List of WBO world champions

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The is a list of boxing world champions in the World Boxing Organization.

Minimumweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Dominican Republic Rafael Torres
def. Yamil Caraballo
August 30, 1989 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1
Title vacated 1993 Torres' only defense was against Husni Ray on July 31, 1990 in Jakarta,Indonesia.
Scotland Paul Weir
def. Fernando Martínez
May 15, 1993 Glasgow, Scotland 1
Title vacated 1993 Weir vacated the title to move up to light flyweight. His only defense was against Lindi Memani on October 25, 1993 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Puerto Rico Alex Sánchez
def. Orlando Malone
December 22, 1993 El Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico 6
Mexico Ricardo López August 23, 1997 New York City, New York, United States 0
Title vacated 1997 López vacated all his titles at minimumweight to move up to light flyweight.
Philippines Eric Jamili
def. Mickey Cantwell
December 19, 1997 London, England, United Kingdom 0
Colombia Kermin Guardia May 30, 1998 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
Title vacated 2001 Guardia vacated the title to move up to light flyweight. His last defense was against Juan Alfonso Keb Baas on April 6, 2001 in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.
Spain Jorge Mata
def. Reynaldo Frutos
June 29, 2002 Palma, Majorca, Spain 1
Nicaragua Eduardo Ray Marquez March 28, 2003 Madrid, Spain 0
Puerto Rico Iván Calderón May 3, 2003 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 11
Title vacated 2007 Calderón vacated the title to move up to light flyweight. His last defense of the title was on April 28, 2007 against Ronald Barrera in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Philippines Donnie Nietes
def. Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym
September 30, 2007 Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines 2
Colombia Daniel ReyesInterim
def. Luis Alberto Lazarte
September 26, 2008 Buenos Aires, Argentina 0
Mexico Manuel VargasInterim December 6, 2008 Jalisco, Mexico 1
Philippines Donnie Nietes
def. Manuel Vargas for undisputed title
September 12, 2009 Nayarit, Mexico 1
Mexico Raúl GarcíaInterim
def. Luis De la Rosa
October 30, 2010 Cartagena, Colombia 0
Title vacated February 25, 2011 Nietes vacated the title to move up to light flyweight. His last defense of the title was on August 14, 2010 against Mario Rodriguez in Guasave, Mexico.
Mexico Raúl García
interim champ promoted
February 25, 2011 NA 1
Mexico Moisés Fuentes August 27, 2011 Guadalajara, Mexico 2
Philippines Merlito SabilloInterim
def. Dean c.sullivan
March 9, 2013-lt.weight champ Cerete, Colombia 0
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Light flyweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Puerto Rico Jose De Jesús
def. Fernando Martínez
May 19, 1989 San Juan, Puerto Rico 3
Title vacated March 1992 De Jesús was stripped of the title after failing to defend it in a specific time period. His last defense was against Abdi Pohan on November 10, 1990 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Puerto Rico Josue Camacho
def. Eddie Vallejo
July 31, 1992 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1
United States Michael Carbajal July 15, 1994 Phoenix, Arizona, United States 0
Title vacated 1994 Carbajal failed to defend the title he had just won, looking forward instead to have another fight with Humberto González 4 months later.
Scotland Paul Weir
def. Paul Oulden
November 23, 1994 Irvine, Scotland 1
South Africa Jacob Matlala November 18, 1995 Glasgow, Scotland 2
Title vacated 1997 Matlala elected to take a shot against Michael Carbajal rather than defend his title. His last defense of the title was against Mickey Cantwell on February 8, 1997 in Millwall, London.
Mexico Jesús Chong
def. Eric Griffin
May 31, 1997 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
Mexico Melchor Cob Castro August 25, 1997 Inglewood, California, United States 0
Argentina Juan Domingo Córdoba January 17, 1998 Santiago del Estero, Argentina 1
Mexico Jorge Arce December 5, 1998 Tijuana, Mexico 1
United States Michael Carbajal (2) July 31, 1999 Tijuana, Mexico 0
Title vacated August 1999 Carbajal automatically vacated the title after retiring that same year.
South Africa Masibulele Makepula
def. Jacob Matlala
February 19, 2000 Brakpan, South Africa 0
Title vacated 2000
Puerto Rico Nelson Dieppa
def. Andy Tabanas
April 14, 2001 New York City, United States 2
Colombia Kermin GuardiaInterim
def. John Albert Molina
July 11, 2003 Puerto Colombia, Colombia 0
Puerto Rico Nelson Dieppa
def. Kermin Guardia for undisputed title
March 20, 2004 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 2
Mexico Hugo Cázares April 30, 2005 San Juan, Puerto Rico 4
Puerto Rico Iván Calderón August 25, 2007 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 6
Philippines John Riel CasimeroInterim
def. César Canchila
December 19, 2009 Managua, Nicaragua 0
Mexico Ramon Garcia HiralesInterim July 24, 2010 Sinaloa, Mexico 2
Mexico Giovani Segura August 28, 2010 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 1
Colombia Jesús GélesInterim February 5, 2011 Cartagena, Colombia 0
Title vacated April 2011 Segura vacated the title to move up to Flyweight. His last defense of the title was on April 2, 2011 against Iván Calderón in Baja California, Mexico.
Colombia Jesús Géles
interim champ promoted
April 2011 NA 0
Mexico Ramon Garcia Hirales April 30, 2011 Mexico City, Mexico 0
Philippines Donnie Nietes October 8, 2011 Bacolod, Philippines 2

Flyweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Colombia Elvis Álvarez
def. Miguel Mercedes
March 3, 1989 Medellín, Colombia 0
Title vacated March 1990 Alvarez vacated the title due to lack of interest in it.
Mexico Isidro Perez
def. Angel Rosario
August 18, 1990 Ponce, Puerto Rico 2
Scotland Pat Clinton March 18, 1992 Glasgow, Scotland 1
South Africa Jacob Matlala May 15, 1993 Glasgow, Scotland 3
Mexico Alberto Jiménez February 11, 1995 Hammanskraal, South Africa 5
Argentina Carlos Gabriel Salazar December 13, 1996 Buenos Aires, Argentina 5
Mexico Ruben Sánchez León August 14, 1998 Mexicali, Mexico 1
Puerto Rico José López April 23, 1999 Zaragoza, Spain 1
Title vacated 1999
Mexico Isidro García
def. José López
December 18, 1999 Indio, California, United States 1
Mexico Fernando Montiel December 15, 2000 Ciudad Obregón, Mexico 3
Title vacated 2001–2002
Nicaragua Adonis Rivas
def. Jair Jimenez
May 4, 2002 Managua, Nicaragua 0
Argentina Omar Andrés Narváez July 13, 2002 Buenos Aires, Argentina 16
Title vacated 2010
Mexico Julio Cesar Miranda June 12, 2010 Puebla, Mexico 3
United States Brian Viloria July 16, 2011 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States 3
Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada April 6, 2013 Macao, China 1

Junior bantamweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Puerto Rico José Ruiz
def. Bebis Rojas
April 29, 1989 San Juan, Puerto Rico 4
Mexico Jose Quirino February 22, 1992 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
Denmark Johnny Bredahl September 4, 1992 Copenhagen, Denmark 3
Title vacated 1994 Bredahl's last defense was against Eduardo Nazario on March 25, 1994 in Aakirkeby, Denmark.
United States Johnny Tapia
def. Henry Martínez
October 14, 1994 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States 13
Title vacated 1998 Tapia's last defense was against Rodolfo Blanco on February 13, 1998 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Argentina Victor Godoi
def. Pedro Morquecho
November 7, 1998 Chubut, Argentina 0
Mexico Diego Morales June 7, 1999 Tijuana, Mexico 1
Nicaragua Adonis Rivas November 20, 1999 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2
Panama Pedro Alcázar June 16, 2001 Panama City, Panama 1
Mexico Fernando Montiel June 22, 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
United States Mark Johnson August 16, 2003 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 1
Mexico Ivan Hernández September 25, 2004 Memphis, Tennessee, United States 0
Mexico Fernando Montiel (2) April 9, 2005 El Paso, Texas, United States 6
Title vacated 2009 Montiel's's last defense was against Luis Maldonado on May 31, 2008 in Mexico.
Puerto Rico José López
def. Pramuansak Posuwan
March 28, 2009 Bayamón, Puerto Rico 0
Philippines Marvin Sonsona
def. José López
September 4, 2009 Rama, Ontario, Canada 0
Title vacated 2009 Sonsona was stripped of the title after failing to make weight (2.6 lbs. over) in his first title defense against Alejandro Hernández (boxer), whom he fought with to a draw.
Mexico Jorge Arce
def. Angky Angkota
January 30, 2010 Mexico City, Mexico 0
Title vacated April 24, 2010 Arce had to vacate the title upon his move to bantamweight division.
Argentina Omar Andrés Narváez
def. Everth Briceño
May 15, 2010 Distrito Federal, Argentina 0

Bantamweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Venezuela Israel Contreras
def. Maurizio Lupino
February 3, 1989 Caracas, Venezuela 1
Title vacated 1990 Contreras vacated the title in order to challenge Luisito Espinosa for the WBA title. His only defense was against Ray Minus on September 2, 1990 in Nassau, Bahamas.
United States Gaby Canizales
def. Miguel "Happy" Lora
March 12, 1991 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States 0
England Duke McKenzie March 12, 1991 London, England 2
Puerto Rico Rafael del Valle May 13, 1992 London, England 2
Ghana Alfred Kotey July 30, 1994 London, England 2
Puerto Rico Daniel Jiménez October 21, 1995 London, England 1
Wales Robbie Regan April 26, 1996 Cardiff, Wales 0
Title vacated 1996 Title vacated when Regan retired.
Colombia Jorge Julio Rocha
def. Oscar Maldonado
July 28, 1997 Inglewood, California, United States 3
United States Johnny Tapia January 8, 2000 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States 1
Title vacated 2000
Panama Mauricio Martinez
def. Lester Fuentes
September 4, 2000 Manchester, England 1
Mexico Cruz Carbajal March 15, 2002 Veracruz, Mexico 2
Thailand Ratanachai Sor Vorapin May 7, 2004 Bangkok, Thailand 1
Mexico Jhonny Gonzalez October 29, 2005 Tucson, Arizona, United States 1
Philippines Gerry Penalosa August 11, 2007 Sacramento, California, United States 1
Title Stripped due to Penalosa not defending the belt for a year April 2009
Mexico Fernando Montiel
def. Diego Oscar Silva
March 28, 2009 Baja California, Mexico 1
Puerto Rico Eric Morel Interim Title
def. Gerry Penalosa
February 13, 2010 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Philippines Nonito Donaire
def. Fernando Montiel
February 19, 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Junior featherweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
United States Kenny Mitchell
def. Julio Gervacio
April 29, 1989 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1
Italy Valerio Nati December 9, 1989 Teramo, Italy 0
Puerto Rico Orlando Fernandez May 12, 1990 Sassari, Italy 0
United States Jesse Benavides May 24, 1991 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States 1
England Duke McKenzie October 15, 1992 London, England 0
Puerto Rico Daniel Jiménez June 9, 1993 London, England 4
Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera March 31, 1995 Anaheim, California, United States 8
United States Junior Jones November 22, 1996 Tampa, Florida, United States 1
United States Kennedy McKinney April 18, 1997 New York City, New York, United States 0
Title vacated 1998
Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera (2)
def. Richie Wenton
October 31, 1998 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 2
Mexico Erik Morales February 19, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
Title vacated 2000
Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera (3)
def. Luiz Freitas
June 17, 2000 Mexico City, Mexico 2
Title vacated April 7, 2001 Title vacated when Barrera wins the vacant IBO Featherweight title, defeating Naseem Hamed in Las Vegas, Nevada. His last defense was against Jesús Salud on December 1, 2000 also in Las Vegas.
Dominican Republic Agapito Sanchez
def. Jorge Monsalvo
June 23, 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
Title vacated 2002
Dominican Republic Joan Guzmán
def. Jorge Monsalvo
August 17, 2002 Cardiff, Wales 2
Title vacated July 2005 The WBO stripped Guzman of the title due to his not making weight for a defense against Marcos Licona, scheduled for November 6. His last defense was against Fernando Beltran, Jr. on April 22, 2005 in Hidalgo, Texas, United States.
Mexico Daniel Ponce de León
def. Sod Looknongyangtoy
October 29, 2005 Tucson, Arizona, United States 6
Puerto Rico Juan Manuel López June 7, 2008 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 5
Title vacated January 23, 2010 Juan Manuel López vacated the title to move up to Featherweight.
Puerto Rico Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr. February 27, 2010 Bayamón, Puerto Rico 0
Philippines Nonito Donaire February 4, 2012 San Antonio, Texas 1

Featherweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Italy Maurizio Stecca
def. Pedro Nolasco
January 28, 1989 Milan, Italy 1
United States Louie Espinoza November 11, 1989 Rimini, Italy 0
Mexico Jorge Páez April 7, 1990 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
Title vacated 1990 Paez's only defense was against Troy Dorsey on July 8, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Italy Maurizio Stecca (2)
def. Armando Juan Reyes
January 26, 1991 Sassari, Italy 2
England Colin McMillan February 16, 1992 London, England 0
Colombia Rubén Darío Palacios September 26, 1992 London, England, United Kingdom 0
Title vacated 1992 Title vacated when Palacios retired.
Wales Steve Robinson
def. John Davison
April 17, 1993 Washington, England 7
England Naseem Hamed September 30, 1995 Cardiff, Wales 15
Title vacated September 30, 2000 Hamed's last defense was against Augie Sanchez on August 19, 2000 in Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States.
Hungary Istvan Kovacs
def. Antonio Díaz
January 27, 2001 Munich, Germany 0
Argentina Pablo Chacón June 16, 2001 Budapest, Hungary 2
Title vacated 2002 Chacón's last defense was against Victor Polo on January 19, 2002 in London, England, United Kingdom
Scotland Scott Harrison
def. Victor Santiago
June 8, 2002 Glasgow, Scotland 2
Mexico Manuel Medina July 12, 2003 Glasgow, Scotland 0
Scotland Scott Harrison (2) November 29, 2003 Glasgow, Scotland 6
Title vacated June 2006 Harrison was stripped of the title after pulling out of a scheduled defense. His last defense was against Nedal Hussein on November 5, 2005 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez
def. Terdsak Jandaeng
August 5, 2006 Stateline, Nevada, United States 1
Mexico Steven Luevano July 14, 2007 London, England 5
Puerto Rico Juan Manuel López January 23, 2010 New York City, USA 1
Mexico Orlando Salido
def. Juan Manuel López
April 16, 2011 Bayamón, Puerto Rico 2

