mid·​dle·​weight ˈmi-dᵊl-ˌwāt How to pronounce middleweight (audio)
: one of average weight
specifically : a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 160 pounds for professionals and 165 pounds for amateurs compare light heavyweight, welterweight

Examples of middleweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The middleweight takes on Bo Nickal in the first fight of the main card, two bouts before Gaethje vs. Holloway. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, 13 Apr. 2024 The event will occur in Riyadh on June 22 and be headlined by a No. 1 contender’s match at middleweight between former champion Robert Whittaker and Khamzat Chimaev. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 For a super middleweight who has many questions surrounding him, the Quigley fight didn’t really answer any. Josh Katzowitz, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Glenelg leaned on bonus points from its middleweights to roll to the victory. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 29 Jan. 2024 The 30-year-old middleweight racked up an impressive 14 takedown attempts during the scrap, which kept Kopylov, who was the better striker, a bit tentative throughout the fight. Trent Reinsmith, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Fans entertained themselves with The Wave while the two super middleweights plodded in the ring, then some expressed themselves with derisive chants. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 28 Jan. 2024 Álvarez hasn’t fought as a middleweight since defeating Gennady Golovkin in Sept. 2018. Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2023 Anders is 5-5 as a middleweight and 2-2 as a light heavyweight in UFC. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 3 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of middleweight was in 1847

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“Middleweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middleweight. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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mid·​dle·​weight ˈmid-ᵊl-ˌwāt How to pronounce middleweight (audio)
: one of average weight
especially : a boxer in a weight division having an upper limit of about 160 pounds

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