List of Mexican boxing world champions

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In Mexico, boxing is considered a major sport, having produced over 200 world champions in professional boxing.[1] Mexico ranks second worldwide between countries with most boxing world champions and is the second country to have world champions accredited in all of the current boxing divisions

Boxing in Mexico[edit]

Boxing is a particular means of demonstrating rivalry not only between fans of individual boxers, but also between native-born Mexicans, between Mexicans and people of other nations, and between the populations of various Mexican regions. Mexican fighters and American fighters of Mexican descent have a long-standing rivalry with Puerto-Rican and Puerto-Rican American fighters.[2]

List of world champions[edit]

  • Note: This list does not include Mexican women world boxing champions such as Jackie Nava.
  •  M  Major Organization
  •  U  Undisputed World Championship
  •  L  Lineal World Championship
  •  S  Super World Championship

This compendium uses the same parameters used by the Mexico Boxing Commission to classify champions. Minor or interim titlists are not included.

Number Name Date Titles Successful defenses References
Solly Smith October 4, 1897 Featherweight (L & M) 0 [I]
1 Battling Shaw February 20, 1933 Light welterweight (L & M) 0 [II]
Richie Lemos July 1, 1941 Featherweight (M) 0 [III]
Manuel Ortiz August 7, 1942 Bantamweight (M) 20 [IV]
2 Juan Zurita March 8, 1944 Lightweight (M) 0 [V]
3 Lauro Salas May 14, 1952 Lightweight (L & M) 0 [VI]
4 Raúl Macías March 9, 1955 Bantamweight (M) 2 [VII]
5 José Becerra July 8, 1959 Bantamweight (L & M) 2 [VIII]
6 Sugar Ramos March 21, 1963 Featherweight (L, M & M) 3
7 Vicente Saldivar September 26, 1964 Featherweight (U, L, M & M) 7 [IX]
Raul Rojas March 28, 1968 Featherweight (M) 0 [X]
Mando Ramos February 18, 1969 Lightweight (M & M) 3 [XI]
8 Efren Torres February 23, 1969 Flyweight (L & M) 1 [XII]
9 José Nápoles April 18, 1969 Welterweight (L, M & M) 13
10 Rubén Olivares August 22, 1969 Bantamweight (U, L, M & M), Featherweight (M) 4 and 0[XIII]
11 Chucho Castillo October 16, 1970 Bantamweight (U, L, M & M) 0 [XIV]
12 Ricardo Arredondo October 10, 1971 Super Featherweight (M) 5 [XV]
13 Rafael Herrera March 19, 1972 Bantamweight (U, L, M & M) 2 [XVI]
14 Clemente Sánchez May 19, 1972 Featherweight (L & M) 0 [XVII]
15 Chango Carmona September 15, 1972 Lightweight (M) 0 [XVIII]
16 Rodolfo González November 10, 1972 Lightweight (M) 2 [XIX]
17 Romeo Anaya January 20, 1973 Bantamweight (L & M) 2 [XX]
Bobby Chacon September 7, 1974 Featherweight (M), Super Featherweight (M) 1 and 1 [XXI]
18 Rodolfo Martínez December 7, 1974 Bantamweight (M) 3 [XXII]
18 Oscar Albarado June 4, 1974 Light Middleweight (M) 1 [XXII]
19 Miguel Canto January 8, 1975 Flyweight (L & M) 14 [XXIII]
20 Alfonso Zamora March 14, 1975 Bantamweight (L & M) 5 [XXIV]
