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List of NABF champions

The following lists title holders over the history of the North American Boxing Federation, in operation since 1969.

Cruiserweight

There have been 22 recognized Cruiserweight Champions with a combined total of 23 title reigns. Dale Brown is the only man to hold the title twice.[1][2]

Bert Cooper and O'Neil Bell share the record for the most successful defenses, each with five.[1][3]

No. Name Duration of reign Defenses Notes
1 United States Marvin Camel 1979-06-06 — 1980-03-31 0 Defeated Bill Sharkey. Camelvacated the title upon winning the WBC Cruiserweight belt on March 31, 1980 title.
2 United States S.T. Gordon 1980-08-06 — 1982-06-27 1 Defeated Ivy Brown. Gordon vacated the title in order to challenge for Carlos de León's. WBC title.
3 United States Leon Spinks 1982-10-31 — 1983-03-06 0 Defeated Jesse Burnett. Spinks later vacated the title.
4 United States Anthony Davis 1984-05-16 — 1985-06-19 0 Defeated Jesse Burnett.
5 Nigeria Bash Ali 1985-06-19 — 1986-04-22 0
6 United States Henry Tillman 1986-04-22 — 1986-06-15 0
7 United States Bert Cooper 1986-06-15 — 1989-02-15 5
8 United States Nate Miller 1989-02-15 — 1990-12-17 3
9 United States James Warring 1990-12-17 — 1991-08-07 0 Warring vacated the title to fight for the vacant IBF title.
10 United States Orlin Norris 1991-08-17 — 1993-11-06 3 Defeated Jesse Shelby. Norris vacated the title upon winning the vacant WBA title.
11 United States Thomas Hearns 1994-01-29 — 1994-02-20 1 Defeated Dan Ward. Hearns vacated the title.
12 United States Adolpho Washington 1994-02-24 — 1994-07-14 0 Defeated Dale Jackson. Washington vacated the title to challenge for Anaclet Wamba's WBC title.
13 United States James Heath 1995-01-27 — 1995-06-17 0 Defeated John McClain. Heath vacated the title.
14 United States Brian LaSpada 1995-06-17 — 1997-05-05 2 Defeated Art Jimmerson.
15 United States Dale Brown 1997-05-05 — 2000-02-12 4
16 Guyana Wayne Braithwaite 2000-02-12 — 2001-01-05 0 Braithwaite vacated the title.
17 Jamaica O'Neil Bell 2001-01-18 — 2004-06-01 5 Defeated James Walton. Bell vacated the title in order to pursue the IBF title.
18 United States Dale Brown (2) 2004-06-08 — 2005-02-04 0 Defeated Robert Daniels. Brown vacated the title in order to challenge for O'Neil Bell's IBF title.
19 United States Ali Supreme 2005-03-10 — 2005-06-16 0
20 United States Arthur Williams 2005-06-16 — 2005-10-27 0
21 United States Felix Cora, Jr. 2005-10-27 — 2006-05-18 1
22 Russia Vadim Tokarev 2006-05-18 — 2007-04-01 1 Tokarev vacated the title in order to pursue the IBF title.
23 United States Matt Godfrey 2007-04-06 — present 3 Defeated Felix Cora, Jr..

Heavyweight

There have been 30 recognized Heavyweight Champions with a combined total of 39 title reigns.[4][5]

Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Orlin Norris, Ken Norton, Samuel Peter, Tony Tucker and Tim Witherspoon are the only men to have held the title twice. Ali is the only one to hold it three times.[6][7]

Orlin Norris has successfully defended the title more times than anyone else, retaining the title six times.[5][6]

