Category:Super Middleweight Division

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Super Middleweight (Junior Light-Heavyweight) Division

One of the most recent divisions, it took a long while in coming, probably due to the highly prestigious middleweight division being established over a long period. Introduced as we know it by the International Boxing Federation in 1984, as a means of furthering fighters' opportunities, it was, in truth, sorely needed, with a 15lb weight differential holding many good men back.

Although the IBF are to be given credit for developing it to full international status, ‘world’ titles at 168lbs, even if little known, had been in existence previously in America. On 3 April 1967 at the Valley Music Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah, Don Fullmer won an advertised version of the 12 stone title, beating Joe Hopkins by a knockout in the sixth of a scheduled 12 rounds. There is no evidence that Fullmer ever saw his new title as more than a stepping-stone for a crack at the middleweight crown and there were no defences as such.

Five years later, Billy Douglas, the father of Buster, knocked out Danny Brewer in the second round of another advertised 12-stone title fight at the Ohio State Fairground, Columbus, Ohio on 27 November 1974, but had no interest in the artificial title whatsoever and moved on immediately.

Apart from the World Athletic Association, a minority group who named Jerry Halstead as champion in 1982, it was left to the recently formed International Boxing Federation (IBF) to announce Murray Sutherland and Ernie Singletary as the nominations for their first ever championship contest

Weight Band

160lbs to 168lbs

1996-07-06 Vincenzo Nardiello w pts 12 Thulani Malinga, Nynex Arena, Manchester, England - WBC. Referee: Mickey Vann. Scorecards: 116-112, 114-112, 111-116. Defending his title for the first time, Malinga (165¾) fought in an uninspiring fashion against an opponent who was so negative himself that he hardly deserved to win the title. Even so, Nardiello (167) took the opening three rounds as the South African struggled to find any rhythm against his southpaw opponent. It was only in the ninth that the fight sprang into action, when Nardiello went to the floor claiming that he had been hit low, and when asked to box on Malinga immediately tossed in a low one that brought about a point deduction. Although they both gave it a go in the last session, Nardiello sustaining a cut on the left eye, it hardly enthused the crowd and the decision was received almost in silence.

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