Cruiserweight (boxing)

Cruiserweight, also referred to as junior heavyweight, is a weight class in professional boxing between light heavyweight and heavyweight. Before the advent of the current cruiserweight class, "light heavyweight" and "cruiserweight" were sometimes used interchangeably in the United Kingdom.

The current weight limit for the division is 200 pounds (14 stone 4 pounds / 90.7 kg). When originally established, the weight limit was 190 pounds (13st. 8 lbs. / 86.2 kg). The division was established in order to accommodate smaller heavyweight boxers who could not compete with the growing size of boxers in that division. While many great heavyweight champions (such as Rocky Marciano and Joe Louis) weighed around 190 pounds in their career, during the 1970s it became fairly standard that fit heavyweight boxers weighed at least 210 pounds. It was felt by many boxing authorities that asking men weighing between 176 and 190 pounds to fight these larger men was unfair.

The WBC was the first boxing organization to recognize the cruiserweight division when it sanctioned a bout between Marvin Camel and Mate Parlov on December 8, 1979, for their version of the title. That fight was a draw, but in the rematch in March 1980 Camel won and became the first cruiserweight champion. In 1982 the World Boxing Association recognized Ossie Ocasio as their first cruiserweight champion when he defeated South African Robbie Williams (although at that time the WBA called the division "junior heavyweight"). The International Boxing Federation followed suit in 1983 when it matched former WBC champion Marvin Camel against Rick Sekorski for their inaugural title. Camel won and became the first IBF cruiserweight champion.

Several boxers moved up to heavyweight after winning world titles at cruiserweight. Evander Holyfield unified the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles to become undisputed champion, the first to do so, and then moved up to the heavyweight division in 1988.

Other notable champions in the division have been Bobby Czyz, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Tomasz Adamek, Virgil Hill, Al Cole, Orlin Norris, James Toney, David Haye and Oleksandr Usyk

Johnny Nelson and Marco Huck jointly hold the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with both achieving 13 defenses of the WBO title.

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions

Sanctioning Body Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
WBA May 31, 2019 France Arsen Goulamirian 24–0–0 (16 KO) 0
WBC vacant
IBF June 15, 2019 Cuba Yunier Dorticos 24–1–0 (22 KO) 0
WBO vacant

Longest reigning cruiserweight champions[edit]

Below is a list of longest reigning cruiserweight champions in boxing 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
1. United Kingdom Johnny Nelson 7 years, 5 months, 26 days WBO 13
2. Germany Marco Huck 5 years, 11 months, 17 days WBO 13
3. Poland Krzysztof Włodarczyk 4 years, 4 months, 12 days WBC 6
4. Russia Denis Lebedev 4 years, 1 month, 3 days WBA, IBF 3
4. Panama Guillermo Jones 4 years, 1 month, 3 days WBA 2
6. Cuba Juan Carlos Gómez 3 years, 11 months, 29 days WBC 10
7. France Anaclet Wamba 3 years, 11 months, 17 days WBC 8
8. Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernández 3 years, 11 months, 2 weeks and 5 days IBF 4
9. Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov 3 years, 10 months, 21 days IBF 6
10. France Jean-Marc Mormeck 3 years, 10 months, 15 days WBA, WBC 4
11. Ukraine Oleksandr Usyk 3 years, 2 months, 3 weeks and 1 day WBO, WBC, WBA, IBF 6
12. Puerto Rico Ossie Ocasio 2 years, 9 months, 18 days WBA 3
13. United States Evander Holyfield 2 years WBA, IBF, WBC 5
     Active reign
     Reign has ended

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In kickboxing, a cruiserweight fighter generally weighs between 82 kg (181 lb) and 88 kg (195 lb). However, some governing bodies have slightly different classes. For example, the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Cruiserweight (professional and amateur) division is 186.1 lbs.–195 lbs. or 84.6 kg–88.6 kg.


  1. ^ Cruiserweight Boxing News Website Retrieved on 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ Current Cruiserweight Ratings Archived 2015-06-16 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  3. ^ Cruiserweight Division Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  4. ^ IBF Cruiserweight Champions Retrieved on 27 December 2012.
  5. ^ WBA Cruiserweight Champions Retrieved on 27 December 2012.