List of current world boxing champions

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This is a list of current world boxing champions. Since at least John L. Sullivan, in the late 19th century, there have been world champions in professional boxing. The first of the current organizations to award a world title was the World Boxing Association (WBA), then known as the National Boxing Association (NBA), when it sanctioned its first title fight in 1921 between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier for the world heavyweight championship.

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

There are eighteen weight divisions. To compete in a division, a boxer's weight must not exceed the upper limit. Manny Pacquiao has won world championships in eight weight divisions, more than any other boxer, and is the only one in boxing history to achieve it. The Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, held all four major titles in the heavyweight division from 2011 to 2013; they were the first brothers to hold versions of the heavyweight championship at the same time.[5]

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 have often changed the status of their inactive champions to a "Champion in Recess" or "Champion Emeritus".

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, that boxer is granted a special recognition of "Unified Champion", and is given more time between mandatory title defences. The WBA Championships Committee and President may also designate a champion as a "Super Champion" or "Undisputed Champion" in exceptional circumstances;[1] the standard WBA title is then vacated and contested between WBA-ranked contenders. When a WBA "Regular 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.

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.[7] The WBC established many of today's safety measures in boxing, such as the standing eight count,[8] a limit of 12 rounds instead of 15, and additional weight divisions. More information about the WBC's other titles including "Silver", "Diamond", "Emeritus", "Franchise", "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.[9] In April 1983, the organization established an international division that was known as the United States Boxing Association-International (USBA-I).[9] In May 1984, the New Jersey-based USBA-I was renamed and became the IBF.[9]

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."[10] When a WBO champion has reached "preeminent status", the WBO's Executive Committee may designate him as a "Super Champion".[11] However, this is only an honorary title and not the same as the WBA's policy of having separate "Super" and "Regular" champions. A WBO "Super Champion" cannot win or lose that recognition in the ring; it is merely awarded by the WBO.

The Ring[edit]

The boxing magazine The Ring awards its own belts. The original title sequence began from the magazine's first publication in the 1920s until its titles were placed on hiatus in 1989, continuing as late as 1992 in some divisions. When The Ring started awarding titles again in 2001, it did not calculate retrospective lineages to fill in the gap years, instead nominating a new champion.[12]

In 2007, The Ring was acquired by the owners of fight promoter Golden Boy Promotions,[13] which has publicized The Ring's world championships when they are at stake in fights it promotes (such as Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr. in 2008).[14] Since 2012, to reduce the number of vacant titles, The Ring allows fights between a number one or two contender; or alternatively a number three, four, or five contender to fill a vacant title. This has prompted further doubts about its credibility.[15][16][17] Some boxing journalists have been extremely critical of the new championship policy and state that if this new policy is followed, the Ring title may lose the credibility it once held.[18][19][20]

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 or +224 lb/+101.6 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Oleksandr Usyk
Super champion
19–0 (13 KO)
September 25, 2021
Tyson Fury
32–0–1 (23 KO)
February 22, 2020
Oleksandr Usyk
19–0 (13 KO)
September 25, 2021
Oleksandr Usyk
19–0 (13 KO)
September 25, 2021
Tyson Fury
32–0–1 (23 KO)
February 22, 2020
Trevor Bryan
Regular champion
22–0 (15 KO)
January 29, 2021

Bridgerweight (224 lb/101.6 kg)[edit]

WBC
Óscar Rivas
28–1 (19 KO)
October 22, 2021

Cruiserweight/Junior heavyweight (190 lb/86.2 kg or 200 lb/90.7 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Arsen Goulamirian
Super champion
26–0 (18 KO)
August 31, 2019
Ilunga Makabu
29–2 (25 KO)
January 31, 2020
Mairis Briedis
27–1 (19 KO)
September 26, 2020
Lawrence Okolie
18–0 (14 KO)
March 20, 2021
Mairis Briedis
27–1 (19 KO)
September 26, 2020
Ryad Merhy
Regular champion
30–1 (25 KO)
January 29, 2021

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Dmitry Bivol
Super champion
20–0 (11 KO)
September 23, 2017
Artur Beterbiev
17–0 (17 KO)
October 18, 2019
Artur Beterbiev
17–0 (17 KO)
November 11, 2017
Joe Smith Jr.
28–3 (22 KO)
April 10, 2021
vacant

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Canelo Álvarez
Super champion
57–2–2 (39 KO)
December 19, 2020
Canelo Álvarez
57–2–2 (39 KO)
December 19, 2020
Canelo Álvarez
57–2–2 (39 KO)
November 6, 2021
Canelo Álvarez
57–2–2 (39 KO)
May 8, 2021
Canelo Álvarez
57–2–2 (39 KO)
December 19, 2020
David Morrell
Regular champion
6–0 (5 KO)
January 19, 2021
David Benavidez
Interim champion
26–0 (23 KO)
May 21, 2022

Middleweight (160 lb/72.6 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Gennady Golovkin
Super champion
42–1–1 (37 KO)
April 9, 2022
Jermall Charlo
32–0 (22 KO)
June 26, 2019
Gennady Golovkin
42–1–1 (37 KO)
October 5, 2019
Demetrius Andrade
31–0 (19 KO)
October 20, 2018
vacant
Erislandy Lara
Regular champion
28–3–3 (16 KO)
May 1, 2021
Janibek Alimkhanuly
Interim champion
12–0 (8 KO)
May 21, 2022

