List of WBC world champions

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This is a list of WBC world champions, showing every world champion certificated by the World Boxing Council (WBC). The WBC is one of the four major governing bodies in professional boxing, and certifies world champions in 17 different weight classes. In 1963, the year of its foundation, the WBC inaugurated titles in all divisions with the exception of light flyweight, super flyweight, super bantamweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight, which were inaugurated in the subsequent decades. The most recent title inaugurated by the WBC is in the bridgerweight division in 2021.

Current champion
Most consecutive title defenses

Heavyweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 United States Sonny Liston
(def. Floyd Patterson)
22 July 1963 0
2 United States Muhammad Ali 25 February 1964 – 11 March 1969 9
Ali was stripped of his titles because of his objection to military service.
3 United States Joe Frazier
(def. Jimmy Ellis)
16 February 1970 4
4 United States George Foreman 22 January 1973 2
5 United States Muhammad Ali (2) 30 October 1974 10
6 United States Leon Spinks 15 February 1978 – 19 March 1978 0
Spinks was stripped of the title for pursuing a rematch against Muhammad Ali instead of a bout against mandatory challenger Ken Norton.[1]
7 United States Ken Norton
(no. 1 contender promoted)
29 March 1978 0
8 United States Larry Holmes 9 June 1978 – 11 December 1983 16
Holmes vacated the title after a dispute with his promoter Don King over the proposed purse for a fight against mandatory challenger Greg Page.[2]
9 United States Tim Witherspoon
(def. Greg Page)
9 March 1984 0
10 United States Pinklon Thomas 31 August 1984 1
11 Canada Trevor Berbick 22 March 1986 0
12 United States Mike Tyson 22 November 1986 9
13 United States Buster Douglas 11 February 1990 0
14 United States Evander Holyfield 25 October 1990 3
15 United States Riddick Bowe 13 November 1992 – 14 December 1992 0
Bowe vacated the title instead of fighting mandatory challenger Lennox Lewis, then dumped his WBC belt in a trash bin during a news conference in London.[3]
16 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis
(no. 1 contender promoted)
14 December 1992 3
17 United States Oliver McCall 24 September 1994 1
18 United Kingdom Frank Bruno 2 September 1995 0
19 United States Mike Tyson (2) 16 March 1996 – 24 September 1996 0
Tyson vacated the title to pursue a bout against Evander Holyfield instead of mandatory challenger Lennox Lewis.[4]
20 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis (2)
(def. Oliver McCall)
7 February 1997 9
21 United States Hasim Rahman 22 April 2001 0
22 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis (3) 17 November 2001 – 6 February 2004 2
Lewis retired as champion and chose not to rematch Vitali Klitschko ahead of a WBC-mandated 1 March deadline to accept the bout.[5]
23 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko
(def. Corrie Sanders)
24 April 2004 – 9 November 2005 1
Klitschko announced his retirement after withdrawing from a bout against Hasim Rahman due to injuries.[6]
24 United States Hasim Rahman (2)
(interim champion promoted)
9 November 2005 1
25 Russia Oleg Maskaev 12 August 2006 1
26 Nigeria Samuel Peter 8 March 2008 0
27 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko (2) 11 October 2008 – 16 December 2013 9
Klitschko vacated the title to focus on his career in politics in Ukraine.[7]
28 Canada Bermane Stiverne
(def. Chris Arreola)
10 May 2014 0
29 United States Deontay Wilder 17 January 2015 10
30 United Kingdom Tyson Fury 22 February 2020 – present 0

Cruiserweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 United States Marvin Camel
(def. Mate Parlov)
31 March 1980 0
2 Puerto Rico Carlos de León 25 November 1980 1
3 United States S. T. Gordon 27 June 1982 1
4 Puerto Rico Carlos de León (2) 17 July 1983 3
5 United States Alfonso Ratliff 6 June 1985 0
6 United States Bernard Benton 21 September 1985 0
7 Puerto Rico Carlos de León (3) 22 March 1986 3
8 United States Evander Holyfield 9 April 1988 – July 1988 0
Holyfield vacated to move up to heavyweight.
