Category:Cruiserweight Division

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Cruiserweight (Junior Heavyweight) Division

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. 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

175lbs to 190lbs

175lbs to 195lbs (Immediately prior to S. T. Gordon v Carlos De Leon for the WBC version of the title on 27 June 1982, the body increased the poundage to 195lbs, while the WBA remained at 190lbs)

175lbs to 190lbs (With Evander Holyfield holding all three belts, 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)

Pages in category ‘Cruiserweight Division’

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