Cruiserweight

weight class in professional boxing between light heavyweight and heavyweight

Cruiserweight, also referred to as junior heavyweight, is a weight class in professional boxing. It is between light heavyweight and heavyweight. "Light heavyweight" and "cruiserweight" used to be used interchangeably in the United Kingdom.

Current World ChampionsEdit

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA May 31, 2019   Arsen Goulamirian 26–0 (18 KO) 2
WBC January 31, 2020   Ilunga Makabu 29–2 (25 KO) 2
IBF September 26, 2020   Mairis Briedis 28–1 (20 KO) 1
WBO March 20, 2021   Lawrence Okolie 18–0 (14 KO) 2

Current world rankingsEdit

The RingEdit

Ranking done by Ring magazine, as of February 5, 2023.[1]

Rank Name Record (W–L–D) Title(s)
1   Mairis Briedis 28–1 (20 KO) IBF
2   Yuniel Dorticos 24–2 (22 KO)
3   Ilunga Makabu 29–2 (25 KO) WBC
4   Lawrence Okolie 18–0 (14 KO) WBO
5   Thabiso Mchunu 23–5 (13 KO)
6   Kevin Lerena 26–1 (13 KO)
7   Krzysztof Glowacki 31–3 (19 KO)
8   Alexei Papin 13–1 (12 KO)
9   Michal Cieslak 20–1 (14 KO)
10   Mateusz Masternak 46–5 (31 KO)
11   Ryad Merhy 30–1 (25 KO)

BoxRecEdit

As of February 5, 2023.[2]

Rank Name Record (W–L–D) Points Title(s)
1   Mairis Briedis 28–1 (20 KO) 249.2 IBF
2   Ilunga Makabu 29–2 (25 KO) 140.4 WBC
3   Lawrence Okolie 17–0 (14 KO) 95.87 WBO
4   Yuniel Dorticos 24–2 (22 KO) 88.27
5   Thabiso Mchunu 23–5 (13 KO) 84.86
6   Arsen Goulamirian 26–0 (18 KO) 68.90 WBA
7   Michal Cieslak 20–1 (14 KO) 60.74
8   Krzysztof Glowacki 31–3 (19 KO) 32.71
9   Ryad Merhy 30–1 (25 KO) 30.14
10   Alexei Papin 13–1 (12 KO) 28.77

Longest reigning world cruiserweight championsEdit

The table below is a list of longest reigning cruiserweight champions in boxing. It is measured by the individual's longest reign. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

Name Title reign Title recognition Successful defenses Beaten opponents Fights
1.   Johnny Nelson 6 years, 5 months, 26 days WBO 13 13 [3]
2.   Marco Huck 5 years, 11 months, 17 days WBO 13 10 [4]
3.   Krzysztof Włodarczyk 4 years, 4 months, 12 days WBC 6 5 [5]
4.   Denis Lebedev 4 years, 1 month, 3 days WBA, IBF 5 5 [6]
4.   Guillermo Jones 4 years, 1 month, 3 days WBA 2 2 [7]
6.   Juan Carlos Gómez 3 years, 11 months, 29 days WBC 10 10 [8]
7.   Anaclet Wamba 3 years, 11 months, 17 days WBC 7 7 [9]
8.   Yoan Pablo Hernández 3 years, 11 months, 2 weeks and 5 days IBF 4 4 [10]
9.   Vassiliy Jirov 3 years, 10 months, 21 days IBF 5 5 [11]
10.   Jean-Marc Mormeck 3 years, 10 months, 15 days WBA, WBC 4 4 [12]
11.   Ossie Ocasio 2 years, 9 months, 18 days WBA 3 3 [13]
12.   Arsen Goulamirian 3 years, 8 months and 5 days WBA 4 4 [14]
13.   Oleksandr Usyk 2 years, 8 months, 29 days WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO 6 6 [15]
14.   Ilunga Makabu 3 years and 5 days WBC 2 2 [16]
15.   Evander Holyfield 2 years WBA, WBC, IBF 5 5 [17]
  Active reign
  Reign has ended

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "The Ring ratings: cruiserweight". Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  2. "BoxRec ratings: cruiserweight, active". Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  3. "Professional boxing record: Johnny Nelson". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  4. "Professional boxing record: Marco Huck". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  5. "Professional boxing record: Krzysztof Włodarczyk". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  6. "Professional boxing record: Denis Lebedev". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  7. "Professional boxing record: Guillermo Jones". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  8. "Professional boxing record: Juan Carlos Gomez". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  9. "Professional boxing record: Anaclet Wamba". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  10. "Professional boxing record: Yoan Pablo Hernández". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  11. "Professional boxing record: Vassily Jirov". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  12. "Professional boxing record: Jean-Marc Mormeck". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  13. "Professional boxing record: Ossie Ocasio". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  14. "Professional boxing record: Arsen Goulmirian". Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  15. "Professional boxing record: Oleksandr Usyk". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  16. "Professional boxing record: Ilunga Makabu". Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  17. "Professional boxing record: Evander Holyfield". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  18. Cruiserweight Boxing News Website Retrieved on 6 December 2013.
  19. Current Cruiserweight Ratings Archived 2015-06-16 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  20. Cruiserweight Division Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  21. IBF Cruiserweight Champions Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  22. WBA Cruiserweight Champions Retrieved on 27 December 2012.