9 Puerto Rico Carlos de León (4)
(def. Sammy Reeson)
17 May 1989 1
10 Italy Massimiliano Duran 27 July 1990 1
11 France Anaclet Wamba 20 July 1991 – 30 December 1994 7
Wamba vacated the title.
12 Argentina Marcelo Domínguez
(def. Akim Tafer)
25 July 1995 5
13 Cuba Juan Carlos Gómez 21 February 1998 – 19 February 2002 10
Gómez vacated the title to move up to heavyweight.
14 Guyana Wayne Braithwaite
(def. Vincenzo Cantatore)
11 October 2002 3
15 France Jean-Marc Mormeck 2 April 2005 0
16 Jamaica O'Neil Bell 7 January 2006 0
17 France Jean-Marc Mormeck (2) 17 March 2007 0
18 United Kingdom David Haye 10 November 2007 – 12 May 2008 1
Haye vacated the title to move up to heavyweight.[8]
19 Italy Giacobbe Fragomeni
(def. Rudolf Kraj)
24 October 2008 1
20 Hungary Zsolt Erdei 21 November 2009 – 22 January 2010 0
Erdei vacates the title to move back down to light heavyweight.[9]
21 Poland Krzysztof Włodarczyk
(def. Giacobbe Fragomeni)
15 May 2010 6
22 Russia Grigory Drozd 27 September 2014 – 16 March 2016 1
Drozd is declared champion in recess due to injury.[10]
23 United Kingdom Tony Bellew
(def. Ilunga Makabu)
29 May 2016 – 28 March 2017 1
Bellew was stripped of the title and named Emeritus champion after moving up to heavyweight.[11]
24 Latvia Mairis Briedis
(def. Marco Huck)
1 April 2017 1
25 Ukraine Oleksandr Usyk 27 January 2018 – 4 June 2019 2
Usyk was stripped of the title and named champion in recess after moving up to heavyweight.[12]
26 Democratic Republic of the Congo Ilunga Makabu
(def. Michał Cieślak)
31 January 2020 – present 1

Light heavyweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 United States Harold Johnson
(awarded the inaugural title)
14 February 1963 0
2 United States Willie Pastrano 1 June 1963 2
3 Puerto Rico José Torres 30 March 1965 3
4 Nigeria Dick Tiger 16 December 1966 2
5 United States Bob Foster 24 May 1968 – 9 August 1974 14
Foster was stripped of the title after failing to make a defense against number one contender John Conteh.[13]
6 United Kingdom John Conteh
(def. Jorge Ahumada)
1 October 1974 – 18 May 1977 3
Conteh was stripped of the title after refusing to fight Jesse Burnett, alleging he was forced to sign the contract at gunpoint.[14]
7 Argentina Miguel Ángel Cuello
(def. Jesse Burnett)
21 May 1977 0
8 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mate Parlov 8 January 1978 1
9 United States Marvin Johnson 2 December 1978 0
10 United States Matthew Saad Muhammad 22 April 1979 8
11 United States Dwight Muhammad Qawi 19 December 1981 3
12 United States Michael Spinks 18 March 1983 – 9 October 1995 4
Spinks, who had won the IBF heavyweight world championship the previous month against Larry Holmes, was stripped of the WBC light heavyweight title due to the WBC's policy against fighters holding world titles in multiple divisions at the same time.[15]
13 United States J. B. Williamson
(def. Prince Mama Mohammed)
10 December 1985 0
14 United Kingdom Dennis Andries 30 April 1986 1
15 United States Thomas Hearns 7 March 1987 – 6 August 1987 0
Hearns vacated the title to fight Juan Roldán for the vacant WBC middleweight world championship.[16]
16 Canada Donny Lalonde
(def. Eddie Davis)
27 November 1987 1
17 United States Sugar Ray Leonard 7 November 1988 – 15 November 1988 0
Leonard vacated the title, noting he was unsure whether he would continue his career in boxing.[17]
18 United Kingdom Dennis Andries (2)
(def. Tony Willis)
21 February 1989 0
19 Australia Jeff Harding 24 June 1989 2
20 United Kingdom Dennis Andries (3) 28 July 1990 2
21 Australia Jeff Harding (2) 11 September 1991 2
22 Jamaica Mike McCallum 23 July 1994 1
23 France Fabrice Tiozzo 16 June 1995 – March 1997 1
Tiozzo vacates the title.
