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 kg).

Origin of light heavyweight

First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for light heavyweight

Contemporary Examples of light heavyweight

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

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    Why Spectators Sports Thrive or Die

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    February 15, 2013


British Dictionary definitions for light heavyweight

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))
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