List of welterweight boxing champions

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

19 March 1913 25 October 1913 Pat Bradley World
21 March 1914 1 June 1915 Matt Wells World
1 June 1915 22 June 1915 Mike Glover World
22 June 1915 31 August 1915 Jack Britton World
31 August 1915 24 April 1916 Ted "Kid" Lewis World
24 April 1916 25 June 1917 Jack Britton World
25 June 1917 17 March 1919 Ted "Kid" Lewis World
17 March 1919 1 November 1922 Jack Britton World
1 November 1922 20 May 1926 Mickey Walker World
20 May 1926 3 June 1927 Pete Latzo World
3 June 1927 25 July 1929 Joe Dundee World
25 July 1929 9 May 1930 Jackie Fields World
9 May 1930 5 September 1930 Jack Thompson World
5 September 1930 14 April 1931 Tommy Freeman World
14 April 1931 23 October 1931 Jack Thompson World
23 October 1931 28 January 1932 Lou Brouillard World
28 January 1932 22 February 1933 Jackie Fields World
22 February 1933 29 May 1933 Young Corbett III World
29 May 1933 28 May 1934 Jimmy McLarnin World
28 May 1934 17 September 1934 Barney Ross World
17 September 1934 28 May 1935 Jimmy McLarnin World
28 May 1935 31 May 1938 Barney Ross World
31 May 1938 4 October 1940 United StatesHenry Armstrong World
4 October 1940 29 July 1941 Fritzie Zivic World
29 July 1941 1 February 1946 Freddie 'Red' Cochrane World
1 February 1946 1 February 1946-Vacated Marty Servo World
20 December 1946 9 August 1950-Vacated United StatesSugar Ray Robinson World
14 March 1951 18 May 1951 Johnny Bratton World
18 May 1951 29 August 1951 CubaKid Gavilán World
4 February 1952 20 October 1954 CubaKid Gavilán World
20 October 1954 1 April 1955 Johnny Saxton World
1 April 1955 10 June 1955 Tony DeMarco World
10 June 1955 14 March 1956 Carmen Basilio World
14 March 1956 12 September 1956 Johnny Saxton World
12 September 1956 22 February 1957-Vacated Carmen Basilio World
6 June 1958 5 December 1958 Virgil Akins World
5 December 1958 27 May 1960 Don Jordan World
27 May 1960 1 April 1961 CubaBenny 'Kid' Paret World
1 April 1961 30 September 1961 Emile Griffith World
30 September 1961 24 March 1962 CubaBenny 'Kid' Paret World
24 March 1962 21 March 1963 Emile Griffith World
21 March 1963 8 June 1963 CubaLuis Manuel Rodríguez World
8 June 1963 10 December 1965-Vacated Emile Griffith World
28 November 1966 18 April 1969 Curtis Cokes World
18 April 1969 3 December 1970 CubaJosé Nápoles World
Title Split into WBA and WBC Belts
3 December 1970 4 June 1971 Billy Backus WBA/WBC
4 June 1971 6 December 1975 CubaJosé Nápoles WBA/WBC
16 September 1981 9 November 1982-Retires United StatesSugar Ray Leonard WBA/WBC
Title Split into WBA, WBC, and IBF Belts
6 December 1985 27 September 1986 Donald Curry WBA/WBC/IBF
27 September 1986 22 August 1987 Lloyd Honeyghan WBA/WBC/IBF

WBC[edit]

