List of cruiserweight boxing champions

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"List of Cruiserweight Champions" redirects here. For a list of Cruiserweight Championships in professional wrestling, see Cruiserweight (professional wrestling)#Major championships.

This is a chronological List of World Cruiserweight Boxing Champions, as recognized by four of the better-known sanctioning organizations:

Reign Began Reign Ended Champion Recognition
31 March 1980 25 November 1980 United States Marvin Camel Universal (WBC)
Camel and Mate Parlov fought to a draw in the first Cruiserweight championship bout on 12 August 1979, sanctioned by the World Boxing Council. Camel won the rematch to become champion. Since the WBC was the only sanctioning body to recognize a Cruiserweight division at the time, he is considered by some as an undisputed champion.
25 November 1980 27 June 1982 Puerto Rico Carlos De León Universal (WBC)
13 February 1982 1 December 1984 Puerto Rico Ossie Ocasio WBA
Ocasio defeated Robbie Williams in the first Cruiserweight championship bout sanctioned by the World Boxing Association.
27 June 1982 17 July 1983 United States S. T. Gordon WBC
17 July 1983 6 June 1985 Puerto Rico Carlos De León WBC
13 February 1983 6 October 1984 United States Marvin Camel IBF
Just as he had done with the WBC title, Camel became the first champion in the division crowned by the International Boxing Federation, defeating Roddy McDonald to win the title.
6 October 1984 25 October 1986 United States Lee Roy Murphy IBF
1 December 1984 27 July 1985 South Africa Piet Crous WBA
6 June 1985 21 September 1985 United States Alfonso Ratliff WBC
27 July 1985 12 July 19861 United States Dwight Braxton WBA
21 September 1985 22 March 1986 United States Bernard Benton WBC
22 March 1986 9 April 1988 Puerto Rico Carlos De León WBC
12 July 1986 15 May 1987 United States Evander Holyfield WBA
25 October 1986 15 May 1987 United States Rickey Parkey IBF
15 May 1987 9 April 1988 United States Evander Holyfield WBA & IBF
Holyfield defeated Parkey to unify the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles.
9 April 1988 4 December 19883 United States Evander Holyfield Universal
Holyfield defeated Carlos De León to earn the World Boxing Council championship, making him the division's first truly undisputed champion.
25 March 1989 25 September 19892 Tunisia Taoufik Belbouli WBA
17 May 1989 27 July 1990 Puerto Rico Carlos De León WBC
3 June 1989 22 March 1990 United Kingdom Glenn McCrory IBF
27 November 1989 8 March 1991 United States Robert Daniels WBA
12 March 1989 17 May 1990 United States Boone Pultz WBO
22 March 1990 27 July 19912 United States Jeff Lampkin IBF
17 May 1990 1 May 1992 Norway Magne Havnå3 WBO
27 July 1990 20 July 1991 Italy Massimiliano Duran WBC
8 March 1991 5 August 19932 United States Bobby Czyz WBA
20 July 1991 7 July 19952 France Anaclet Wamba WBC
7 September 1991 30 July 1992 United States James Warring IBF
25 July 1992 13 February 1993 United States Tyrone Booze WBO
30 July 1992 30 April 19963 United States Alfred Cole IBF
13 February 1993 26 June 1993 Germany Markus Bott WBO
26 June 1993 17 December 1994 Argentina Nestor Giovannini WBO
6 November 1993 22 July 1995 United States Orlin Norris WBA
17 December 1994 1 January 19953 Germany Dariusz Michalczewski WBO
10 June 1995 4 October 1997 Germany Ralf Rocchigiani WBO
22 July 1995 8 November 1997 United States Nate Miller WBA
25 July 1995 21 February 1998 Argentina Marcelo Dominguez WBC
31 August 1996 21 June 1997 United States Adolpho Washington IBF
21 June 1997 8 November 1997 Jamaica Uriah Grant IBF
4 October 1997 27 March 1999 United Kingdom Carl Thompson WBO
8 November 1997 30 October 1998 United States Imamu Mayfield IBF
8 November 1997 9 December 2000 France Fabrice Tiozzo WBA
21 February 1998 19 February 20023 Cuba Juan Carlos Gómez WBC
