List of WBC world champions

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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.

Strawweight[edit]

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

Light flyweight[edit]

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

Flyweight[edit]

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Japan Hiroyuki Ebihara September 18, 1963 – January 23, 1964 0
Thailand Pone Kingpetch January 23, 1964 – April 23, 1965 3
Italy Salvatore Burruni April 23, 1965 – June 14, 1966 1
United Kingdom Walter McGowan June 14, 1966 – December 30, 1966 0
Thailand Chartchai Chionoi December 30, 1966 – February 23, 1969 4
Mexico Efren Torres February 23, 1969 – March 20, 1970 0
Thailand Chartchai Chionoi March 20, 1970 – December 7, 1970 0
Philippines Erbito Salavarria December 7, 1970 – December 29, 1971 (stripped) 2
Venezuela Betulio González
def. Socrates Batoto
June 3, 1972 – September 29, 1972 0
Thailand Venice Borkhorsor September 29, 1972 – 1973 (vacated) 1
Venezuela Betulio González
def. Miguel Canto
August 4, 1973 – October 1, 1974 2
Japan Shoji Oguma October 1, 1974 – January 8, 1975 0
Mexico Miguel Canto January 8, 1975 – March 18, 1979 14
South Korea Park Chan-Hee March 18, 1979 – May 18, 1980 5
Japan Shoji Oguma May 18, 1980 – May 12, 1981 3
Mexico Antonio Avelar May 12, 1981 – March 20, 1982 1
Colombia Prudencio Cardona March 20, 1982 – July 24, 1982 0
Mexico Freddy Castillo July 24, 1982 – November 6, 1982 0
Dominican Republic Eleoncio Mercedes November 6, 1982 – March 15, 1983 0
United Kingdom Charlie Magri March 15, 1983 – September 27, 1983 0
Philippines Frank Cedeno September 27, 1983 – January 18, 1984 0
Japan Koji Kobayashi January 18, 1984 – April 9, 1984 0
Mexico Gabriel Bernal April 9, 1984 – October 8, 1984 1
Thailand Sot Chitalada October 8, 1984 – July 24, 1988 6
South Korea Kim Yong-Kang July 24, 1988 – June 3, 1989 2
Thailand Sot Chitalada June 3, 1989 – February 15, 1991 4
Thailand Muangchai Kittikasem February 15, 1991 – June 23, 1993 3
Russia Yuri Arbachakov June 23, 1993 – November 12, 1997 (retired) 9
Thailand Chatchai Sasakul
def. Ysaias Zamudio
May 9, 1997 – December 4, 1998 2
Philippines Manny Pacquiao December 4, 1998 – September 17, 1999 1
Thailand Medgoen Singsurat
def. Pacquiao, who was stripped
of his title.
September 17, 1999 – May 19, 2000 1
Philippines Malcolm Tunacao May 19, 2000 – March 2, 2001 1
Thailand Pongsaklek Wonjongkam March 2, 2001 – July 18, 2007 17
Japan Daisuke Naito July 18, 2007 – November 29, 2009 5
Japan Koki Kameda November 29, 2009 – March 27, 2010 0
Thailand Pongsaklek Wonjongkam March 27, 2010 – March 2, 2012 3
Philippines Sonny Boy Jaro March 27, 2010 – July 16, 2012 0
Japan Toshiyuki Igarashi July 16, 2012 – April 4, 2013 1
Japan Akira Yaegashi April 4, 2013 – Present 3

Super flyweight[edit]

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

Bantamweight[edit]

