List of The Ring world champions

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The Ring magazine has maintained a list of lineal world boxing champions in each weight class from its foundation in 1922 until the 1990s, and again since 2002.

History[edit]

The Ring began awarding world championship belts in 1922. The first Ring world title belt was awarded to Heavyweight Champion Jack Dempsey, and the second was awarded to Flyweight Champion Pancho Villa. The Ring stopped giving belts to world champions in the 1990s, then reintroduced their title in 2002.[1]

The Ring soon introduced a championship policy. A vacant title is awarded only to the winner of a fight between The Ring's No. 1 contender and No. 2 or the No. 3 contender. The ratings are compiled by the magazine’s Editorial Board, with the participation of The Ring Ratings Panel of boxing journalists from around the world.

The Ring stated that their title was "intended to reward fighters who, by satisfying rigid criteria, can justify a claim as the true and only world champion in a given weight class".[2] However, many boxing journalists complained that The Ring ignored the current world championship lineage when they started awarding titles again. A controversy described by Cliff Rold of BoxingScene.com is for example, the Light Heavyweight Title was considered vacant from the time Michael Spinks went up to heavyweight in 1985 until 1996. While the Cyber Boxing Zone and the International Boxing Research Organization considers Virgil Hill's defeat of Henry Maske (who were the two highest rated light heavyweights) as the beginning of the new lineage,[3] The Ring controversially awarded their newly reintroduced title to Roy Jones.[4] In 2002, The Ring editor, Nigel Collins, acknowledged that if their championship policy was in place in 1997, Dariusz Michalczewski, who defeated Hill, "probably would have been The Ring Champion."[5]

In 2007, The Ring was acquired by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Enterprises, which includes Golden Boy Promotions, one of the most success promotional companies in boxing.[6] Golden Boy has publicized The Ring's World Championship when the title is at stake in fights it promotes (such as Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones, Jr. in 2008).[7]

In May 2012, citing the number of vacancies in various weight classes as primary motivation, The Ring unveiled a new championship policy. Under the new policy, if the No. 1 and No. 2 contenders choose not to fight one another and either of them fights No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5, the winner may be awarded The Ring belt.

There are now also seven ways that a boxer can lose the title.'s title:[8]

  • The champion loses a fight in the weight class in which he is champion.
  • The champion moves to another weight class.
  • The champion does not schedule a fight in any weight class for 18 months.
  • The champion does not schedule a fight at his championship weight for 18 months (even if he fights at another weight).
  • The champion does not schedule a fight with a Top-5 contender from any weight class for two years.
  • The champion retires.
  • The champion tests positive for a banned substance.

Some boxing journalists are extremely critical of the new championship policy and state that if this new policy is followed, the Ring title will lose the credibility it once held.[9][10][11]

Heavyweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 United States Jack Dempsey 1922 - September 23, 1926
2 United States Gene Tunney September 23, 1926 - July 31, 1928 (retired)
3 Germany Max Schmeling (defeated Jack Sharkey) June 12, 1930 - June 21, 1932
4 United States Jack Sharkey June 21, 1932 - June 29, 1933
5 Italy Primo Carnera June 29, 1933 - June 14, 1934
6 United States Max Baer June 14, 1934 - June 13, 1935
7 United States James J. Braddock June 13, 1935 - June 22, 1937
8 United States Joe Louis June 22, 1937 - March 1, 1949 (retired)
9 United States Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 - July 18, 1951
10 United States Jersey Joe Walcott July 18, 1951 - September 23, 1952
11 United States Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 - April 27, 1956 (retired)
12 United States Floyd Patterson (defeated Archie Moore) November 30, 1956 - June 26, 1959
13 Sweden Ingemar Johansson June 26, 1959 - June 20, 1960
14 United States Floyd Patterson June 20, 1960 - September 25, 1962
15 United States Sonny Liston September 25, 1962 - February 25, 1964
16 United States Muhammad Ali February 25, 1964 - February 3, 1971 (retired)
17 United States Joe Frazier March 8, 1971 - January 22, 1973
18 United States George Foreman January 22, 1973 - October 30, 1974
19 United States Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 - February 15, 1978
20 United States Leon Spinks February 15, 1978 - September 15, 1978
21 United States Muhammad Ali September 15, 1978 - September 6, 1979 (retired)
22 United States Larry Holmes October 2, 1980 - September 21, 1985
23 United States Michael Spinks September 21, 1985 - June 27, 1988
24 United States Mike Tyson June 27, 1988 (new ownership discontinued championship policy during Tyson's reign)
25 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis 2002 - February 6, 2004 (Retired)
26 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko (defeated Corrie Sanders) April 24, 2004 - November 9, 2005 (retired)
27 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko (defeated Ruslan Chagaev) June 20, 2009 - Present

Cruiserweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 Puerto Rico Carlos De León (awarded title by The Ring) February 3, 1984 - June 6, 1985
2 United States Alfonzo Ratliff June 6, 1985 - September 21, 1985
3 United States Bernard Benton September 21, 1985 - March 22, 1986
4 Puerto Rico Carlos De León March 22, 1986 - March 30, 1987 (The Ring stopped recognizing the cruiserweight division)
5 France Jean-Marc Mormeck (defeated Wayne Braithwaite) April 2, 2005 - January 7, 2006
6 Jamaica O'Neil Bell January 7, 2006 - March 17, 2007
7 France Jean-Marc Mormeck March 17, 2007 - November 10, 2007
8 United Kingdom David Haye November 10, 2007 - May 23, 2008 (moved up to heavyweight)
9 Poland Tomasz Adamek (defeated Steve Cunningham) December 11, 2008 - February 20, 2010 (moved up to heavyweight)
10 Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernandez (defeated Steve Cunningham) February 4, 2012 - Present

Light Heavyweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 United States Maxie Rosenbloom June 25, 1930 - November 16, 1934
2 United States Bob Olin November 16, 1934 - October 31, 1935
3 United States John Henry Lewis October 31, 1935 - June 1939 (Retired)
4 United States Billy Conn (beat Melio Bettina) July 13, 1939 - May 1941 (moved up to heavyweight)
5 United States Gus Lesnevich (beat Tami Mauriello) August 26, 1941 - July 26, 1948
6 United Kingdom Freddie Mills July 26, 1948 - January 24, 1950
7 United States Joey Maxim January 24, 1950 - December 17, 1952
8 United States Archie Moore December 17, 1952 - May 12, 1962 (moved up to heavyweight)
9 United States Harold Johnson (beat Doug Jones) May 12, 1962 - June 1, 1963
10 United States Willie Pastrano June 1, 1963 - March 30, 1965
11 Puerto Rico José Torres March 30, 1965 - December 16, 1966
12 Nigeria Dick Tiger December 16, 1966 - May 24, 1968
13 United States Bob Foster May 24, 1968 - September 16, 1974 (retired)
14 Argentina Víctor Galíndez 1979 - November 30, 1979 (lost to Marvin Johnson)
15 United States Matthew Saad Muhammad (awarded title by The Ring) November 30, 1979 - December 19, 1981
16 United States Dwight Muhammad Qawi December 19, 1981 - March 18, 1983
17 United States Michael Spinks March 18, 1983 - September 21, 1985 (vacated after winning the Heavyweight Title)
18 United States Roy Jones Jr. 2001 - May 15, 2004
19 United States Antonio Tarver May 15, 2004 - December 18, 2004
20 Jamaica Glen Johnson December 18, 2004 - June 18, 2005
21 United States Antonio Tarver June 18, 2005 - June 10, 2006
22 United States Bernard Hopkins June 10, 2006 - April 19, 2008
23 United Kingdom Joe Calzaghe April 19, 2008 - February 6, 2009 (retired)
24 Canada Jean Pascal (defeated Chad Dawson) August 14, 2010 - May 21, 2011
25 United States Bernard Hopkins May 21, 2011 - April 28, 2012
26 United States Chad Dawson April 28, 2012 - June 8, 2013
27 Haiti Adonis Stevenson June 8, 2013 - Present

