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List of WBC world champions

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List of WBC world champions

The World Boxing Council is one of the four major governing bodies in professional boxing, and certifies World Champions in 17 different weight classes. In 1963, the year of its foundation, the WBC inaugurated titles in all divisions with the exception of the Light flyweight, Super flyweight, Super bantamweight, Super middleweight and Cruiserweight, who were inaugurated in the subsequent decades. The most recent title inaugurated by the WBC is the Minimumweight (also called Strawweight) in 1987.

Contents

  • Strawweight 1
  • Light Flyweight 2
  • Flyweight 3
  • Super Flyweight 4
  • Bantamweight 5
  • Super Bantamweight 6
  • Featherweight 7
  • Super Featherweight 8
  • Lightweight 9
  • Super Lightweight 10
  • Welterweight 11
  • Super Welterweight 12
  • Middleweight 13
  • Super Middleweight 14
  • Light Heavyweight 15
  • Cruiserweight 16
  • Heavyweight 17
  • See also 18
  • References 19
  • External links 20

Strawweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Hiroki Ioka October 18, 1987 – November 13, 1988 2
Napa Kiatwanchai November 13, 1988 – November 12, 1989 2
Jum-Hwan Choi November 12, 1989 – February 7, 1990 0
Hideyuki Ohashi February 7, 1990 – October 25, 1990 1
Ricardo López October 25, 1990 – September, 1999 (stripped) 21
Wandee Singwancha September, 1999 – February 11, 2000 (elevated from interim status) 0
José Antonio Aguirre February 11, 2000 – January 10, 2004 7
"Eagle" Den Junlapan January 10, 2004 – December 18, 2004 1
Isaac Bustos December 18, 2004 – April 4, 2005 0
Katsunari Takayama April 4, 2005 – August 6, 2005 0
"Eagle" Den Junlapan August 6, 2005 – November 29, 2007 4
Oleydong Sithsamerchai November 29, 2007 – February 11, 2011 6
Kazuto Ioka February 11, 2011 – July 1, 2012 (vacated)[1] 3
Xiong Zhao Zhong
def. Javier Martinez Resendiz
November 24, 2012 – February 5, 2014 2
Oswaldo Novoa February 5, 2014 – November 6, 2014 1
Wanheng Menayothin November 6, 2014 – Present 2

Light Flyweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Franco Udella April 4, 1975 – August, 1975 (stripped) 1
Luis Estaba
def. Rafael Lovera
September 13, 1975 – February 19, 1978 11
Freddy Castillo February 19, 1978 – May 6, 1978 0
Netrnoi Sor Vorasingh May 6, 1978 – September 30, 1978 1
Kim Sung-Jun September 30, 1978 – January 3, 1980 3
Shigeo Nakajima January 3, 1980 – March 24, 1980 0
Hilario Zapata March 24, 1980 – February 6, 1982 8
Amado Ursua February 6, 1982 – April 13, 1982 0
Tadashi Tomori April 13, 1982 – July 20, 1982 0
Hilario Zapata July 20, 1982 – March 26, 1983 2
Chang Jung-Koo March 26, 1983 – 1988 (retired) 15
Germán Torres
def. Kang Soon-Jung
December 11, 1988 – March 19, 1989 0
Lee Yul-Woo March 19, 1989 – June 25, 1989 0
Humberto González June 25, 1989 – December 19, 1990 5
Rolando Pascua December 19, 1990 – March 25, 1991 0
Melchor Cob Castro March 25, 1991 – June 3, 1991 0
Humberto González June 3, 1991 – March 13, 1993 4
Michael Carbajal March 13, 1993 – February 19, 1994 2
Humberto González February 19, 1994 – July 15, 1995 3
Saman Sorjaturong July 15, 1995 – October 17, 1999 10
Choi Yo-Sam October 17, 1999 – July 6, 2002 3
Jorge Arce July 6, 2002 – December 18, 2004 (vacated) 7
Eric Ortiz
def. José Antonio Aguirre
March 11, 2005 – September 10, 2005 0
Brian Viloria September 10, 2005 – August 10, 2006 1
Omar Niño Romero August 10, 2006 – February 2, 2007 (stripped) 1
Edgar Sosa
def. Brian Viloria
April 14, 2007 – November 21, 2009 10
Rodel Mayol November 21, 2009 – June 19, 2010 1
Omar Niño Romero June 19, 2010 – November 6, 2010 0
Gilberto Keb Baas November 6, 2010 – April 30, 2011 1
Adrián Hernández April 30, 2011 – December 23, 2011 1
Kompayak Porpramook December 23, 2011 – October 6, 2012 1
Adrián Hernández October 6, 2012 – April 6, 2014 4
Naoya Inoue April 6, 2014 – November 3, 2014 (vacated) 1
Pedro Guevara
def. Akira Yaegashi
December 30, 2014 – current 2

Flyweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Hiroyuki Ebihara September 18, 1963 – January 23, 1964 0
Pone Kingpetch January 23, 1964 – April 23, 1965 0
Salvatore Burruni April 23, 1965 – November 18, 1965 0
Horacio Accavallo March 1, 1966 – October 2, 1968 3
Chartchai Chionoi November 10, 1968 – February 23, 1969 0
Efren Torres February 23, 1969 – March 20, 1970 1
Chartchai Chionoi March 20, 1970 – December 7, 1970 0
Erbito Salavarria December 7, 1970 – December 29, 1971 (stripped) 2
Betulio González
def. Socrates Batoto
June 3, 1972 – September 29, 1972 0
Venice Borkhorsor September 29, 1972 – 1973 (vacated) 1
Betulio González
def. Miguel Canto
August 4, 1973 – October 1, 1974 2
Shoji Oguma October 1, 1974 – January 8, 1975 0
Miguel Canto January 8, 1975 – March 18, 1979 14
Park Chan-Hee March 18, 1979 – May 18, 1980 5
Shoji Oguma May 18, 1980 – May 12, 1981 3
Antonio Avelar May 12, 1981 – March 20, 1982 1
Prudencio Cardona March 20, 1982 – July 24, 1982 0
Freddy Castillo July 24, 1982 – November 6, 1982 0
Eleoncio Mercedes November 6, 1982 – March 15, 1983 0
Charlie Magri March 15, 1983 – September 27, 1983 0
Frank Cedeno September 27, 1983 – January 18, 1984 0
Koji Kobayashi January 18, 1984 – April 9, 1984 0
Gabriel Bernal April 9, 1984 – October 8, 1984 1
Sot Chitalada October 8, 1984 – July 24, 1988 6
Kim Yong-Kang July 24, 1988 – June 3, 1989 2
Sot Chitalada June 3, 1989 – February 15, 1991 4
Muangchai Kittikasem February 15, 1991 – June 23, 1993 3
Yuri Arbachakov June 23, 1993 – November 12, 1997 9
Chatchai Sasakul November 12, 1997 – December 4, 1998 4
Manny Pacquiao December 4, 1998 – September 17, 1999 1
Medgoen Singsurat
def. Pacquiao, who was stripped
of his title.
September 17, 1999 – May 19, 2000 1
Malcolm Tunacao May 19, 2000 – March 2, 2001 1
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam March 2, 2001 – July 18, 2007 17
Daisuke Naito July 18, 2007 – November 29, 2009 5
Koki Kameda November 29, 2009 – March 27, 2010 0
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam March 27, 2010 – March 2, 2012 4
Sonny Boy Jaro March 27, 2010 – July 16, 2012 0
Toshiyuki Igarashi July 16, 2012 – April 8, 2013 1
Akira Yaegashi April 8, 2013 – September 5, 2014 3
Roman Gonzalez September 5, 2014 – Present 3

Super Flyweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Rafael Orono February 2, 1980 – January 24, 1981 3
Kim Chul-Ho January 24, 1981 – November 28, 1982 5
Rafael Orono November 28, 1982 – November 27, 1983 3
Payao Poontarat November 27, 1983 – July 5, 1984 1
Jiro Watanabe July 5, 1984 – March 30, 1986 4
Gilberto Román March 30, 1986 – May 16, 1987 6
Santos Laciar May 16, 1987 – August 8, 1987 0
Sugar Baby Rojas August 8, 1987 – April 8, 1988 1
Gilberto Román April 8, 1988 – November 7, 1989 5
Nana Kanadou November 7, 1989 – January 20, 1990 0
Moon Sung-kil January 20, 1990 – November 13, 1993 9
José Luis Bueno November 13, 1993 – May 4, 1994 0
Hiroshi Kawashima May 4, 1994 – February 20, 1997 6
Gerry Peñalosa February 20, 1997 – August 29, 1998 3
In-Joo Cho August 29, 1998 – August 27, 2000 5
Masamori Tokuyama August 27, 2000 – June 28, 2004 8
Katsushige Kawashima June 28, 2004 – July 18, 2005 2
Masamori Tokuyama July 18, 2005 – December 6, 2006 (vacated) 1
Cristian Mijares
(Promoted from Interim status)
December 6, 2006 – November 1, 2008 7
Vic Darchinyan November 1, 2008 – August 3, 2010 (vacated) 3
Tomás Rojas
def. Kohei Kono
September 20, 2010 – August 10, 2011 2
Suriyan Sor Rungvisai August 10, 2011 – March 27, 2012 1
Yota Sato March 27, 2012 – May 3, 2013 2
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai May 3, 2013 – May 31, 2014 1
Carlos Cuadras May 31, 2014 – Present 4

Bantamweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Éder Jofre April 4, 1963 – May 18, 1965 2
Masahiko "Fighting" Harada May 18, 1965 – February 27, 1968 4
Lionel Rose February 27, 1968 – August 22, 1969 3
Rubén Olivares August 22, 1969 – October 16, 1970 2
Jesús "Chucho" Castillo October 16, 1970 – April 2, 1971 0
Rubén Olivares April 2, 1971 – March 19, 1972 2
Rafael Herrera March 19, 1972 – July 29, 1972 0
Enrique Pinde July 29, 1972 – 1973 (stripped) 0
Rafael Herrera
def. Rodolfo Martínez
April 14, 1973 – December 7, 1974 2
Rodolfo Martínez December 7, 1974 – May 8, 1976 3
Carlos Zárate May 8, 1976 – June 3, 1979 9
José Guadalupe Pintor June 3, 1979 – 1982 (vacated) 8
Alberto Dávila
def. Francisco "Kiko" Bejines
September 1, 1983 – 1984 (vacated) 1
Daniel Zaragoza
def. Fred Jackson
May 4, 1985 – August 9, 1985 0
Miguel Lora August 9, 1985 – October 29, 1988 7
Raúl Pérez October 29, 1988 – February 25, 1991 7
Greg Richardson February 25, 1991 – September 19, 1991 1
Joichiro Tatsuyoshi September 19, 1991 – September 17, 1992 0
Victor Rabanales September 17, 1992 – March 28, 1993 1
Jung-Il Byun March 28, 1993 – December 23, 1993 1
Yasuei Yakushiji December 23, 1993 – July 30, 1995 4
Wayne McCullough July 30, 1995 – January, 1997 (vacated) 2
Sirimongkol Singwangcha
(Elevated from Interim status)
January, 1997 – November 22, 1997 3
Joichiro Tatsuyoshi November 22, 1997 – December 29, 1998 2
Veeraphol Sahaprom December 29, 1998 – April 16, 2005 14
Hozumi Hasegawa April 16, 2005 – April 30, 2010 10
Fernando Montiel April 30, 2010 – February 19, 2011 1
Nonito Donaire February 19, 2011 – October 22, 2011 (vacated) 1
Shinsuke Yamanaka
def. Christian Esquivel
November 6, 2011 – Present 9

