welterweight

noun
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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Pettis is on an incredible hot streak after his return to welterweight. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "UFC 241 Card Loaded With Fascinating Storylines," 13 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 The brawl-loving Sanchez is rarely in a boring fight, but Chiesa has looked dangerous with his move to welterweight. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "The best ever? Jon Jones, Amanda Nunes could make cases at UFC 239.," 5 July 2019 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

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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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welterweight

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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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