Super Middleweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 United Kingdom Joe Calzaghe (defeated Jeff Lacy) March 4, 2006 - September 28, 2008 (vacated after winning the Light Heavyweight Title)
2 United States Andre Ward (defeated Carl Froch) December 17, 2011 - Present

Middleweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 France Marcel Thil 1933 - September 23, 1937 (vacated title)
2 United States Freddie Steele (awarded title) September 23, 1937 – 1938 (Stripped)
3 United States Tony Zale (beat Georgie Abrams) November 28, 1941 - July 16, 1947
4 United States Rocky Graziano July 16, 1947 - June 10, 1948
5 United States Tony Zale June 10, 1948 - September 21, 1948
6 France Marcel Cerdan September 21, 1948 - June 16, 1949
7 United States Jake LaMotta June 16, 1949 - February 14, 1951
8 United States Sugar Ray Robinson February 14, 1951 - July 10, 1951
9 United Kingdom Randy Turpin July 10, 1951 - September 12, 1951
10 United States Sugar Ray Robinson September 12, 1951 - December 18, 1952 (retired)
11 United States Carl Olson (beat Randy Turpin) October 21, 1953 - December 9, 1955
12 United States Sugar Ray Robinson December 9, 1955 - January 2, 1957
13 United States Gene Fullmer January 2, 1957 - May 1, 1957
14 United States Sugar Ray Robinson May 1, 1957 - January 22, 1960
15 United States Paul Pender January 22, 1960 - July 11, 1961
16 United Kingdom Terry Downes July 11, 1961 - April 7, 1962
17 United States Paul Pender April 7, 1962 - May 7, 1963 (Retired)
18 Nigeria Dick Tiger (awarded title by The Ring) May 7, 1963 - December 7, 1963
19 United States Joey Giardello December 7, 1963 - October 21, 1965
20 Nigeria Dick Tiger October 21, 1965 - April 25, 1966
21 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith April 25, 1966 - April 17, 1967
22 Italy Nino Benvenuti April 17, 1967 - September 29, 1967
23 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith September 29, 1967 - March 4, 1968
24 Italy Nino Benvenuti March 4, 1968 - November 7, 1970
25 Argentina Carlos Monzón November 7, 1970 - August 29, 1977 (retired)
26 Colombia Rodrigo Valdez (beat Bennie Briscoe) November 5, 1977 - April 22, 1978
27 Argentina Hugo Corro April 22, 1978 - June 30, 1979
28 Italy Vito Antuofermo June 30, 1979 - March 16, 1980
29 United Kingdom Alan Minter March 16, 1980 - September 27, 1980
30 United States Marvelous Marvin Hagler September 27, 1980 - April 6, 1987
31 United States Sugar Ray Leonard April 6, 1987 - (retired, then moved up to super middleweight)
32 Italy Sumbu Kalambay (awarded title by The Ring) July 6, 1988 (new ownership discontinued championship policy during Kalambay's reign)
33 United States Bernard Hopkins (beat Felix Trinidad) September 29, 2001 - July 16, 2005
34 United States Jermain Taylor July 16, 2005 - September 29, 2007
35 United States Kelly Pavlik September 29, 2007 – April 17, 2010
36 Argentina Sergio Gabriel Martínez April 17, 2010 – June 7, 2014
37 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto June 7, 2014 - Present