Separate WBA and WBC champions began when José Nápoles gives up WBA title[1]
8 December 1962 21 March 1963 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith WBC
21 March 1963 8 June 1963 Cuba Luis Manuel Rodriguez WBC
8 June 1963 25 April 1966-Vacated United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith WBC
28 November 1966 18 April 1969 United States Curtis Cokes WBC
18 April 1969 3 December 1970 Cuba Jose Napoles WBC
3 December 1970 4 June 1971 United States Billy Backus WBC
4 June 1971 6 December 1975 Cuba Jose Napoles WBC
6 December 1975 22 June 1976 United Kingdom John H Stracey WBC
22 June 1976 14 January 1979 Mexico Carlos Palomino WBC
14 January 1979 30 November 1979 Puerto Rico Wilfred Benítez WBC
30 November 1979 20 June 1980 United States Sugar Ray Leonard WBC
20 June 1980 25 November 1980 Panama Roberto Durán WBC
25 November 1980 9 November 1982-Retired United States Sugar Ray Leonard WBC
13 August 1983 6 December 1985 United States Milton McCrory WBC
6 December 1985 27 September 1986 United States Donald Curry WBC
27 September 1986 28 October 1987 United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan WBC
28 October 1987 29 March 1988 Mexico Jorge Vaca WBC
29 March 1988 4 February 1989 United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan WBC
4 February 1989 19 August 1990 United States Marlon Starling WBC
19 August 1990 18 March 1991 United States Maurice Blocker WBC
18 March 1991 29 November 1991 Jamaica Simon Brown WBC
29 November 1991 6 March 1993 United States James McGirt WBC
6 March 1993 12 April 1997 United States Pernell Whitaker WBC
12 April 1997 18 September 1999 United States Oscar De La Hoya WBC
18 September 1999 3 March 2000- Vacated Puerto Rico Félix Trinidad WBC
4 March 2000 17 June 2000 United States Oscar De La Hoya WBC
17 June 2000 26 January 2002 United States Shane Mosley WBC
26 January 2002 25 January 2003 United States Vernon Forrest WBC
25 January 2003 13 December 2003 Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga WBC
13 December 2003 5 February 2005 United States Cory Spinks WBC
5 February 2005 7 January 2006 United States Zab Judah WBC
7 January 2006 4 November 2006 Argentina Carlos Manuel Baldomir WBC
4 November 2006 6 June 2008- Retired United States Floyd Mayweather WBC
21 June 2008 16 April 2011 United States Andre Berto WBC
16 April 2011 17 September 2011 United States Victor Ortiz WBC
17 September 2011 Present United States Floyd Mayweather WBC

WBA[edit]

8 December 1962 21 March 1963 United States Virgin IslandsEmile Griffith WBA
21 March 1963 8 June 1963 Cuba Luis Manuel Rodriguez WBA
8 June 1963 25 April 1966-Vacated United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith WBA
24 August 1966 18 April 1969 United States Curtis Cokes WBA
18 April 1969 3 December 1970 Cuba Jose Napoles WBA
3 December 1970 4 June 1971 United States Billy Backus WBA
4 June 1971 1975-Stripped Cuba Jose Napoles WBA
28 June 1975 17 July 1976 Puerto Rico Ángel Espada WBA
17 July 1976 2 August 1980 Mexico Pipino Cuevas WBA
2 August 1980 16 September 1981 United States Thomas Hearns WBA
16 September 1981 9 November 1982-Retired United States Sugar Ray Leonard WBA
13 February 1983 27 September 1986 United States Donald Curry WBA
27 September 1986 1987-Vacated United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan WBA
6 February 1987 22 August 1987 United States Mark Breland WBA
22 August 1987 29 July 1988 United States Marlon Starling WBA
29 July 1988 12 December 1988-Vacated Colombia Tomas Molinares WBA
4 February 1989 8 July 1990 United States Mark Breland WBA
8 July 1990 19 January 1991 United States Aaron Davis WBA
19 January 1991 31 October 1992 United States Meldrick Taylor WBA
31 October 1992 4 June 1994 Venezuela Crisanto España WBA
4 June 1994 17 October 1997-Vacated Ghana Ike Quartey WBA
10 October 1998 2000-Stripped United States James Page WBA
17 February 2001 30 March 2002 Guyana Andrew Lewis WBA
30 March 2002 13 December 2003 Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga WBA Super Champion
12 September 2003 2 April 2005 United States Jose Antonio Rivera WBA Regular Champion
13 December 2003 5 February 2005 United States Cory Spinks WBA Super Champion
5 February 2005 7 January 2006-Stripped United States Zab Judah WBA Super Champion
2 April 2005 13 May 2006 United States Luis Collazo WBA Regular Champion
13 May 2006 31 August 2006-Vacated United Kingdom Ricky Hatton WBA
2 December 2006 26 July 2008 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto WBA
26 July 2008 24 January 2009 Mexico Antonio Margarito WBA Super Champion
3 October 2008 10 April 2009 Ukraine Yuriy Nuzhnenko WBA Regular Champion
24 January 2009 22 May 2010-Stripped United States Shane Mosley WBA Super Champion
10 April 2009 29 April 2012 Ukraine Vyacheslav Senchenko WBA Regular Champion
29 April 2012 22 June 2013 United States Paul Malignaggi WBA
22 June 2013 14 December 2013 United States Adrien Broner WBA
14 December 2013 03 May 2014 Argentina Marcos Maidana WBA
Present United States Floyd Mayweather Jr

