Category:Light Heavyweight Division

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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 Jack Root to the ‘title’, he first promoted a fight in Dubuque in 1899 between Joe Choynski and Australian Jim Ryan as being for the vacant light heavyweight championship. According to the Dubuque Herald, Choynski was already claiming to be the champion. 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)

Pages in category ‘Light Heavyweight Division’

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