Junior Middleweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 United States Oscar Albarado (beat Koichi Wajima) June 4, 1974 - January 21, 1975
2 Japan Koichi Wajima January 21, 1975 - June 7, 1975
3 South Korea Jae-Doo Yuh June 7, 1975 - February 17, 1976
4 Japan Koichi Wajima February 17, 1976 - May 18, 1976
5 Spain Jose Manuel Duran May 18, 1976 - October 8, 1976
6 Argentina Miguel Angel Castellini October 8, 1976 - March 5, 1977
7 Nicaragua Eddie Gazo March 5, 1977 - August 9, 1978
8 Japan Masashi Kudo August 9, 1978 - October 24, 1979
9 Uganda Ayub Kalule October 24, 1979 - June 25, 1981
10 United States Sugar Ray Leonard June 25, 1981 - June 25, 1982 (vacated)
11 United States Thomas Hearns May 1983 - September 1986 (vacated)
12 United States Oscar De La Hoya (beat Fernando Vargas) September 14, 2002 - September 13, 2003
13 United States Shane Mosley September 13, 2003 - March 13, 2004
14 United States Winky Wright March 13, 2004 - November 7, 2005 (moved up to Middleweight)
15 Mexico Saul Alvarez (beat Austin Trout) April 20, 2013 - September 14, 2013
16 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. September 14, 2013 - Present

Welterweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 Canada Jimmy McLarnin 1933 - May 28, 1934
2 United States Barney Ross May 28, 1934 - September 17, 1934
3 Canada Jimmy McLarnin September 17, 1934 - May 28, 1935
4 United States Barney Ross May 28, 1935 - May 31, 1938
5 United States Henry Armstrong May 31, 1938 - October 4, 1940
6 United States Fritzie Zivic October 4, 1940 - July 29, 1941
7 United States Freddie Cochrane July 29, 1941 - February 1, 1946
8 United States Marty Servo February 1, 1946 - September 25, 1946 (retired)
9 United States Sugar Ray Robinson (beat Tommy Bell) December 20, 1946 – 1951
10 Cuba Kid Gavilan (beat Billy Graham) August 29, 1951 - October 20, 1954
11 United States Johnny Saxton October 20, 1954 - April 1, 1955
12 United States Tony DeMarco April 1, 1955 - June 10, 1955
13 United States Carmen Basilio June 10, 1955 - March 14, 1956
14 United States Johnny Saxton March 14, 1956 - September 12, 1956
15 United States Carmen Basilio September 12, 1956 - September 23, 1957 (vacated after winning the Middleweight Title)
16 United States Virgil Akins (beat Vince Martinez) June 6, 1958 - December 5, 1958
17 United States Don Jordan December 5, 1958 - May 27, 1960
18 Cuba Benny Paret May 27, 1960 - April 1, 1961
19 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith April 1, 1961 - September 30, 1961
20 Cuba Benny Paret September 30, 1961 - March 24, 1962
21 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith March 24, 1962 - March 21, 1963
22 Cuba Luis Manuel Rodríguez March 21, 1963 - June 8, 1963
23 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith June 8, 1963 - April 25, 1966 (vacated after winning the Middleweight Title)
24 United States Curtis Cokes (beat Jean Josselin) November 28, 1966 - April 18, 1969
25 Mexico José Nápoles April 18, 1969 - December 3, 1970
26 United States Billy Backus December 3, 1970 - June 4, 1971
27 Mexico José Nápoles June 4, 1971 - December 6, 1975
28 United Kingdom John Stracey December 6, 1975 - June 22, 1976
29 Mexico Carlos Palomino June 22, 1976 - January 14, 1979
30 Puerto Rico Wilfred Benítez January 14, 1979 - November 30, 1979
31 United States Sugar Ray Leonard November 30, 1979 - June 20, 1980
32 Panama Roberto Durán June 20, 1980 - November 25, 1980
33 United States Sugar Ray Leonard November 25, 1980 - November 9, 1982 (retired)
34 United States Donald Curry (defeated Milton McCrory) December 6, 1985 - September 27, 1986
35 United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan September 27, 1986 - October 27, 1987
36 Mexico Jorge Vaca October 27, 1987 - March 29, 1988
37 United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan March 29, 1988 - February 4, 1989
38 United States Marlon Starling February 4, 1989 (new ownership discontinued championship policy during Starling's reign)
39 United States Vernon Forrest (beat Shane Mosley) January 26, 2002 - January 25, 2003
40 Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga January 25, 2003 - December 13, 2003
41 United States Cory Spinks December 13, 2003 - February 5, 2005
42 United States Zab Judah February 5, 2005 - January 7, 2006
43 Argentina Carlos Manuel Baldomir January 7, 2006 - November 4, 2006
44 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. November 4, 2006 - June 29, 2008 (retired)
45 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. (beat Robert Guerrero) May 4, 2013 - Present

