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Heavyweight boxing

Fighters who weigh-in at 200 pounds or more are considered to belong to the division of Heavyweights. This division has been recognised by the major weight divisions such as the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Organisation (WBO).


Since this weight class does not have a limit it was vaguely defined early. During the 19th Century, many heavyweight champions had actually been weighed in less than the 200 pound mark.


John L. Sullivan was the first champion in the division after the Marquess of Queensberry Rules came into being as he defeated Jim Corbett on 7th September 1892 in a fight that lasted for 21 rounds.


The year of 1920 saw the minimum weight for a heavyweight set at 175 pounds. This is now considered to be the maximum limit in the light heavyweight division of boxing. Since 1980, the limit was raised and 200 pounds was seen as the minimum limit for a fighter in the Cruiserweight division and the one for heavyweights was set above the aforementioned mark.


Boxing legend Joe Louis currently holds the record for the most consecutive title defences in the history of the heavyweight division. He has defended the title 25 times, which is also the record for any weight division in the history of boxing.


Here's a look at the Heavyweight rankings as of 23rd May 2022:


WBCWBAIBFWBO
Tyson FuryOleksandr Usyk (S) Daniel Dubois (R)Oleksandr UsykOleksandr Usyk
1. Deontay Wilder1. vacant1. vacant1. Joe Joyce
2. Joe Joyce2. Michael Hunter2. Luis Ortiz2. Joseph Parker
3. Joseph Parker3. Robert Helenius3. Filip Hrgovic3. Frank Sánchez
4. Frank Sánchez4. Hughie Fury4. Anthony Joshua4. Anthony Joshua
5. Andy Ruiz5. Anthony Joshua5. Tony Yoka5. Andy Ruiz
6. Arslanbek Makhmudov6. Martin Bakole6. Joe Joyce6. Daniel Dubois
7. Dillian Whyte7. Arslanbek Makhmudov7. Agit Kabayel7. Luis Ortiz
8. Luis Ortiz8. Zhan Kossobutskiy8. Murat Gassiev8. Zhilei Zhang
9. Otto Wallin9. Deontay Wilder9. Andy Ruiz9. Michael Hunter
10. Robert Helenius10. Lenier Pero10. Demsey McKean10. Demsey McKean


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"Get this contract signed today"- Tyson Fury offers Anthony Joshua another chance to sign the contract

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"Build yourself up to the big time!"- Tyson Fury responds to Joe Joyce challenging him for a fight

"Build yourself up to the big time!"- Tyson Fury responds to Joe Joyce challenging him for a fight

"He gets bashed up"- Joe Joyce predicts how a potential fight against Anthony Joshua would go
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"The second best heavyweight" - Tyson Fury names Joe Joyce as the second best heavyweight in the world
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"The second best heavyweight" - Tyson Fury names Joe Joyce as the second best heavyweight in the world

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