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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Jon Jones returns to the Octagon to defend his light heavyweight title this Saturday at a loaded UFC 239 card in Las Vegas. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "UFC 239 Burning Questions: Is Daniel Cormier Next if Jon Jones Wins?," 5 July 2019 The fight of the night came in the light heavyweight division where Esai Herrera and fellow San Antonian Nicholas Calamaco (1-6, 1 KO) duked it out in a crowd-pleasing toe-to-toe brawl over four rounds. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "Minus jab, Arredondo relies on power to knock out foe," 4 Aug. 2019 Nunes stopped Holly Holm late in the first round to defend her bantamweight title, and Jones squeaked out a split-decision victory over Thiago Santos to defend his light heavyweight title on Saturday night. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Amanda Nunes wins big, Jon Jones squeaks decision at UFC 239," 7 July 2019 The other possible counterpart was a wild card in Russian light heavyweight champion Sergei Kovalev, as Alvarez looked to move up two weight classes and become a champion in a fourth division. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Canelo Alvarez decides to skip September fight this year," 17 July 2019 The event will be headlined by a bout between Jon Jones and Thiago Santos for the light heavyweight title. Allen Kim, CNN, "Here's what's on the line at Saturday's UFC 239," 3 July 2019 Thiago Santos fought his light heavyweight title bout against Jon Jones at UFC 239 on Saturday while battling a slew of injuries. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Thiago Santos Fought Jon Jones Through ACL, MCL, PCL, Meniscus Tears," 8 July 2019 Jan Blachowicz also knocked out Luke Rockhold with a devastating left hand in the second round of ex-champ Rockhold’s light heavyweight debut. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Amanda Nunes wins big, Jon Jones squeaks decision at UFC 239," 7 July 2019 In the headline bout, Jon Jones squeaked out a split-decision victory over Thiago Santos to defend his light heavyweight title. BostonGlobe.com, "Christian Yelich will pass up Home Run Derby," 7 July 2019

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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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