Junior lightweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Puerto Rico John John Molina
def. Juan Laporte
April 29, 1989 San Juan, Puerto Rico 0
Title vacated 1989
Tunisia Kamel Bou Ali
def. Antonio Rivera
December 9, 1989 Teramo, Italy 2
France Daniel Londas March 21, 1992 San Rufo, Italy 0
Denmark Jimmi Bredahl September 4, 1992 Copenhagen, Denmark 1
United States Oscar De La Hoya March 5, 1994 Los Angeles, California, United States 1
Title vacated 1994 de la Hoya vacated the title in order to move up to the Lightweight division.
Netherlands Regilio Tuur
def. Eugene Speed
September 24, 1994 Rotterdam, Netherlands 6
Title vacated 1996–1997 Tuur's last defense was against Jose Vida Ramos on September 6, 1996 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States.
Wales Barry Jones
def. Wilson Palacio
December 19, 1997 London, England 0
Title vacated 1998 Jones lost his boxing license after a brain scan found an anomaly. The WBO vacated his title before Jones regained his license
Russia Anatoly Alexandrov
def. Julien Lorcy
May 16, 1998 Paris, France 1
Brazil Acelino Freitas August 7, 1999 Le Cannet, France 10
Title vacated 2003 Freitas vacated the title to move up to the lightweight division. His last defense was against Jorge Rodrigo Barrios on August 9, 2003 in Miami, Florida.
United States Diego Corrales
def. Joel Casamayor
March 6, 2004 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States 0
Title vacated 2004 Corrales vacated the title to move up to the lightweight division.
United States Mike Anchondo
def. Pablo Chacón
July 15, 2004 Dallas, Texas, United States 0
Argentina Jorge Rodrigo Barrios April 8, 2005 Miami, Florida, United States 2
Title vacated September 15, 2006 Barrios was stripped of the title after he was overweight for his scheduled September 16 defense against Joan Guzmán. His last defense was against Janos Nagy on May 20, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Dominican Republic Joan Guzmán
def. Jorge Rodrigo Barrios
September 16, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2
Title vacated May 2008 Guzman vacated the title after deciding to move up to Lightweight.
Scotland Alex Arthur
interim champ promoted
May 2008 NA 0
England Nicky Cook
def. Alex Arthur
September 9, 2008 Manchester, England 0
Puerto Rico Roman Martinez March 14, 2009 Manchester, England 0
Scotland Ricky Burns September 4, 2010 Glasgow, Scotland 3

Lightweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Mexico Mauricio Aceves
def. Amancio Castro
May 6, 1989 Santa Ana, California, United States 1
South Africa Dingaan Thobela September 22, 1990 Brownsville, Texas, United States 2
Title vacated 1991 Thobela's last defense was against Antonio Rivera on September 14, 1991 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Italy Giovanni Parisi
def. Javier Altamirano
September 25, 1992 Voghera, Italy 2
Title vacated 1993 Parisi's last defense was against Antonio Rivera on September 24, 1993 in Rome, Italy.
United States Oscar De La Hoya
def. Jorge Páez
July 29, 1994 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 6
Title vacated 1996 de la Hoya's last defense was against Jesse James Leija on December 15, 1995 in New York City, New York, United States.
Uzbekistan Artur Grigorian
def. Antonio Rivera
April 13, 1996 Hamburg, Germany 17
Brazil Acelino Freitas January 3, 2004 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States 0
United States Diego Corrales August 7, 2004 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States 1
Title vacated 2006 Corrales' only defense was against José Luis Castillo on May 7, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Brazil Acelino Freitas (2)
def. Zahir Raheem
April 29, 2006 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States 0
United States Juan Díaz April 28, 2007 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States 1
United States Nate Campbell March 8, 2008 Cancún, Mexico 0
Title vacated February 14, 2009 Campbell was stripped of the title for being unable to make weight for his next fight against Ali Funeka on February 14, 2009 in Sunrise, Florida, United States
Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez
def. Juan Díaz
February 28, 2009 Houston, Texas, United States 0
Scotland Ricky Burns November 5, 2011 London, England 2

Junior welterweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho
def. Ray Mancini
March 6, 1989 Reno, Nevada, United States 2
United States Greg Haugen February 23, 1991 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho (2) May 19, 1991 Reno, Nevada, United States 0
Title vacated 1992
Mexico Carlos González
def. Jimmy Paul
June 29, 1992 Inglewood, California, United States 3
United States Zack Padilla June 7, 1993 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 4
Title vacated July 24, 1994 Title vacated when Padilla retired after his final defense against Juan Laporte in Los Angeles, California.
Puerto Rico Sammy Fuentes
def. Fidel Avendano
February 20, 1995 Inglewood, California, United States 1
Italy Giovanni Parisi March 9, 1996 Milan, Italy 5
Mexico Carlos González (2) May 29, 1998 Pesaro, Italy 0
United States Randall Bailey May 15, 1999 Miami, Florida, United States 2
Colombia Ener Julio July 22, 2000 Miami, Florida, United States 0
Title vacated June 2001 Title vacated when a routine eye exam reveals that Julio has cataracts.
United States DeMarcus Corley
def. Felix Flores
June 30, 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2
United States Zab Judah July 12, 2003 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
Title vacated 2004 Judah vacated the title to move up to the Welterweight division.
Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto
def. Kelson Pinto
September 11, 2004 San Juan, Puerto Rico 6
Title vacated 2006 Cotto vacated the title to move up to Welterweight and challenge for the WBA title His last defense was against Paul Malignaggi on June 10, 2006 in New York City, New York.
Colombia Ricardo Torres
def. Mike Arnaoutis
November 18, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
United States Kendall Holt
def. Ricardo Torres
July 5, 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
United States Timothy Bradley
this bout was a title unification match for both WBO and WBC titles
April 4, 2009 Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1

Welterweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Mexico Genaro Leon
def. Danny Garcia
May 6, 1989 Santa Ana, California, United States 0
Title vacated 1989
United States Manning Galloway
def. Al Hamza
December 15, 1989 Yabucoa, Puerto Rico 7
Denmark Gert Bo Jacobsen February 12, 1993 Randers, Denmark 0
Title vacated 1993
Republic of Ireland Eammon Loughran
def. Lorenzo Smith
October 16, 1993 Belfast, Northern Ireland 5
Mexico José Luis López April 13, 1996 Liverpool, England, United Kingdom 1
Title vacated 1996–1997 López's only defense was against Luis Ramón Campas on October 6, 1996 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Romania Mihai Leu
def. Santiago Samaniego
February 22, 1997 Hamburg, Germany 1
Title vacated 1997 Title vacated when Leu retired. His only defense was against Michael Carruth on September 20, 1997 in Aachen, Germany.
Russia Ahmed Kotiev
def. Leonard Townsend
February 22, 1997 Stuttgart, Germany 4
Puerto Rico Daniel Santos May 6, 2000 Neuss, Germany 2
Title vacated July 21, 2001 Title vacated when a bout between Santos and Antonio Margarito in Bayamón, Puerto Rico ends in a no-contest in the first round.
Mexico Antonio Margarito
def. Antonio Díaz
March 16, 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
Puerto Rico Kermit CintrónInterim
def. Teddy Reid
July 17, 2004 Houston, Texas, United States 3
Mexico Antonio Margarito
def. Kermit Cintrón for undisputed title
April 23, 2005 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 4
United States Paul Williams July 14, 2007 Carson City, California, United States 0
Puerto Rico Carlos Quintana February 9, 2008 Temecula, California, United States 0
United States Paul Williams (2) June 7, 2008 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 0
Title vacated November 2008 Williams vacated the title to fight for the Jr. Middleweight Title.
Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto February 21, 2009 Madison Square Garden, New York, United States 1
Philippines Manny Pacquiao November 12, 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
United States Timothy Bradley June 9, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
Philippines Manny Pacquiao April 12, 2014 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0

Junior middleweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
United States John David Jackson
def. Lupe Aquino
December 8, 1988 Detroit, Michigan, United States 6
Title vacated 1993 Jackson vacated the title to move up to Middleweight. His last defense was against Michele Mastrodonato on December 19, 1992 in San Severo, Italy.
United States Verno Phillips
def. Lupe Aquino
October 30, 1993 Phoenix, Arizona, United States 4
England Paul Jones November 22, 1995 Sheffield, England 0
Title vacated February 1996 Jones was stripped of the title.
United States Ronald "Winky" Wright May 17, 1996 Monroe, Michigan, United States 3
Namibia Harry Simon August 22, 1998 Temba, South Africa 4
Title vacated July 2001 Simon vacated the title to move up to Middleweight. His last defense was against Wayne Alexander on February 10, 2001 in Widnes, England, United Kingdom.
Puerto Rico Daniel Santos
def. Luis "Yori Boy" Campas
March 16, 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 4
Ukraine Sergiy Dzindziruk December 3, 2005 Magdeburg, Germany 4

Middleweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
United States Doug DeWitt
def. Robbie Sims
April 18, 1989 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 1
England Nigel Benn April 29, 1990 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 1
England Chris Eubank November 18, 1990 Birmingham, England 3
Title vacated September 21, 1991 Eubank vacated the title to move up to Super Middleweight. His last defense was against Michael Watson on June 22, 1991 in London, England.
United States Gerald McClellan
def. John Mugabi
November 20, 1991 London, England 0
Title vacated February 24, 1992 McClellan vacated the title to move up to Super Middleweight.
England Chris Pyatt
def. Sumbu Kalambay
May 19, 1993 Leicester, England 2
Republic of Ireland Steve Collins May 11, 1994 Sheffield, England 0
Title vacated March 18, 1995 Collins vacated the title to move up to Super Middleweight.
United States Lonnie Bradley
def. David Mendez
May 19, 1995 Primm, Nevada, United States 6
Title vacated 1997 Bradley vacated title to have eye surgery to repair a detached retina.
Jamaica Otis Grant
def. Ryan Rhodes
December 13, 1997 Sheffield, England, United Kingdom 1
Title vacated November 14, 1998 Grant vacated the title to move up to Light Heavyweight. His only defense was against Ernesto Rafael Sena on May 12, 1998 in Kanata, Ontario, Canada.
Germany Bert Schenk
def. Freeman Barr
January 30, 1999 Cottbus, Germany 1
Title vacated Mid-1999 Schenk vacated title due to achilles injury. He had one successful defense was against Juan Ramon Medina on May 22, 1999 in Budapest, Hungary.
England Jason Matthews
def. Ryan Rhodes
July 17, 1999 Doncaster, England 0
Sweden Armand Krajnc November 27, 1999 Lübeck, Germany 3
Krajnc vacated the title on June 4, 2001, while in a dispute with Universum Box-Promotion; the WBO unanimously voted on September 17, 2001 that Krajnc never actually vacated and remained as WBO champion.
Namibia Harry Simon April 6, 2002 Copenhagen, Denmark 0
Harry Simon awarded interim title on July 21, 2001 after defeating Hacine Cherifi. At the time it was believed that Krajnc had vacated the title, however, the WBO later ruled that Krajnc remained as champion.
Title vacated November 2002 Title vacated after Simon sentenced to prison due to his role in fatal car crash.
Argentina Hector Javier Velazco
def. Andras Galfi
May 10, 2003 Buenos Aires, Argentina 0
Germany Felix Sturm September 13, 2003 Berlin, Germany 1
United States Oscar De La Hoya June 5, 2004 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
United States Bernard Hopkins September 18, 2004 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
United States Jermain Taylor July 16, 2005 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
United States Kelly Pavlik September 29, 2007 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 3
Argentina Sergio Gabriel Martínez April 17, 2010 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 0
Title stripped May 29, 2010 Title stripped because Martinez refused to vacate WBC Light Middleweight title.
Russia Dmitry Pirog
def. Daniel Jacobs
July 31, 2010 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3

Super middleweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
United States Thomas Hearns
def. James Kinchen
November 4, 1988 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2
Title vacated 1990 Hearns' last defense was against Michael Olajide on April 28, 1990 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States.
England Chris Eubank
def. Michael Watson
September 21, 1991 London, England 14
Republic of Ireland Steve Collins March 18, 1995 Millstreet, Ireland 7
Title vacated October 1997 Collins was stripped of the title when he was unable to defend due to injury. His last defense was against Craig Cummings on July 5, 1997 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Wales Joe Calzaghe
def. Chris Eubank
October 11, 1997 Sheffield, England 21
Title vacated June 2008 Calazghe vacated all of his titles when he announced he would retire.
Russia Denis Inkin
def. Fulgencio Zuniga
September 27, 2008 Hamburg, Germany 0
Hungary Károly Balzsay
January 10, 2009 Magdeburg, Germany 1
Germany Robert Stieglitz
August 22, 2009 Budapest, Hungary 0

Light heavyweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
United States Michael Moorer
def. Ramzi Hassan
December 3, 1988 Brook Park, Ohio, United States 9
Title vacated 1991 Moorer vacated the title in order to move up to Heavyweight.
United States Leeonzer Barber
def. Tom Collins
May 9, 1991 Leeds, England 4
Poland Dariusz Michalczewski September 10, 1994 Hamburg, Germany 23
Mexico Julio César González October 10, 2003 Hamburg, Germany 0
Hungary Zsolt Erdei January 17, 2004 Karlsruhe, Germany 11
Wales Nathan Cleverly May 19, 2011 Juergen Braehmer was stripped from title due to injury. 2
Russia Sergey Kovalev August 18, 2013 Cardiff, Wales

Junior heavyweight[edit]

This weight class is designated as Cruiserweight in the IBF, WBA and WBC.

