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Weight Categories: Middleweight

The division that dates back to the 1840s

Posted Oct 06, 2011 by Chris White

The middleweight fights date back to the bare knuckle days

With data suggesting fights started at this weight back in the 1840s, middleweight boxing is one of the oldest divisions in the sport, going as far back as the bare-knuckle era. Tom Chandler and Dooney Harris contested the first “middleweight championship” fight in 1867, with Chandler taking the glory.

The current regulations stress that a middleweight boxer is a maximum of 160 pounds (72.64kg), and the division is one that a number of former Olympic champions have made the most successful transitions into the professional sport through. Fighters such as Britain’s James DeGale have come from Olympic glory to fighting at middleweight level.

The current champions across the five sanctioning bodies at middleweight level are Felix Sturm of Germany (WBA Super Middleweight), who has defended his championship on ten occasions. Gennady Golovkin (WBA Regular Middleweight) and Dmitry Pirog (WBO Middleweight) have both defended their titles twice. Daniel Geale holds the IBF Middleweight title, while Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is currently the WBC Middleweight champion, but he is yet to defend it.

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