List of lightweight boxing champions

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This is a list of world lightweight boxing champions by organization, as recognized by four of the better-known sanctioning organizations:

For a chronological list, see Chronological lightweight boxing champions.

World[edit]

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition
29 October 1886 9 June 1893[1] Jack McAuliffe Universal
After McAuliffe's retirement the title remained inactive until 1896 when the title was won by George "Kid" Lavigne in a 17 Round KO against Dick Burge. Lavigne's victory, the first fought under the Marquess of Queensberry rules, was considered by boxing promoters of the time as the first officially recognized world Lightweight Champion.
1 June 1896 3 July 1899 George "Kid" Lavigne Universal
3 July 1899 12 May 1902 Frank Erne Universal
12 May 1902 9 June 1908[1] Joe Gans Universal
9 June 1908 22 May 1910 Oscar "Battling" Nelson Universal
22 February 1910 28 November 1912 Adolph "Ad" Wolgast Universal
28 November 1912 7 July 1914 Willie Ritchie Universal
7 July 1914 28 May 1917 Freddie Welsh Universal
28 May 1917 15 January 1925[1] Benny Leonard Universal
13 July 1925 7 December 1925 Jimmy Goodrich Universal
7 December 1925 3 July 1926 Rocky Kansas Universal
3 July 1926 17 July 1930 Sammy Mandel NBA
17 July 1930 14 November 1930 Al Singer Universal
14 November 1930 23 June 1933 Tony Canzoneri Universal
23 June 1933 ?? Apr 1935 Barney Ross Universal
10 May 1935 3 September 1936 Tony Canzoneri Universal
3 September 1936 17 July? 1938 Lou Ambers Universal
17 August? 1938 22 August 1939 Henry Armstrong Universal
22 August 1939 10 May 1940 Lou Ambers NBA
10 May 1940 19 December 1941 Lew Jenkins Universal
19 December 1941 13 November 1942[1] Sammy Angott Universal
Following Angott's retirement the title was disputed between Beau Jack, Bob Montgomery, and Juan Zurita as well as Agnott, who later came out of retirement. Ike Williams defeats over Zurita and Montgomery, in 1945 and 1947 respectively, would become recognized as the universal Lightweight Champion.
23 September 1943 21 May 1943 Beau Jack New York
21 May 1943 19 November 1943 Bob Montgomery New York
19 November 1943 3 March 1944 Beau Jack NBA
With Jack and Montgomery enlisting in the United States Army to fight in World War II, Juan Zurita defeated Sammy Angott, after 15 rounds, for the NBA lightweight championship.
8 March 1944 18 April 1945 Juan Zurita NBA
18 April 1945 25 May 1951 Ike Williams Universal
25 May 1951 1 April 1952 Jimmy Carter Universal
1 April 1952 15 October 1952 Lauro Salas Universal
15 October 1952 6 February 1954 Jimmy Carter Universal
5 March 1954 17 November 1954 Paddy DeMarco Universal
17 November 1954 29 June 1955 Jimmy Carter Universal
29 June 1955 24 August 1956 Wallace "Bud" Smith Universal
24 August 1956 21 April 1962 Joe Brown Universal
1963-04-07 1965-04-10 Carlos Ortiz WBA/WBC
1965-04-10 1965-11-13 Ismael Laguna WBA/WBC
1965-11-13 1968-06-29 Carlos Ortiz WBA/WBC
1968-06-29 1969-02-18 Carlos 'Teo' Cruz WBA/WBC
1969-02-18 1970-03-03 Mando Ramos[2] WBA/WBC
1970-03-03 1970-09-15[1] Ismael Laguna WBA/WBC
1971-02-12 1971-06-25 Ken Buchanan WBA/WBC

WBC[edit]