24 United States Roy Jones Jr.
(interim champion promoted)
March 1997 0
25 United States Montell Griffin 21 March 1997 0
26 United States Roy Jones Jr. (2) 7 August 1997 – 5 November 1997 0
Jones vacated the title after his mandatory challenger Michael Nunn's promoter won a purse bid with the intent to stage it as a pay-per-view fight on Request TV, a rival platform to HBO, which Jones was contractually tied to.[18]
27 Germany Graciano Rocchigiani
(def. Michael Nunn)
21 March 1998 – June 1998 0
Rocchigiani was demoted to interim champion upon Roy Jones Jr.'s request to be reinstated as champion.
28 United States Roy Jones Jr. (3)
(reinstated)
June 1998 – 1 March 2003 11
Jones Jr. vacates the title.
29 United States Antonio Tarver
(def. Montell Griffin)
26 April 2003 0
30 United States Roy Jones Jr. (4) 8 November 2003 0
31 United States Antonio Tarver (2) 15 May 2004 – December 2004 0
Tarver is stripped of the title for not fighting his mandatory challenger.
32 Poland Tomasz Adamek
(def. Paul Briggs)
21 May 2005 2
33 United States Chad Dawson 3 February 2007 – 11 July 2008 3
Dawson vacated the title to pursue a bout against Antonio Tarver instead of interim champion Adrian Diaconu.[19]
34 Romania Adrian Diaconu
(interim champion promoted)
11 July 2008 0
35 Canada Jean Pascal 19 June 2009 2
36 United States Bernard Hopkins 21 May 2011 0
37 United States Chad Dawson (2) 28 April 2012 0
38 Canada Adonis Stevenson 8 June 2013 9
39 Ukraine Oleksandr Gvozdyk 1 December 2018 1
40 Russia Artur Beterbiev 18 October 2019 – present 1

Super middleweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 United States Sugar Ray Leonard
(def. Donny Lalonde)
7 November 1988 – 15 December 1990 2
Leonard vacates the title citing that he is unsure whether he would fight again.