Junior Welterweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 Italy Duilio Loi December 15, 1962 - January 1963 (retired)
2 United States Eddie Perkins 1963 - January 18, 1965
3 Venezuela Carlos Hernández January 18, 1965 - April 29, 1966
4 Italy Sandro Lopopolo April 29, 1966 - April 30, 1967
5 United States Takeshi Fuji April 30, 1967 - December 12, 1968
6 Argentina Nicolino Locche December 12, 1968 - March 10, 1972
7 Panama Alfonso Frazer March 10, 1972 - October 28, 1972
8 Colombia Antonio Cervantes October 28, 1972 - March 6, 1976
9 Puerto Rico Wilfred Benítez March 6, 1976 - January 14, 1979 (won Welterweight Title)
10 Colombia Antonio Cervantes 1979 - August 2, 1980
11 United States Aaron Pryor August 2, 1980 - October 26, 1983 (retired)
12 Australia Kostya Tszyu (beat Zab Judah) November 3, 2001 - June 4, 2005
13 United Kingdom Ricky Hatton June 4, 2005 - May 2, 2009
14 Philippines Manny Pacquiao May 2, 2009 - July 23, 2010 (vacated)
15 United States Danny García (beat Amir Khan) July 14, 2012 - Present

Lightweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 United States Barney Ross June 23, 1933 – 1933 (vacated and moved up to junior welterweight)
2 United States Tony Canzoneri (beat Lou Ambers) May 10, 1935 - September 3, 1936
3 United States Lou Ambers September 3, 1936 - August 17, 1938
4 United States Henry Armstrong August 17, 1938 - August 22, 1939
5 United States Lou Ambers August 22, 1939 - May 10, 1940
6 United States Lew Jenkins May 10, 1940 - December 19, 1941
7 United States Sammy Angott December 19, 1941 - November 13, 1942 (Retired)
8 United States Ike Williams (beat Bob Montgomery) August 4, 1947 - May 25, 1951
9 United States Jimmy Carter May 25, 1951 - May 14, 1952
10 Mexico Lauro Salas May 14, 1952 - October 15, 1952
11 United States Jimmy Carter October 15, 1952 - March 5, 1954
12 United States Paddy DeMarco March 5, 1954 - November 17, 1954
13 United States Jimmy Carter November 17, 1954 - June 29, 1955
14 United States Wallace (Bud) Smith June 29, 1955 - August 24, 1956
15 United States Joe Brown August 24, 1956 - April 21, 1962
16 Puerto Rico Carlos Ortiz April 21, 1962 - April 10, 1965
17 Panama Ismael Laguna April 10, 1965 - November 13, 1965
18 Puerto Rico Carlos Ortiz November 13, 1965 - June 29, 1968
19 Dominican Republic Carlos Cruz June 29, 1968 - February 18, 1969
20 United States Mando Ramos February 18, 1969 - March 3, 1970
21 Panama Ismael Laguna March 3, 1970 - September 26, 1970
22 United Kingdom Ken Buchanan September 26, 1970 - June 26, 1972
23 Panama Roberto Durán June 26, 1972 - February 2, 1979 (moved up to welterweight)
24 United Kingdom Jim Watt (awarded title by The Ring) April 12, 1981 - June 20, 1981
25 Nicaragua Alexis Argüello June 20, 1981 - February 1983 (moved up to junior welterweight)
26 Mexico Julio César Chávez (beat José Luis Ramírez) October 29, 1988 - March 2, 1989 (The Ring vacated title)
27 United States Pernell Whitaker (beat Juan Nazario) August 11, 1990 - January 14, 1992 (moved up to junior welterweight)
28 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. (beat José Luis Castillo) April 20, 2002 - May 22, 2004 (moved up to junior welterweight)
29 Mexico José Luis Castillo (beat Juan Lazcano) June 5, 2004 - May 7, 2005
30 United States Diego Corrales May 7, 2005 - October 7, 2006
31 Cuba Joel Casamayor October 7, 2006 - September 13, 2008
32 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez September 13, 2008 - April 14, 2012 (moved up to junior welterweight)

