Definition of light heavyweight in US English:

light heavyweight

noun

  • 1A weight in boxing and other sports intermediate between middleweight and heavyweight. In the amateur boxing scale it ranges from 165 to 178 pounds (75 to 81 kg).

    • ‘On April 22, 1903, Root defeated Charles ‘Kid’ McCoy to become the first light heavyweight champion, and the division has flourished ever since.’
    1. 1.1 A light heavyweight boxer or other competitor.
      • ‘I always found the spectacle of the light heavyweights to be intriguing.’
      • ‘It also served as a haven for out of shape light heavyweights that could not longer make weight.’
      • ‘Walcott fought a number of other light heavyweights and heavyweights.’
      • ‘He has quickly built a national reputation as one of the most feared young light heavyweights in boxing.’
      • ‘He has to be considered in an all time listing of great light heavyweights because of his longevity, and also because no one took the crown from him in the ring.’

Pronunciation

light heavyweight

/ˈˌlīt ˈhevēˌwāt/