21 Carlos Zárate May 8, 1976 Bantamweight (M) 9 [XXV]
22 Carlos Palomino June 22, 1976 Welterweight (L & M) 7 [XXVI]
23 Pipino Cuevas July 17, 1976 Welterweight (M) 11[XXVII]
24 Guty Espadas October 10, 1976 Flyweight (M) 4 [XXVIII]
Danny Lopez November 6, 1976 Featherweight ( M) 8[XXIV]
25 Freddy Castillo February 19, 1978 Light Flyweight (M) 0 [XXX]
26 Lupe Pintor June 3, 1979 Bantamweight (M), Super Bantamweight (M) 8 and 0 [XXXI]
27 Salvador Sánchez February 2, 1980 Featherweight (L & M) 9 [XXXII]
28 Rafael Limón December 11, 1980 Super Featherweight (M) 2 [XXXIII]
29 Antonio Avelar May 12, 1981 Flyweight (L & M) 1 [XXXIV]
30 Pedro Flores March 8, 1981 Light Flyweight (M) 0 [XXXV]
31 Juan Herrera September 26, 1981 Flyweight (M) 1 [XXXVI]
32 Amado Ursua February 6, 1982 Light Flyweight (M) 0 [XXXVII]
Arturo Frias December 5, 1981 Lightweight (M) 0 [CLXXXVIII]
Jaime Garza June 15, 1983 Super Bantamweight (M) 1 [XXXVIII]
33 Lupe Madera July 10, 1983 Light Flyweight (M) 1 [XXXIV]
Alberto Davila September 1, 1983 Featherweight (M) 1 [XL]
Richie Sandoval April 7, 1984 Bantamweight (L & M) 2 [CLXXXIX]
34 Gabriel Bernal April 9, 1984 Flyweight (L & M) 1 [XLI]
35 Juan Meza November 3, 1984 Super Bantamweight (M) 1 [XLII]
36 Julio César Chávez September 13, 1984 Super featherweight (M), lightweight (L & M), light welterweight (L & M) 9, 2,16 (27) [XLIII]
37 José Luis Ramírez November 3, 1984 Lightweight (M) 2 [XLIV]
38 Daniel Zaragoza May 4, 1985 Bantamweight (M), Super Bantamweight (M) 0 and 11 [XLV]
Gaby Canizales March 10, 1986 Bantamweight (M & M) 0 [XLVI]
39 Gilberto Román March 30, 1986 Super Flyweight (L & M) 11 [XLVII]
Steve Cruz June 23, 1986 Featherweight (M) 0 [XLVIII]
40 Rene Arredondo May 5, 1986 Light Welterweight (M) 0 [XLIV]
Louie Espinoza January 16, 1987 Super Bantamweight (M), Featherweight (M) 2 and 0 [L]
41 Lupe Aquino July 12, 1987 Light Middleweight (M) 0 [LI]
42 Jorge Vaca October 28, 1987 Welterweight (L & M) 0 [LII]
43 Jorge Páez August 4, 1988 Featherweight (M & M) 8 [LIII]
Orlando Canizales July 9, 1988 Bantamweight (M) 16 [LIV]
Tony Lopez July 23, 1988 Super Featherweight ( M), Lightweight ( M) 5 and 1[LV]
44 Raúl Pérez August 29, 1988 Bantamweight (M), Super Bantamweight (M) 6 and 0 [LVI]
45 Germán Torres December 11, 1988 Light Flyweight (M) 0 [LVII]
46 Mauricio Aceves January 20, 1989 Light welterweight (M) 1 [LVIII]
47 Genaro Léon May 6, 1989 Welterweight (M) 0 [LVIX]
48 Humberto González June 25, 1989 Light Flyweight (M & M) 12 [LX]
Robert Quiroga April 21, 1990 Light Flyweight (M) 5 [LXI]
49 Marcos Villasana June 2, 1990 Featherweight (M) 3 [LXII]
Michael Carbajal July 29, 1990 Light Flyweight (M, M & M) 11 [LXIII]
Loreto Garza August 17, 1990 Light Welterweight (M) 1 [LXIV]
50 Isidro Pérez August 18, 1990 Flyweight (M) 1 [LXV]
51 Ricardo López October 25, 1990 Minimumweight (L, M, M & M), Light Flyweight (M) 22 and 2 (24) [LXVI]
52 Melchor Cob Castro March 25, 1991 light flyweight (M & M) 0 [LXVII]