Junior Lightweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 Philippines Flash Elorde 1963 - June 15, 1967
2 Japan Yoshiaki Numata June 15, 1967 - December 14, 1967
3 Japan Hiroshi Kobayashi December 14, 1967 - July 29, 1971
4 Venezuela Alfredo Marcano July 29, 1971 - April 25, 1972
5 Philippines Ben Villaflor April 25, 1972 - March 13, 1973
6 Japan Kuniaki Shibata March 13, 1973 - October 17, 1973
7 Philippines Ben Villaflor October 17, 1973 - October 16, 1976
8 Puerto Rico Samuel Serrano October 16, 1976 - August 2, 1980
9 Japan Yasutsune Uehara August 2, 1980 - April 9, 1981
10 Puerto Rico Samuel Serrano April 9, 1981 - January 19, 1983
11 United States Roger Mayweather January 19, 1983 - February 26, 1984
12 United States Rocky Lockridge February 26, 1984 - May 19, 1985
13 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Gómez May 19, 1985 - May 24, 1986
14 Panama Alfredo Layne May 24, 1986 - September 27, 1986
15 South Africa Brian Mitchell September 27, 1986 - March 30, 1987
16 Philippines Manny Pacquiao (beat Juan Manuel Márquez) March 15, 2008 - July 2008 (moved up to lightweight)

Featherweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 Cuba Kid Chocolate 1933 -
2 United States Freddie Miller 1935 - May 11, 1936
3 United States Petey Sarron May 11, 1936- October 29, 1937
4 United States Henry Armstrong October 29, 1937 - December 5, 1938 (vacated)
5 United States Joey Archibald (beat Leo Rodak) April 18, 1939 - May 20, 1940
6 United States Harry Jeffra May 20, 1940 - May 12, 1941
7 United States Joey Archibald May 12, 1941 - September 11, 1941
8 United States Chalky Wright September 11, 1941 - November 20, 1942
9 United States Willie Pep November 20, 1942 - October 29, 1948
10 United States Sandy Saddler October 29, 1948 - February 11, 1949
11 United States Willie Pep February 11, 1949 - September 8, 1950
12 United States Sandy Saddler September 8, 1950 - January 21, 1957 (retired)
13 Nigeria Hogan Bassey (beat Cherif Hamia) June 24, 1957 - March 18, 1959
14 United States Davey Moore March 18, 1959 - March 21, 1963
15 Mexico Sugar Ramos March 21, 1963 - September 26, 1964
16 Mexico Vicente Saldivar September 26, 1964 - October 14, 1967 (retired)
17 France Johnny Famechon (beat José Legrá) January 21, 1969 - May 9, 1970
18 Mexico Vicente Saldivar May 9, 1970 - December 11, 1970
19 Japan Kuniaki Shibata December 11, 1970 - May 19, 1972
20 Mexico Clemente Sanchez May 19, 1972 - December 16, 1972 (Vacated)
21 Nicaragua Alexis Argüello (beat Rigoberto Riasco) May 31, 1976 - June 20, 1977 (vacated and moved to junior lightweight)
22 United States Danny Lopez (beat Roberto Castañón) March 10, 1979 - February 2, 1980
23 Mexico Salvador Sánchez February 2, 1980 - August 12, 1982 (died in car accident)
24 Panama Eusebio Pedroza (awarded title by The Ring) September 22, 1982 - June 8, 1985
25 Republic of Ireland Barry McGuigan June 8, 1985 - June 23, 1986
26 United States Steve Cruz June 23, 1986 - March 6, 1987
27 Venezuela Antonio Esparragoza March 6, 1987 (new ownership discontinued championship policy during Esparragoza's reign)
28 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera (beat Erik Morales) June 22, 2002 - November 15, 2003
29 Philippines Manny Pacquiao November 15, 2003 - March 19, 2005 (moved up to junior lightweight)
30 United States Miguel Angel Garcia (beat Orlando Salido) January 19, 2013 - June 15, 2013 (moved up to junior lightweight)

