List of current world boxing champions

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At least since John L. Sullivan, in the late 19th century, there have been world boxing champions. The first of today's organizations to award a world title was the World Boxing Association, known as the National Boxing Association when it sanctioned its first title fight in 1921 between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier for the heavyweight championship.

There are now four major sanctioning bodies in professional boxing. The official rules and regulations of the World Boxing Association,[1] World Boxing Council,[2] International Boxing Federation[3] and World Boxing Organization[4] all recognize the other three major sanctioning bodies in their rankings and title unification rules. Each of these organizations sanction and regulate championship bouts and award championships. American boxing magazine The Ring began awarding world championship belts in 1922.

There are seventeen weight divisions. To compete in a weight class, a boxer's weight must not exceed the upper limit. Manny Pacquiao has won world championships in eight different weight classes, more than any other boxer. The Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, held all five major titles in the heavyweight division; they were the first brothers to hold versions of the heavyweight championship at the same time.[5] Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is currently champion at two weight classes: welterweight and super welterweight.

Championships[edit]

When a champion, for reasons beyond his control such as an illness or injury, is unable to defend his title within the normal mandatory time, the sanctioning bodies may order an interim title bout and award the winner an interim championship. The WBA and WBC may change the status of their inactive champions to Champion in Recess.

World Boxing Association[edit]

The World Boxing Association (WBA) was founded in 1921 as the National Boxing Association (NBA), a national regulating body of the United States. On August 23, 1962, the NBA became the WBA, which today has its head office in Panama.[6] According to WBA championship rules, when a champion also holds a title of one of the other three major sanctioning bodies in an equivalent weight class, the boxer is granted special recognition: he is called the unified champion and is given more time between mandatory title defences. The WBA Championships Committee and President may designate a champion as a Super Champion in exceptional circumstances.[1] The WBA title is vacated if it is one of the titles the respective boxer holds. When a WBA champion makes between five and ten successful defences, he may be granted the WBA "Super" title upon discretion of a vote of the WBA's board of governors.[7]

World Boxing Council[edit]

The World Boxing Council (WBC) was founded in Mexico City, Mexico on February 14, 1963 in order to establish an international regulating body.[8] The WBC established many of today's safety measures in boxing, such as the standing eight-count,[9] a limit of 12 rounds instead of 15, and additional weight classes. More information about the WBC's titles including Silver, Diamond, Emeritus, Honorary and Supreme Champion can be read at the WBC article.

International Boxing Federation[edit]

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) originated in September 1976 as the United States Boxing Association (USBA) when American members of the WBA withdrew in order to legitimize boxing in the United States with "unbiased" ratings.[10] In April 1983, the organization established an international division that was known as the United States Boxing Association-International (USBA-I).[10] In May 1984, the New Jersey-based USBA-I was renamed and became the IBF.[10]

World Boxing Organization[edit]

The World Boxing Organization (WBO) was founded in San Juan, Puerto Rico (which is a self-governing commonwealth of the United States) in 1988. In its early years the WBO's titles were not widely recognized. By 2012 when the Japan Boxing Commission officially recognized the governing body, it had gained similar status to the other three major sanctioning bodies. Its motto is "dignity, democracy, honesty."[11] When a WBO champion has reached "preeminent status" the WBO's Executive Committee may designate him as a "Super Champion".[12]

The Ring[edit]

The Ring is a respected boxing magazine that was founded in 1922, upon which it first began awarding world championship belts. It maintains its own version of lineal championships in each weight class. Title belts ceased to be awarded in the 1990s, but the practice was resumed in 2002.[13] From 2002 onwards, a championship system was created with the intention to "reward fighters who, by satisfying rigid criteria, can justify a claim as the true and only world champion in a given weight class."[13] The Ring claims to be more authoritative and open than that of the sanctioning bodies with regards to rankings, with a page devoted to full explanations for ranking changes. A fighter pays no sanctioning fees to defend or fight for the title at stake, contrary to practices of the sanctioning bodies. There are currently three ways that a fighter can win The Ring's title:

  • Defeat the reigning champion
  • Win a bout between The Ring's No. 1 and 2 contenders
  • If the number 1 and 2 contenders chose not to fight each other, if either of them fights the No. 3, 4 or 5 contender, the winner may be awarded The Ring title belt if the Editorial Board deems the contenders worthy.[14]

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board was formed in October 2012, after controversy emerged surrounding changes to The Ring's championship policy.[15]

Current champions[edit]

The current champions in each weight class are listed below. Each champion's professional boxing record is shown in the following format: wins–losses–draws–no contests (knockout wins).

