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Light heavyweight

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Light heavyweight, or junior cruiserweight, is a weight class in combat sports.

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With perhaps the most exciting match ups to be made the light heavyweight division looks to be the most dramatic for the next couple years and at the beginning of 2018 boxing fans are blessed with an unusually deep division loaded with talented fighters And we can sense it's in the calm before the storm as they are most likely going to be pitted against each other in the near future So join Rainy Day Boxing in the state of the light heavyweight division As we try to find the new king Beginning with the champions we'll first look at the front-runner for the number one spot in the division Dmitry Bivol The WBA champion recently proved he is the real deal when he scored a 12th round knockout against top contender Sullivan Barrera Being the only champion in the division under the age of 30 many people believe he is the newcomer that will finally retire the older champions With eight successful defenses of his WBC title 40 year old Adonis Stevenson is the oldest and longest reigning champion in boxing today and after years of receiving criticism from the public for fighting unworthy challengers he will finally defend his title against his first credible opponent Badou Jack although given little credit from boxing fans the fearsome power he possesses and his left hand is undeniable and can't be overlooked Two years ago when Sergey Kovalev was terrorising the division and held three of the four major belts he would have been the favourite to beat any man Now with two controversial losses to Andre Ward and an increasingly strong division the reputation of the crusher has become less frightening But after regaining the WBO title and two come back victories won by knockout fans have seemingly forgotten the losses IBF champion Artur Beterbiev burst onto the scene back in 2014 with a four-minute demolition job on former champion Tavoris cloud Although turning pro almost five years ago he has only 12 professional contests under his belt due to injuries and difficulty finding opponents With his 100% knockout rate and two victories over Sergey Kovalev and his decorated amateur career his name is something other fighters avoid mentioning Currently the only fighters scheduled to challenge for a light heavyweight title the first contender will look at is Badou Jack A former champion and the super middleweight division once Jack gained recognition as the best in that weight class he moved up to live heavyweight and took on former champion Nathan cleverly and scored an impressive win by stoppage to prove he belongs at the weight With his reputation for seeking big fights many are rooting for Jack to take the title from Stevenson as he would be more willing to risk the WBC title in unification bouts Now the highest ranked Challenger for the WBO and IBF titles the talented Marcus Browne has the option to fight either Kovalev or Beterbiev in his next fight With recent wins over Tommy Monaghan, Thomas Williams jr. and Francy Ntetu the southpaw Olympian went from prospect to bonafide contender But fans continue to demand for him to rematch"Hot Rod" as it seems they will never forget the undeserving decision victory he received in their fight Eleider álvarez, a technically sound fighter with the strong resume having beaten elite fighters such as Jean Pascal, Lucian Bute, Isaac Chilemba and handing three previously unbeaten prospects their first loss he's proven he belongs with the best in the division Alvarez has been the mandatory challenger for Adonis Stevenson's WBC belt for years but has taken step aside money several times to allow Stevenson to have voluntary defenses He is most likely going to be the first Challenger for the winner of Stevenson vs Jack and many experts see the skilled Colombian to be a threat to either man It appears there is a new wave of Eastern European fighters that are dominating the division and in the talented mix is Ukrainian Olympic bronze medallist Oleksandr Gvozdyk A methodical textbook style fighter who lives up to his nickname "The Nail" as he's hammered out victories against common opponents of Sergey Kovalev in a more impressive fashion Claiming the WBC interim title in his most recent fight he became the second highest ranked challenger behind Eleider Alvarez and not being in the top 15 rankings of any other sanctioning body it is unlikely we'll see him challenging for any belt other than the WBC Blessed with power and the fastest hands in the division the extremely talented Anthony yarde is the most promising prospect in the division But being in a division ruled by fighters with 200+ amateur fights Yarde's biggest disadvantage is his inexperience having only 12 amateur fights Boxing fans are hoping this is the year that yarde will be tested against high-level opposition as he continues to climb to the top Which of these standout fighters will be the last man standing in this stacked division Only time will tell, as all we can do is watch and let it play out as they can only rise to the top by fighting each other So I ask you who are you picking to become the New King?



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. 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., Joe Calzaghe 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.

Dariusz Michalczewski holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 23 defenses of the WBO title.

Professional champions

Current champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA Sep 18, 2017 Russia Dmitry Bivol 15–0 (11 KO) 4
WBC December 1, 2018 Ukraine Oleksandr Gvozdyk 16–0 (13 KO) 0
IBF Nov 11, 2017 Russia Artur Beterbiev 13–0 (13 KO) 1
WBO Aug 4, 2018 Colombia Eleider Álvarez 24–0 (12 KO) 0

Longest reigning 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
1. United States Archie Moore 9 years, 4 months, 24 days World, NYSAC, EBU 8
2. Poland / Germany Dariusz Michalczewski 9 years, 1 months, 8 days IBF, WBA, WBO 23
3. United States Roy Jones Jr 6 years, 9 months, 8 days IBF, WBC, WBA (Super) 12
4. United States Bob Foster 6 years, 0 months, 23 days WBC, WBA 14
5. Hungary Zsolt Erdei 5 years, 9 months, 27 days WBO 11
6. Canada Adonis Stevenson 5 years, 5 months, 24 days WBC 9
7. United States Charles Williams 5 years, 4 months, 21 days IBF 8
8. United States Virgil Hill 4 years, 9 months, 15 days WBA 10
9. United States Michael Spinks 4 years, 2 months, 3 days IBF, WBA, WBC 10
10. United States Battling Levinsky 3 years, 11 months, 19 days World N/A
11. United Kingdom Freddie Mills 3 years, 10 months, 25 days EBU N/A
12. Argentina Victor Galindez 3 years, 9 months, 8 days WBA 12
13. Russia Sergey Kovalev 3 years, 3 months, 3 days IBF, WBA, WBO 8
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Olympic champions


  • 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).[4]
  • In Bellator Kickboxing promotion, a light heavyweight division is up to 95 kg (209 lb).

Mixed martial arts

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


  1. ^ BoxRec Light Heavyweight Ratings Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  2. ^ BoxRec WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  3. ^ BoxRec Light Heavyweight Division Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  4. ^ OFFICIAL GLORY RANKING Archived 2014-01-10 at the Wayback Machine.

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