In boxing, the light heavyweight is a weight division above 168 pounds [12 Stone or 76.204 kilograms] and up to 175 pounds [12.7 stone or 79.38 kilograms]), falling between super middleweight and cruiserweight. The light heavyweight class has produced some of boxing's greatest champions: Bernard Hopkins, who upon becoming champion, broke the record for oldest man to win a world title, Evander Holyfield, Tommy Loughran, Billy Conn, Joey Maxim, Archie Moore, Bob Foster, Michael Spinks, Dariusz Michalczewski, Roy Jones, Jr. and Zsolt Erdei to name a few.

Many light heavyweight champions unsuccessfully challenged for the heavyweight crown until Michael Spinks became the first reigning light heavyweight champion to win the heavyweight championship. Bob Fitzsimmons captured the light heavyweight championship after losing his heavyweight championship. Two all-time great heavyweight champions, Ezzard Charles and Floyd Patterson, started out as light heavyweights. Charles defeated Archie Moore and Joey Maxim several times in non-title bouts before becoming heavyweight champion and Patterson lost an eight-round decision to Joey Maxim before becoming heavyweight champion himself. Evander Holyfield successfully moved up from the light-heavyweight division to the cruiserweight division and eventually the heavyweight division and became undisputed champion of the latter two.

Olympic championsEdit

Professional championsEdit

Current championsEdit

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA January 29, 2010 22x20px Beibut Shumenov 13-1 (8 KO) 4
WBC April 28, 2012 United States Chad Dawson 31-2-0-2 (17 KO) 0
IBF March 9, 2013 United States Bernard Hopkins 53-6-2-2 (32 KO) 0
WBO May 19, 2011 22x20px Nathan Cleverly 26-0 (12 KO) 5

Longest reigning light heavyweight champions Edit

Below is a list of longest reigning light heavyweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

NameTitle ReignTitle RecognitionSuccessful Defenses
1. 22x20px Dariusz Michalczewski 9 years, 1 months, 8 days IBF, WBA, WBO 23
2. United States Roy Jones Jr 6 years, 9 months, 8 days IBF, WBC, WBA (Super) 11
3. United States Bob Foster 6 years, 0 months, 23 days WBC, WBA 17
4. 22x20px Zsolt Erdei 5 years, 9 months, 27 days WBO 16
5. United States Charles Williams 5 years, 4 months, 21 days IBF 8
6. United States Virgil Hill 4 years, 9 months, 15 days WBA 10
7. United States Michael Spinks 4 years, 2 months, 3 days IBF, WBA, WBC 10
8. United States Battling Levinsky 3 years, 11 months, 19 days World N/A
9. 22x20px Freddie Mills 3 years, 10 months, 25 days EBU N/A
10. Argentina Victor Galindez 3 years, 9 months, 8 days WBA 12

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See alsoEdit

  1. BoxRec Light Heavyweight Ratings Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  2. BoxRec WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  3. BoxRec Light Heavyweight Division Retrieved on 27 December 2012.

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