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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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Also on the card, New Haven’s Elvis Figueroa (6-0, 3 KOs), who trains with Foster at the Boxing in Faith Gym in New Haven, will face Marcelo Molina (23-16-1, 19 KOs) of Argentina in a four-round super middleweight (168 pounds) bout. Jonah Dylan, courant.com, "New Haven boxer Charles Foster taking next step with fight against Denis Grachev," 16 Aug. 2019 Andre Dirrell will meet Jose Uzcategui in a super-middleweight bout first, followed by Wilder-Ortiz. Creg Stephenson, AL.com, "Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz time, TV channel, odds, how to watch online," 5 Jan. 2018 Gennady Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko agreed to terms on Tuesday to fight for a vacant middleweight title on October 5, according to ESPN. Jenna West, SI.com, "Report: Gennady Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko to Fight in October," 20 Aug. 2019 Former Alabama linebacker Eryk Anders’ return to the UFC Octagon also will be a return to the middleweight division. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Opponent, date set for Eryk Anders’ next UFC bout," 20 Aug. 2019 Olympic gold medalist and middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero competes against 12-0 knockout artist Paulo Costa. Todd Martin, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 241 live updates: Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic," 17 Aug. 2019 After winning all of his initial middleweight bouts, Leftwich was victorious in the South Atlantic championship contests in Baltimore in 1922. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Recalling 3 San Diego Olympians in their own words," 28 July 2019 Silva had the longest title reign as UFC middleweight champion with 16 consecutive victories from 2006 to 2013. Washington Post, "MMA great Anderson Silva becomes US citizen," 24 July 2019 Jones was a significant favorite against Santos, a longtime middleweight who moved up in weight last year. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Amanda Nunes wins big, Jon Jones squeaks decision at UFC 239," 7 July 2019

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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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