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Jermell Charlo
Super champion
35–1–1 (19 KO)
September 26, 2020
Jermell Charlo
35–1–1 (19 KO)
December 21, 2019
Jermell Charlo
35–1–1 (19 KO)
September 26, 2020
Jermell Charlo
35–1–1 (19 KO)
May 14, 2022
Jermell Charlo
35–1–1 (19 KO)
September 26, 2020
Sebastian Fundora
Interim champion
19–0–1 (13 KO)
April 9, 2022

Welterweight (147 lb/66.7 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Errol Spence Jr.
Super champion
28–0 (22 KO)
April 16, 2022
Errol Spence Jr.
28–0 (22 KO)
September 28, 2019
Errol Spence Jr.
28–0 (22 KO)
May 27, 2017
Terence Crawford
38–0 (29 KO)
June 9, 2018
vacant
Eimantas Stanionis
Regular champion
14–0–0–1 (9 KO)
April 16, 2022

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
vacant Josh Taylor
19–0 (13 KO)
May 22, 2021
Josh Taylor
19–0 (13 KO)
May 18, 2019
Josh Taylor
19–0 (13 KO)
May 22, 2021
Josh Taylor
19–0 (13 KO)
October 26, 2019

Lightweight (135 lb/61.2 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
George Kambosos Jr.
Super champion
20–0 (10 KO)
November 27, 2021
Devin Haney
27–0 (15 KO)
October 23, 2019
George Kambosos Jr.
20–0 (10 KO)
November 27, 2021
George Kambosos Jr.
20–0 (10 KO)
November 27, 2021
George Kambosos Jr.
20–0 (10 KO)
November 27, 2021
Gervonta Davis
Regular champion
26–0 (24 KO)
December 28, 2019

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Roger Gutiérrez
25–3–1 (20 KO)
August 28, 2021
Shakur Stevenson
18–0 (9 KO)
April 30, 2022
Kenichi Ogawa
26–1–1–1 (18 KO)
November 27, 2021
Shakur Stevenson
18–0 (9 KO)
October 23, 2021
Shakur Stevenson
18–0 (9 KO)
April 30, 2022

Featherweight (126 lb/57.2 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Léo Santa Cruz
Super champion
38–2–1 (19 KO)
January 28, 2017
Mark Magsayo
24–0 (16 KO)
January 22, 2022
Josh Warrington
31–1–1 (8 KO)
March 26, 2022
Emanuel Navarrete
35–1 (29 KO)
October 9, 2020
vacant
Leigh Wood
Regular champion
26–2 (16 KO)
July 31, 2021

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Murodjon Akhmadaliev
Super champion
10–0 (7 KO)
January 30, 2020
Stephen Fulton Jr.
20–0 (8 KO)
November 27, 2021
Murodjon Akhmadaliev
10–0 (7 KO)
January 30, 2020
Stephen Fulton Jr.
20–0 (8 KO)
January 23, 2021
vacant

Bantamweight (118 lb/53.5 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Naoya Inoue
Super champion
22–0 (19 KO)
November 7, 2019
Nonito Donaire
42–6 (28 KO)
May 29, 2021
Naoya Inoue
22–0 (19 KO)
May 18, 2019
Paul Butler
36–2 (15 KO)
May 3, 2022
Naoya Inoue
22–0 (19 KO)
May 18, 2019

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Juan Francisco Estrada
Super champion
42–3 (28 KO)
March 13, 2021
Jesse Rodríguez
15–0 (10 KO)
February 5, 2022
Fernando Martínez
14–0 (8 KO)
February 26, 2022
Kazuto Ioka
28–2 (15 KO)
June 19, 2019
Juan Francisco Estrada
42–3 (28 KO)
April 26, 2019
Joshua Franco
Regular champion
18–1–2–1 (8 KO)
June 23, 2020

Flyweight (112 lb/50.8 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Artem Dalakian
21–0 (15 KO)
February 24, 2018
Julio Cesar Martinez
18–2–0–2 (14 KO)
December 20, 2019
Sunny Edwards
18–0 (4 KO)
April 30, 2021
Junto Nakatani
23–0 (18 KO)
November 6, 2020
vacant
McWilliams Arroyo
Interim champion
21–4–0–1 (16 KO)
February 27, 2021

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Hiroto Kyoguchi
Super champion
15–0 (10 KO)
December 31, 2018
Ken Shiro
19–1 (11 KO)
March 19, 2022
vacant Jonathan González
25–3–1 (14 KO)
October 17, 2021
Hiroto Kyoguchi
15–0 (10 KO)
December 31, 2018
Esteban Bermudez
Regular champion
14–3–2 (10 KO)
May 28, 2021

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Knockout CP Freshmart
Super champion
23–0 (9 KO)
June 29, 2016
Petchmanee CP Freshmart
38–1 (23 KO)
November 27, 2020
Rene Mark Cuarto
20–2–2 (11 KO)
February 27, 2021
Masataka Taniguchi
16–3 (11 KO)
December 14, 2021
vacant
Erick Rosa
Regular champion
5–0 (1 KO)
December 21, 2021

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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