digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

For other uses, see Heavyweight (disambiguation).

Heavyweight is a weight class division in combat sports.

Boxing[edit]

Boxers who weigh over 200 pounds (14 st 4 lb/90.7 kg) are considered heavyweights by the major professional boxing organizations: the International Boxing Federation,[1] the World Boxing Association,[2] the World Boxing Council,[3] and the World Boxing Organization.[4]

For most boxing organizations, the maximum weight for a cruiserweight is 200 pounds. Thus, a fighter whose weight is over 200 lb may not fight as anything but a heavyweight.

Joe Louis holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 25 defenses of the Universal title. This is also the record for most consecutive title defenses in boxing history.

Historical development[edit]

Because this division has no weight limit, it has been historically vaguely defined. In the 19th century, for example, many heavyweight champions weighed 170 pounds (12 st 2 lb, 77 kg) or less (although others weighed 200 pounds).

The first heavyweight champion under the Marquess of Queensberry rules was John L. Sullivan, known as "The Boston Strong Boy". He weighed around 200 pounds when in shape and was a bare-knuckle champion. He was defeated by Jim Corbett on September 7, 1892, in 21 rounds.

In 1920, the minimum weight for a heavyweight was set at 175 pounds (12 st 7 lb, 79 kg), which today is the light heavyweight division maximum. Since 1980, for most boxing organizations, the maximum weight for a cruiserweight has been 200 pounds.

Since the 1960s, the heavyweight title has become fractured amongst various sanctioning organizations, and so what was once known as the single "Heavyweight Champion", is now referred to as the "Undisputed Champion" as the one fighter that has defeated all the other titlists.

Professional Champions[edit]

Current Champions (Last updated on August 11, 2014)

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA (Super) July 2, 2011 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko 62-3 (52 KO) 6
WBA (Regular) July 6, 2014 Uzbekistan Ruslan Chagaev 33-2-1 (20 KO) 0
WBC May 10, 2014 Canada Bermane Stiverne 24-1-1 (21 KO) 0
IBF April 22, 2006 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko 62-3 (52 KO) 16
WBO February 23, 2008 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko 62-3 (52 KO) 12

Current Female Champions (Last updated on August 12, 2014)

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBO Vacant

Longest reigning heavyweight champions[edit]

Below is a list of longest reigning 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 Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days Universal 25
2. Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko 8 years, 4 months and 1 day IBF (+WBA, WBO, The Ring) 16
3. United States Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days WBC-to-IBF (+The Ring/Lineal) 20
4. United States Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days Universal 5
5. United States John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 9 days Universal 5
6. United States Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 10 days Universal 8
7. United States James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days Universal 7
8. Ukraine Vitali Klitschko 5 years, 2 months, 4 days WBC 9
9. United States Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 days NYAC (+WBA, WBC) 9
10. United States James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 days Universal 1
11. United States Jess Willard 4 years, 2 months, 29 days Universal 1
12. United Kingdom Lennox Lewis 4 years, 2 months, 15 days WBC (+IBF, WBA stripped, The Ring/Lineal) 9
13. United States Rocky Marciano 3 years, 11 months, 29 days Universal 6
14. United States Chris Byrd 3 years, 4 months, 8 days IBF 4
15. United States Muhammad Ali 3 years, 3 months, 16 days The Ring/Lineal, (+WBA, WBC stripped) 10
16. United States Mike Tyson 3 years, 2 months, 20 days WBC (+WBA, IBF, The Ring/Lineal) 9
17. United States George Foreman 3 years, 0 months, 17 days Lineal (+WBA, IBF stripped) 3
18. United States Evander Holyfield 3 years, 0 months, 4 days WBA (+IBF) 4
19. Canada Tommy Burns 2 years, 10 months, 3 days Universal 11
20. United States Michael Spinks 2 years, 9 months, 6 days The Ring/Lineal (+IBF stripped) 3

Unofficial Long Title reigns[edit]

The following title reigns are not recognized as official reigns due to: long periods of inactivity, legitimacy of title, false billing & promotion etc.

Name Title Reign Title Recognition Successful Defenses
N/A Ukraine Vitali Klitschko 9 years, 4 months, 24 days Full WBC-to-WBC Emeritus-to-Full WBC (+The Ring rel) 11
N/A United States Muhammad Ali 7 years, 0 months, 11 days The Ring/Lineal 11
N/A Denmark Brian Nielsen 3 years, 7 months, 20 days IBO 5
     Active Title Reign
     Reign has ended

Kickboxing[edit]

  • In kickboxing, a heavyweight fighter generally weighs between 88 kg (196 lb) and 100 kg (220 lb). The Fighters over 100 kg (220 lb) are considered super heavyweights.
  • International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Heavyweight (Pro & Amateur) 215.1 – 235 lb. or 97.8 – 106.8 kg.
  • In Glory promotion, a heavyweight division is over 95 kg (209 lb) and no upper weight limit.

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Main article: Heavyweight (MMA)

The heavyweight division in MMA generally groups fighters between 205 and 265 lb (93 and 120 kg).