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Brazil Éder Jofre April 4, 1963 – May 18, 1965 2
Japan Masahiko "Fighting" Harada May 18, 1965 – February 27, 1968 4
Australia Lionel Rose February 27, 1968 – August 22, 1969 3
Mexico Rubén Olivares August 22, 1969 – October 16, 1970 2
Mexico Jesús "Chucho" Castillo October 16, 1970 – April 2, 1971 0
Mexico Rubén Olivares April 2, 1971 – March 19, 1972 2
Mexico Rafael Herrera March 19, 1972 – July 29, 1972 0
Panama Enrique Pinde July 29, 1972 – 1973 (stripped) 0
Mexico Rafael Herrera
def. Rodolfo Martínez
April 14, 1973 – December 7, 1974 2
Mexico Rodolfo Martínez December 7, 1974 – May 8, 1976 3
Mexico Carlos Zárate May 8, 1976 – June 3, 1979 9
Mexico José Guadalupe Pintor June 3, 1979 – 1982 (vacated) 8
United States Alberto Dávila
def. Francisco "Kiko" Bejines
September 1, 1983 – 1984 (vacated) 1
Mexico Daniel Zaragoza
def. Fred Jackson
May 4, 1985 – August 9, 1985 0
Colombia Miguel Lora August 9, 1985 – October 29, 1988 7
Mexico Raúl Pérez October 29, 1988 – February 25, 1991 7
United States Greg Richardson February 25, 1991 – September 19, 1991 1
Japan Joichiro Tatsuyoshi September 19, 1991 – September 17, 1992 0
Mexico Victor Rabanales September 17, 1992 – March 28, 1993 4
South Korea Jung-Il Byun March 28, 1993 – December 23, 1993 1
Japan Yasuei Yakushiji December 23, 1993 – July 30, 1995 4
Republic of Ireland Wayne McCullough July 30, 1995 – January, 1997 (vacated) 2
Thailand Sirimongkol Singwangcha
(Elevated from Interim status)
January, 1997 – November 22, 1997 3
Japan Joichiro Tatsuyoshi November 22, 1997 – December 29, 1998 2
Thailand Veeraphol Sahaprom December 29, 1998 – April 16, 2005 14
Japan Hozumi Hasegawa April 16, 2005 – April 30, 2010 10
Mexico Fernando Montiel April 30, 2010 – February 19, 2011 1
Philippines Nonito Donaire February 19, 2011 – October 22, 2011 (vacated) 1
Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka
def. Christian Esquivel
November 5, 2011 – Present 6

Super bantamweight[edit]

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

Featherweight[edit]

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

Super featherweight[edit]

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

Lightweight[edit]