Super Bantamweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Rigoberto Riasco April 3, 1976 – October 9, 1976 2
Kazuo "Royal" Kobayashi October 9, 1976 – November 24, 1976 0
Yum Dong-Kyun November 24, 1976 – May 21, 1977 1
Wilfredo Gómez May 21, 1977 – April, 1983 (vacated) 17
Jaime Garza
def. Bobby Berna
June 15, 1983 – November 3, 1984 1
Juan Meza November 3, 1984 – August 18, 1985 1
José "Lupe" Pintor August 18, 1985 – January 18, 1986 0
Samart Payakaroon January 18, 1986 – May 8, 1987 1
Jeff Fenech May 8, 1987 – 1988 (vacated) 2
Daniel Zaragoza
def. Carlos Zárate
February 29, 1988 – April 23, 1990 5
Paul Banke April 23, 1990 – November 5, 1990 1
Pedro Ruben Decima November 5, 1990 – February 23, 1991 0
Kiyoshi Hatanaka February 23, 1991 – June 24, 1991 0
Daniel Zaragoza June 24, 1991 – March 20, 1992 2
Thierry Jacob March 20, 1992 – June 23, 1992 0
Tracy Harris Patterson June 23, 1992 – August 26, 1994 4
Hector Acero Sanchez August 26, 1994 – November 6, 1995 2
Daniel Zaragoza November 6, 1995 – September 6, 1997 4
Erik Morales September 6, 1997 – February 19, 2000 (vacated) 9
Willie Jorrín
def. Michael Brodie
September 9, 2000 – November 1, 2002 (vacated) 2
Óscar Larios November 1, 2002 – December 12, 2005 7
Israel Vázquez December 12, 2005 – March 3, 2007 2
Rafael Márquez March 3, 2007 – August 4, 2007 0
Israel Vázquez August 4, 2007 – December 18, 2008 (stripped) 1
Toshiaki Nishioka
(Elevated from Interim status)
December 18, 2008 – March 15, 2012 (vacated) 7
Abner Mares
def. Eric Morel
April 21, 2012 – January 31, 2013 (vacated) 1
Victor Terrazas
def. Cristian Mijares
April 20, 2013 - August 24, 2013 0
Léo Santa Cruz August 24, 2013 – Present 4

Featherweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Sugar Ramos March 21, 1963 – September 26, 1964 3
Vicente Saldivar September 26, 1964 – October, 1967 (retired) 7
Howard Winstone
def. Mitsunori Seki
January 23, 1968 – July 24, 1968 0
José Legrá July 24, 1968 – January 21, 1969 0
Johnny Famechon January 21, 1969 – May 9, 1970 2
Vicente Saldivar May 9, 1970 – December 11, 1970 0
Kuniaki Shibata December 11, 1970 – May 19, 1972 2
Clemente Sánchez May 19, 1972 – December 16, 1972 (stripped) 0
José Legrá
def. Sánchez, who was stripped
of his title.
December 16, 1972 – May 5, 1973 0
Éder Jofre May 5, 1973 – June 17, 1974 (stripped) 1
Bobby Chacon
def. Alfredo Marcano
September 7, 1974 – June 20, 1975 1
Rubén Olivares June 20, 1975 – September 20, 1975 0
David Kotei September 20, 1975 – November 13, 1976 2
Danny López November 13, 1976 – February 2, 1980 8
Salvador Sánchez February 2, 1980 – August 12, 1982 (died) 9
Juan Laporte
def. Mario Miranda
September 15, 1982 – March 31, 1984 2
Wilfredo Gómez March 31, 1984 – December 8, 1984 0
Azumah Nelson December 8, 1984 – 1988 (vacated) 6
Jeff Fenech
def. Victor Callejas
March 7, 1988 – 1989 (vacated) 3
Marcos Villasana
def. Paul Hodkinson
June 2, 1990 – November 14, 1991 3
Paul Hodkinson November 14, 1991 – April 28, 1993 3
Gregorio Vargas April 28, 1993 – December 4, 1993 0
Kevin Kelley December 4, 1993 – January 7, 1995 2
Alejandro Martín González January 7, 1995 – September 23, 1995 2
Manuel Medina September 23, 1995 – December 11, 1995 0
Luisito Espinosa December 11, 1995 – May 15, 1999 7
César Soto May 15, 1999 – October 22, 1999 0
Naseem Hamed May 15, 1999 – 2000 (vacated) 0
Guty Espadas, Jr.
def. Luisito Espinosa
April 14, 2000 – February 17, 2001 1
Erik Morales
def. by Marco Antonio Barrera,
who declined title
February 17, 2001 – June 22, 2002 1
Erik Morales
def. Paulie Ayala
November 16, 2002 – 2003 (vacated) 2
Chi In-Jin
def. Michael Brodie
October 4, 2003 – January 29, 2006 3
Takashi Koshimoto January 29, 2006 – July 30, 2006 0
Rodolfo López July 30, 2006 – December 17, 2006 0
Chi In-Jin December 17, 2006 – 2007 (retired) 0
Jorge Linares
def. Óscar Larios
July 21, 2007 – August 13, 2008 (vacated) 1
Óscar Larios
(Elevated from Interim status)
August 13, 2008 – March 12, 2009 2
Takahiro Aoh March 12, 2009 – July 14, 2009 0
Elio Rojas July 14, 2009 – August 25, 2010 (vacated) 1
Hozumi Hasegawa
def. Juan Carlos Burgos
July 14, 2009 – April 8, 2011 0
Jhonny González April 8, 2011 – September 14, 2012 4
Daniel Ponce de León September 14, 2012 – May 4, 2013 0
Abner Mares May 4, 2013 - August 24, 2013 0
Jhonny González August 24, 2013 – March 28, 2015 2
Gary Russell, Jr. March 28, 2015 – Present 0

