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light heavyweight

noun

  1. a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a middleweight and a heavyweight, especially a professional boxer weighing up to 175 pounds (80 kilograms).


light heavyweight

noun

  1. Also called (in Britain)cruiserweight
    1. a professional boxer weighing 160–175 pounds (72.5–79.5 kg)
    2. an amateur boxer weighing 75–81 kg (165–179 pounds)
    3. ( as modifier )

      a light-heavyweight bout

  2. a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 192–214 pounds (87–97 kg))
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


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Word History and Origins

Origin of light heavyweight1

First recorded in 1900–05
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Example Sentences

We first met Muhammad Ali as Cassius Clay -- the slender, charismatic 18-year-old light-heavyweight gold medalist in 1960 in Rome.

Former light heavyweight champion Jose Torres described that brutal Manila ballet in conversation as “beyond boxing.”

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