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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After a training camp hand injury postponed his scheduled April 14 move up to welterweight to meet Australia's World Boxing Organization champion Jeff Horn, Crawford's argument renews June 9 against the unbeaten Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) at MGM Grand. Lance Pugmire, latimes.com, "Terence Crawford says June 9 bout with Jeff Horn keeps him atop pound-for-pound heap," 28 Mar. 2018 In July, the current Filipino senator returned to the ring after a one-year hiatus to win the WBA welterweight title, knocking out Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "Manny Pacquiao Can’t Quit Boxing," 19 Nov. 2018 The fight would have most likely been with Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight championship. Jenna West, SI.com, "Conor McGregor Reveals He Almost Returned to UFC in May But "Something Came Up"," 6 June 2018 His career was highlighted by a state junior-welterweight championship in 1981. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "Golovkin-Canelo rematch tops wish-list of fights for 2018 | Miami Herald," 7 Jan. 2018 After capturing two world titles and the lineal championship in the super welterweight division, Alvarez moved up to 160 pounds to capture the WBC, Lineal and Ring Magazine world titles with a Nov. 2015 victory against Miguel Cotto. David Humphrey, star-telegram, "Is AT&T Stadium an option for Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch?," 29 Jan. 2018 However, the crowd-pleasing fights typical of Rios’ performances and the move to welterweight might have finally taken its toll. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "Energized Danny Garcia returns to ring against Brandon Rios on Feb. 17 | Miami Herald," 4 Feb. 2018 With a loss possibly ending his career at age 39, Manny Pacquiao will fight Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse on Sunday in a welterweight title bout in Malaysia a year after being upset by Australia’s Jeff Horn . . BostonGlobe.com, "US Olympic Committee tabs Sarah Hirshland as its CEO," 13 July 2018 That Pacquiao climbed divisions the way most people climb stairs, winning titles at featherweight and lightweight and welterweight, collecting belts in eight weight classes. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "In Search of a Happy Ending to Boxing Career, Manny Pacquiao Is Following a Familiar, Sad Trajectory Instead," 12 July 2018

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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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