mid·​dle·​weight | \ˈmi-dᵊl-ˌwāt \

Definition of middleweight 

: 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

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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 two middleweights were supposed to face each other May 5, but that bout was scuttled after Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) failed a pair of drug tests in February for the performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol. Rick Maese, chicagotribune.com, "Last-ditch efforts revive Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez rematch for Sept. 15 in Las Vegas," 14 June 2018 With only five professional fights on her resume, Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) already holds belts in the super middleweight class (168 pounds). Brandon Folsom, Detroit Free Press, "Flint's Claressa Shields makes changes ahead of June 22 Detroit fight," 9 May 2018 Pacquiao’s rise from flyweight champion to junior-middleweight titleholder has never been matched in the sport. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "Pacquiao taking matters into his own hands for next fight — literally," 8 July 2018 USA TODAY Sports The contentious negotiations have been resolved and there will be a rematch between world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin set for rematch on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas," 13 June 2018 Yoel Romero missed weight by a fifth of a pound and was ineligible to win the UFC middleweight title. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "MMA rankings: New blood rising in the heavyweight division," 25 June 2018 Saturday’s pay-per-view is headlined by Yoel Romero facing Robert Whittaker for the middleweight championship. Jay Reddick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UFC's Michelle Waterson: Putting CM Punk on pay-per-view 'disheartening'," 7 June 2018 The nine-figure, three-year deal kicks off Sept. 29 with a middleweight title fight. Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Bellator and Perform Group Strike Major Streaming Deal," 26 June 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of middleweight

sports : a fighter who is in a class of boxers with an upper weight limit of 160 pounds (72 kilograms) : a boxer who is heavier than a lightweight and lighter than a heavyweight

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