Junior Featherweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Gómez (beat Nestor Jimenez) March 9, 1979 - May 1983
2 United States Paulie Ayala (beat Bones Adams) February 23, 2002 - May 2004 (moved to featherweight)
3 Mexico Israel Vázquez (beat Óscar Larios) December 3, 2005 - March 3, 2007
4 Mexico Rafael Márquez March 3, 2007 - August 4, 2007
5 Mexico Israel Vázquez August 4, 2007 - May 28, 2009 (moved up to featherweight)
6 Philippines Nonito Donaire (beat Toshiaki Nishioka) October 13, 2012 - April 13, 2013
7 Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux April 13, 2013 - Present

Bantamweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 Panama Al Brown 1933 -
2 Spain Baltazar Sangchili 1935 -
3 Puerto Rico Sixto Escobar 1937 - September 23, 1937
4 United States Harry Jeffra September 23, 1937 - February 20, 1938
5 Puerto Rico Sixto Escobar February 20, 1938 - October 4, 1939 (vacated)
6 United States Lou Salica (beat Tommy Forte) January 13, 1941 - August 7, 1942
7 United States Manuel Ortiz August 7, 1942 - January 6, 1947
8 United States Harold Dade January 6, 1947 - March 11, 1947
9 United States Manuel Ortiz March 11, 1947 - May 31, 1950
10 South Africa Vic Toweel May 31, 1950 - November 15, 1952
11 Australia Jimmy Carruthers November 15, 1952 - May 16, 1954 (retired)
12 France Robert Cohen (beat Chamrern Songkitrat) September 19, 1954 - June 29, 1956
13 Italy Mario D'Agata June 29, 1956 - April 1, 1957
14 France Alphonse Halimi April 1, 1957 - July 8, 1959
15 Mexico Jose Becerra July 8, 1959 - August 30, 1960 (retired)
16 Brazil Eder Jofre (beat Piero Rollo) March 25, 1961 - May 17, 1965
17 Japan Fighting Harada May 17, 1965 - February 26, 1968
18 Australia Lionel Rose February 26, 1968 - August 22, 1969
19 Mexico Rubén Olivares August 22, 1969 - October 16, 1970
20 Mexico Chucho Castillo October 16, 1970 - April 2, 1971
21 Mexico Rubén Olivares April 2, 1971 - March 19, 1972
22 Mexico Rafael Herrera March 19, 1972 - July 30, 1972
23 Panama Enrique Pinder July 30, 1972 - January 30, 1973
24 Mexico Romeo Anaya January 20, 1973 - November 3, 1973
25 South Africa Arnold Taylor November 3, 1973 - July 3, 1974
26 South Korea Soo Hwan Hong July 3, 1974 - March 14, 1975
27 Mexico Alfonso Zamora March 14, 1975 - November 19, 1977
28 Panama Jorge Luján November 19, 1977 - August 29, 1980
29 Puerto Rico Julian Solís August 29, 1980 - November 14, 1980
30 United States Jeff Chandler November 14, 1980 - April 7, 1984
31 United States Richie Sandoval April 7, 1984 - March 10, 1986
32 United States Gaby Canizales March 10, 1986 - June 4, 1986
33 Venezuela Bernardo Pinango June 4, 1986 - March 1987 (moved up to junior featherweight)

Junior Bantamweight[edit]

The Ring has not yet awarded a championship in the junior bantamweight division.

Flyweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 Philippines Pancho Villa June 18, 1923 - September 24, 1925
2 United States Fidel LaBarba (defeated Elky Clark) January 21, 1927 - August 23, 1927 (retired)
3 United Kingdom Benny Lynch (Defeated Small Montana) January 19, 1937 - June 29, 1938 (vacated due to missing weight)
4 United Kingdom Peter Kane (Defeated Jackie Jurich) September 22, 1938 - June 19, 1943
5 United Kingdom Jackie Paterson June 19, 1943 - March 23, 1948
6 United Kingdom Rinty Monaghan March 23, 1948 - April 25, 1950 (retired)
7 United Kingdom Terry Allen (defeated Honore Pratesi) April 25, 1950 - August 1, 1950
8 United States Dado Marino August 1, 1950 - May 19, 1952
9 Japan Yoshio Shirai May 19, 1952 - November 26, 1954
10 Argentina Pascual Perez November 26, 1954 - April 16, 1960
11 Thailand Pone Kingpetch April 16, 1960 - October 10, 1962
12 Japan Fighting Harada October 10, 1962 - January 12, 1963
13 Thailand Pone Kingpetch January 12, 1963 - September 18, 1963
14 Japan Hiroyuki Ebihara September 18, 1963 - January 23, 1964
15 Thailand Pone Kingpetch January 23, 1964 - April 23, 1965
16 Italy Salvatore Burruni April 23, 1965 - June 14, 1966
17 United Kingdom Walter McGowan June 14, 1966 - December 30, 1966
18 Thailand Chartchai Chionoi December 30, 1966 - February 23, 1969
19 Mexico Efren Torres February 23, 1969 - March 20, 1970
20 Thailand Chartchai Chionoi March 20, 1970 - December 7, 1970
21 Philippines Erbito Salavarria December 7, 1970 - February 9, 1973
22 Thailand Venice Borkorsor February 9, 1973 - July 10, 1973 (vacated and moved to bantamweight)
23 Mexico Miguel Canto (defeated Shoji Oguma) January 8, 1975 - March 18, 1979
24 South Korea Chan-Hee Park March 18, 1979 - May 18, 1980
25 Japan Shoji Oguma May 18, 1980 - May 12, 1981
26 Mexico Antonio Avelar May 12, 1981 - March 20, 1982
27 Colombia Prudencio Cardona March 20, 1982 - July 24, 1982
28 Mexico Freddy Castillo July 24, 1982 - November 6, 1982
29 Dominican Republic Eleoncio Mercedes November 6, 1982 - March 15, 1983
30 United Kingdom Charlie Magri March 15, 1983 - September 27, 1983
31 Philippines Frank Cedeno September 27, 1983 - January 18, 1984
32 Japan Koji Kobayashi January 18, 1984 - April 9, 1984
33 Mexico Gabriel Bernal April 9, 1984 - October 8, 1984
34 Thailand Sot Chitalada October 8, 1984 - July 24, 1988
35 South Korea Yong-Kang Kim July 24, 1988 (new ownership discontinued championship policy during Kim's reign)
36 Thailand Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (defeated Kōki Kameda) March 27, 2010 – March 2, 2012
37 Philippines Sonny Boy Jaro March 2, 2012 – July 16, 2012
38 Japan Toshiyuki Igarashi July 16, 2012 - April 8, 2013
39 Japan Akira Yaegashi April 8, 2013 – September 5, 2014
40 Nicaragua Román González September 5, 2014 - Present

Junior Flyweight[edit]

Number Champion Reign
1 Nicaragua Rosendo Álvarez March 31, 2003 - October 2, 2004
2 Mexico Hugo Cázares (beat Nelson Dieppa) September 30, 2006 - August 25, 2007
3 Puerto Rico Ivan Calderón August 25, 2007 - August 28, 2010
4 Mexico Giovani Segura August 28, 2010 – September 19, 2011 (moved up to flyweight)
5 Philippines Donnie Nietes (beat Moises Fuentes) May 10, 2014 - Present

Strawweight[edit]

The Ring has not yet awarded a championship in the strawweight division.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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