Middleweight

Middleweight is a weight class in combat sports.

Boxing

In professional boxing, the middleweight division is contested above 154 lb (70 kg) and up to 160 lb (73 kg).

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 1867. 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 Jack Dempsey).

Gennady Golovkin and Bernard Hopkins hold the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 20 defenses.[1][2]

Professional champions

Current male champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) September 15, 2018 Mexico Canelo Álvarez[3][4] 50–1–0 (34 KO) 0
WBA (Regular) October 20, 2018 United States Robert Brant 24–1–0 (16 KO) 0
WBC September 15, 2018 Mexico Canelo Álvarez[5][6] 50–1–0 (34 KO) 0
IBF October 27, 2018 United States Daniel Jacobs 35–2–0 (29 KO) 0
WBO October 20, 2018 United States Demetrius Andrade 26–0–0 (16 KO) 0

Current interim champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBC April 21, 2018 United States Jermall Charlo 27–0–0 (21 KO) 0

Current The Ring magazine middleweight rankings Updated 20 September 2018

Rank Name Record Title(s)
C Mexico Canelo Alvarez 50–1–1 (34 KO) WBA, WBC
1 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 38–1–1 (34 KO)
2 United States Daniel Jacobs 35–2 (29 KO) IBF
3 United Kingdom Billy Joe Saunders 26–0 (12 KO)
4 United States Rob Brant 24–1 (16 KO) WBA (Regular)
5 United States Demetrius Andrade 26–0 (16 KO) WBO
6 United States Jermall Charlo 27–0 (21 KO)
7 Ukraine Serhiy Derevyanchenko 12–1 (10 KO)
8 Canada David Lemieux 40–4 (34 KO)
9 Poland Maciej Sulęcki 26–1 (10 KO)
10 Poland Kamil Szeremeta 18–0 (4 KO)

Longest reigning middleweight champions

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.

Rank Name Title Reign Title Recognition Successful Defenses
1. United States Bernard Hopkins 10 years, 2 months, 18 days IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO 20
2. United States Tommy Ryan 8 years, 7 months, 4 days World 4
3. Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 8 years, 1 month, 3 days WBA (Super), IBF, WBC 20
4. United States Tony Zale 6 years, 11 months, 24 days NBA (current WBA) 4
5. Argentina Carlos Monzon 6 years, 9 months, 9 days WBA, WBC 14
6. United States Marvelous Marvin Hagler 6 years, 7 months, 10 days WBC, WBA, IBF 12
7. Republic of Ireland Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey 6 years, 6 months, 15 days World 3
8. Germany Felix Sturm 5 years, 4 months, 4 days WBA (Super) 12
9. United Kingdom Bob Fitzsimmons 3 years, 8 months, 12 days World 1
10. Germany Arthur Abraham 3 years, 7 months, 2 days IBF 11
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