53 Manuel Medina August 12, 1991 Featherweight (M & M) 5 [LXVIII]
Genaro Hernández November 22, 1991 Super Featherweight (M & M) 11 [LXIX]
54 José Quirino February 22, 1992 Super Flyweight (M) 0 [ LXX]
55 Carlos González June 29, 1992 Light Welterweight (M) 3 [LXXI]
56 Miguel Ángel González August 24, 1992 Lightweight (M) 10 [LXXII]
57 Victor Rabanales September 17, 1992 Bantamweight (M) 1 [LXXIII]
58 Julio César Borboa January 16, 1993 Super Flyweight (M) 5 [LXXIV]
59 Gregorio Vargas April 28, 1993 Featherweight (M) 0 [LXXV]
Zack Padilla July 7, 1993 Light Welterweight (M) 4 [LXXVI]
60 José Luis Bueno November 13, 1993 Super Flyweight (L & M) 0 [LXXVII]
61 Gabriel Ruelas February 19, 1994 Lightweight (M)
Super Featherweight (M)
2 [LXXVIII]
Oscar De La Hoya March 5, 1994 Super featherweight (M), Lightweight (M), Light Welterweight (L & M), welterweight (L & M), Light Middleweight (L, M & M) and Middleweight (M) 1, 6, 1, 7, 2, 0(17) [LXXIX]
Jesse James Leija May 7, 1994 Super Featherweight (M) 0 [LXXX]
Johnny Tapia October 24, 1994 Super Flyweight (M & M), Bantamweight (M & M), Featherweight (M ) 12, 1 and 0 [LXXXII]
62 Alejandro González January 7, 1995 Featherweight (M) 2 [LXXXIII]
63 Alberto Jiménez February 11, 1995 Flyweight (M) 4 [LXXXIV]
64 Marco Antonio Barrera March 31, 1995 Super Bantamweight (M), Featherweight (L & M, Super Featherweight (M & M) 13, 0, and 4(17) [LXXXV]
Danny Romero April 22, 1995 Flyweight (M), Super Flyweight (M) 1 and 2[LXXXVI]
65 José Luis López March 13, 1996 Welterweight (M) 1 [LXXXVII]
Raúl Márquez April 12, 1997 Light Middleweight (M) 2 [LXXXVIII]
66 Jesús Chong May 31, 1997 Light Flyweight (M) 0 [LXXXIX]
67 Erik Morales September 6, 1997 Super Bantamweight (M & M), Featherweight (M), Super Featherweight (M & M) 9, 3, 1 and 0(13) [XC]
68 Yori Boy Campas December 6, 1997 Light Middleweight (M) 3 [XCI]
69 Hector Lizarraga December 13, 1997 Featherweight (M) 0 [XCII]
70 Enrique Sánchez February 8, 1998 Super Bantamweight (M) 2 [XCIII]
Roberto García March 13, 1998 Super Featherweight (M) 2 [XCIV]
71 Juan José Estrada May 28, 1998 Super Bantamweight (M) 2 [XCV]
72 César Bazán June 13, 1998 Lightweight (M) 2 [XCVI]
73 Ruben Sánchez León August 14, 1998 Flyweight (M) 1 [XCVII]
74 Néstor Garza December 12, 1998 Flyweight (M) 3 [XCVIII]
Fernando Vargas December 12, 1998 Light Middleweight (M & M) 5 [XCIX]
75 César Soto May 15, 1999 Featherweight (M) 0 [C]
76 Diego Morales June 7, 1999 Super Flyweight (M) 1 [CI]
77 Isidro García December 18, 1999 Flyweight (M) 1 [CII]
78 José Antonio Aguirre February 11, 2000 Minimumweight (M) 7 [CIII]
79 Guty Espadas, Jr. April 14, 2000 Featherweight (M) 1 [CIV]
80 José Luis Castillo June 17, 2000 Lightweight (L & M) 5 [CV]
Willie Jorrín September 9, 2000 Super Bantamweight (M) 0 [CVI]
81 Fernando Montiel December 15, 2000 Flyweight (M), Super Flyweight (M), Bantamweight (M & M) 3, 8 and 1(12) [CVII]
82 Roberto Carlos Leyva April 29, 2001 Minimumweight (M) 0 [CVIII]
