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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Silva is a former UFC middleweight champion, who reigned from 2006-13. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2022 Costa is one of the hardest hitters in the middleweight division and Rockhold has lost his last two fights (and only fights in the past two and half years by brutal knockouts. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 20 Aug. 2022 De Niro's portrayal of middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta in the biographical drama earned him his first Oscar win in the Best Actor category. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2022 One of those wins came against former WBC middleweight title holder Julio César Chávez Jr. cleveland, 29 Oct. 2022 The heavyweights switched medals in the openweight division, in which Yamamoto Sumo Dojo swept the podium as Crook, competing in her first sumo competition, added a bronze medal in the openweight to her middleweight gold medal. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 Golovkin, meanwhile, has never fought professionally as anything but a middleweight (160 pounds). Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 Or perhaps a date at 168 pounds against unbeaten middleweight champion Jermall Charlo of Houston or unbeaten former 168-pound champion David Benavidez. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2022 At the beginning of this year, middleweight boxing superstar Canelo Álvarez was widely considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Sean Gregory, Time, 17 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

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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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