Heavyweight is a weight class in combat sports and professional wrestling.
Boxers who weigh over 200 pounds (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb) are considered heavyweights by 3 of the 4 major professional boxing organizations: the International Boxing Federation, the World Boxing Association, and the World Boxing Organization. In 2020, the World Boxing Council increased their heavyweight classification to 224 pounds (102 kg; 16 st) to allow for their creation of the bridgerweight division.
Because this division had no weight limit, it has been historically vaguely defined. In the 19th century, for example, many heavyweight champions weighed 170 pounds (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb) or less (although others weighed 200 pounds).
In 1920, the light heavyweight division was formed, with a maximum weight of 175 pounds (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb). Any fighter weighing more than 175 pounds was a heavyweight. The cruiserweight division (first for boxers in the 175–190 pound range) was established in 1979 and recognized by the various boxing organizations in the 1980s with a maximum weight of either 190 pounds (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb) or 195 pounds (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb). Later these organizations increased the cruiserweight limit to 200 pounds.
Since 1975, the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States and the Soviet Sports Committee established a new concept in international boxing, called "Heavy Duals," an all-heavyweight team contest between the United States and the Soviet Union.
As of 2021, Wladimir Klitschko holds the record of most boxers beaten for the world heavyweight title, with 23. Klitschko holds the record for the longest cumulative heavyweight title reign of all time, with 4,382 days as world heavyweight champion. Joe Louis has won the most world heavyweight title bouts, with 27. Louis holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 26 defenses of the world title.[nb 1] This is also the record for most consecutive title defenses in boxing history.
Four boxers have regained the heavyweight title in an immediate rematch: Floyd Patterson in 1960, Muhammad Ali in 1978, Lennox Lewis in 2001, and Anthony Joshua in 2019. George Foreman holds the record for being the oldest heavyweight to ever achieve championship status, becoming champion at the age of 45, while Mike Tyson possesses the record for youngest heavyweight champion at 20. Tyson also became the first heavyweight to own all three major belts – WBA, WBC, and IBF as well as The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles at the same time.
Main article: List of world heavyweight boxing champions
|Sanctioning Body||Reign Began||Champion||Record||Defenses|
|WBA||September 25, 2021||Oleksandr Usyk||20–0||1|
|WBC||February 22, 2020||Tyson Fury||33–0–1||3|
|IBF||September 25, 2021||Oleksandr Usyk||20–0||1|
|WBO||September 25, 2021||Oleksandr Usyk||20–0||1|
As of April 8, 2023.
|C||Oleksandr Usyk||20–0 (13 KO)||IBF, WBA, WBO|
|1||Tyson Fury||33–0–1 (23 KO)||WBC|
|2||Deontay Wilder||43–2–1 (41 KO)|
|3||Anthony Joshua||25–3 (22 KO)|
|4||Zhilei Zhang||25–1–1 (20 KO)|
|5||Andy Ruiz Jr.||35–2 (22 KO)|
|6||Dillian Whyte||29–3 (19 KO)|
|7||Joe Joyce||15–1 (14 KO)|
|8||Luis Ortiz||33–3–0–2 (28 KO)|
|9||Joseph Parker||31–3 (21 KO)|
|10||Filip Hrgović||15–0 (12 KO)|
As of April 30, 2023.
|1||Oleksandr Usyk||20–0 (13 KO)||429.8||IBF, WBA, WBO|
|2||Anthony Joshua||24–3 (22 KO)||234.9|
|3||Deontay Wilder||42–2–1 (41 KO)||208.6|
|4||Dillian Whyte||28–3 (19 KO)||133.6|
|5||Joseph Parker||30–2 (21 KO)||105.1|
|6||Derek Chisora||32–12 (23 KO)||58.45|
|7||Kubrat Pulev||29–3–0 (14 KO)||57.10|
|8||Luis Ortiz||33–2 (28 KO)||50.51|
|9||Joe Joyce||13–0 (12 KO)||47.28|
Main article: World heavyweight boxing championship records and statistics
The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921.
