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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

Examples of middleweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Holyfield, 58, is set to box Vitor Belfort, 44, a former UFC champion fighter who competed in the heavyweight and middleweight divisions before announcing his retirement in 2018. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 There were eight boxing champions and many people could name them all at any moment and most everyone could at least name the heavyweight and middleweight kings. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2021 The anticipated super middleweight title eliminator between Phoenix native David Benavidez and Jose Uzcátegui originally scheduled for Aug. 28 at Footprint Center has been postponed. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Li Quan of China is fighting for a middleweight gold, and Richard Torrez Jr. of the United States is in the super heavyweight final. Ken Belson, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021 Hebert Sousa won the men’s middleweight final in shocking fashion when his bout with Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak was stopped by a third-round knockdown. San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Aug. 2021 First Olympic medals for karate are awarded in women’s kata, men’s kumite 67kg and women’s kumite 55kg; men’s featherweight, flyweight and middleweight and women’s lightweight boxing; men’s freestyle and women’s freestyle wrestling. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Kazakh middleweight sensation Abilkhan Amankul was gracious Sunday after a narrow quarterfinal loss to Brazil's Hebert Sousa. Greg Beacham, ajc, 2 Aug. 2021 Kazakh middleweight sensation Abilkhan Amankul was gracious Sunday after a narrow quarterfinal loss to Brazil's Hebert Sousa. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 2 Aug. 2021

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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 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of middleweight

: 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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