List of current world boxing champions

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Since at least 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 division, a boxer's weight must not exceed the upper limit. Manny Pacquiao has won world championships in eight different weight divisions, 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 in two weight divisions: 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 division, 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 division. 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 division. 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 division."[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 division 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
63–3–0–0 (53)
July 2, 2011
Bermane Stiverne
 Canada
24–1–1–0 (21)
May 10, 2014
Wladimir Klitschko
 Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
April 22, 2006
Wladimir Klitschko
Super champion
 Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
February 23, 2008
Wladimir Klitschko
 Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
June 20, 2009
Ruslan Chagaev
 Uzbekistan
33–2–1–0 (20)
July 6, 2014
Luis Ortiz
Interim champion
 Cuba
22–0–0–1 (19)
September 11, 2014

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Denis Lebedev
 Russia
26–2–0–0 (20)
October 30, 2012
Grigory Drozd
 Russia
39–1–0–0 (27)
September 27, 2014
Yoan Pablo Hernández
 Cuba
29–1–0–0 (14)
October 1, 2011
Marco Huck
Super champion
 Germany
38–2–1–0 (26)
August 29, 2009
Yoan Pablo Hernández
 Cuba
29–1–0–0 (14)
February 4, 2012
Youri Kayembre Kalenga
Interim champion
 France
21–1–0–0 (14)
June 21, 2014

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Sergey Kovalev
Super champion
 Russia
26–0–1–0 (23)
December 5, 2014
Adonis Stevenson
 Canada
25–1–0–0 (21)
June 8, 2013
Sergey Kovalev
 Russia
26–0–1–0 (23)
November 8, 2014
Sergey Kovalev
 Russia
26–0–1–0 (23)
August 17, 2013
Adonis Stevenson
 Canada
25–1–0–0 (21)
June 8, 2013
Jürgen Brähmer
 Germany
45–2–0–0 (33)
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
Anthony Dirrell
 United States
27–0–1–0 (22)
August 16, 2014
Carl Froch
 United Kingdom
33–2–0–0 (24)
May 26, 2012
Arthur Abraham
 Germany
41–4–0–0 (28)
March 1, 2014
Andre Ward
 United States
27–0–0–0 (14)
December 17, 2011
Carl Froch
Unified champion
 United Kingdom
33–2–0–0 (24)
May 25, 2013
Fedor Chudinov
Interim champion
 Russia
12–0–0–0 (10)
December 11, 2014

Middleweight (160 lb, 72.6 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Gennady Golovkin
Super champion
 Kazakhstan
31–0–0–0 (28)
June 3, 2014
Miguel Cotto
 Puerto Rico
39–4–0–0 (32)
June 7, 2014
Jermain Taylor
 United States
33–4–1–0 (20)
October 8, 2014
Andy Lee
 Ireland
34–2–0–0 (24)
December 13, 2014
Miguel Cotto
 Puerto Rico
39–4–0–0 (32)
June 7, 2014
Daniel Jacobs
 United States
28–1–0–0 (25)
August 9, 2014
Dmitry Chudinov
Interim champion
 Russia
14–0–2–0 (9)
December 21, 2013
Gennady Golovkin
Interim champion
 Kazakhstan
31–0–0–0 (28)
October 18, 2014

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Super champion
 United States
47–0–0–0 (26)
May 5, 2012
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 United States
47–0–0–0 (26)
September 14, 2013
Cornelius Bundrage
 United States
34–5–0–1 (19)
October 11, 2014
Demetrius Andrade
 United States
21–0–0–0 (14)
November 9, 2013
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 United States
47–0–0–0 (26)
September 14, 2013
Erislandy Lara
 Cuba
20–2–2–0 (12)
March 8, 2014

Welterweight (147 lb, 66.7 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Unified champion
 United States
47–0–0–0 (26)
May 3, 2014
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 United States
47–0–0–0 (26)
September 17, 2011
Kell Brook
 United Kingdom
33–0–0–0 (22)
August 16, 2014
Manny Pacquiao
Super champion
 Philippines
57–5–2–0 (38)
April 12, 2014
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 United States
47–0–0–0 (26)
May 4, 2013
Keith Thurman
Interim champion
 United States
24–0–0–1 (21)
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
29–0–0–0 (17)
July 14, 2012
Danny García
 United States
29–0–0–0 (17)
March 24, 2012
Lamont Peterson
 United States
33–2–1–0 (17)
December 10, 2011
vacant Danny García
 United States
29–0–0–0 (17)
July 14, 2012
Jessie Vargas
 United States
26–0–0–0 (9)
April 12, 2014
José Benavidez
Interim champion
 United States
22–0–0–0 (15)
December 13, 2014