Analogous uses[edit]

The word "heavyweight" is sometimes used in other fields (e.g. politics) to denote a person who is especially powerful or influential. In this context, "big beast" has a similar meaning. Other boxing analogies include "punching above his [their] weight" to denote a person or entity (e.g. a country) whose influence is arguably greater than his/its basic attributes would suggest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "4. Weight Classes". IBO Championship Rules & Regulations. International Boxing Organization. Retrieved 2007-08-11. "Heavyweight Over 200 lbs." 
  2. ^ "11. Weight Category". World Bpxing Association World Championships Regulations. World Boxing Association. Archived from the original on 2007-08-09. Retrieved 2007-08-11. "Heavy More than 200 Lbs." 
  3. ^ "Ratings Heavyweight (over 200-90.719)". World Boxing Council. Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  4. ^ "3. Weight Classes" (pdf). Regulations of World Championship Contests. World Boxing Organization. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-08-11. "Heavyweight Over 200lbs or 90.91 kg." 

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavyweight — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
1000000 videos foundNext > 

Infected Mushroom - Heavyweight

Heavyweight by Infected Mushroom from their album "Viscous Delicious" released on March 26, 2007. Audio is owned by Sony Music Entertainment, just sharing it...

HD - Iron Mike Tyson Title Fight Vs Trevor Berbick - Heavyweight Boxing

Mike Tyson takes down the WBC champion in 1986 and wins the title. The knockout occurs in only 2 rounds. Berbick was a respected fighter but is outclassed by...

Next Greatest Heavyweight Prospect? Undefeated Boxer Deontay Wilder Knock Out Power! 29 Wins 29 KO's

Top Undefeated Heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (29 wins 29 KO's) Brutal one punch KO Siarhei Liakhovich Next Greatest Heavyweight Prospect Undefeated Box...

Infected Mushroom Heavyweight

Artist: Infected Mushroom Video creator: Almightytoad (https://www.youtube.com/user/Almightytoad) I noticed this video got taken down, I would like to put it...

OUR LADY PEACE - HEAVYWEIGHT

Download the track on iTunes http://smarturl.it/Heavyweight Music Video for "Heavyweight" Directed by Cut Cartel & Our Lady Peace ourladypeace.com | ourladyp...

HeavyWeight - Fireworks

www.facebook.com/HeavyWeightDJ ▷ Lataa biisi omaksi: http://bit.ly/HeavyWeight_Fireworks_iTunes ▷ Kuuntele Spotifyssä:http://bit.ly/HeavyWeight_Fireworks_S...

Ultimate 8: Heavyweight Knockouts

UFC commentator Joe Rogan ranks the greatest knockouts in UFC Heavyweight history as only he can.

HeavyWeight - Come Alive (Official Video)

http://www.facebook.com/HeavyWeightDj http://soundcloud.com/heavyweightdjs https://twitter.com/#!/Heavy_WeightDJs Buy on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/fi/a...

TOP 10 KNOCKOUTS IN THE HEAVYWEIGHT

LIKE - http://www.facebook.com/pages/BoxingTrailer/217171578367768 PARTNER - http://www.wm-boxen.com MUSIC - Epic Music Mix 15 - Glory & Honor HD.

Six Sides of Steel Match to Determine Next Contender to Heavyweight Championship (Aug. 20, 2014)

Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, Eric Young, Magnus, Gunner and James Storm face Watch IMPACT WRESTLING every Wednesday on Spike TV at 9/8c. For more information go to http://www.impactwrestling.com...

1000000 videos foundNext > 

25094 news items

 
Germantown Now
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0700

Perhaps first-year Greenfield coach Joe Koch had the best perspective on the disparity between Germantown and the Hustlin' Hawks on Friday, Aug. 22, in the season opener for both teams. "We're like an amateur boxer who stepped up to try and fight Mike ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:22:30 -0700

Arsenal Training Session Arsène Wenger addresses his squad before the Saturday trip to face Everton. Photograph: Stuart Macfarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images. Arsène Wenger allowed himself a nostalgic smile as he recalled how routine player checks ...

Classicalite

Auburn Citizen (blog)
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:40:11 -0700

John Cena didn't come close to retaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Hell, Brock Lesnar hit an F5 in the first minute of the match! That set the tone for the beating we watched unfold Sunday night at Summerslam. In recent WWE history, there ...

Sherdog.com

Sherdog.com
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:33:45 -0700

A Glory disciplinary panel imposed the ban on the Belgian heavyweight kickboxer for his actions in a June 29 fight with fellow Glory heavyweight Hesdy Gerges. The fight was a non-Glory affair but both fighters were taking part after receiving ...

Wrestlezone

Wrestlezone
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:29:03 -0700

WWEShop is advertising a September in-stock date for the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship replicas, with preorders being taken now. Despite the promoted Friday, September 5th in-stock date, you can still buy the title replica and get it shipped, ...

Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:35:17 -0700

Werdum earned a heavyweight championship fight in Mexico City with the win over Browne, after finishing up a coaching stint on TUF: Latin America opposite Cain Velasquez. Browne now finds himself looking to avoid two losses in a row, and is three weeks ...
 
MMA Fighting
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0700

With a 33-14 record and riding an 11-fight win streak, the heavyweight hopes to return to the UFC one day. "Making my UFC debut in this situation would be too much for me," he said. "It's going to be different now, because I will be fighting and my ...

Fight Hype

Fight News
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:11:15 -0700

Just five days after heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is scheduled to defend his “super” version of the WBA heavyweight title against Kubrat Pulev, unbeaten heavyweights Luis Ortiz and Lateef Kayode will meet September 11 at The Joint at Hard ...
Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About Heavyweight

You can talk about Heavyweight with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!