Light heavyweight

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Light heavyweight is a weight class division in combat sports.


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 [12 stone or 76.204 kilograms] and up to 175 pounds [12.5 stone or 79.38 kilograms], 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), Evander Holyfield, Tommy Loughran, Billy Conn, Joey Maxim, Archie Moore, Bob Foster, Michael Spinks, Dariusz Michalczewski, Roy Jones, Jr. and Zsolt Erdei to name a few.

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[edit]

Current champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefenses
WBA (Unified)November 8, 2014Russia Sergey Kovalev26-0-1 (23 KO)0
WBADecember 14, 2013Germany Jürgen Brähmer45-2 (33 KO)3
WBCJune 8, 2013Canada Adonis Stevenson25-1 (21 KO)4
IBFNovember 8, 2014Russia Sergey Kovalev26-0-1 (23 KO)0
WBOAugust 17, 2013Russia Sergey Kovalev26-0-1 (23 KO)4

Current female champions

Sanctioning BodyReign BeganChampionRecordDefenses

Longest reigning light heavyweight champions[edit]

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.

NameTitle ReignTitle RecognitionSuccessful Defenses
1.United States Archie Moore9 years, 4 months, 24 daysWorld, NYSAC, EBU8
2.Poland\Germany Dariusz Michalczewski9 years, 1 months, 8 daysIBF, WBA, WBO23
3.United States Roy Jones Jr6 years, 9 months, 8 daysIBF, WBC, WBA (Super)11
4.United States Bob Foster6 years, 0 months, 23 daysWBC, WBA17
5.Hungary Zsolt Erdei5 years, 9 months, 27 daysWBO16
6.United States Charles Williams5 years, 4 months, 21 daysIBF8
7.United States Virgil Hill4 years, 9 months, 15 daysWBA10
8.United States Michael Spinks4 years, 2 months, 3 daysIBF, WBA, WBC10
9.United States Battling Levinsky3 years, 11 months, 19 daysWorldN/A
10.United Kingdom Freddie Mills3 years, 10 months, 25 daysEBUN/A
11.Argentina Victor Galindez3 years, 9 months, 8 daysWBA12
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Olympic champions[edit]


Mixed martial arts[edit]

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.