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1[mass noun] A weight in boxing and other sports intermediate between flyweight and featherweight. In the amateur boxing scale it ranges from 51 to 54 kg.
- ‘The provisional squad has light-flyweight Gabriel Kabwe, bantamweight Lovemore Tembo and featherweights Otis Bwalya, Jonathan Mwila, Victor Kaonga, Tendai Shumba and Abias Silupumbwe.’
- ‘So the Europeans tend to dominate the categories other than flyweight, featherweight and bantamweight.’
- ‘The North West's other contenders are all Liverpool based - bantamweight Mark Moran, light middleweight Paul Smith and light heavyweight Courtney Fry.’
- ‘He has been campaigning in the junior flyweight, flyweight and junior bantamweight divisions, destroying every opponent with frightening aplomb.’
- ‘But Ncita laughed off the Tanzanian's assertion saying his charge was the best fighter from the junior bantamweight to the junior featherweight divisions.’
- 1.1[count noun] A bantamweight boxer or other competitor.
- ‘You could imagine bantamweights Martin ‘the Dynamo’ Cullen and Brendy Howlin buzzing around one another in a flurry of punches, some of them below the belt.’
- ‘‘King believes Makeba is the best in the world from the mini-flyweights to the bantamweights,’ Mtya said.’
- ‘After the Games he turned pro and was later ranked eighth amongst the world's best bantamweights.’
- ‘He said the tournament had also attracted female pugilists, adding that the Copperbelt would contribute bantamweights Charity Mobola, Sally Mwape and Ireen Mwanagoma.’
- ‘With only six competitors in the class, the bantamweights were the smallest group any way you look at it.’
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