One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A 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.’
- ‘The North West's other contenders are all Liverpool based - bantamweight Mark Moran, light middleweight Paul Smith and light heavyweight Courtney Fry.’
- ‘But Ncita laughed off the Tanzanian's assertion saying his charge was the best fighter from the junior bantamweight to the junior featherweight divisions.’
- ‘He has been campaigning in the junior flyweight, flyweight and junior bantamweight divisions, destroying every opponent with frightening aplomb.’
- ‘So the Europeans tend to dominate the categories other than flyweight, featherweight and bantamweight.’
- 1.1count noun A bantamweight boxer or other competitor.
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘With only six competitors in the class, the bantamweights were the smallest group any way you look at it.’
- ‘He said the tournament had also attracted female pugilists, adding that the Copperbelt would contribute bantamweights Charity Mobola, Sally Mwape and Ireen Mwanagoma.’
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