light heavyweight

noun

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

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What Lesnar witnessed was Cormier, already the light heavyweight title holder, become a simultaneous two-division champion with a first-round knockout of Miocic. Simon Samano, USA TODAY, "Brock Lesnar returning to UFC, will fight new heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier," 8 July 2018 Cormier, 39, is the current UFC light heavyweight champion and has only tasted defeat during his illustrious nine-year career against one man: Jon Jones. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Q&A: UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic on Daniel Cormier, Firefighting and More," 6 July 2018 When he was arrested, Tanner was an undefeated light heavyweight boxer from Gary who had made it on to ESPN. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Gary boxer convicted of leading gang was denied clemency by Obama, now seeks release under Trump," 6 July 2018 Hopkins, a middleweight and light heavyweight boxing champion, engaged his services frequently. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Leon Tabbs, 86, renowned cut man in boxing," 2 July 2018 The fight took place at heavyweight but both men are more natural light heavyweights and are likely to continue to compete there in the coming years. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "MMA rankings: It was a good month for Ryan Bader," 30 May 2018 But for White, the main event of the week clearly took place inside the octagon, where the undisputed light heavyweight and heavyweight championships were defended on the same card for the first time since 2003. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Miocic, Cormier defend heaviest titles at UFC 220," 20 Jan. 2018 The team eventually included boxers in the flyweight to light heavyweight divisions found at Camp Pendleton, Miramar and Twentynine Palms. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Marine boxer bludgeons his way to Best Boxer title in London bouts," 28 May 2018 Fans were treated to two matches – Taka Michinoku defending his light heavyweight title over Scott Taylor and the Headbangers beating Los Boricuas – before Austin and Michaels had a showdown in the ring. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The ’Mania Supercolumn: 34 Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes for WrestleMania 34," 6 Apr. 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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light heavyweight

noun

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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