wel·​ter·​weight | \ ˈwel-tər-ˌwāt How to pronounce welterweight (audio) \

Definition of welterweight

: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 147 pounds — compare lightweight, middleweight

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Maxim Dadashev, a 28-year-old Russian, died on July 23, four days after a light welterweight fight in Maryland. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "After Two Deaths Days Apart, Boxing Examines Its Risks," 7 Aug. 2019 Whitaker would go on to lose his next mega fight against De La Hoya, despite bloodying his opponent and seemingly out-boxing him over 12 rounds in their welterweight title fight. Tim Dahlberg, baltimoresun.com, "Hall of Fame boxer Pernell Whitaker dies after being hit by a car in Virginia," 15 July 2019 Love, a southpaw, outboxed Samuel Teach and earned the decision in the junior welterweight fight. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "Robert Easter Jr. rated top pro fighter in Ohio: Boxing Report 2018 (photos, poll)," 7 Feb. 2018 Dadashev collapsed while leaving the ring after his junior welterweight bout with Subriel Matias of Puerto Rico. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Boxer Maxim Dadashev dies after first loss of his career," 23 July 2019 Pacquiao split decision Manny Pacquiao handed Keith Thurman his first loss Saturday night in a WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Weekend in sports: What happened with D-Backs, British Open, and Pacquiao fight?," 22 July 2019 Whitaker would go on to lose his next mega fight against De La Hoya, despite bloodying his opponent and seemingly out-boxing him over 12 rounds in their welterweight title fight. Time, "Champion Boxer Pernell Whitaker Dies After Being Hit by Car," 16 July 2019 Whitaker also was known as the victim of one of the worst decisions in boxing, a draw that allowed Julio Cesar Chavez to remain unbeaten in their welterweight bout before a crowd of more than 60,000 at the Alamodome in San Antonio in 1993. Tim Dahlberg, SFChronicle.com, "Boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies; hit by car in Virginia," 15 July 2019 Whitaker's last big fight came near the end of his career, when Felix Trinidad scored a unanimous decision in their welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden. CBS News, "Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker, former boxing world champ, fatally struck by car in Virginia," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of welterweight

circa 1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for welterweight

welter (probably from welt entry 1) + weight

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The first known use of welterweight was circa 1892

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English Language Learners Definition of welterweight

: a fighter in a class of boxers who weigh up to 147 pounds (67 kilograms) : a boxer who is heavier than a lightweight and lighter than a middleweight

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