30 October 1998 5 June 1999 United States Arthur Williams IBF
27 March 1999 22 September 2006 United Kingdom Johnny Nelson WBO
5 June 1999 26 April 2003 Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov IBF
9 December 2000 23 February 2002 United States Virgil Hill WBA
23 February 2002 7 January 2006 France Jean-Marc Mormeck WBA & WBC
When he defeated Wayne Braithwaite for the WBC title on 2 April 2005, the WBA "upgraded" Mormeck to the title of "super champion" and the "regular" WBA Cruiserweight championship was declared vacant.
12 October 2003 2 April 2005 Guyana Wayne Braithwaite WBC
26 April 2003 9 December 20033 United States James Toney IBF
1 May 2004 20 May 20053 United States Kelvin Davis IBF
20 May 2005 7 January 2006 Jamaica O'Neil Bell IBF
7 January 2006 31 March 2006 Jamaica O'Neil Bell WBA (super Champion), WBC, & IBF
O'Neil Bell defeated Jean-Marc Mormeck on 7 January 2006, by knockout in round 10, unifying his IBF belt with Mormeck's WBA and WBC belts. That distinction lasted just under three months, as the IBF withdrew its recognition of Bell when Bell failed to reach an agreement to fight the organization's mandatory challenger.
27 January 2006 24 November 2007 United States Virgil Hill WBA (regular champion)
31 March 2006 17 March 2007 Jamaica O'Neil Bell WBA (super champion), WBC
22 September 2006 8 March 2008 United Kingdom Enzo Maccarinelli WBO
26 November 2006 26 May 2007 Poland Krzysztof Włodarczyk IBF
17 March 2007 10 November 2007 France Jean-Marc Mormeck WBA (super champion), WBC
26 May 2007 11 December 2008 United States Steve Cunningham IBF
10 November 2007 8 March 2008 United Kingdom David Haye WBA (super champion), WBC
8 March 2008 12 May 2008 United Kingdom David Haye WBA (super champion), WBC, WBO
David Haye defeated Enzo Maccarinelli on 8 March 2008, by knockout in round 2, unifying his WBA and WBC belt with Maccarinelli's WBO belt. On 12 May, he relinquished his WBC belt in order to move up to the heavyweight division in an attempt to emulate the success of Evander Holyfield.
10 November 2007 WBA
12 May 2008 WBO
15 July 2008 3 United Kingdom David Haye WBA (super champion), WBO
24 November 2007 28 September 2008 Germany Firat Arslan WBA (regular champion)
28 September 2008 30 October 2012 2 Panama Guillermo Jones WBA
28 October 2008 22 November 2009 Italy Giacobbe Fragomeni WBC
11 December 2008 18 October 20093 Poland Tomasz Adamek IBF
17 January 2009 29 August 2009 Argentina Victor Emilio Ramírez WBO
29 August 2009 Present Germany Marco Huck WBO
22 November 2009 22 January 20103 Hungary Zsolt Erdei WBC
16 May 2010 Present Poland Krzysztof Włodarczyk WBC
5 June 2010 1 October 2011 United States Steve Cunningham IBF
1 October 2011 Present Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernández IBF

Footnotes[edit]

1 Later known as Dwight Muhammad Qawi.
2 Championship recognition withdrawn due to champion's failure/refusal to defend title against mandatory or designated challenger.
3 Relinquished title.

Cruiserweight champions who won belts in other divisions[edit]

  • Braxton, Michalczewski, Hill, Adamek and Tiozzo all were light-heavyweight champions.
  • Holyfield and Haye are the only former cruiserweight champions to win a piece of the heavyweight title.
  • Toney won titles at middleweight and super middleweight. He also defeated John Ruiz in an attempt to win the heavyweight title but failed a post-fight drug test and the result was changed to a No Decision.

List of Cruiserweight Champions Prior to 1980[edit]

The cruiserweight class was inaugurated by the WBC in 1979, and the belt was to be decided by the winner of a fight between Mate Parlov and Marvin Camel. The bout ended in a draw, and the champion wasn't crowned until their rematch on 31 March 1980, which was won by Camel. The WBA followed suit in 1982, inaugurating their belt in a battle between Ossie Ocasio and Robbie Williams, which was won by Ocasio.