83 Cruz Carbajal March 15, 2002 Bantamweight (M) 2 [CIX]
84 Antonio Margarito March 16, 2002 Welterweight (M) 7 [CLXXXVII]
85 Jorge Arce July 6, 2002 Light flyweight (L & M), Flyweight (IM), Super flyweight (M), Super Bantamweight (M) 8, 0, 1 and 0[CX]
86 Óscar Larios August 24, 2002 Super Bantamweight (M), Featherweight (M) 7, 1 [CXI]
87 Juan Manuel Márquez February 1, 2003 Featherweight (M & M), Super Featherweight (M), lightweight (L, M & M) 4, 1, 2 and 0 [CXII]
88 Rafael Márquez February 15, 2003 Super Bantamweight (L, M & M) 7 and 0 [CXIII]
89 Víctor Burgos February 15, 2003 light flyweight (M) 1 [CXIV]
90 Alejandro García March 1, 2003 Light Middleweight (M) 1 [CXV]
91 Edgar Cardenas May 31, 2003 Minimumweight (M) 0 [CXVI]
92 Jesús Chávez August 15, 2003 Super Featherweight (M), Lightweight (M) 0 and 0 [CXVII]
93 Julio César González October 18, 2003 Light Heavyweight (L & M) 0 [CXVIII]
94 Javier Jauregui November 22, 2003 Lightweight (M) 0 [CXIX]
95 Israel Vázquez March 25, 2004 Super Bantamweight (L & M) 5 [CXX]
96 Julio Díaz May 13, 2004 Lightweight (M)) 0 [CXXI]
Juan Díaz July 17, 2004 Lightweight (M), light welterweight (M) 7 [CXXII]
97 Ivan Hernández September 25, 2004 Super Flyweight (M) 0 [CXXIII]
98 Isaac Bustos December 18, 2004 Minimumweight (M) 0 [CXXIV]
99 Eric Ortiz March 11, 2005 Light Flyweight (M) 0 [CXXV]
100 Martín Castillo March 19, 2005 super flyweight (M) 3 [CXXVI]
101 Hugo Fidel Cázares April 30, 2005 Light flyweight (L & M), Super flyweight (M) 5, 4 [CXXVII]
102 Daniel Ponce de León October 29, 2005 Super Bantamweight (M), Featherweight (M) 7, 0 [CXXVIII]
103 Jhonny González October 29, 2005 Bantamweight (M), Featherweight (M) 2, 6 [CXXIX]
104 Ulises Solís January 7, 2006 Light Flyweight (M) 8 [CXXX]
105 Rodolfo López July 30, 2006 Featherweight (M) 0 [CXXXI]
David Díaz August 12, 2006 Lightweight (M) 1 [CXXXII]
Robert Guerrero September 2, 2006 Featherweight (M), Super Featherweight (M) 2, 0 [CXXXIII]
106 Omar Niño Romero August 10, 2006 Light Flyweight (M) 2 [CXXXIV]
107 Edgar Sosa April 14, 2007 Light Flyweight (M) 10 [CXXXV]
108 Cristian Mijares January 3, 2007 Super Flyweight (M & M & M) 7 [CXXXVI]
Steven Luevano July 14, 2007 Featherweight (M) 4 [CXXXVII]
109 Raúl García June 14, 2008 Minimumweight (M & M) 5 [CXXXVIII]
110 Cristobal Cruz October 23, 2008 Featherweight (M) 3 [CXXXIX]
111 Humberto Soto December 20, 2008 Super Featherweight (M), Lightweight (M) 3 and 4 [CXL]
112 Giovani Segura July 25, 2009 Light flyweight (L, M & M) 4 [CXLI]
113 Juan Carlos Salgado October 10, 2009 Super Featherweight (M) 3 [CXLII]
114 Antonio DeMarco October 31, 2009 Lightweight (M) 2 [CXLIII]
115 Orlando Salido May 15, 2010 Featherweight (M & M), Super Featherweight (M) 2, and 0 [CXLIV]
116 Julio César Miranda June 12, 2010 Flyweight (M) 3 [CXLV]
117 Miguel Vázquez August 14, 2010 Lightweight (M) 6 [CXLVI]
118 Tomás Rojas September 20, 2010 Super Flyweight (M) 3 [CXLVII]
