Category:Light Heavyweight Division

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Light Heavyweight Division

Originated in America following a series of articles written by Lou Houseman, a newspaperman based in Chicago who also managed a stable of fighters, the division was first ‘thought up’ in 1899. Although Houseman is mainly remembered for steering his own fighter, Jack Root, to the ‘title’, he first promoted a fight in Dubuque in 1899 between Joe Choynski, who, according to the Dubuque Herald, was already claiming to be the champion, and Australian Jim Ryan as being for the vacant light heavyweight championship. There were quite a few men who would have benefited from an interim weight class, but because the middleweight and heavyweight divisions were so prestigious it took many years before the light heavies were taken seriously

Weight Band/Amendments

160lbs to 170lbs (29 August 1899 to 22 April 1903)

160lbs to 175lbs (with the weights for the 22 April 1903 Jack Root v Charles Kid McCoy fight set at 175lbs, the weight class would be contested at varying poundages within those limits until standardised. That came about on 11 February 1909, when the NSC formally introduced their eight named weight classes, with the middleweight limit staying at 160lbs and the new light heavyweight class set at 175lbs. However, it was not until 14 April 1914 that 175lbs settled down following Jack Dillon’s win over Battling Levinsky)

168lbs to 175lbs (On 28 March 1984, the IBF launched the super middleweight division for all men between 160 and 168lbs)

1988-11-07 Sugar Ray Leonard w rsc 9 Donny Lalonde, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Also billed for the vacant WBC super-middleweight title, Lalonde, who entered the ring at 167lbs (one pound inside the limit) should not have been forced to put his 175lbs crown on the line at the same time. See under Super Middleweight Division for a report of the fight. The situation went some way to righting itself when Leonard relinquished the WBC light-heavyweight title following the fight in order to concentrate on defending his lighter belt.

Pages in category ‘Light Heavyweight Division’

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