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
United States Boone Pultz
def. Magne Havnaa
December 3, 1989 Copenhagen, Denmark 0
Norway Magne Havnaa May 17, 1990 Aars, Denmark 2
Title vacated 1991 Havnaa's last defense was against Tyrone Booze on February 15, 1991 in Randers, Denmark.
United States Tyrone Booze
def. Derek Angol
July 25, 1992 Manchester, England 1
Germany Markus Bott February 13, 1993 Hamburg, Germany 0
Argentina Nestor Giovannini June 26, 1993 Hamburg, Germany 1
Poland Dariusz Michalczewski December 17, 1994 Hamburg, Germany 0
Title vacated 1995 Michalczewski vacated the title in favor of the WBO Light Heavyweight title, which he already held.
Germany Ralf Rocchigiani
def. Carl Thompson
June 10, 1995 Manchester, England, United Kingdom 6
England Carl Thompson October 4, 1997 Hanover, Germany 2
England Johnny Nelson March 27, 1999 Derby, England 13
Title vacated 2006 Title vacated when Nelson retired.
Wales Enzo Maccarinelli
Interim champ promoted
July 8, 2006 Cardiff, Wales 4
England David Haye March 8, 2008 London, England 0
Title vacated 2008 Title vacated when Haye decided to move up to Heavyweight.
Argentina Victor Emilio Ramírez
Interim champ promoted
February, 2009 Germany 1
Germany Marco Huck December 5, 2009 Ludwigsburg, Germany 2

Heavyweight[edit]

Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Italy Francesco Damiani
def. Johnny DuPlooy
May 6, 1989 Syracuse, Italy 1
United States Ray Mercer January 11, 1991 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 1
Title vacated 1991 Mercer's only defense was against Tommy Morrison on October 18, 1991 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He gave up the title shortly after.
United States Michael Moorer
def. Bert Cooper
May 15, 1992 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 0
Title vacated February 2, 1993
United States Tommy Morrison
def. George Foreman
June 7, 1993 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
United States Michael Bentt October 29, 1993 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States 0
England Herbie Hide March 19, 1994 London, England 0
United States Riddick Bowe March 11, 1995 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
Title vacated 1995 Bowe's only defense was against Jorge Luis Gonzalez on June 17, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
England Henry Akinwande
def. Jeremy Williams
June 29, 1996 Indio, California, United States 2
Title vacated February 17, 1997 Akinwande vacated the title in order to challenge for the WBC title. His last defense was against Scott Welch on January 11, 1997 in Nashville, Tennessee.
England Herbie Hide (2)
def. Tony Tucker
June 28, 1997 Norwich, England 2
Ukraine Vitali Klitschko June 26, 1999 London, England, United Kingdom 2
United States Chris Byrd April 1, 2000 Berlin, Germany 0
Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko October 14, 2000 Cologne, Germany 5
South Africa Corrie Sanders March 8, 2003 Hanover, Germany 0
Title vacated 2003
United States Lamon Brewster
def. Wladimir Klitschko
April 10, 2004 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich April 1, 2006 Cleveland, Ohio, United States 0
United States Shannon Briggs November 4, 2006 Phoenix, Arizona, United States 0
Russia Sultan Ibragimov June 2, 2007 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 1
Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko (2) February 23, 2008 New York, United States 11

Fighter of the Decade[edit]

On December 8, 2012, Juan Manuel Márquez was named "Fighter of the Decade" by the WBO and was awarded a special belt when beating Manny Pacquiao by KO in six rounds.

See also[edit]