No. Name Duration of reign Defenses Notes
1 United States Leotis Martin 1969-12-06 — 1970-02-02 0 Defeated Sonny Liston. Martin relinquished the title and retired due to an eye injury he received in the bout with Liston.
2 United States Muhammad Ali 1970-12-07 — 1971-03-08 0 Defeated Oscar Bonavena. Ali relinquished the title in order to fight Joe Frazier for the World title.
3 United States George Foreman 1971-05-10 — 1971-07-20 0 Defeated Gregorio Peralta. Foreman relinquished the title in order to challenge for the World title, then held by Joe Frazier.
4 United States Muhammad Ali (2) 1971-07-26 — 1973-03-31 5 Defeated Jimmy Ellis.
5 United States Ken Norton 1973-03-31 — 1973-09-10 0
6 United States Muhammad Ali (3) 1973-03-31 — 1974-10-30 1 Ali relinquished the title in order to fight Foreman for the WBA and WBC titles.
7 United States Ken Norton (2) 1975-03-24 — 1976-01-20 0 Defeated Jerry Quarry. Norton relinquished the title in order to challenge for Ali's World title.
8 United States George Foreman (2) 1976-01-24 — 1977-03-17 1 Defeated Ron Lyle. Foreman relinquished the title upon retirement.
9 United States Leroy Jones 1978-08-19 — 1979-10-20 0 Defeated Mike Weaver. Jones relinquished the title to challenge Larry Holmes for the WBC title.
10 United States Michael Dokes 1982-01-30 — 1982-12-10 1 Defeated Lynn Ball. Dokes relinquished the title upon winning the WBA title from Weaver.
11 United States Tim Witherspoon 1983-09-23 — 1984-03-09 0 Defeated James Tillis. Witherspoon relinquished the title upon winning the vacant WBC title, defeating Greg Page.
12 United States James Broad 1984-08-23 — 1985-04-29 0 Defeated Eddie Gregg.
13 United States Tim Witherspoon (2) 1985-04-29 — 1986-01-17 1 Witherspoon relinquished the title upon defeating Tony Tubbs for the WBA title.
14 United States Larry Alexander 1987-04-10 — 1987-11-25 0 Defeated Dorcey Gaymon.
15 United States Orlin Norris 1987-11-25 — 1990-02-17 6
16 United States Bert Cooper 1990-02-17 — 1990-08-05 0
17 United States Ray Mercer 1990-08-05 — 1991-01-11 0 Mercer relinquished the title upon defeating Francesco Damiani for the WBO title.
18 United States Orlin Norris (2) 1991-04-30 — 1991-06-03 0 Defeated Lionel Washington.
19 United States Tony Tucker 1991-06-03 — 1992-12-01 1 Tucker relinquished the title in order to challenge Lennox Lewis on 1993-05-08 for the WBC title.
20 United States Alex García 1992-12-08 — 1994-03-01 3 Defeated Jerry Jones.
21 United States Joe Hipp 1994-03-01 — 1995-03-09 1 Hipp was stripped of the title.
22 Russia Alexander Zolkin 1995-03-21 — 1996-05-01 2 Defeated Rocky Pepeli. Zolkin was stripped of the title.
23 United States Tony Tucker (2) 1996-06-29 — December 1996 0 Defeated David Dixon. Tucker was stripped of the title.
24 United States John Ruiz 1997-01-14 — 1999-01-15 3 Defeated Jimmy Thunder. Ruiz also won the NABA title, defeating Jerry Ballard on 1998-09-19. He relinquished the NABF title in order to focus on the NABA title.
25 United States Michael Grant 1999-01-30 — 2000-04-29 1 Defeated Ahmad Abdin. Grant relinquished the title in order to fight Lennox Lewis for the WBC, IBF and IBO titles.
26 United States Robert Davis 2000-04-29 — 2000-08-15 0 Defeated Keith McKnight. Davis was later stripped of the title.
27 United States Clifford Etienne 2000-09-09 — 2001-03-06 0 Defeated Cliff Couser. Grant was later stripped of the title.
28 United States Obed Sullivan 2001-05-20 — 2001-09-02 0 Defeated Sherman Williams.
29 Puerto Rico Fres Oquendo 2001-09-02 — 2002-04-13 0
30 Samoa David Tua 2002-04-13 — 2003-03-29 0 Tua was stripped of the title.
31 United States Joe Mesi 2003-06-24 — 2003-09-19 0 Defeated Robert Davis.
32 Cuba Eliecer Castillo 2003-09-19 — 2004-04-17 1 Castillo had won the interim title by defeating Lawrence Clay-Bey on 2003-06-06, and was promoted to full champion when Joe Mesi failed to defend.
33 United States DaVarryl Williamson 2004-04-17 — 2004-10-02 1 Williamson was stripped of the title.
34 Nigeria Samuel Peter 2004-12-04 — 2005-09-24 1 Defeated Jeremy Williams.
35 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko 2005-09-24 — 2006-04-22 0 Klitschko relinquished the title in order to challenge Chris Byrd for the IBF and vacant IBO titles.
36 Nigeria Samuel Peter (2) 2006-04-28 — 2007-05-05 2 Defeated Julius Long.
37 United States Hasim Rahman 2007-06-14 — 2008-06-02 1 Defeated Taurus Sykes for interim title. Rahman relinquished the title to challenge James Toney for the NABO title.
38 United States Travis Walker 2008-02-29 — 2008-11-29 0 Defeated T.J. Wilson. Interim champion, later promoted to official champion.
39 MexicoUnited States Chris Arreola 2008-11-29 — present 1

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