As of 22 February 2020.
|Pos.||Name||Combined reign||Days as champion||Number of reigns||Title recognition||Title fight wins||Beaten opponents||Fights|
|1.||Wladimir Klitschko||12 years, 0 months, 0 days||4 382||2||WBA, IBF, WBO||25||23|||
|2.||Joe Louis||11 years, 8 months, 8 days||4 270||1||NYSAC, NBA||27||22|||
|3.||Muhammad Ali||9 years, 5 months, 5 days||3 443||3||NYSAC, WBA, WBC||22||21|||
|4.||Lennox Lewis||8 years, 5 months, 13 days||3 086||3||WBA, WBC, IBF||15||15|||
|5.||Vitali Klitschko||7 years, 5 months, 28 days||2 735||3||WBC, WBO||15||15|||
|6.||Larry Holmes||7 years, 3 months, 12 days||2 661||1||WBC, IBF||20||20|||
|7.||Jack Dempsey||7 years, 2 months, 19 days||2 638||1||NYSAC, NBA||6||6|||
|8.||John L. Sullivan||7 years, 0 months, 10 days||2 566||1||lineal||1||1|||
|9.||Jack Johnson||6 years, 3 months, 11 days||2 292||1||lineal||6||6|||
|10.||Evander Holyfield||6 years, 1 month, 1 day||2 223||4||WBA, WBC, IBF||10||9|||
|11.||James J. Jeffries||5 years, 11 months, 4 days||2 156||1||lineal||8||6|||
|12.||Deontay Wilder||5 years, 1 months, 5 days||1 859||1||WBC||10||8|||
|13.||Joe Frazier||4 years, 10 months, 18 days||1 785||1||NYSAC, WBA, WBC||10||10|||
|14.||Floyd Patterson||4 years, 10 months, 0 days||1 765||2||NYSAC, NBA||8||7|||
|15.||James J. Corbett||4 years, 6 months, 10 days||1 652||1||lineal||2||2|||
Below is a list of longest reigning heavyweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. The list includes both The Ring and lineal championships. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.
|Pos.||Name||Title Reign||Title recognition||Successful defenses||Beaten opponents||Fights|
|1.||Joe Louis||11 years, 8 months, 8 days||lineal||26||21|||
|2.||Wladimir Klitschko||9 years, 7 months and 6 days||IBF (+WBA, WBO, The Ring/Lineal)||18||17|||
|3.||Larry Holmes||7 years, 3 months, 12 days||WBC-to-IBF (+The Ring/Lineal)||19||19|||
|4.||Jack Dempsey||7 years, 2 months, 19 days||lineal||5||5|||
|5.||John L. Sullivan||7 years, 0 months, 9 days||lineal||0||0|||
|6.||Jack Johnson||6 years, 3 months, 10 days||lineal||5||5|||
|7.||Muhammad Ali||5 years, 11 months, 9 days||The Ring/Lineal, (+WBA, WBC stripped)||9||9|||
|8.||James J. Jeffries||5 years, 11 months, 4 days||lineal||7||6|||
|9.||Vitali Klitschko||5 years, 2 months, 4 days||WBC||9||9|||
|10.||Deontay Wilder||5 years, 1 month 5 days||WBC||10||9|||
|11.||Joe Frazier||4 years, 10 months, 18 days||NYSAC (+WBA, WBC)||9||9|||
|12.||James J. Corbett||4 years, 6 months, 10 days||lineal||1||1|||
|13.||Jess Willard||4 years, 2 months, 29 days||lineal||1||1|||
|14.||Lennox Lewis||4 years, 2 months, 15 days||WBC (+IBF, WBA stripped, The Ring/Lineal)||9||8|||
|15.||Rocky Marciano||3 years, 11 months, 29 days||lineal||6||5|||
The lower limit for heavyweight was established in 1948 at 81 kg (178.6 lb). A weight class named "super heavyweight" was established in 1984, and with it a maximum 91 kg (200.6 lb) for the heavyweight division.
Main article: Heavyweight (MMA)
The heavyweight division in MMA generally groups fighters between 206 and 265 lb (93 and 120 kg).
Heavyweight is also the title of a documentary film that documented the fight camp of Fabrício Werdum when he became the UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Main articles: Wrestling weight classes and Professional wrestling weight classes
The term "world heavyweight" in modern wrestling generally refers to a champion wrestler who is seen as a prominent competitor, rather than an adherent to a particular weight class. The World Heavyweight Championship in wrestling is usually considered the main title in a given promotion. Prior to the wrestling industry publicly acknowledging the predetermined nature of the sport, a Heavyweight title was generally competed for by larger wrestlers while smaller wrestlers competed as (among other names and classifications) "Junior Heavyweights" and "Light-Heavyweights".
The word "heavyweight" is sometimes used in other fields (e.g. politics) to denote a person who is especially powerful or influential. 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.
Heavyweight Over 200 lbs.
Heavy More than 700 Lbs.
Heavyweight Over 200lbs or 90.91 kg.
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