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Definition of welterweight

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Shawn Porter, another welterweight who fought Spence last September (a Spence victory by decision), is confident the PBC’s partnership with Fox will pay dividends down the road. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Boxing back in network TV spotlight? Fox, PBC partnership attempts to do just that," 7 Nov. 2020 The welterweight then turned his attention to President Trump’s opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and accused the Democrat of pandering. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "UFC star Masvidal: 'Democrats think that they are entitled to the Latino vote'," 16 Oct. 2020 After getting bounced from welterweight by Matt Hughes in 2006, Penn moved back down to lightweight and was unstoppable. cleveland, "The 25 greatest MMA fighters of all time, ranked," 8 July 2020 The competition at welterweight would get better after Hughes’ run was over. cleveland, "The 25 greatest MMA fighters of all time, ranked," 8 July 2020 According to the report, an argument started between Perry and another individual after the welterweight believed the other person to be saying something about his girlfriend. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Police respond to incident at Texas restaurant after UFC fighter allegedly hit man, used racial slurs," 10 July 2020 Penn did attempt to go back to welterweight, losing to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 94. cleveland, "The 25 greatest MMA fighters of all time, ranked," 8 July 2020 Not so for San Antonio junior welterweight Kendo Castaneda (17-1, 8 KOs), who accepted the challenge of taking on Jose Zepeda (31-2, 25 KOs) on Tuesday in Las Vegas. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "For San Antonio boxer Kendo Castaneda, ESPN bout a lateral move," 6 July 2020 The welterweight division is loaded with talent, which means this fight has particularly high stakes for both fighters. oregonlive, "How to watch UFC Fight Night 173 live on ESPN Plus (5/30/2020): Fight card, odds, TV channel, Tyron Woodley vs Gilbert Burns preview," 29 May 2020

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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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12 Nov 2020

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“Welterweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welterweight. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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