Lightweight (135 lb, 61.2 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Richar Abril
 Cuba
19–3–1–0 (8)
February 26, 2013
vacant Mickey Bey
 United States
21–1–1–1 (10)
September 13, 2014
Terence Crawford
 United States
25–0–0–0 (17)
March 1, 2014
Terence Crawford
 United States
25–0–0–0 (17)
November 29, 2014
Darleys Pérez
Interim champion
 Colombia
31–1–0–0 (20)
June 28, 2014
Omar Figueroa
In recess
 United States
24–0–1–0 (18)
November 10, 2014

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
28–2–2–0 (21)
April 8, 2013
Rancés Barthelemy
 Cuba
21–0–0–1 (12)
July 10, 2014
Orlando Salido
 Mexico
42–12–2–1 (29)
October 14, 2014
vacant

Featherweight (126 lb, 57.2 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Nicholas Walters
 Jamaica
25–0–0–0 (21)
December 8, 2012
Jhonny González
 Mexico
57–8–0–0 (48)
August 24, 2013
Evgeny Gradovich
 Russia
19–0–1–0 (9)
March 1, 2013
Vasyl Lomachenko
 Ukraine
3–1–0–0 (1)
June 21, 2014
vacant
Jesús Marcelo Andrés Cuellar
Interim champion
 Argentina
26–1–0–0 (20)
August 23, 2013

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Guillermo Rigondeaux
Unified champion
 Cuba
14–0–0–0 (9)
April 13, 2013
Leo Santa Cruz
 Mexico
28–0–1–0 (16)
August 24, 2013
Carl Frampton
 United Kingdom
19–0–0–0 (13)
September 6, 2014
Guillermo Rigondeaux
 Cuba
14–0–0–0 (9)
April 13, 2013
Scott Quigg
 United Kingdom
30–0–2–0 (22)
September 5, 2013
Óscar Escandón
Interim champion
 Colombia
24–1–0–0 (16)
December 11, 2014

Bantamweight (118 lb, 53.5 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Juan Carlos Payano
Undisputed champion
 Dominican Republic
16–0–0–0 (8)
September 26, 2014
Shinsuke Yamanaka
 Japan
22–0–2–0 (16)
November 6, 2011
Randy Caballero
 United States
22–0–0–0 (13)
October 25, 2014
Tomoki Kameda
 Japan
31–0–0–0 (19)
August 1, 2013
vacant
Jamie McDonnell
 United Kingdom
25–2–1–0 (12)
May 31, 2014
Yonfrez Parejo
Interim champion
 Venezuela
16–1–1–0 (7)
August 30, 2014

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
Carlos Cuadras
 Mexico
31–0–1–0 (25)
May 31, 2014
Zolani Tete
 South Africa
19–3–0–0 (16)
July 18, 2014
Omar Andrés Narváez
Super champion
 Argentina
43–1–2–0 (23)
May 15, 2010
vacant
David Sánchez
Interim champion
 Mexico
26–2–2–0 (20)
May 24, 2014

Flyweight (112 lb, 50.8 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Juan Francisco Estrada
Unified champion
 Mexico
31–2–0–0 (22)
April 6, 2013
Román González
 Nicaragua
41–0–0–0 (35)
September 5, 2014
Amnat Ruenroeng
 Thailand
14–0–0–0 (5)
January 22, 2014
Juan Francisco Estrada
 Mexico
31–2–0–0 (22)
April 6, 2013
Román González
 Nicaragua
41–0–0–0 (35)
September 5, 2014
Juan Carlos Reveco
 Argentina
35–1–0–0 (19)
December 4, 2012

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Alberto Rossel
 Peru
32–8–0–1 (13)
July 8, 2014
vacant Javier Mendoza
 Mexico
22–2–1–0 (18)
September 20, 2014
Donnie Nietes
 Philippines
34–1–4–0 (20)
October 8, 2011
Donnie Nietes
 Philippines
34–1–4–0 (20)
May 10, 2014
Randy Petalcorin
Interim champion
 Philippines
22–1–1–0 (17)
August 26, 2014

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Hekkie Budler
 South Africa
27–1–0–0 (9)
March 1, 2014
Wanheng Menayothin
 Thailand
36–0–0–0 (12)
November 6, 2014
vacant vacant vacant
Knockout CP Freshmart
Interim champion
 Thailand
9–0–0–0 (5)
October 1, 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Specific
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  4. ^ "World Boxing Organization Regulations of World Championship Contests". World Boxing Organization. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
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  11. ^ "WBO logo". World Boxing Organization. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
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