2 Italy Mauro Galvano
(def. Dario Matteoni)
15 December 1990 2
3 United Kingdom Nigel Benn 3 October 1992 9
4 South Africa Thulani Malinga 2 March 1996 0
5 Italy Vincenzo Nardiello 6 July 1996 0
6 United Kingdom Robin Reid 12 October 1996 3
7 South Africa Thulani Malinga (2) 19 December 1997 0
8 United Kingdom Richie Woodhall 27 March 1998 2
9 Germany Markus Beyer 23 October 1999 1
10 United Kingdom Glenn Catley 6 May 2000 0
11 South Africa Dingaan Thobela 1 September 2000 0
12 Canada Dave Hilton Jr. 15 December 2000 – 1 May 2001 0
Hilton was stripped of the title after being convicted of sexually assaulting two teenaged girls.[20]
13 Canada Éric Lucas
(def. Glenn Catley)
10 July 2001 3
14 Germany Markus Beyer (2) 5 April 2003 2
15 Italy Cristian Sanavia 5 June 2004 0
16 Germany Markus Beyer (3) 9 October 2004 5
17 Denmark Mikkel Kessler 14 October 2006 1
18 United Kingdom Joe Calzaghe 3 November 2007 – 28 June 2008 0
Calzaghe vacated the title to pursue a fight with Roy Jones Jr. instead of mandatory challenger Carl Froch.[21]
19 United Kingdom Carl Froch
(def. Jean Pascal)
6 December 2008 2
20 Denmark Mikkel Kessler (2) 24 April 2010 – 6 September 2010 0
Kessler, who withdrew from the Super Six World Boxing Classic due to an eye injury, was stripped of the title and is designated by the WBC as Champion Emeritus.[22]
21 United Kingdom Carl Froch (2)
(def. Arthur Abraham)
27 November 2010 1
22 United States Andre Ward 17 December 2011 – 20 May 2013 1
Ward is stripped of the title and is designated by the WBC as Champion Emeritus unbeknownst to him.[23]
23 Australia Sakio Bika
(def. Marco Antonio Peribán)
22 June 2013 1
24 United States Anthony Dirrell 16 August 2014 0
25 Sweden Badou Jack 24 April 2015 – 18 January 2017 3
Jack vacated the title to move up to light heavyweight.[24]
26 United States David Benavidez
(def. Ronald Gavril)
8 September 2017 – 3 October 2018 1
Benavidez was stripped of the title after testing positive for cocaine and was named champion in recess.[25]
27 United States Anthony Dirrell (2)
(def. Avni Yildirim)
23 February 2019 0
28 United States David Benavidez (2) 28 September 2019 – 14 August 2020 0
Benavidez was stripped of the title after failing to make weight for his fight against Roamer Alexis Angulo.[26]
29 Mexico Canelo Álvarez
(def. Callum Smith)
19 December 2020 – present 2

Middleweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 Nigeria Dick Tiger
(def. Gene Fullmer)
10 August 1963 0
2 United States Joey Giardello 7 December 1963 1
3 Nigeria Dick Tiger (2) 21 October 1965 0
4 United States Emile Griffith 25 April 1966 2
5 Italy Nino Benvenuti 4 March 1968 4
6 Argentina Carlos Monzón 7 November 1970 – 9 February 1974 9
Monzón is stripped of his title for not fighting his mandatory challenger Rodrigo Valdéz.
7 Colombia Rodrigo Valdéz
(def. Bennie Briscoe)
25 May 1974 4
8 Argentina Carlos Monzón (2) 26 June 1976 – August 1977 1
Monzón retires.
9 Colombia Rodrigo Valdéz (2)
(def. Bennie Briscoe)
5 November 1977 0
10 Argentina Hugo Corro 22 April 1978 2
11 Italy Vito Antuofermo 30 June 1979 1
12 United Kingdom Alan Minter 16 March 1980 1
13 United States Marvin Hagler 27 September 1980 12
14 United States Sugar Ray Leonard 6 April 1987 – 27 May 1987 0
Leonard retires.
15 United States Thomas Hearns
(def. Juan Roldán)
29 October 1987 0
16 United States Iran Barkley 6 June 1988 0
17 Panama Roberto Durán 24 February 1989 – December 1989 0
Durán vacates the title following his loss against Sugar Ray Leonard for his WBC super middleweight title.
18 United States Virgin Islands Julian Jackson
(def. Herol Graham)
24 November 1990 4
19 United States Gerald McClellan 8 May 1993 – 7 May 1994 3
McClellan vacates his title to move up to super middleweight.