119 Gilberto Keb Baas November 7, 2010 Light Flyweight (M) 1 [CXLVIII]
Brandon Ríos February 26, 2011 Lightweight (M) 0 [CXLIX]
120 Hernan Márquez April 2, 2011 Flyweight (M) 2 [CL]
121 Canelo Álvarez March 5, 2011 Super Welterweight (M), Middleweight (L and M) 6, 2, 0 [CLI]
Victor Ortiz March 16, 2011 Welterweight (M) 0 [CLII]
122 Ramón García Hirales April 30, 2011 Light Flyweight (M) 0 [CLIII]
123 Adrián Hernández April 30, 2011 Light Flyweight (M) 5 [CLIV]
124 Julio César Chávez Jr. June 4, 2011 Middleweight (M) 3 [CLV]
125 Abner Mares August 13, 2011 Bantamweight (M) 1,1,1 [CLVI]
126 Moisés Fuentes August 27, 2011 Minimumweight ( M) 2 [CLVII]
127 Rodrigo Guerrero October 8, 2011 Super Flyweight (M) 0 [CLVIII]
128 Juan Carlos Sánchez Jr. February 11, 2012 Super Flyweight (M) 2 [CLIX]
129 Leodegario Santa Cruz June 2, 2012 Bantamweight (M) 3,4, and 4
130 Mario Rodriguez September 1, 2012 Minimumweight (M) 0 [CLXI]
131 Gamaliel Díaz October 27, 2012 Super Featherweight (M) 0 [CLXII]
Mikey Garcia January 19, 2013 Featherweight (M), Super Featherweight (M), Lightweight (M) & Junior Welterweight (M) 0, 1, 1, 0 [CLXIII]
132 Juan Francisco Estrada April 6, 2013 Flyweight (M) 5, 1 [CLXIV]
133 Victor Terrazas April 20, 2013 Super Bantamweight (M) 0 [CLXV]
134 Carlos Amado Molina September 14, 2013 Light Middleweight (M) 0 [CLXVI]
135 Oswaldo Novoa February 5, 2014 Minimumweight (M) 1 [CLXVII]
136 Francisco Rodriguez, Jr. March 23, 2014 Minimumweight (M) 2 [CLXVIII]
137 Carlos Cuadras May 31, 2014 Super Flyweight (M) 5 [CLXIX]
138 Javier Mendoza September 26, 2014 Junior Flyweight (M) 1 [CLXX]
139 Pedro Guevara December 30, 2014 Light flyweight (M) 2 [CLXXI]
140 Julio Ceja November 1, 2015 Super Bantamweight (M) 0 [CLXXII]
141 Francisco Vargas November 21, 2015 Super Featherweight (M) 1 [CLXXIII]
142 Jose Argumedo December 31, 2015 Minimumweight (M) 3 [CLXXIV]
143 Hugo Ruiz February 27, 2016 Super Bantamweight (M) 0 [CLXXV]
144 Ganigan López March 3, 2016 Light Flyweight (M) 1 [CLXXVI]
145 Gilberto Ramírez April 19, 2016 Super Middleweight (M) 5 [CLXXVII]
146 Óscar Valdez July 23, 2016 Featherweight (M) 6 [CLXXVIII]
Jessie Magdaleno November 5, 2016 Super bantamweight (M) 1 [CLXXIX]
147 Miguel Berchelt January 28, 2017 Super featherweight (M) 5 [CLXXX]
148 Rey Vargas February 25, 2017 Super bantamweight (M) 5 [CLXXXI]
149 Juan Hernández March 4, 2017 Flyweight (M) 0 [CLXXXII]
150 Luis Nery August 15, 2017 Bantamweight (M) 0 [CLXXXIII]
David Benavidez September 8, 2017 Super Middleweight (M) 1 [CLXXXIV]
151 Ray Beltrán February 16, 2018 Lightweight (M) 0 [CLXXXV]
152 Jaime Munguia May 12, 2018 Light Middleweight (M) 5 [CLXXXVI]
153 Carlos Licona December 1, 2018 Minimumweight (M) 0 [CLXXXVII]
154 Emanuel Navarrete December 8, 2018 Super Bantamweight (M) 3 [CLXXXVIII]
155 Andy Ruiz Jr. June 1, 2019 Heavyweight (M, L and M) 0 [CLXXXVIV]
156 Elwin Soto June 21, 2019 Light Flyweight (L & M) 0 [I]

