Lineal Cruiserweight World Champions
The Cruiserweight division - which initially had a limit of 190lbs - was formed by the WBC in 1979, to bridge the gap between the 175lbs Light Heavyweight limit, and the ever growing giants, within the“no limit” Heavyweight division. Marvin Camel drew with Mate Parlov in 1979, but it was his victorious rematch on March 31, 1980, that crowned him as the division’s first World Champion.
In the mid-late 1980s, Evander Holyfield’s all-action style helped gain the Cruiserweights some much needed attention and respect - however, he soon moved up in weight to seek more lucrative and prestigious match-ups. The size of the average Heavyweight continued to increase, leading the WBC, In 2003, to raise the upper limit to 200lbs - an act the other sanctioning bodies soon followed.
The 2017-18 inaugural World Boxing Super Series tournament included a high calibre line up, which ultimately led to the two best Cruiserweights in the world - Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev - fighting each other for the vacant Lineal title, and improved the reputation of the whole division, perhaps more so than ever before.