20 United States Virgin Islands Julian Jackson (2)
(def. Agostino Cardamone)
17 March 1995 0
21 United States Quincy Taylor 19 August 1995 0
22 United States Keith Holmes 16 March 1996 2
23 France Hacine Cherifi 2 May 1998 0
24 United States Keith Holmes (2) 24 April 1999 2
25 United States Bernard Hopkins 14 April 2001 7
26 United States Jermain Taylor 16 July 2005 4
27 United States Kelly Pavlik 29 September 2007 3
28 Argentina Sergio Martínez 17 April 2010 – 18 January 2011 1
Martínez is stripped for not fighting his mandatory challenger Sebastian Zbik.[27]
29 Germany Sebastian Zbik
(interim champion promoted)
18 January 2011 0
30 Mexico Julio César Chávez Jr. 4 June 2011 3
31 Argentina Sergio Martínez (2) 15 September 2012 1
32 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto 7 June 2014 – 17 November 2015 1
Cotto is stripped of his title for not abiding WBC's rules and regulations. Some sources tell that it was because he refused to pay the sanctioning fee.[28]
33 Mexico Canelo Álvarez
(def. Miguel Cotto)
21 November 2015 – 18 May 2016 1
Álvarez vacated his title to avoid WBC's deadline on the ongoing negotiation with Gennady Golovkin.[29]
34 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin
(interim champion promoted)
18 May 2016 4
35 Mexico Canelo Álvarez (2) 15 September 2018 – 26 June 2019 1
Álvarez is designated by the WBC as Franchise champion.[30]
36 United States Jermall Charlo
(interim champion promoted)
26 June 2019 – present 4

Super welterweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 United States Denny Moyer
(def. Stan Harrington)
19 February 1963 0
2 United States Ralph Dupas 29 April 1963 1
3 Italy Sandro Mazzinghi 7 September 1963 3
4 Italy Nino Benvenuti 18 June 1965 1
5 South Korea Kim Ki-soo 25 June 1966 2
6 Italy Sandro Mazzinghi (2) 26 May 1968 – November 1968 1
Mazzinghi is stripped of his titles by the Italian Boxing Federation after an incorrect call made by the referee.
7 United States Freddie Little
(def. Stanley Hayward)
17 March 1969 2
8 Italy Carmelo Bossi 9 July 1970 1
9 Japan Koichi Wajima 31 October 1971 6
10 United States Oscar Albarado 4 June 1974 1
11 Japan Koichi Wajima (2) 21 January 1975 – 22 March 1975 0
Wajima is stripped of his title for refusing to fight Miguel de Oliveira.
12 Brazil Miguel de Oliveira
(def. José Durán)
7 May 1975 0
13 The Bahamas Elisha Obed 13 November 1975 2
14 Germany Eckhard Dagge 18 June 1976 2
15 Italy Rocky Mattioli 6 August 1977 2
16 United Kingdom Maurice Hope 4 March 1979 3
17 Puerto Rico Wilfred Benítez 23 May 1981 2
18 United States Thomas Hearns 3 December 1982 – 1986 4
Hearns vacates his title to move up.
19 United States Duane Thomas
(def. John Mugabi)
5 December 1986 0
20 Mexico Lupe Aquino 12 July 1987 0
21 Italy Gianfranco Rosi 2 October 1987 1
22 United States Donald Curry 8 July 1988 0
23 France René Jacquot 11 February 1989 0
24 Uganda John Mugabi 8 July 1989 0
25 United States Terry Norris 31 March 1990 10
26 Jamaica Simon Brown 18 December 1993 1
27 United States Terry Norris (2) 7 May 1994 0
28 Dominican Republic Luis Santana 12 November 1994 1
29 United States Terry Norris (3) 19 August 1995 6
30 United States Keith Mullings 6 December 1997 1
31 Spain Javier Castillejo 29 January 1999 5
32 United States Oscar De La Hoya 28 June 2001 2
33 United States Shane Mosley 13 September 2003 0
34 United States Winky Wright 13 March 2004 – May 2005 1
Wright vacates his title to move up to middleweight.
