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Light Middleweight Division  Weight: 147-154

History

The Light Middleweight Division (also known as Junior Middleweight in the IBF or Super Welterweight in the WBA and WBC), is a weight division in professional boxing, for fighters who weigh between 147–154 pounds.

This division was established in 1962, when the Austrian Board of Control recognized a fight between Emile Griffith and Teddy Wright for the "world" championship. The fight, which took place on October 17, was won by Griffith via a 15-round decision.

 

Three days later, the World Boxing Association championship was created when Denny Moyer outpointed Joey Giambra. The World Boxing Council recognized the WBA champion as the true division champion until 1975, when it stripped their current champion and sanctioned a fight between Miguel de Oliveira and Jose Duran for the vacant title. De Oliveira won the title over 15 rounds in 1975.

 

The International Boxing Federation crowned its first champion when Mark Medal defeated Earl Hargrove in 1984, while the World Boxing Organization crowned its first champion when John David Jackson defeated Lupe Aquino in 1988.

This hybrid division mirrored the popular middleweight class by featuring fighters who had the power of heavyweights and the speed of lightweights. While many boxers have appeared in fights as light middleweights, relatively few have fought their entire career exclusive in the division, even when it proved to be the fighter's best weight class. The glamor and money still resided in the original middleweight class.

 

One look at the best fighters who've ever fought as a light heavyweight proves that the division is often viewed as a transitory weight class that offered a title and a chance to adjust until moving up to the full middleweight class: 

 

Super Middleweight Alums who held the title includes: Nino BenvenutiManny PacquiaoWilfred BenítezSugar Ray LeonardMiguel CottoThomas HearnsMike McCallumTerry Norris, and Winky Wright

Carded Light-Middleweights 

  CARDED  

Oscar Albarado

Joachim Alcine

Devon Alexander

Saul Alvarez

Lupe Aquino

Tony Ayala Jr

Wilfred Benitez

Nino Benvenuti

Carmelo Bossi

Laurent Boudouani

Simon Brown

Cornelius Bundrage

Alex Bunema

Luis Ramon Campos

Juan Carlos Candelo

Santos Cardona

Miguel Angel Castellini

Javier Castillejo

Miguel Cotto

Donald Curry

Eckhard Dagge

Carl Daniels

Gilbert Dele

Buster Drayton

Ralph Dupas

Roberto Duran

Jose Duran

Serhiy Dzinziruk

Vernon Forrest

Eddie Gazo

Manuel Gomez

Emile Griffith

Thomas Hearns

Carlos Herrera

Matthew Hilton

Robert Hines

Maurice Hope

Darren Van Horn

Oscar De La Hoya

Julian Jackson

John David Jackson

Rene Jacquot

Kofi Jantuah

Rodney Jones

Ayub Kalule

Roman Karmazin

Ki Soo Kim

Masahi Kudo

Brett Lally

Ray Leonard

Emmett Linton

Freddie Little
Raul Marquez
Tony Marshall
Rocky Mattioli
Floyd Mayweather Jr
Sandro Mazzinghi
Mike McCallum
Bronco McKart
Luigi Minchillo
Davey Moore
Shane Mosley
Denny Moyer
John Mugabi
Keith Mullings
Terry Norris
Elisha Obed
Kassim Ouma
Vincent Pettway
Verno Phillips
Sechew Powell
David Reid
Gianfranco Rosi
Santiago Samaniego
Daniel Santos
Harry Simon
Cory Spinks
Mamadou Thiam
Duane Thomas
Felix Trinidad
Paul Vaden
Fernando Vargas
Julio Cesar Vasquez
Koichi Wajima
Troy Waters
Ronald Wright
Je Doo Yuh

POSSIBLE ADDS

Ki Soo Ki

Carlos Duran

Harry Simon

Louis Acaries

Jessie Vargas

Bob Hogberg

Alfonso Gomez

Gert Steyn

Ishe Smith

JDanny Perez

Jesus Soto Karass

Yuri Foreman

Willie Nelson

Said Skourma

Percy Manning

Nobuhiro Ishida

Luis Santana

Adrian Stone

Marijan Benes

Ryan Rhodes

Darren Morris

Freddie Hernandez

Pawel Wolak

Loucif Hamani

Kazuhiko Hidaka

Delvin Rodriguez

Jose Hernandez

David Ciarlante

Jacques Kechichian

Tyrone Trice

Michael Trabant

Hurricane Kid

David Estrada

Ray Santillan

Gilbert Baptist

Manuel Ricardo Gonzales

Sebastian Andres Lujan

Angel Hernandez

Sean Mannion

Elio Diaz

Steve Roberts

Ossie Duran

Paul Jones

Quirino Garcia

Teddy Reid

Wayne Powell

Sergey Rabchenko

Hitoshi Kamiyama

Robert McCraken

Ernesto Rafael Sena

Rocky Mosley Jr

Gary Guiden

Darrell Woods

Hector Velazquez

Attila Kovacs

Robert Frazier

Juan Carlos Rubio

Alain Bonnamie

Michael Rask

Glenn Wolfe

Skipper Kelp

John Munduga

Sergio Garcia

Jimmy Cable

Jimmy Batten

Jorge Paez Jr

Daniel Dawson

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