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition
1963-04-07 1965-05-10 Puerto Rico Carlos Ortiz WBC
1965-05-10 1965-11-13 Panama Ismael Laguna WBC
1965-11-13 1968-06-25 Puerto Rico Carlos Ortiz WBC
1968-06-25 1969-02-08 Dominican Republic Carlos Teo Cruz WBC
1969-02-08 1970-03-03 United States Mando Ramos WBC
1970-03-03 1970-09-15-Stripped Panama Ismael Laguna WBC
1971-02-12 1971-06-25-Stripped United Kingdom Ken Buchanan WBC
1971-11-05 1972-02-18 Spain Pedro Carrasco WBC
1972-02-18 1972-09-15 United States Mando Ramos WBC
1972-09-15 1972-11-10 Mexico Chango Carmona WBC
1972-11-10 1974-04-11 Mexico Rodolfo Gato González WBC
1974-04-11 1976-05-08 Japan Guts Ishimatsu WBC
1976-05-08 1978-01-21 Puerto Rico Esteban De Jesús WBC
1978-01-21 1979-01-31[1] Panama Roberto Durán WBC
Durán became WBA champion in 1972 by defeating Ken Buchanan. He unified the titles on January 21, 1978, by defeating Esteban De Jesús.
1979-04-17 1981-06-20 United Kingdom Jim Watt WBC
1981-06-20 1983-Vacated Nicaragua Alexis Argüello WBC
1983-05-01 1984-11-03 Puerto Rico Edwin Rosario WBC
1984-11-03 1985-08-10 Mexico José Luis Ramírez WBC
1985-08-10 1987-Vacated Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho WBC
1987-07-19 1988-10-29 Mexico José Luis Ramírez WBC
1988-10-29 1989[1] Mexico Julio César Chávez WBC
1989-08-20 1991-10-05[3] United States Pernell Whitaker WBC
1992-08-24 1995-08-19[1] Mexico Miguel Ángel González WBC
1996-04-20 1997-03-01 France Jean Baptiste Mendy WBC
1997-03-01 1998-06-13 United States Stevie Johnston WBC
1998-06-13 1999-02-27 Mexico Cesar Bazan WBC
1999-02-27 2000-06-17 United States Stevie Johnston WBC
2000-06-17 2002-04-20 Mexico José Luis Castillo WBC
2002-04-20 2003-11-01[1] United States Floyd Mayweather Jr WBC
2004-06-05 2005-05-07 Mexico José Luis Castillo WBC
2005-05-07 2006-10-06-Stripped United States Diego Corrales WBC
2006-10-07 2007-02-01[4] Cuba Joel Casamayor WBC
2007-02-01 2008-06-28 United States David Díaz WBC
2008-06-28 2009-02-24-Vacated Philippines Manny Pacquiao WBC
2009-04-04 2010-02-09-Vacated Venezuela Edwin Valero WBC
2010-03-17 2011-07-01-Vacated Mexico Humberto Soto WBC
2011-10-15 2012-11-17 Mexico Antonio DeMarco WBC
2012-11-17 Present United States Adrien Broner WBC

WBA[edit]

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition
1962-04-21 1965-04-10 Puerto Rico Carlos Ortiz WBA
1965-05-10 1965-11-13 Panama Ismael Laguna WBA
1965-11-13 1968-06-25 Puerto Rico Carlos Ortiz WBA
1968-06-25 1969-02-18 Dominican Republic Carlos Teo Cruz WBA
1969-02-18 1970-03-03 United States Mando Ramos WBA
1970-03-03 1970-09-26 Panama Ismael Laguna WBA
1970-09-26 1972-06-26 United Kingdom Ken Buchanan WBA
1972-06-26 1979-01-31[1] Panama Roberto Durán WBA
1979-06-16 1980-03-02 Venezuela Ernesto España WBA
1980-03-02 1981-04-12 United States Hilmer Kenty WBA
1981-04-12 1981-04-12[1] United States Sean O'Grady WBA
1981-09-12 1981-12-05 Trinidad and Tobago Claude Noel WBA
1981-12-05 1982-05-08 United States Arturo Frias WBA
1982-05-08 1984-06-01 United States Ray Mancini WBA
1984-06-01 1986-09-26 Saint Kitts and Nevis Livingstone Bramble WBA
1986-09-26 1987-11-21 Puerto Rico Edwin Rosario WBA
1987-11-21 1988-10-29[1] Mexico Julio César Chávez WBA
1989-07-09 1990-04-04 Puerto Rico Edwin Rosario WBA
1990-04-04 1990-08-11 Puerto Rico Juan Nazario WBA
1990-08-11 1991-10-05 United States Pernell Whitaker[1] WBA
1992-06-13 1992-10-24 United States Joey Gamache WBA
1992-10-24 1993-06-26 United States Tony Lopez WBA
1993-06-26 1993-10-30 South Africa Dingaan Thobela WBA
1993-10-30 1998-05-16 Kyrgyzstan Orzubek Nazarov WBA
1998-05-16 1999-04-10 France Jean Baptiste Mendy WBA
1999-04-10 1999-08-07 France Julien Lorcy WBA
1999-08-07 1999-11-13 Italy Stefano Zoff WBA
1999-11-13 2000-06-11 Venezuela Gilberto Serrano WBA
2000-06-11 2001-07-01 Japan Takanori Hatakeyama WBA
2001-07-01 2001-10-08 France Julien Lorcy WBA
2001-10-08 2002-01-05 Argentina Raul Horacio Balbi WBA
2002-01-05 2003-05-17[1] Romania Leonard Doroftei WBA
2004-04-10 2004-07-17 Mongolia Lakva Sim WBA
2004-07-17 2008-03-08 United States Juan Díaz WBA Super Champion
2007-12-29 2008-05-19 Nicaragua Jose Alfaro WBA Regular Champion
2008-03-08 2009-01-10-Vacated United States Nate Campbell WBA Super Champion
2008-05-19 2009-01-03 Japan Yusuke Kobori WBA Regular Champion
2009-01-03 2010-05-29 Namibia Paulus Moses WBA Regular Champion
2009-02-28 2012-01-05-Stripped Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez WBA Super Champion
2010-05-29 2011-02-26 Venezuela Miguel Acosta WBA Regular Champion
2011-02-26 2011-12-02-Stripped United States Brandon Rios WBA Regular Champion
2013-02-28 Present Cuba Richar Abril WBA

