Cruiserweight

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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 Champions[change | change source]

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

Current world rankings[change | change source]

The Ring[change | change source]

Ranking done by Ring magazine, as of May 20, 2022.[1]

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

BoxRec[change | change source]

As of May 20, 2022.[2]

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

Longest reigning world cruiserweight champions[change | change source]

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. United Kingdom Johnny Nelson 6 years, 5 months, 26 days WBO 13 13 [3]
2. Germany Marco Huck 5 years, 11 months, 17 days WBO 13 10 [4]
3. Poland Krzysztof Włodarczyk 4 years, 4 months, 12 days WBC 6 5 [5]
4. Russia Denis Lebedev 4 years, 1 month, 3 days WBA, IBF 5 5 [6]
4. Panama Guillermo Jones 4 years, 1 month, 3 days WBA 2 2 [7]
6. Cuba Juan Carlos Gómez 3 years, 11 months, 29 days WBC 10 10 [8]
7. France Anaclet Wamba 3 years, 11 months, 17 days WBC 7 7 [9]
8. Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernández 3 years, 11 months, 2 weeks and 5 days IBF 4 4 [10]
9. Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov 3 years, 10 months, 21 days IBF 5 5 [11]
10. France Jean-Marc Mormeck 3 years, 10 months, 15 days WBA, WBC 4 4 [12]
11. Puerto Rico Ossie Ocasio 2 years, 9 months, 18 days WBA 3 3 [13]
12. France Arsen Goulamirian 2 years, 11 months, 2 weeks and 6 days WBA 4 4 [14]
13. Ukraine Oleksandr Usyk 2 years, 8 months, 29 days WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO 6 6 [15]
14. Democratic Republic of the Congo Ilunga Makabu 2 years, 3 months, 2 weeks and 6 days WBC 2 2 [16]
15. United States Evander Holyfield 2 years WBA, WBC, IBF 5 5 [17]
  Active reign
  Reign has ended

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References[change | change source]

  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.