35 Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga
(def. Michele Piccirillo)
13 August 2005 0
36 United States Oscar De La Hoya (2) 6 May 2006 0
37 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. 5 May 2007 – 2 July 2007 0
Mayweather Jr. vacates the title to focus in the welterweight division.[31]
38 United States Vernon Forrest
(def. Carlos Baldomir)
28 July 2007 1
39 United States Sergio Mora 7 June 2008 0
40 United States Vernon Forrest (2) 13 September 2008 – 21 May 2009 0
Forrest is stripped of his title because of a rib injury that prevented him from defending his title.[32]
41 Argentina Sergio Martínez
(interim champion promoted)
21 May 2009 – 16 June 2010 0
Martínez vacates his title to stay at middleweight.[33]
42 Philippines Manny Pacquiao
(def. Antonio Margarito)
14 November 2010 – 8 February 2011 0
Pacquiao vacates his title to move back down to welterweight.[34]
43 Mexico Canelo Álvarez
(def. Matthew Hatton)
5 March 2011 6
44 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2) 14 September 2013 – 2 November 2015 1
Mayweather Jr. announced his retirement on 12 September 2015 but the title was officially vacated 2 months after. He was also designated by the WBC as Champion Emeritus.[35]
45 United States Jermell Charlo
(def. John Jackson)
21 May 2016 3
46 United States Tony Harrison 22 December 2018 0
47 United States Jermell Charlo (2) 21 December 2019 – present 2

Welterweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith
(awarded inaugural title)
February 1963 0
2 Cuba Luis Manuel Rodríguez 21 March 1963 0
3 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith (2) 8 June 1963 – 1 August 1966 5
Griffith moves up and wins the WBA, WBC, and The Ring middleweight title; He then loses the lawsuit to retain his WBC welterweight title.
4 United States Curtis Cokes
(def. Jean Josselin)
28 November 1966 4
5 Cuba José Nápoles 18 April 1969 3
6 United States Billy Backus 3 December 1970 0
7 Cuba José Nápoles (2) 4 June 1971 10
8 United Kingdom John H. Stracey 6 December 1975 1
8 Mexico Carlos Palomino 22 June 1976 7
9 Puerto Rico Wilfred Benítez 14 January 1979 1
10 United States Sugar Ray Leonard 30 November 1979 1
12 Panama Roberto Durán 20 June 1980 0
13 United States Sugar Ray Leonard (2) 25 November 1980 – 9 November 1982 3
Leonard retires for the first time.
14 United States Milton McCrory
(def. Colin Jones)
13 August 1983 4
15 United States Donald Curry 6 December 1985 0
16 United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan 27 September 1986 3
17 Mexico Jorge Vaca 28 October 1987 0
18 United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan (2) 29 March 1988 1
19 United States Marlon Starling 4 February 1989 1
20 United States Maurice Blocker 19 August 1990 0
21 Jamaica Simon Brown 18 March 1991 0
22 United States Buddy McGirt 29 November 1991 2
23 United States Pernell Whitaker 6 March 1993 8
24 United States Oscar De La Hoya 12 April 1997 7
25 Puerto Rico Félix Trinidad 17 September 1999 – 3 March 2000 0
Trinidad vacates his title to move up to super welterweight.
26 United States Oscar De La Hoya (2)
(reinstated)
April 2000 0
27 United States Shane Mosley 17 June 2000 3
28 United States Vernon Forrest 26 January 2002 1
29 Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga 25 January 2003 1
30 United States Cory Spinks 13 December 2003 2
31 United States Zab Judah 5 February 2005 1
32 Argentina Carlos Baldomir 7 January 2006 1
33 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. 4 November 2006 – 6 June 2008 1
Mayweather Jr. announces his first retirement.[36]
34 United States Andre Berto
(def. Miguel Ángel Rodríguez)
21 June 2008 5
35 United States Victor Ortiz 16 April 2011 0
36 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2) 17 September 2011 – 2 November 2015 5
Mayweather Jr. announced his retirement on 12 September 2015 but the title was officially vacated 2 months after. He was also designated by the WBC as Champion Emeritus.[35]
37 United States Danny García
(def. Robert Guerrero)
23 January 2016 0
38 United States Keith Thurman 4 March 2017 – 24 April 2018 0
Thurman vacates his title due to injuries.[37]
39 United States Shawn Porter
(def. Danny García)
8 September 2018 1
40 United States Errol Spence Jr. 28 September 2019 – present 1

Super lightweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 United States Eddie Perkins
(def. Roberto Cruz)
15 June 1963 2
2 Venezuela Carlos Morocho Hernández 18 January 1965 2
3 Italy Sandro Lopopolo 29 April 1966 1
4 Japan Takeshi Fuji 30 April 1967 – 14 November 1968 1
Fuji was stripped of the title for not fighting his mandatory challenger.