Heavyweight (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Wladimir Klitschko
Super champion
 Ukraine
61–3–0–0 (51)
July 2, 2011
vacant Wladimir Klitschko
 Ukraine
61–3–0–0 (51)
April 22, 2006
Wladimir Klitschko
Super champion
 Ukraine
61–3–0–0 (51)
February 23, 2008
Wladimir Klitschko
 Ukraine
61–3–0–0 (51)
June 20, 2009
vacant

Cruiserweight, Junior heavyweight (200 lb, 90.7 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Denis Lebedev
 Russia
25–2–0–0 (19)
October 30, 2012
Krzysztof Włodarczyk
 Poland
49–2–1–0 (35)
May 15, 2010
Yoan Pablo Hernández
 Cuba
28–1–0–0 (14)
October 1, 2011
Marco Huck
 Germany
37–2–1–0 (26)
August 29, 2009
Yoan Pablo Hernández
 Cuba
28–1–0–0 (14)
February 4, 2012
Guillermo Jones
In recess
 Panama
39–3–2–0 (31)
October 30, 2012

Light heavyweight (175 lb, 79.4 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Beibut Shumenov
Super champion
 Kazakhstan
14–1–0–0 (9)
October 8, 2013
Adonis Stevenson
 Canada
23–1–0–0 (20)
June 8, 2013
Bernard Hopkins
 United States
54–6–2–2 (32)
March 9, 2013
Sergey Kovalev
 Russia
24–0–1–0 (22)
August 17, 2013
Adonis Stevenson
 Canada
23–1–0–0 (20)
June 8, 2013
Jürgen Brähmer
 Germany
43–2–0–0 (32)
December 14, 2013

Super middleweight (168 lb, 76.2 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Andre Ward
Super champion
 United States
27–0–0–0 (14)
November 21, 2009
Sakio Bika
 Australia
32–5–3–0 (21)
June 22, 2013
Carl Froch
 United Kingdom
32–2–0–0 (23)
May 26, 2012
Arthur Abraham
 Germany
39–4–0–0 (28)
March 1, 2014
Andre Ward
 United States
27–0–0–0 (14)
December 17, 2011
Carl Froch
Unified champion
 United Kingdom
32–2–0–0 (23)
May 25, 2013
Stanyslav Kashtanov
Interim champion
 Ukraine
31–1–0–0 (17)
November 10, 2012

Middleweight (160 lb, 72.6 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Gennady Golovkin
 Kazakhstan
29–0–0–0 (26)
October 14, 2010
Sergio Martínez
 Argentina
51–2–2–0 (28)
September 15, 2012
Felix Sturm
 Germany
39–3–2–1 (18)
December 7, 2013
Peter Quillin
 United States
30–0–0–0 (22)
October 20, 2012
Sergio Martínez
 Argentina
51–2–2–0 (28)
April 17, 2010
Dmitry Chudinov
Interim champion
 Russia
12–0–2–0 (8)
December 21, 2013
Marco Antonio Rubio
Interim champion
 Mexico
59–6–1–0 (51)
April 5, 2014

Super welterweight, Junior middleweight (154 lb, 69.9 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Super champion
 United States
45–0–0–0 (26)
May 5, 2012
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 United States
45–0–0–0 (26)
September 14, 2013
Carlos Amado Molina
 Mexico
22–5–2–0 (6)
September 14, 2013
Demetrius Andrade
 United States
20–0–0–0 (13)
November 9, 2013
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 United States
45–0–0–0 (26)
September 14, 2013
Erislandy Lara
 Cuba
19–1–2–0 (12)
March 8, 2014

Welterweight (147 lb, 66.7 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Marcos Maidana
 Argentina
35–3–0–0 (31)
December 14, 2013
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 United States
45–0–0–0 (26)
September 17, 2011
Shawn Porter
 United States
23–0–1–0 (14)
December 7, 2013
Manny Pacquiao
Super champion
 Philippines
56–5–2–0 (38)
April 12, 2014
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 United States
45–0–0–0 (26)
May 4, 2013
Keith Thurman
Interim champion
 United States
22–0–0–1 (20)
July 27, 2013

Super lightweight, Junior welterweight (140 lb, 63.5 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Danny García
Super champion
 United States
28–0–0–0 (16)
July 14, 2012
Danny García
 United States
28–0–0–0 (16)
March 24, 2012
Lamont Peterson
 United States
32–2–1–0 (16)
December 10, 2011
Ruslan Provodnikov
 Russia
23–2–0–0 (16)
October 19, 2013
Danny García
 United States
28–0–0–0 (16)
July 14, 2012
Jessie Vargas
 United States
24–0–0–0 (9)
April 12, 2014
Johan Pérez
Interim champion
 Venezuela
18–1–1–1 (12)
November 28, 2013

Lightweight (135 lb, 61.2 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Richar Abril
 Cuba
18–3–1–0 (8)
February 26, 2013
Omar Figueroa
 United States
22–0–1–0 (17)
January 24, 2014
Miguel Vázquez
 Mexico
34–3–0–0 (13)
August 14, 2010
Terence Crawford
 United States
23–0–0–0 (16)
March 1, 2014
vacant
Yuriorkis Gamboa
Interim champion
 Cuba
23–0–0–0 (16)
June 8, 2013

Super featherweight, Junior lightweight (130 lb, 59 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Takashi Uchiyama
 Japan
21–0–1–0 (17)
January 11, 2010
Takashi Miura
 Japan
27–2–2–0 (20)
April 8, 2013
Argenis Méndez
 Dominican Republic
21–2–1–1 (11)
March 9, 2013
Mikey García
 United States
34–0–0–0 (28)
November 9, 2013
vacant
Bryan Vásquez
Interim champion
 Costa Rica
33–1–0–0 (17)
October 26, 2013