IBF[edit]

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition
1984-01-30 1984-04-15 United States Charlie Brown IBF
1984-04-15 1985-04-06 United States Harry Arroyo IBF
1985-04-06 1986-12-05 United States Jimmy Paul IBF
1986-12-05 1987-06-07 United States Greg Haugen IBF
1987-06-07 1988-02-06 United States Vinny Pazienza IBF
1988-02-06 1989-02-18 United States Greg Haugen IBF
1989-02-18 1992-Vacated United States Pernell Whitaker IBF
Pernell Whitaker becomes the undisputed champion of the lightweight division by winning the IBF title in February, 1989, and then defeating José Luis Ramírez for the vacant WBC title on August 20, 1989, and Juan Nazario for the WBA title on August 11, 1990.
1993-01-10 1994-02-19 United States Freddie Pendleton IBF
1994-02-19 1995-05-06 United States Rafael Ruelas IBF
1995-05-06 1995-07[1] United States Oscar De La Hoya IBF
1995-08-19 1997-08-02 Australia Philip Holiday IBF
1997-08-02 1999-04-17[1] United States Shane Mosley IBF
1999-08-20 2003-06-Vacated United States Paul Spadafora[4] IBF
2003-11-22 2004-05-13 Mexico Javier Jauregui IBF
2004-05-13 2005-03-01[1] Mexico Julio Díaz IBF
2005-06-17 2005-09-17 United States Leavander Johnson IBF
2005-09-17 2007-02-03 Mexico Jesús Chávez IBF
2008-02-03 2007-10-19 Mexico Julio Díaz IBF
2007-10-19 2008-03-08 United States Juan Díaz IBF
2008-03-08 2009-02-13-Stripped United States Nate Campbell[4] IBF
2010-08-14 Present Mexico Miguel Vazquez IBF

WBO[edit]

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition
1989-05-06 1990-09-22 Mexico Mauricio Aceves WBO
1990-09-22 1991-09-14[1] South Africa Dingaan Thobela WBO
1992-09-25 1994[1] Italy Giovanni Parisi WBO
1994-07-29 1996[1] United States Oscar De La Hoya WBO
1996-04-13 2004-01-03 Uzbekistan Artur Grigorian WBO
2004-01-03 2004-08-07 Brazil Acelino Freitas WBO
2004-08-07 2005[1] United States Diego Corrales WBO
2006-04-29 2007-04-28 Brazil Acelino Freitas WBO
2007-04-28 2008-03-08 United States Juan Díaz WBO
2008-03-08 2009-02-13 United States Nate Campbell[4] WBO
2010-02-28 2012-01-06-Stripped Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez WBO
2012-01-06 2014-03-01 United Kingdom Ricky Burns WBO
2014-03-01 Present United States Terence Crawford WBO

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Relinquished championship title.
  2. ^ Disputed; see Pedro Carrasco
  3. ^ Championship title withdrawn by sanctioning organization due to champion's failure or refusal to defend title against organization's top-ranked contender.
  4. ^ a b c d Stripped of championship title.

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