Longest reigning heavyweight champions

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Below is a list of longest reigning heavyweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

Name Title Reign Title Recognition Successful Defenses
1. United States Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days World Heavyweight Championship 25
2. Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko 22 April 2006 - present IBF (+WBA, WBO, The Ring) 16
3. United States Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days WBC-to-IBF (+The Ring/Lineal) 20
4. United States Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days World Heavyweight Championship 5
5. United States John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 9 days World Heavyweight Championship 4
6. United States Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 10 days World Heavyweight Championship 8
7. United States James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days World Heavyweight Championship 7
8. Ukraine Vitali Klitschko 5 years, 2 months, 4 days WBC 9
9. United States Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 days NYAC (+WBA, WBC) 9
10. United States James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 days World Heavyweight Championship 1
11. United States Jess Willard 4 years, 2 months, 29 days World Heavyweight Championship 1
12. United Kingdom Lennox Lewis 4 years, 2 months, 15 days WBC (+IBF, WBA stripped, The Ring/Lineal) 9
13. United States Rocky Marciano 3 years, 11 months, 29 days World Heavyweight Championship 6
14. United States Chris Byrd 3 years, 4 months, 8 days IBF 4
15. United States Muhammad Ali 3 years, 3 months, 16 days The Ring/Lineal, (+WBA, WBC stripped) 10
16. United States Mike Tyson 3 years, 2 months, 20 days WBC (+WBA, IBF, The Ring/Lineal) 9
17. United States George Foreman 3 years, 0 months, 17 days Lineal (+WBA, IBF stripped) 3
18. United States Evander Holyfield 3 years, 0 months, 4 days WBA (+IBF) 4
19. Canada Tommy Burns 2 years, 10 months, 3 days World Heavyweight Championship 11
20. United States Michael Spinks 2 years, 9 months, 6 days The Ring/Lineal (+IBF stripped) 3

Unofficial Long Title reigns[edit]

The following title reigns are not recognized as official reigns due to: long periods of inactivity, legitimacy of title, false billing & promotion etc.

Name Title Reign Title Recognition Successful Defenses
N/A Ukraine Vitali Klitschko 9 years, 4 months, 24 days Full WBC-to-WBC Emeritus-to-Full WBC (+The Ring rel) 11
N/A United States Muhammad Ali 7 years, 0 months, 11 days The Ring/Lineal 11
N/A United States James Toney 4 Years, 5 months, 14 days IBA/IBU 3
N/A Denmark Brian Nielsen 3 years, 7 months, 20 days IBO 5

Key[edit]

     Active Title Reign
     Reign has ended

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