Super Featherweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Gabriel Elorde February 16, 1963 – June 15, 1967 5
Yoshiaki Numata June 15, 1967 – December 14, 1967 0
Hiroshi Kobayashi December 14, 1967 – January 18, 1969 (stripped) 2
René Barrientos
def. Rubén Navarro
February 15, 1969 – April 5, 1970 0
Yoshiaki Numata April 5, 1970 – October 10, 1971 3
Ricardo Arredondo October 10, 1971 – February 28, 1974 5
Kuniaki Shibata February 28, 1974 – July 5, 1975 3
Alfredo Escalera July 5, 1975 – January 28, 1978 10
Alexis Argüello January 28, 1978 – 1980 (vacated) 8
Rafael Limón
def. Idelfonso Bethelmy
December 11, 1980 – March 8, 1981 0
Cornelius Boza Edwards March 8, 1981 – August 29, 1981 1
Rolando Navarette August 29, 1981 – May 29, 1982 1
Rafael Limón May 29, 1982 – December 11, 1982 1
Bobby Chacon December 11, 1982 – 1983 (stripped) 1
Héctor Camacho
def. Rafael Limón
August 7, 1983 – 1984 (vacated) 1
Julio César Chávez
def. Mario Martínez
September 13, 1984 – August 21, 1987 (vacated) 9
Azumah Nelson
def. Mario Martínez
February 29, 1988 – May 7, 1994 10
Jesse James Leija May 7, 1994 – September 17, 1994 0
Gabriel Ruelas September 17, 1994 – December 1, 1995 2
Azumah Nelson December 1, 1995 – March 22, 1997 1
Genaro Hernández March 22, 1997 – October 3, 1998 3
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. October 3, 1998 – April 20, 2002 (vacated) 8
Sirimongkol Singwancha
def. Kengo Nagashima
August 24, 2002 – August 15, 2003 1
Jesús Chávez August 15, 2003 – February 28, 2004 0
Erik Morales February 28, 2004 – November 27, 2004 1
Juan Manuel Márquez March 17, 2007 – March 15, 2008 1
Manny Pacquiao March 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008 (vacated) 0
Humberto Soto
def. Francisco Lorenzo
December 20, 2008 – March 18, 2010 (vacated) 3
Vitali Tajbert
(Elevated from interim status)
March 17, 2010 – November 26, 2010 2
Takahiro Ao November 26, 2010 – October 27, 2012 3
Gamaliel Diaz October 27, 2012 – April 8, 2013 0
Takashi Miura April 8, 2013 – Present 4

Lightweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Carlos Ortíz February 14, 1963 – April 10, 1965 3
Ismael Laguna April 10, 1965 – November 13, 1965 0
Carlos Ortíz November 13, 1965 – June 29, 1968 5
Carlos Cruz June 29, 1968 – February 18, 1969 1
Mando Ramos February 18, 1969 – March 3, 1970 1
Ismael Laguna March 3, 1970 – September 15, 1970 (stripped) 1
Ken Buchanan
def. Rubén Navarro
February 12, 1971 – June 25, 1971 (stripped) 0
Pedro Carrasco
def. Mando Ramos
November 5, 1971 – February 18, 1972 0
Mando Ramos February 18, 1972 – September 15, 1972 1
Chango Carmona September 15, 1972 – November 10, 1972 0
Rodolfo González November 10, 1972 – April 11, 1974 2
Guts Ishimatsu April 11, 1974 – May 8, 1976 5
Esteban De Jesús May 8, 1976 – January 21, 1978 3
Roberto Durán January 21, 1978 – January, 1979 (vacated) 0
Jim Watt
def. Alfredo Pitalua
April 17, 1979 – June 20, 1981 4
Alexis Argüello June 20, 1981 – 1983 (vacated) 4
Edwin Rosario
def. José Luis Ramírez
May 1, 1983 – November 3, 1984 2
José Luis Ramírez November 3, 1984 – August 10, 1985 0
Héctor Camacho August 10, 1985 – 1987 (vacated) 2
José Luis Ramírez
def. Terrence Alli
July 19, 1987 – October 29, 1988 2
Julio César Chávez October 29, 1988 – 1989 (vacated) 0
Pernell Whitaker
def. José Luis Ramírez
August 20, 1989 – 1992 (vacated) 6
Miguel Ángel González
def. Wilfrido Rocha
August 24, 1992 – August 19, 1995 (vacated) 10
Jean Baptiste Mendy
def. Lamar Murphy
April 20, 1996 – March 1, 1997 0
Stevie Johnston March 1, 1997 – June 13, 1998 3
César Bazán June 13, 1998 – February 27, 1999 2
Stevie Johnston February 27, 1999 – June 17, 2000 4
José Luis Castillo June 17, 2000 – April 20, 2002 3
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. April 20, 2002 – May 22, 2004 (vacated) 3
José Luis Castillo
def. Juan Lazcano
June 5, 2004 – May 7, 2005 2
Diego Corrales May 7, 2005 – October 7, 2006 (stripped) 0
Joel Casamayor
def. Corrales, who was stripped
of his title
October 7, 2006 – February 1, 2007 (stripped) 0
David Díaz
(Elevated from interim status)
February 1, 2007 – June 28, 2008 1
Manny Pacquiao June 28, 2008 – February 24, 2009 (vacated) 1
Edwin Valero
def. Antonio Pitalua
April 4, 2009 – February 9, 2010 (vacated) 2
Humberto Soto
def. David Díaz
March 13, 2010 – July 1, 2011 (vacated) 4
Antonio DeMarco
def. Jorge Linares
October 15, 2011 – November 17, 2012 2
Adrien Broner November 17, 2012 – January 29, 2014 (stripped) 1
Omar Figueroa January 29, 2014 – November 10, 2014 (stripped) 2
Jorge Linares
def. Javier Prieto
December 30, 2014 – Present 2

Super Lightweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Eddie Perkins June 15, 1963 – January 18, 1965 2
Carlos "Morocho" Hernández January 18, 1965 – April 29, 1966 2
Sandro Lopopolo April 29, 1966 – April 30, 1967 1
Takeshi Fuji April 30, 1967 – 1968 (stripped) 1
Pedro Adigue
def. Adolph Pruitt
December 14, 1968 – January 31, 1970 0
Bruno Arcari January 31, 1970 – February, 1974 (vacated) 9
Perico Fernandez
def. Lion Furuyama
September 21, 1974 – July 15, 1975 1
Saensak Muangsurin July 15, 1975 – June 30, 1976 1
Miguel Velasquez June 30, 1976 – October 29, 1976 0
Saensak Muangsurin October 29, 1976 – December 30, 1978 7
Sang-Hyun Kim December 30, 1978 – February 23, 1980 2
Saoul Mamby February 23, 1980 – June 26, 1982 5
Leroy Haley June 26, 1982 – May 18, 1983 2
Bruce Curry May 18, 1983 – January 29, 1984 2
Billy Costello January 29, 1984 – August 21, 1985 3
Lonnie Smith August 21, 1985 – May 5, 1986 0
Rene Arredondo May 5, 1986 – July 24, 1986 0
Tsuyoshi Hamada July 24, 1986 – July 22, 1987 1
Rene Arredondo July 22, 1987 – November 12, 1987 0
Roger Mayweather July 22, 1987 – November 12, 1987 4
Julio César Chávez May 13, 1989 – January 29, 1994 12
Frankie Randall January 29, 1994 – May 7, 1994 0
Julio César Chávez May 7, 1994 – June 7, 1996 4
Oscar De La Hoya June 7, 1996 – April 12, 1997 (vacated) 1
Kostya Tszyu
def. Miguel Ángel González
August 21, 1999 – January, 2004 (stripped) 7
Arturo Gatti
def. Gianluca Branco
January 24, 2004 – June 25, 2005 2
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. June 25, 2005 – March 23, 2006 (vacated) 0
Junior Witter
def. DeMarcus Corley
September 15, 2006 – May 10, 2008 0
Devon Alexander August 1, 2009 – January 29, 2011 2
Timothy Bradley January 29, 2011 – July 28, 2011 (stripped) 2
Erik Morales
def. Pablo César Cano
September 17, 2011 – March 24, 2012 0
Danny García March 24, 2012 – June 11, 2015 (stripped) 5
Viktor Postol
def. Lucas Matthysse
October 3, 2015 – Current 0

Welterweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Emile Griffith December 8, 1962 – March 21, 1963 0
Luis Manuel Rodríguez March 21, 1963 – June 8, 1963 0
Emile Griffith June 8, 1963 – Apr 25,1966 (vacated) 4
Curtis Cokes
def. Jean Josselin
August 24, 1966 – April 18, 1969 4
José Nápoles April 18, 1969 – December 3, 1970 3
Billy Backus December 3, 1970 – June 4, 1971 0
José Nápoles June 4, 1971 – December 6, 1975 10
John H. Stracey December 6, 1975 – June 22, 1976 1
Carlos Palomino June 22, 1976 – January 14, 1979 7
Wilfred Benítez January 14, 1979 - November 30, 1979 1
Sugar Ray Leonard November 30, 1979 – June 20, 1980 1
Roberto Durán June 20, 1980 – November 25, 1980 0
Sugar Ray Leonard November 25, 1980 – November 9, 1982 (retired) 3
Milton McCrory
def. Colin Jones
August 13, 1983 – December 6, 1985 4
Donald Curry December 6, 1985 – September 27, 1986 0
Lloyd Honeyghan September 27, 1986 – October 28, 1987 3
Jorge Vaca October 28, 1987 – March 29, 1988 0
Lloyd Honeyghan March 29, 1988 – February 4, 1989 1
Marlon Starling February 4, 1989– August 19, 1990 1
Maurice Blocker August 19, 1990 – March 18, 1991 0
Simon Brown March 18, 1991 – November 29, 1991 0
James McGirt November 29, 1991 – March 6, 1993 2
Pernell Whitaker March 6, 1993 – April 12, 1997 8
Oscar De La Hoya April 12, 1997 – September 18, 1999 9
Félix Trinidad September 18, 1999 – March 3, 2000 (vacated) 0
Eric Hernandez 3 March 2000 – 17 June 2000 0
Shane Mosley June 17, 2000 – January 26, 2002 3
Vernon Forrest January 26, 2002 – January 25, 2003 1
Ricardo Mayorga January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003 1
Cory Spinks December 13, 2003 – February 5, 2005 2
Zab Judah February 5, 2005 – January 7, 2006 1
Carlos Manuel Baldomir January 7, 2006 – November 4, 2006 1
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. November 4, 2006 – June 6, 2008 (vacated) 1
Andre Berto
def. Miguel Ángel Rodríguez
June 21, 2008 – April 16, 2011 5
Victor Ortiz April 16, 2011 – September 17, 2011 0
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. September 17, 2011 – Present 4

Super Welterweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Denny Moyer February 19, 1963 – April 29, 1963 0
Ralph Dupas April 29, 1963 – September 7, 1963 1
Sandro Mazzinghi September 7, 1963 – June 18, 1965 3
Nino Benvenuti June 18, 1965 – June 25, 1966 1
Kim Ki-Soo June 25, 1966 – May 26, 1968 2
Sandro Mazzinghi May 26, 1968 – November, 1968 (stripped) 1
Freddie Little
def. Stanley Hayward
March 17, 1969 – July 9, 1970 2
Carmelo Bossi July 9, 1970 – October 31, 1971 1
Koichi Wajima October 31, 1971 – June 4, 1974 6
Oscar Albarado June 4, 1974 – January 21, 1975 1
Koichi Wajima January 21, 1975 – April, 1975 (stripped) 0
Miguel De Oliveira
def. José Durán
May 7, 1975 – November 13, 1975 0
Elisha Obed November 13, 1975 – June 18, 1976 2
Eckhard Dagge June 18, 1976 – August 6, 1977 2
Rocky Mattioli August 6, 1977 – March 4, 1979 2
Maurice Hope March 4, 1979 – May 23, 1981 3
Wilfred Benítez May 23, 1981 – December 3, 1982 2
Thomas Hearns December 3, 1982 – 1986 (vacated) 4
Duane Thomas
def. John Mugabi
December 5, 1986 – July 12, 1987 0
Lupe Aquino July 12, 1987 – October 2, 1987 0
Gianfranco Rosi October 2, 1987 – July 8, 1988 1
Donald Curry July 8, 1988 – February 11, 1989 0
Rene Jacquot February 11, 1989 – July 8, 1989 0
John Mugabi July 8, 1989 – March 31, 1990 0
Terry Norris March 31, 1990 – December 18, 1993 10
Simon Brown December 18, 1993 – May 7, 1994 1
Terry Norris May 7, 1994 – November 12, 1994 0
Luis Santana November 12, 1994 – August 19, 1995 1
Terry Norris August 19, 1995 – December 6, 1997 6
Keith Mullings December 6, 1997 – January 29, 1999 1
Javier Castillejo January 29, 1999 – June 23, 2001 5
Oscar de la Hoya June 28, 2001 – September 13, 2003 2
Shane Mosley September 13, 2003 – March 13, 2004 0
Eric Hernandez March 13, 2004 – May, 2005 (vacated) 1
Ricardo Mayorga
def. Michele Piccirillo
August 13, 2005 – May 6, 2006 0
Oscar De La Hoya May 6, 2006 – May 5, 2007 0
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. May 5, 2007 – July 4, 2007 (vacated) 0
Vernon Forrest
def. Carlos Manuel Baldomir
July 28, 2007 – June 7, 2008 1
Sergio Mora June 7, 2008 – September 13, 2008 0
Vernon Forrest September 13, 2008 – May 21, 2009 (stripped) 0
Sergio Martínez
(Elevated from Interim status)
May 21, 2009 – June 17, 2010 (vacated) 0
Manny Pacquiao
def. Antonio Margarito
November 14, 2010 – February 8, 2011 (vacated) 0
Saúl Álvarez
def. Matthew Hatton
March 5, 2011 - September 14, 2013 6
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
def. Saúl Álvarez
September 14, 2013 – Present 1

Middleweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Dick Tiger August 10, 1963 – December 7, 1963 0
Joey Giardello December 7, 1963 – October 21, 1965 1
Dick Tiger October 21, 1965 – April 25, 1966 0
Emile Griffith April 25, 1966 – April 17, 1967 2
Nino Benvenuti March 4, 1968 – November 7, 1970 4
Carlos Monzón November 7, 1970 – February 9, 1974 (stripped) 9
Rodrigo Valdéz def. Bennie Briscoe May 25, 1974 – June 26, 1976 4
Carlos Monzón June 26, 1976 – August 1977 (retired) 1
Rodrigo Valdéz def. Bennie Briscoe November 5, 1977 – April 22, 1978 0
Hugo Corro April 22, 1978 – June 30, 1979 2
Vito Antuofermo June 30, 1979 – March 16, 1980 1
Alan Minter March 16, 1980 – September 27, 1980 1
Marvelous Marvin Hagler September 27, 1980 – April 6, 1987 12
Sugar Ray Leonard April 6, 1987 – May 27, 1987 (retired) 0
Thomas Hearns def. Juan Roldán October 29, 1987 – June 6, 1988 0
Iran Barkley June 6, 1988 – February 24, 1989 0
Roberto Durán February 24, 1989 – December, 1989 (vacated) 0
Julian Jackson def. Herol Graham November 24, 1990 – May 8, 1993 4
Gerald McClellan May 8, 1993 – May 7, 1994 (vacated) 3
Julian Jackson def. Agostino Cardamone March 17, 1995 – August 19, 1995 0
Quincy Taylor August 19, 1995 – March 16, 1996 0
Keith Holmes March 16, 1996 – May 2, 1998 2
Hassine Cherifi May 2, 1998 – April 24, 1999 0
Keith Holmes April 24, 1999 – April 14, 2001 2
Bernard Hopkins April 14, 2001 – July 16, 2005 7
Jermain Taylor July 16, 2005 – September 29, 2007 4
Kelly Pavlik September 29, 2007 – April 17, 2010 3
Sergio Martínez April 17, 2010 – January 17, 2011 (stripped) 1
Sebastian Zbik (Elevated from interim status) January 17, 2011 – June 4, 2011 0
Julio César Chávez, Jr. June 4, 2011 – September 15, 2012 3
Sergio Martínez September 15, 2012 – June 7, 2014 1
Miguel Ángel Cotto June 7, 2014 – Present 1

Super Middleweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Sugar Ray Leonard November 7, 1988 – December 15, 1990 (retired) 2
Mauro Galvano
def. Dario Matteoni
December 15, 1990 – October 3, 1992 2
Nigel Benn October 3, 1992 – March 2, 1996 9
Thulani Malinga March 2, 1996 – July 6, 1996 0
Vincenzo Nardiello July 6, 1996 – October 12, 1996 0
Robin Reid October 12, 1996 – December 19, 1997 3
Thulani Malinga December 19, 1997 – March 27, 1998 0
Richie Woodhall March 27, 1998 – October 23, 1999 2
Markus Beyer October 23, 1999 – May 6, 2000 1
Glenn Catley May 6, 2000 – September 1, 2000 0
Dingaan Thobela September 1, 2000 – December 15, 2000 0
Dave Hilton, Jr. December 15, 2000 – May, 2001 (stripped) 0
Éric Lucas
def. Glenn Catley
June 10, 2001 – April 5, 2003 3
Markus Beyer April 5, 2003 – June 5, 2004 2
Christian Sanavia June 5, 2004 – October 9, 2004 0
Markus Beyer October 9, 2004 – October 14, 2006 3
Mikkel Kessler October 14, 2006 – November 3, 2007 1
Joe Calzaghe November 3, 2007 – June 28, 2008 (vacated) 0
Carl Froch
def. Jean Pascal
December 6, 2008 – April 24, 2010 2
Mikkel Kessler April 25, 2010 – November 2010 (vacated) 0
Carl Froch
def. Arthur Abraham
November 27, 2010 – December 17, 2011 1
Andre Ward December 17, 2011 – May 20, 2013 (stripped) 1
Sakio Bika June 22, 2013 – August 16, 2014 1
Anthony Dirrell August 16, 2014 – April 24, 2015 0
Badou Jack April 24, 2015 – Present 1

Light Heavyweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Willie Pastrano June 1, 1963 – March 30, 1965 2
José Torres March 30, 1965 – December 16, 1966 3
Dick Tiger December 16, 1966 – May 24, 1968 2
Bob Foster May 24, 1968 – September 16, 1974 (retired) 14
John Conteh
def. Jorge Ahumada
October 1, 1974 – May 21, 1977 (stripped) 3
Miguel Angel Cuello
def. Jesse Burnett
May 21, 1977 – January 8, 1978 0
Mate Parlov January 8, 1978 – December 2, 1978 1
Marvin Johnson December 2, 1978 – August 18, 1979 0
Matthew Saad Muhammad August 18, 1979 – December 19, 1981 8
Dwight Muhammad Qawi December 19, 1981 – March 18, 1983 3
Michael Spinks March 18, 1983 – September 21, 1985 (vacated) 4
J. B. Williamson
def. Prince Mama Mohammed
December 10, 1985 – April 30, 1986 0
Dennis Andries April 30, 1986 – March 7, 1987 1
Thomas Hearns March 7, 1987 – November 21, 1987 (vacated) 0
Donny Lalonde
def. Eddie Davis
November 27, 1987 – November 7, 1988 1
Sugar Ray Leonard November 7, 1988 – February 21, 1989 (vacated) 0
Dennis Andries
def. Tony Willis
February 21, 1989 – June 24, 1989 0
Jeff Harding June 24, 1989 – July 28, 1990 2
Dennis Andries July 28, 1990 – September 11, 1991 2
Jeff Harding September 11, 1991 – July 23, 1994 2
Mike McCallum July 23, 1994 – June 16, 1995 1
Fabrice Tiozzo June 16, 1995 – March, 1997 (vacated) 1
Roy Jones, Jr.
(Elevated from Interim status)
March, 1997 – March 21, 1997 0
Montell Griffin March 21, 1997 – August 7, 1997 0
Roy Jones, Jr. August 7, 1997 – January, 1998 (vacated) 0
Graciano Rocchigiani
def. Michael Nunn
March 21, 1998 – April 15, 2000
(Restored champion)
0
Roy Jones, Jr. May, 2000 – March 1, 2003 (vacated) 6
Antonio Tarver April 26, 2003 – November 8, 2003 0
Roy Jones, Jr. November 8, 2003 – May 15, 2004 0
Antonio Tarver May 25, 2004 – December, 2004 (stripped) 0
Tomasz Adamek
def. Paul Briggs
May 21, 2005 – February 3, 2007 2
Chad Dawson February 3, 2007 – July 11, 2008 (stripped) 3
Adrian Diaconu
(Elevated from Interim status)
July 11, 2008 – June 19, 2009 0
Jean Pascal June 19, 2009 – May 21, 2011 2
Bernard Hopkins May 21, 2011 – April 28, 2012 0
Chad Dawson April 28, 2012 – June 8, 2013 0
Adonis Stevenson June 8, 2013 – Present 6

Cruiserweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Marvin Camel March 31, 1980 – November 25, 1980 0
Carlos De León November 25, 1980 – June 27, 1982 1
S. T. Gordon June 27, 1982 – July 17, 1983 1
Carlos De León July 17, 1983 – June 6, 1985 3
Alfonso Ratliff June 6, 1985 – September 21, 1985 0
Bernard Benton September 21, 1985 – March 22, 1986 0
Carlos De León March 22, 1986 – April 9, 1988 3
Evander Holyfield April 9, 1988 – April 9, 1989 (vacated) 0
Carlos De León
def. Sammy Reeson
May 17, 1989 – July 27, 1990 3
Massimiliano Duran July 27, 1990 – July 20, 1991 1
Anaclet Wamba July 20, 1991 – December 30, 1994 7
Marcelo Domínguez July 25, 1995 – February 21, 1998 5
Juan Carlos Gómez February 21, 1998 – February 19, 2002 (vacated) 10
Wayne Braithwaite
def. Vincenzo Cantatore
October 11, 2002 – April 2, 2005 3
Jean-Marc Mormeck April 2, 2005 – January 7, 2006 0
O'Neil Bell January 7, 2006 – March 17, 2007 0
Jean-Marc Mormeck March 17, 2007 – November 10, 2007 0
David Haye November 10, 2007 – May 12, 2008 (vacated) 1
Giacobbe Fragomeni
def. Rudolf Kraj
October 24, 2008 – November 21, 2009 1
Zsolt Erdei November 21, 2009 – January 13, 2010 (vacated) 0
Krzysztof Włodarczyk
def. Giacobbe Fragomeni
May 15, 2010 – September 27, 2014 6
Grigory Drozd September 27, 2014 – Present 1

Heavyweight

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Sonny Liston July 22, 1963 – February 25, 1964 0
Muhammad Ali February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969 (stripped) 9
Joe Frazier
def. Jimmy Ellis
February 16, 1970 – January 22, 1973 4
George Foreman January 22, 1973 – October 30, 1974 2
Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 – February 15, 1978 10
Leon Spinks February 15, 1978 – March 18, 1978 (stripped) 0
Ken Norton
(Status elevated as #1 contender)
March 29, 1978 – June 9, 1978 0
Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 – December 11, 1983 (vacated) 16
Tim Witherspoon
def. Greg Page
March 9, 1984 – August 31, 1984 0
Pinklon Thomas August 31, 1984 – March 22, 1986 1
Trevor Berbick March 22, 1986 – November 22, 1986 0
Mike Tyson November 22, 1986 – February 11, 1990 9
James "Buster" Douglas February 11, 1990 – October 25, 1990 0
Evander Holyfield October 25, 1990 – November 13, 1992 3
Riddick Bowe November 13, 1992 – December 14, 1992 (stripped) 0
Lennox Lewis
Status elevated as
Bowe refused to face Lewis
December 14, 1992 – September 24, 1994 3
Oliver McCall September 24, 1994 – September 2, 1995 1
Frank Bruno September 2, 1995 – March 16, 1996 0
Mike Tyson March 16, 1996 – September 24, 1996 (vacated) 0
Lennox Lewis
def. Oliver McCall
February 7, 1997 – April 22, 2001 9
Hasim Rahman April 22, 2001 – November 17, 2001 0
Lennox Lewis November 17, 2001 – February 6, 2004 (retired) 2
Vitali Klitschko
def. Corrie Sanders
April 24, 2004 – November 9, 2005 (retired) 1
Hasim Rahman
(Elevated from Interim status)
November 9, 2005 – August 12, 2006 1
Oleg Maskaev August 12, 2006 – March 8, 2008 1
Samuel Peter March 8, 2008 – October 11, 2008 0
Vitali Klitschko October 11, 2008 – December 15, 2013 (retired) 9
Bermane Stiverne
def. Chris Arreola
May 10, 2014 – January 17, 2015 0
Deontay Wilder January 17, 2015 2

See also

References

  1. ^ Kazuto Ioka vacates strawweight belt, ESPN.com, July 1, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012.

External links

  • Ken Buchanan – Lightweight Champion of the World – Ken Buchanan site with detailed bio, statistics, full fights and more
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