Featherweight (126 lb, 57.2 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Simpiwe Vetyeka
Undisputed champion
 South Africa
26–2–0–0 (16)
December 6, 2013
Jhonny González
 Mexico
55–8–0–0 (47)
August 24, 2013
Evgeny Gradovich
 Russia
18–0–0–0 (9)
March 1, 2013
vacant vacant
Nicholas Walters
 Jamaica
23–0–0–0 (19)
December 8, 2012
Jesús Marcelo Andrés Cuellar
Interim champion
 Argentina
23–1–0–0 (18)
August 23, 2013

Super bantamweight, Junior featherweight (122 lb, 55.3 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Guillermo Rigondeaux
Unified champion
 Cuba
13–0–0–0 (8)
April 13, 2013
Leo Santa Cruz
 Mexico
27–0–1–0 (15)
August 24, 2013
Kiko Martínez
 Spain
30–4–0–0 (22)
August 17, 2013
Guillermo Rigondeaux
 Cuba
13–0–0–0 (8)
April 13, 2013
Scott Quigg
 United Kingdom
27–0–2–0 (20)
September 5, 2013
Nehomar Cermeño
Interim champion
 Venezuela
22–5–1–0 (13)
August 10, 2013

Bantamweight (118 lb, 53.5 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Anselmo Moreno
Super champion
 Panama
35–2–1–0 (12)
November 16, 2010
Shinsuke Yamanaka
 Japan
20–0–2–0 (15)
November 6, 2011
Stuart Hall
 United Kingdom
16–2–2–0 (7)
December 21, 2013
Tomoki Kameda
 Japan
29–0–0–0 (18)
August 1, 2013
vacant

Super flyweight, Junior bantamweight (115 lb, 52.2 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Kohei Kono
 Japan
30–8–0–0 (13)
March 26, 2014
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
 Thailand
27–3–1–0 (25)
May 3, 2013
vacant Omar Andrés Narváez
Super champion
 Argentina
41–1–2–0 (22)
May 15, 2010
vacant

Flyweight (112 lb, 50.8 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Juan Francisco Estrada
Unified champion
 Mexico
25–2–0–0 (18)
April 6, 2013
Akira Yaegashi
 Japan
20–3–0–0 (10)
April 8, 2013
Amnat Ruenroeng
 Thailand
12–0–0–0 (5)
January 22, 2014
Juan Francisco Estrada
 Mexico
25–2–0–0 (18)
April 6, 2013
Akira Yaegashi
 Japan
20–3–0–0 (10)
April 8, 2013
Juan Carlos Reveco
 Argentina
33–1–0–0 (18)
December 4, 2012
Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep
Interim champion
 Thailand
34–2–0–0 (20)
November 29, 2013

Light flyweight, Junior flyweight (108 lb, 49 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
vacant Naoya Inoue
 Japan
6–0–0–0 (5)
April 6, 2014
John Riel Casimero
 Philippines
19–2–0–0 (11)
July 19, 2012
Donnie Nietes
 Philippines
32–1–4–0 (18)
October 8, 2011
vacant
Alberto Rossel
Interim champion
 Peru
32–8–0–1 (13)
April 14, 2012
Moisés Fuentes
Interim champion
 Mexico
19–1–1–0 (10)
September 7, 2013

Minimumweight, Strawweight, Mini flyweight (105 lb, 47.6 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Hekkie Budler
 South Africa
25–1–0–0 (8)
March 1, 2014
Oswaldo Novoa
 Mexico
13–4–1–0 (8)
February 5, 2014
Katsunari Takayama
 Japan
26–6–0–1 (10)
March 30, 2013
Francisco Rodriguez, Jr.
 Mexico
14–2–0–0 (10)
March 22, 2014
vacant

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Specific
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  2. ^ "World Boxing Council Rules and Regulations" (PDF). World Boxing Council. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests" (PDF). International Boxing Federation. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "World Boxing Organization Regulations of World Championship Contests". World Boxing Organization. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ Lewis, Ron (October 13, 2008). "Vitali Klitschko impressive in comeback victory". The Times. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "World Boxing Association History". World Boxing Association. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  7. ^ "World Boxing Association Super Belt winners". World Boxing Association. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ "World Boxing Council". World Boxing Council. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rules that have changed the History of Boxing". World Boxing Council. Archived from the original on September 25, 2007. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "History of the IBF". International Boxing Federation. December 4, 2000. Archived from the original on December 4, 2000. Retrieved June 6, 2006. 
  11. ^ "WBO logo". World Boxing Organization. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests" (PDF). World Boxing Organization. Section 14. 
  13. ^ a b "About The Ring". The Ring. February 14, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2009. 
  14. ^ Kellerman, Max (January 22, 2004). "Gatti vs. the unknown". ESPN. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  15. ^ http://www.stiffjab.com/post/46981204175/espn-highlights-transnational-boxing-rankings-board
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