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
Puerto Rico Carlos Ortíz February 14, 1963 – April 10, 1965 3
Panama Ismael Laguna April 10, 1965 – November 13, 1965 0
Puerto Rico Carlos Ortíz November 13, 1965 – June 29, 1968 5
Dominican Republic Carlos Cruz June 29, 1968 – February 18, 1969 1
United States Mando Ramos February 18, 1969 – March 3, 1970 1
Panama Ismael Laguna March 3, 1970 – September 15, 1970 (stripped) 1
United Kingdom Ken Buchanan
def. Rubén Navarro
February 12, 1971 – June 25, 1971 (stripped) 0
Spain Pedro Carrasco
def. Mando Ramos
November 5, 1971 – February 18, 1972 0
United States Mando Ramos February 18, 1972 – September 15, 1972 1
Mexico Chango Carmona September 15, 1972 – November 10, 1972 0
Mexico Rodolfo González November 10, 1972 – April 11, 1974 2
Japan Guts Ishimatsu April 11, 1974 – May 8, 1976 5
Puerto Rico Esteban De Jesús May 8, 1976 – January 21, 1978 3
Panama Roberto Durán January 21, 1978 – January, 1979 (vacated) 0
United Kingdom Jim Watt
def. Alfredo Pitalua
April 17, 1979 – June 20, 1981 4
Nicaragua Alexis Argüello June 20, 1981 – 1983 (vacated) 4
Puerto Rico Edwin Rosario
def. José Luis Ramírez
May 1, 1983 – November 3, 1984 2
Mexico José Luis Ramírez November 3, 1984 – August 10, 1985 0
Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho August 10, 1985 – 1987 (vacated) 2
Mexico José Luis Ramírez
def. Terrence Alli
July 19, 1987 – October 29, 1988 2
Mexico Julio César Chávez October 29, 1988 – 1989 (vacated) 0
United States Pernell Whitaker
def. José Luis Ramírez
August 20, 1989 – 1992 (vacated) 6
Mexico Miguel Ángel González
def. Wilfrido Rocha
August 24, 1992 – August 19, 1995 (vacated) 10
France Jean Baptiste Mendy
def. Lamar Murphy
April 20, 1996 – March 1, 1997 0
United States Stevie Johnston March 1, 1997 – June 13, 1998 3
Mexico César Bazán June 13, 1998 – February 27, 1999 2
United States Stevie Johnston February 27, 1999 – June 17, 2000 4
Mexico José Luis Castillo June 17, 2000 – April 20, 2002 3
United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. April 20, 2002 – May 22, 2004 (vacated) 3
Mexico José Luis Castillo
def. Juan Lazcano
June 5, 2004 – May 7, 2005 2
United States Diego Corrales May 7, 2005 – October 7, 2006 (stripped) 0
Cuba Joel Casamayor
def. Corrales, who was stripped
of his title
October 7, 2006 – February 1, 2007 (stripped) 0
United States David Díaz
(Elevated from interim status)
February 1, 2007 – June 28, 2008 1
Philippines Manny Pacquiao June 28, 2008 – February 24, 2009 (vacated) 1
Venezuela Edwin Valero
def. Antonio Pitalua
April 4, 2009 – February 9, 2010 (vacated) 2
Mexico Humberto Soto
def. David Díaz
March 13, 2010 – July 1, 2011 (vacated) 4
Mexico Antonio DeMarco
def. Jorge Linares
October 15, 2011 – November 17, 2012 2
United States Adrien Broner November 17, 2012 – 2013 (vacated to compete in heavier weight class) 1
United States Omar Figueroa 2013 - Present 1

Super lightweight[edit]

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
United States Eddie Perkins June 15, 1963 – January 18, 1965 2
Venezuela Carlos "Morocho" Hernández January 18, 1965 – April 29, 1966 2
Italy Sandro Lopopolo April 29, 1966 – April 30, 1967 1
United States Takeshi Fuji April 30, 1967 – 1968 (stripped) 1
Philippines Pedro Adigue
def. Adolph Pruitt
December 14, 1968 – January 31, 1970 0
Italy Bruno Arcari January 31, 1970 – February, 1974 (vacated) 9
Spain Perico Fernandez
def. Lion Furuyama
September 21, 1974 – July 15, 1975 1
Thailand Saensak Muangsurin July 15, 1975 – June 30, 1976 1
Spain Miguel Velasquez June 30, 1976 – October 29, 1976 0
Thailand Saensak Muangsurin October 29, 1976 – December 30, 1978 7
South Korea Sang-Hyun Kim December 30, 1978 – February 23, 1980 2
United States Saoul Mamby February 23, 1980 – June 26, 1982 5
United States Leroy Haley June 26, 1982 – May 18, 1983 2
United States Bruce Curry May 18, 1983 – January 29, 1984 2
United States Billy Costello January 29, 1984 – August 21, 1985 3
United States Lonnie Smith August 21, 1985 – May 5, 1986 0
Mexico Rene Arredondo May 5, 1986 – July 24, 1986 0
Japan Tsuyoshi Hamada July 24, 1986 – July 22, 1987 1
Mexico Rene Arredondo July 22, 1987 – November 12, 1987 0
United States Roger Mayweather July 22, 1987 – November 12, 1987 4
Mexico Julio César Chávez May 13, 1989 – January 29, 1994 12
United States Frankie Randall January 29, 1994 – May 7, 1994 0
Mexico Julio César Chávez May 7, 1994 – June 7, 1996 4
United States Oscar De La Hoya June 7, 1996 – April 12, 1997 (vacated) 1
Australia Kostya Tszyu
def. Miguel Ángel González
August 21, 1999 – January, 2004 (stripped) 7
Canada Arturo Gatti
def. Gianluca Branco
January 24, 2004 – June 25, 2005 2
United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. June 25, 2005 – March 23, 2006 (vacated) 0
United Kingdom Junior Witter
def. DeMarcus Corley
September 15, 2006 – May 10, 2008 0
United States Devon Alexander August 1, 2009 – January 29, 2011 2
United States Timothy Bradley January 29, 2011 – July 28, 2011 (stripped) 2
Mexico Erik Morales
def. Pablo César Cano
September 17, 2011 – March 24, 2012 0
Argentina Lucas MatthysseInterim Champion September 8, 2012 — September 14, 2013 2
United States Danny García March 24, 2012 – Present 5

