title, and Jon Jones squeaked out a split-decision victory over Thiago Santos to defend his light heavyweight title at UFC 239 in Las Vegas . . ., "Golfer Matthew Wolff, 20, in three-way tie for lead at the inaugural 3M Open," 7 July 2019

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First Known Use of light heavyweight

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of light heavyweight was in 1903

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3 Dec 2019

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“Light heavyweight.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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light heavyweight


English Language Learners Definition of light heavyweight

: a fighter who is in a class of boxers with an upper weight limit of 175 pounds (79.5 kilograms) : a boxer who is heavier than a middleweight and lighter than a heavyweight

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