One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A weight in boxing and other sports intermediate between light flyweight and bantamweight. In the amateur boxing scale it ranges from 48 to 51 kg.
- ‘He dropped to flyweight in 1974 and four years later returned to bantamweight to win another gold medal.’
- ‘He has been campaigning in the junior flyweight, flyweight and junior bantamweight divisions, destroying every opponent with frightening aplomb.’
- ‘Both fighters are in a redemption mission after being dethroned of their SA flyweight and junior flyweight titles respectively.’
- ‘A whip-round at the Warragul Hotel sent him to Hobart, where he won the Australian amateur flyweight title in 1963.’
- ‘So the Europeans tend to dominate the categories other than flyweight, featherweight and bantamweight.’
- 1.1count noun A flyweight boxer or other competitor.
- ‘But I've always maintained Dale is a flyweight, and Dale has been in touch this week and agreed.’
- ‘It's a short career, especially with flyweights, and you can't afford to go messing about the town.’
- ‘‘Too hot for fighting flyweights,’ says Tigre, still breathing from the gym.’
- ‘A male opponent small enough for Diana to handle would have to be a scrappy waif of a flyweight.’
- ‘What's different about Brian and the rest of flyweights in the world is that he can punch.’
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