Welterweight[edit]

Name Reign period No. of successful defenses
United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith December 8, 1962 – March 21, 1963 0
Cuba Luis Manuel Rodríguez March 21, 1963 – June 8, 1963 0
United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith June 8, 1963 – Apr 25,1966 (vacated) 4
United States Curtis Cokes
def. Jean Josselin
August 24, 1966 – April 18, 1969 4
Mexico José Nápoles April 18, 1969 – December 3, 1970 3
United States Billy Backus December 3, 1970 – June 4, 1971 0
Mexico José Nápoles June 4, 1971 – December 6, 1975 10
United Kingdom John H. Stracey December 6, 1975 – June 22, 1976 1
Mexico Carlos Palomino June 22, 1976 – January 14, 1979 7
Puerto Rico Wilfred Benítez January 14, 1979 - November 30, 1979 1
United States Sugar Ray Leonard November 30, 1979 – June 20, 1980 1
Panama Roberto Durán June 20, 1980 – November 25, 1980 0
United States Sugar Ray Leonard November 25, 1980 – November 9, 1982 (retired) 3
United States Milton McCrory
def. Colin Jones
August 13, 1983 – December 6, 1985 4
United States Donald Curry December 6, 1985 – September 27, 1986 0
United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan September 27, 1986 – October 28, 1987 3
Mexico Jorge Vaca October 28, 1987 – March 29, 1988 0
United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan March 29, 1988 – February 4, 1989 1
United States Marlon Starling February 4, 1989– August 19, 1990 1
United States Maurice Blocker August 19, 1990 – March 18, 1991 0
Jamaica Simon Brown March 18, 1991 – November 29, 1991 0
United States James McGirt November 29, 1991 – March 6, 1993 2
United States Pernell Whitaker March 6, 1993 – April 12, 1997 8
United States Oscar De La Hoya April 12, 1997 – September 18, 1999 9
Puerto Rico Félix Trinidad September 18, 1999 – March 3, 2000 (vacated) 0
United States Oscar De La Hoya 3 March 2000 – 17 June 2000 0
United States Shane Mosley June 17, 2000 – January 26, 2002 3
United States Vernon Forrest January 26, 2002 – January 25, 2003 1
Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003 1
United States Cory Spinks December 13, 2003 – February 5, 2005 2
United States Zab Judah February 5, 2005 – January 7, 2006 1
Argentina Carlos Manuel Baldomir January 7, 2006 – November 4, 2006 1
United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. November 4, 2006 – June 6, 2008 (vacated) 1
United States Andre Berto
def. Miguel Ángel Rodríguez
June 21, 2008 – April 16, 2011 5
United States Victor Ortiz April 16, 2011 – September 17, 2011 0
United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. September 17, 2011 – Present 1
United States Robert GuerreroInterim Champion July 28, 2012 — May 4, 2013 1

Super welterweight[edit]

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

Middleweight[edit]

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

Super middleweight[edit]

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

Light heavyweight[edit]

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

Cruiserweight[edit]

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

Heavyweight[edit]

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

References[edit]

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

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