 †  indicates foreigner-born boxer that represents Mexico due to parent's nationality, residence or other circumstances.
 †  indicates foreign boxer of Mexican heritage that doesn't represent Mexico.
 †  indicates Mexican-born boxer that represents another nation.

Current titleholders[edit]

Name Organization Division Date won
Elwin Soto WBO Light flyweight June 21, 2019
Juan Francisco Estrada WBC Super flyweight April 26, 2019
Emanuel Navarrete WBO Super bantamweight August 8, 2018
Rey Vargas WBC Super bantamweight February 25, 2017
Óscar Valdez WBO Featherweight July 23, 2016
Léo Santa Cruz WBA Featherweight January 28, 2017
Miguel Berchelt WBC Super featherweight January 28, 2017
Jaime Munguia WBO Super welterweight May 12, 2018
Saúl Álvarez WBC, WBA, IBF Middleweight September 15, 2018
Andy Ruiz Jr. WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA Heavyweight June 1, 2019

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "World Champions By Nationality: Mexican World Champions". BoxRec.
  2. ^ "The Mexican rivalry transcends boxing". ESPN. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2011-04-25.

Notes[edit]

I^ :Professional boxing record for Solly Smith from BoxRec
II^ :Professional boxing record for Battling Shaw from BoxRec
III^ :Professional boxing record for Richie Lemos from BoxRec
IV^ :Professional boxing record for Manuel Ortiz from BoxRec
V^ :Professional boxing record for Juan Zurita from BoxRec
VI^ :Professional boxing record for Lauro Salas from BoxRec
VII^ :Professional boxing record for Raúl Macías from BoxRec
VIII^ :Professional boxing record for Jose Becerra from BoxRec
IX^ :Professional boxing record for Vicente Saldivar from BoxRec
X^ :Professional boxing record for Raul Rojas from BoxRec
XI^ :Professional boxing record for Mando Ramos from BoxRec
XII^ :Professional boxing record for Efren Torres from BoxRec
XIII^ :Professional boxing record for Rubén Olivares from BoxRec
XIV^ :Professional boxing record for Chucho Castillo from BoxRec
XV^ :Professional boxing record for Ricardo Arredondo from BoxRec
XVI^ :Professional boxing record for Rafael Herrera from BoxRec
XVII^ :Professional boxing record for Clemente Sánchez from BoxRec
XVIII^ :Professional boxing record for Chango Carmona from BoxRec
XIX^ :Professional boxing record for Rodolfo González from BoxRec
XX^ :Professional boxing record for Romeo Anaya from BoxRec
XXI^ :Professional boxing record for Bobby Chacon from BoxRec
XXII^ :Professional boxing record for Rodolfo Martínez from BoxRec
XXIII^ :Professional boxing record for Miguel Canto from BoxRec
XXIV^ :Professional boxing record for Alfonso Zamora from BoxRec
XXV^ :Professional boxing record for Carlos Zárate from BoxRec
XXVI^ :Professional boxing record for Carlos Palomino from BoxRec
XXVII^ :Professional boxing record for Pipino Cuevas from BoxRec
XXVIII^ :Professional boxing record for Guty Espadas from BoxRec
XXIX^ :Professional boxing record for Danny Lopez from BoxRec
XXX^ :Professional boxing record for Freddy Castillo from BoxRec
XXXI^ :Professional boxing record for Lupe Pintor from BoxRec
XXXII^ :Professional boxing record for Salvador Sánchez from BoxRec
XXXIII^ :Professional boxing record for Rafael Limón from BoxRec
XXXIV^ :Professional boxing record for Antonio Avelar from BoxRec
XXXV^ :Professional boxing record for Pedro Flores from BoxRec
XXXVI^ :Professional boxing record for Juan Herrera from BoxRec
XXXVII^ :Professional boxing record for Amado Ursua from BoxRec
XXXVIII^ :Professional boxing record for Jaime Garza from BoxRec
XXXIX^ :Professional boxing record for Lupe Madera from BoxRec
XL^ :Professional boxing record for Alberto Davila from BoxRec

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