A name that was once used to describe light heavyweights, and emanating from the description of battleships of a lighter build rather than of maximum size, the cruiserweight class came into being in 1979 when the World Boxing Council introduced it at 190lbs in order to give more opportunities to men too light to take on full-blown heavies. It is also known as the junior heavyweight division
To find a champion, the WBC set up eliminators involving Marvin Camel (who had recently won the vacant NABF cruiserweight title when outpointing Bill Sharkey over 12 rounds on 5 June at the Adams Fieldhouse, Missoula, Montana, USA) against David Cabrera and Mate Parlov versus Tony Mundine. Having knocked Cabrera out in the third round on 30 August 1979 at the Villa Real Convention Centre, McAllen, Texas, USA, Camel went on to fight Parlov, who had outscored Mundine over 12 rounds at the Sports Palace, Gorizia, Italy on 26 September 1979
Weight Band/Amendments 175lbs to 190lbs (8 December 1979 to 25 November 1981)
175lbs to 195lbs (At their end of November Convention in 1981 the WBC increased the poundage to 195lbs, while the WBA remained at 190lbs)
175lbs to 190lbs (In November 1988, the WBC dropped their weight-class limit from 195lbs to 190lbs, thus falling into line with the IBF and WBA)
175lbs to 200lbs (Both the WBA and WBC increased the weight limit from 190lbs in early October 2003 to allow small heavyweights an even chance when competing for a title, and were soon followed by the IBF and WBO)
Pages in category ‘Cruiserweight Division’
The following 213 pages are in this category, out of 213 total.