Light heavyweight

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Light heavyweight, also referred to as junior cruiserweight or light cruiserweight, is a weight class in combat sports.

Boxing

Professional

In professional boxing, the division is above 168 pounds (76 kg) and up to 175 pounds (79 kg), falling between super middleweight and cruiserweight.

The light-heavyweight class has produced some of boxing's greatest champions: Bernard Hopkins (who, upon becoming champion, broke the record for oldest man to win a world title), Tommy Loughran, Billy Conn, Joey Maxim, Archie Moore, Michael Moorer, Bob Foster, Ann Wolfe, Michael Spinks, Dariusz Michalczewski, Roy Jones, Jr., Sergey Kovalev and Zsolt Erdei.

Many light heavyweight champions unsuccessfully challenged for the heavyweight crown until Michael Spinks became the first reigning light heavyweight champion to win the heavyweight championship. Bob Fitzsimmons captured the light-heavyweight championship after losing his heavyweight championship. Two all-time great heavyweight champions, Ezzard Charles and Floyd Patterson, started out as light heavyweights. Charles defeated Archie Moore and Joey Maxim several times in non-title bouts before becoming heavyweight champion and Patterson lost an eight-round decision to Joey Maxim before becoming heavyweight champion himself. Evander Holyfield successfully moved up from the light-heavyweight division to the cruiserweight division and eventually the heavyweight division and became undisputed champion of the latter two.

Current world champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses Beaten opponents
WBA Sep 18, 2017 Russia Dmitry Bivol 18–0 (11 KO) 7 7
WBC Oct 18, 2019 Russia Artur Beterbiev 16–0 (16 KO) 1 1
IBF Nov 11, 2017 Russia Artur Beterbiev 16–0 (16 KO) 4 4
WBO Apr 10, 2021 United States Joe Smith Jr. 27–3 (21 KO) 0 0

Current interim champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses Beaten opponents
WBA Oct 10, 2020 Germany Robin Krasniqi 51–6 (19 KO) 0 0

Current world rankings

The Ring

As of October 16, 2021.[1]

Keys:

 C  Current The Ring world champion
Rank Name Record (W–L–D) Title(s)
C vacant
1 Russia Artur Beterbiev 16–0 (16 KO) IBF, WBC
2 Russia Dmitry Bivol 18–0 (11 KO) WBA
3 Russia Sergey Kovalev 34–4–1 (29 KO)
4 United States Joe Smith Jr. 27–3 (21 KO) WBO
5 Canada Jean Pascal 35–6–1 (20 KO)
6 Sweden Badou Jack 24–3–3 (14 KO)
7 Colombia Eleider Alvarez 25–2 (13 KO)
8 United States Marcus Browne 24–1 (16 KO)
9 Russia Umar Salamov 26–1 (19 KO)
10 United Kingdom Lyndon Arthur 19–0 (13 KO)
BoxRec

As of October 16, 2021.[2]

Rank Name Record (W–L–D) Points Title(s)
1 Russia Sergey Kovalev 34–4–1 (29 KO) 306.7
2 Russia Dmitry Bivol 18–0 (11 KO) 266.5 WBA
3 Russia Artur Beterbiev 16–0 (16 KO) 250.0 IBF, WBC
4 United States Joe Smith Jr. 27–3 (21 KO) 160.8 WBO
5 United States Jesse Hart 26–3 (21 KO) 117.7
6 Russia Maxim Vlasov 45–4 (26 KO) 103.8
7 Canada Jean Pascal 35–6–1 (20 KO) 86.42
8 Sweden Badou Jack 24–3–3 (14 KO) 82.00
9 Mexico Gilberto Ramirez 42–0 (28 KO) 81.24
10 Colombia Eleider Alvarez 25–2 (13 KO) 80.80

Longest reigning world light heavyweight champions

Below is a list of longest reigning light heavyweight 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 Beaten opponents Fights
1. United States Archie Moore 9 years, 4 months, 24 days NYSAC, NBA 9 7 [3][4]
2. Poland / Germany Dariusz Michalczewski 9 years, 1 months, 8 days IBF, WBA, WBO 23 20 [5]
3. United States Bob Foster 6 years, 0 months, 23 days WBC, WBA 14 13 [6]
4. Hungary Zsolt Erdei 5 years, 9 months, 27 days WBO 11 10 [7]
5. Canada Adonis Stevenson 5 years, 5 months, 24 days WBC 9 9 [8]
6. United States Charles Williams 5 years, 4 months, 21 days IBF 8 8 [9]
7. United States Roy Jones Jr 5 years, 2 months, 25 days WBC, IBF, WBA (Super) 11 11 [10]
8. United States Virgil Hill 4 years, 9 months, 15 days WBA 10 10 [11]
9. United States Michael Spinks 4 years, 2 months, 3 days IBF, WBA, WBC 10 10 [12]
10. Russia Dmitry Bivol 4 years and 4 weeks WBA 7 7 [13]
11. United States Battling Levinsky 3 years, 11 months, 19 days World 0 0 [14][15]
12. Russia Artur Beterbiev 3 years, 11 months and 5 days IBF, WBC 4 4 [16]
13. Argentina Victor Galindez 3 years, 9 months, 8 days WBA 10 7 [17][18]
14. Russia Sergey Kovalev 3 years, 3 months, 3 days IBF, WBA, WBO 8 7 [19]
  Active Title Reign
  Reign has ended

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Amateur

In amateur boxing, light heavyweight is a weight division above 165 pounds (75 kg) and up to 178 pounds (81 kg), falling between middleweight and heavyweight.

Olympic champions

Kickboxing

  • In kickboxing, a light heavyweight fighter generally weighs between 77 kg (171 lb) and 82 kg (180 lb).
  • In International Kickboxing Federation (IKF), a light heavyweight division is 172.1 – 179 lb (78.3 – 81.4 kg).
  • In Glory promotion, a light heavyweight division is up to 95 kg (209 lb).[23]
  • In Bellator Kickboxing promotion, a light heavyweight division is up to 95 kg (209 lb).
  • In ONE Championship, the light heavyweight division is up to 102.1 kg (225 lb).

Mixed martial arts

In MMA, the light heavyweight division is from 186 lb (84 kg) to 205 lb (93 kg).

References

  1. ^ "The Ring ratings: light heavyweight". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  2. ^ "BoxRec ratings: light heavyweight, active". Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Professional boxing record: Archie Moore". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Archie Moore, p. 612" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Professional boxing record: Dariusz Michalczewski". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Professional boxing record: Bob Foster". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Professional boxing record: Zsolt Erdei". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Professional boxing record: Adonis Stevenson". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Professional boxing record: Charles Williams". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Professional boxing record: Roy Jones Jr". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Professional boxing record: Virgil Hill". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Professional boxing record: Michael Spinks". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Professional boxing record: Dmitry Bivol". Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Professional boxing record: Battling Levinsky". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Battling Levinsky, p. 184" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Professional boxing record: Dmitry Bivol". Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Professional boxing record: Victor Galindez". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Victor Galindez, p. 468" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Professional boxing record: Sergey Kovalev". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  20. ^ BoxRec Light Heavyweight Ratings Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  21. ^ BoxRec WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  22. ^ BoxRec Light Heavyweight Division Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  23. ^ Official Glory Ranking Archived 2014-01-10 at the Wayback Machine
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