One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A weight in boxing and other sports intermediate between lightweight and middleweight. In the amateur boxing scale it ranges from 63.5–67 kg.
- ‘The merciless street-fighter known as the ‘fists of stone’ went on to win world titles at lightweight, welterweight and light middleweight.’
- ‘Henry Armstrong held world titles at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight simultaneously and won 150 fights.’
- ‘The 23-year-old will make his debut at welterweight on a dinner show in Middlesbrough on September 23.’
- ‘A very knowledgeable student fills her in with the exact difference between the different weights in boxing including welterweight, which she hadn't asked for.’
- ‘I'll clean up everything at light welter then I'll move up to welterweight and clean up there as well.’
- ‘Hearns is an all-time great anywhere from welterweight thru middleweight!’
- ‘Hearns put many outstanding fighters to sleep for the count of 10 with one right hand from welterweight up to super middleweight.’
- ‘For four years there were no title fights for the welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight or heavyweight crowns.’
- ‘He went on to win the light welter weight title the following year and five more at welterweight.’
- ‘At the 2003 Pan American Games, the USA qualified a spot in three divisions: featherweight, welterweight and super heavyweight.’
- ‘He has won titles at welterweight and middleweight.’
- 1.1count noun A welterweight boxer or other competitor.
- ‘During World War II, he competed as a welterweight for the Air Force, boxing in Australia and New Guinea.’
- ‘He began boxing when he was 11 years old and later turned professional, fighting for 17 years as a welterweight.’
- ‘He was a legitimate welterweight who knocked out light heavyweights during his career.’
- ‘Well-balanced, he's also built like a welterweight and not easily pushed around.’
- ‘In his next fight, Taylor dropped back down to welterweight, where he was matched against a giant welterweight in Crisanto Espana.’
- ‘Barnes added: ‘We're two of the best welterweights in the country going head to head so there is a lot of anticipation.’’
- ‘Although Gavilan was a brilliant welterweight, he found the extra strength of the Hawaiian too tough a hurdle.’
- ‘Margarito is one of the fiercest welterweights to come along in years.’
- ‘He was a welterweight then, and is now only a light-middleweight, so that shows how well he has managed his weight.’
- ‘They may have fought six times, but the only competitive bout was the first, when Robinson was still a welterweight and La Motta was a fully-fledged middleweight.’
- ‘I thought great, I can finally see how great Sugar Ray Robinson was as a welterweight, or how great Benny Leonard was.’
- ‘He fought on until 2000, finishing up as a cruiserweight world champion, having won his first belt as a welterweight in 1980.’
- ‘In boxing, Al Melo participated as a welterweight in the Olympics in 1924.’
- ‘Young had come into the ring weighing much more than his usual light-welterweight limit of ten stone, as Jones is a full welterweight, and more.’
- ‘I was also happy for Bouie Fischer, a man who had been in the fight game since Sugar Ray Robinson was a welterweight, and who was finally getting his due.’
Early 19th century: welter of unknown origin.
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