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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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Recent Examples on the Web In terms of its assets, the PBoC has gone from the undisputed heavyweight to a middleweight. The Economist, "Conforming to norms China’s monetary stimulus is unusually restrained," 22 Aug. 2020 The 23-year-old 'Red Flag' Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) defends his belt after defeating two-time super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell in 9 rounds last September. Javier Arce, The Arizona Republic, "David Benavidez wants to beat Alexis Angulo, face Canelo Alvarez," 15 Aug. 2020 Six days after referee Richard Steele waved off the fight with 27 seconds to go and made Vaden the IBF junior middleweight champion, a FedEx package arrived. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Memories of father fuel 25th anniversary of Paul Vaden’s world boxing title," 9 Aug. 2020 Woodard, 68, grew up in Merced as the son of a professional boxer (a middleweight contender who went by Woody Winslow). Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area African Americans reflect on their life in golf: ‘I used to get tormented’," 3 Aug. 2020 Sweden's Ivar Johansson took gold in the middleweight division in freestyle wrestling and then dropped 5 kilograms to compete in Greco-Roman's welterweight class. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "Los Angeles' first Olympics set template for future Games," 30 July 2020 Although astronomers have spotted neutron stars weighing up to around two solar masses and black holes as light as five, middleweight cadavers have gone entirely missing—until now. Charlie Wood, Scientific American, "Mystery Object Blurs Line between Neutron Stars and Black Holes," 30 June 2020 Milwaukee native Javier Martinez, currently ranked No. 1 at 165 pounds by USA Boxing in the Elite Division, has agreed to a multi-year contract with Top Rank promotions and will make his professional debut as a middleweight June 30 on ESPN. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee boxer Javier Martinez to turn pro, compete on ESPN, after getting snubbed for Olympic team," 23 June 2020 In the co-main event, Karl Roberson faces Marvin Vettori in a battle of middleweight prospects. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "UFC Fight Night live stream (6-13): TV, time, odds, full card, how to watch Eye vs. Calvillo," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of middleweight

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Middleweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middleweight. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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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