5 Philippines Pedro Adigue
(def. Adolph Pruitt)
14 December 1968 0
6 Italy Bruno Arcari 31 January 1970 – February 1974 9
Arcari vacates the title to move up to welterweight.
7 Spain Perico Fernandez
(def. Lion Furuyama)
21 September 1974 1
8 Thailand Saensak Muangsurin 15 July 1975 1
9 Spain Miguel Velasquez 30 June 1976 0
10 Thailand Saensak Muangsurin 29 October 1976 7
11 South Korea Kim Sang-hyun 30 December 1978 2
12 United States Saoul Mamby 23 February 1980 5
13 United States Leroy Haley 26 June 1982 2
14 United States Bruce Curry 18 May 1983 2
15 United States Billy Costello 29 January 1984 3
16 United States Lonnie Smith 21 August 1985 0
17 Mexico René Arredondo 5 May 1986 0
18 Japan Tsuyoshi Hamada 24 July 1986 1
19 Mexico René Arredondo (2) 22 July 1987 0
20 United States Roger Mayweather 12 November 1987 4
21 Mexico Julio César Chávez 13 May 1989 12
22 United States Frankie Randall 29 January 1994 0
23 Mexico Julio César Chávez (2) 7 May 1994 4
24 United States Oscar De La Hoya 7 June 1996 – 12 April 1997 1
De La Hoya vacates the title to move up to welterweight.
25 Australia Kostya Tszyu
(def. Miguel Ángel González)
21 August 1999 – January 2004 7
Tszyu is stripped of the title for refusing to fight mandatory challenger Gianluca Branco.
26 Canada Arturo Gatti
(def. Gianluca Branco)
24 January 2004 2
27 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. 25 June 2005 – 23 March 2006 0
Mayweather Jr. vacates the title to stay at welterweight.[38]
28 United Kingdom Junior Witter
(def. DeMarcus Corley)
15 September 2006 2
29 United States Timothy Bradley 10 May 2008 – 28 April 2009 2
Bradley is stripped of his title for refusing to fight his mandatory challenger Devon Alexander.[39]
30 United States Devon Alexander
(def. Junior Witter)
1 August 2009 2
31 United States Timothy Bradley (2) 29 January 2011 – 29 July 2011 0
Bradley is declared champion in recess for not defending it in six months.[40]
32 Mexico Érik Morales
(def. Pablo César Cano)
17 September 2011 – 23 March 2012 0
Morales came in overweight and is stripped of the title before fighting Danny García. Only García can win the title.[41]
33 United States Danny García
(def. Érik Morales)
24 March 2012 – 11 June 2015 5
García is stripped of the title for refusing to fight his mandatory challenger Viktor Postol.[42]
34 Ukraine Viktor Postol
(def. Lucas Matthysse)
3 October 2015 0
35 United States Terence Crawford 23 July 2016 – 13 February 2018 3
Crawford vacates the title to move up to welterweight.[43]
36 United States José Ramírez
(def. Amir Imam)
17 March 2018 4
37 United Kingdom Josh Taylor 22 May 2021 – present 0

Lightweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 Puerto Rico Carlos Ortiz
(awarded inaugural title)
14 February 1963 3
2 Panama Ismael Laguna 10 April 1965 0
3 Puerto Rico Carlos Ortiz (2) 13 November 1965 5
4 Dominican Republic Carlos Cruz 29 June 1968 1
5 United States Mando Ramos 18 February 1969 1
6 Panama Ismael Laguna (2) 3 March 1970 – 15 September 1970 1
Laguna is stripped of the title.
