Middleweight is a division, or weight class, in boxing. Early boxing history is less than exact, but the middleweight designation seems to have begun in the 1840s. In the bare-knuckle era, the first middleweight championship fight was between Tom Chandler and Dooney Harris in 1897. Chandler won, becoming known as the American middleweight champion.

The first middleweight fight with gloves may have been between George Fulljames and Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey (no relation to the more famous heavyweight of the same name). Dempsey knocked out Fulljames on July 30, 1884.

In the modern era, middleweight means that the fighter's official weight does not exceed 160 pounds (72.64 kg). (In practice, however, since weigh-ins take place usually 24 hours before the actual fight, many fighters show up at the actual ringside weighing more.)

The current linear middleweight champion is Sergio Martinez who won the title by defeating former champion Kelly Pavlik by unanimous decision on April 17, 2010. He has 5 successful title defenses under his belt.

Olympic champions[edit | edit source]

Professional Champions[edit | edit source]

Current champions[edit | edit source]

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA October 14, 2010 22x20px Gennady Golovkin 38-0-1 (34 KO) 19
WBC September 15, 2012 22x20px Gennady Golovkin 37-0 (34 KO) 7
IBF May 7, 2011 22x20px Gennady Golovkin 37-0 (34 KO) 4
WBO October 20, 2012 United Kingdom Billy Joe Saunders 28-0 (20 KO) 3

Longest reigning middleweight champions[edit | edit source]

Below is a list of longest reigning middleweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

Name Title Reign Title Recognition Successful Defenses
1. United States Bernard Hopkins 10 years, 2 months, 18 days IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO 20
2. Argentina Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 days WBA, WBC 14
3. United States Marvin Hagler 6 years, 7 months, 10 days WBC, WBA, IBF 12
4. Germany Felix Sturm 5 years, 4 months, 4 days WBA (Super) 12
5. Germany Arthur Abraham 3 years, 10 months, 14 days IBF 10

Taekwondo[edit | edit source]

Category Men's Women's Competitions Note
Middleweight 78 – 84 kg 67 – 72 kg World Championships, Continental Championships, Asian Games since 1999
Middleweight 76 – 83 kg 65 – 70 kg World Championships, Continental Championships, Asian Games until 1998
Middleweight 68 – 80 kg 57 – 67 kg Olympic Games, Pan Am Games, All-Africa Games

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