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One of the most striking and historic divisions in the sport of fists, we tell you what a heavyweight is in boxing. In this guide to LEFT PUNCH


One of the most striking and historic divisions in the sport of fists, we tell you what a heavyweight is in boxing. In this guide to LEFT PUNCH you can check how much the competing boxers weigh in kilos and pounds.

In the category are the heaviest men, some heavily muscled and others overweight, but with plenty of boxing skills. The objective is to present the maximum referents and the weight limits of each organization.

What is a heavyweight in boxing?

Photo: NY Times

It is a category where the heaviest boxers fight, one of the oldest in the history of the sport and where there is no upper weight limit. It is one of the traditional divisions of boxing, along with fly, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight.

At first the rules of the category were vague, this is because there are no limits. In the 19th century, some of the heavyweight champions weighed no more than 110 pounds (77 kilograms), while others were over 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms).

Jack Dempsey He was the first great heavyweight champion (he held the belt 5 times), his career transcended and he even reached a level of fame. He refused to go to the First World War with USA and there were several suspicions of rigging, so his popularity fell.

To avoid these confusions in weights, each organization stipulated its weight limits for heavyweights:

  • World Boxing Council (WBC): More than 224 pounds (101 kilos) with no upper weight limit
  • World Boxing Organization (WBO): More than 200 pounds (90.72 kilos) with no upper weight limit
  • International Boxing Federation (IBF): More than 200 pounds (90.72 kilos) with no upper weight limit
  • World Boxing Association (WBA): More than 201 pounds (91 kilos) with no upper weight limit

The best heavyweights in history:

  1. Muhammad Ali (1960-1981)
  2. Rocky Marciano (1947-1955)
  3. Sonny Liston (1953-1970)
  4. Joe Frazier (1965-1981)
  5. George Foreman (1969-1997)
  6. Larry Holmes (1973-2002)
  7. Mike Tyson (1985-2005)
  8. Evander Holyfield (1984-2011)
  9. Vitaly Klitschko (1996-2012)
  10. Wladimir Klitschko (1996-2017)

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