Cruiserweight (boxing)

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This article is about the weight class in boxing. For the weight class in professional wrestling, see cruiserweight (professional wrestling). For the band, see Cruiserweight (band).

Cruiserweight (also referred to as junior heavyweight) is a weight class in boxing between light heavyweight and heavyweight. Before the advent of the current cruiserweight class, "light heavyweight" and "cruiserweight" were sometimes used interchangeably in the United Kingdom.

The current weight limit for the division is 200 pounds (14 stone 4 pounds / 90.7 kg). When originally established, the weight limit was 190 pounds (86.2 kg). The division was established in order to accommodate smaller heavyweight boxers who could not compete with the growing size of boxers in that division. While many great heavyweight champions (such as Rocky Marciano and Joe Louis) weighed around 190 pounds in their career, during the 1970s it became fairly standard that heavyweight boxers weighed 220 pounds or 230 pounds. It was felt by many boxing authorities that asking men weighing between 176 pounds and 190 pounds to fight these larger men was unfair.

The WBC was the first boxing organization to recognize the cruiserweight division when it sanctioned a bout between Marvin Camel and Mate Parlov on December 8, 1979, for their version of the title. That fight was a draw, but in the rematch in March 1980 Camel won and became the first cruiserweight champion. In 1982 the World Boxing Association recognized Ossie Ocasio as their first cruiserweight champion when he defeated South African Robbie Williams (although at that time the WBA called the division "junior heavyweight"). The International Boxing Federation followed suit in 1983 when it matched former WBC champion Marvin Camel against Rick Sekorski for their inaugural title. Camel won and became the first IBF cruiserweight champion.

Several boxers moved up to Heavyweight after winning world titles at Crusierweight. Evander Holyfield unified the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles to become undisputed champion, the first to do so, and then moved up to the heavyweight division in 1988.

Other notable champions in the division have been Bobby Czyz, Tomasz Adamek, Virgil Hill, Al Cole, Orlin Norris, James Toney and David Haye.

Johnny Nelson and Marco Huck jointly hold the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with both achieving 13 defenses of the WBO title.

Professional Champions[edit]

Current Champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefenses
WBAOctober 30, 2012Russia Denis Lebedev26-2 (20 KO)2
WBCSeptember 27, 2014Russia Grigory Drozd39-1 (27 KO)0
IBFOctober 1, 2011Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernandez29-1 (14 KO)4
WBOAugust 29, 2009Germany Marco Huck38-2-1 (26 KO)13

Current Female Champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefenses

Longest reigning cruiserweight champions[edit]

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

NameTitle ReignTitle RecognitionSuccessful Defenses
1.United Kingdom Johnny Nelson7 years, 5 months, 26 daysWBO13
2.Germany Marco Huck5 years, 5 months, 3 weeks and 2 daysWBO13
3.Cuba Juan Carlos Gomez4 yearsWBC10
4.Poland Krzysztof Włodarczyk4 years, 4 months, 12 daysWBC6
5.Panama Guillermo Jones4 years, 1 month, 3 daysWBA2
6.France Anaclet Wamba3 years, 11 months, 17 daysWBC8
7.Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov3 years, 10 months, 21 daysIBF6
8.France Jean-Marc Mormeck3 years, 10 months, 15 daysWBA, WBC4
9.Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernandez3 years, 4 months, 2 weeks and 6 daysIBF4
10.Puerto Rico Ossie Ocasio2 years, 9 months, 18 daysWBA3
11.United States Evander Holyfield2 years, 4 months, 22 daysWBA, IBF, WBC5
     Active Title Reign
     Reign has ended

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In kickboxing, a cruiserweight fighter generally weighs between 82 kg (181 lb) and 88 kg (195 lb). However, some governing bodies have slightly different classes. For example the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Cruiserweight (professional and amateur) division is 186.1 lbs.–195 lbs. or 84.6 kg–88.6 kg.


  1. ^ Cruiserweight Boxing News Website Retrieved on 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ Current Cruiserweight Ratings Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  3. ^ Cruiserweight Division Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  4. ^ IBF Cruiserweight Champions Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  5. ^ WBA Cruiserweight Champions Retrieved on 27 December 2012.