IBF[edit]

Title inaugurated
4 February 1984 27 September 1986 United States Donald Curry IBF
27 September 1986 28 October 1987-Stripped United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan IBF
23 April 1988 4 October 1991-Vacated United States Simon Brown IBF
4 October 1991 19 June 1993 United States Maurice Blocker IBF
19 June 1993 3 March 2000-Vacated Puerto Rico Félix Trinidad IBF
12 May 2001 12 December 2001-Vacated United States Vernon Forrest IBF
13 April 2002 22 March 2003 Italy Michele Piccirillo IBF
22 March 2003 5 February 2005 United States Cory Spinks IBF
5 February 2005 8 April 2006 United States Zab Judah IBF
8 April 2006 20 June 2006-Vacated United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. IBF
28 October 2006 12 April 2008 Puerto Rico Kermit Cintron IBF
12 April 2008 July 2008-Stripped Mexico Antonio Margarito IBF
2 August 2008 16 April 2009-Vacated Ghana Joshua Clottey IBF
1 August 2009 11 December 2009 South Africa Isaac Hlatshwayo IBF
11 December 2009 3 September 2011 Slovenia Dejan Zavec IBF
3 September 2011 8 November 2011-Vacated United States Andre Berto IBF
9 June 2012 20 October 2012 United States Randall Bailey IBF
20 October 2012 7 December 2013 United States Devon Alexander IBF
7 December 2013 Present United States Shawn Porter IBF

WBO[edit]

Title inaugurated
6 May 1989 15 December 1989-Vacated Mexico Genaro Leon WBO
15 December 1989 12 February 1993 United States Manning Galloway WBO
12 February 1993 16 October 1993-Vacated Denmark Gert Bo Jacobsen WBO
16 October 1993 13 April 1996 Northern Ireland Eammon Loughran WBO
13 April 1996 6 October 1996-Vacated Mexico José Luis López WBO
22 February 1997 1997-Vacated Romania Michael Loewe WBO
14 February 1998 6 May 2000 Russia Ahmed Kotiev WBO
6 May 2000 16 March 2002-Vacated Puerto Rico Daniel Santos WBO
16 March 2002 14 July 2007 Mexico Antonio Margarito WBO
14 July 2007 9 February 2008 United States Paul Williams WBO
9 February 2008 7 June 2008 Puerto Rico Carlos Quintana WBO
7 June 2008 12 November 2008-Vacated United States Paul Williams WBO
21 February 2009 14 November 2009 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto WBO
14 November 2009 9 June 2012 Philippines Manny Pacquiao WBO
9 June 2012 12 April 2014 United States Timothy Bradley WBO
12 April 2014 Present Philippines Manny Pacquiao WBO

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books. p. 159. ISBN 0-7858-0641-5.