7 United Kingdom Ken Buchanan
(def. Rubén Navarro)
12 February 1971 – 25 June 1971 0
Buchanan is stripped of the title for failing to defend his title against Pedro Carrasco
8 Spain Pedro Carrasco
(def. Mando Ramos)
5 November 1971 0
9 United States Mando Ramos 18 February 1972 1
10 Mexico Chango Carmona 15 September 1972 0
11 Mexico Rodolfo González 10 November 1972 2
12 Japan Guts Ishimatsu 11 April 1974 5
13 Puerto Rico Esteban de Jesús 8 May 1976 3
14 Panama Roberto Durán 21 January 1978 – January 1979 0
Durán vacates the title to move up to welterweight.
15 United Kingdom Jim Watt
(def. Alfredo Pitalua)
17 April 1979 4
16 Nicaragua Alexis Argüello 20 June 1981 – 15 February 1983 4
Argüello vacates the title to move up to super lightweight.
17 Puerto Rico Edwin Rosario
(def. José Luis Ramírez)
1 May 1983 2
18 Mexico José Luis Ramírez 3 November 1984 0
19 Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho 10 August 1985 – 1987 2
Camacho vacates the title to move up to super lightweight.
20 Mexico José Luis Ramírez (2)
(def. Terrence Alli)
19 July 1987 2
21 Mexico Julio César Chávez 29 October 1988 – 13 May 1989 0
Chávez vacates the title to move up to super lightweight.
22 United States Pernell Whitaker
(def. José Luis Ramírez)
20 August 1989 – 22 May 1992 6
Whitaker vacates the title to move up to super lightweight.
23 Mexico Miguel Ángel González
(def. Wilfrido Rocha)
24 August 1992 – 19 August 1995 10
González vacates his title to move up to super lightweight.
24 France Jean Baptiste Mendy
(def. Lamar Murphy)
20 April 1996 0
25 United States Stevie Johnston 1 March 1997 3
26 Mexico César Bazán 13 June 1998 2
27 United States Stevie Johnston (2) 27 February 1999 4
28 Mexico José Luis Castillo 17 June 2000 3
29 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. 20 April 2002 – 22 May 2004 3
Mayweather Jr. vacates the title to move up to super lightweight.
30 Mexico José Luis Castillo (2)
(def. Juan Lazcano)
5 June 2004 2
31 United States Diego Corrales 7 May 2005 – 6 October 2006 0
Corrales is stripped of the title for being overweight in his fight against Casamayor.
32 Cuba Joel Casamayor
(def. Diego Corrales)
7 October 2006 – 1 February 2007 0
Casamayor is stripped of the title for refusing to fight his mandatory challenger.
33 United States David Díaz
(interim champion promoted)
1 February 2007 1
34 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 28 June 2008 – 24 February 2009 0
Pacquiao vacates the title to move up to super lightweight.[44]
35 Venezuela Edwin Valero
(def. Antonio Pitalúa)
4 April 2009 – 9 February 2010 2
Valero is declared champion in recess after receiving a deep cut in his fight against Antonio DeMarco.[45]
36 Mexico Humberto Soto
(def. David Díaz)
13 March 2010 – 1 July 2011 4
Soto vacates the title to move up to super lightweight.[46]
37 Mexico Antonio DeMarco
(def. Jorge Linares)
15 October 2011 2
38 United States Adrien Broner 17 November 2012 – 29 January 2014 1
Broner is stripped of his title for failing to defend his title for almost a year.[47]
39 United States Omar Figueroa Jr.
(interim champion promoted)
29 January 2014 – 10 November 2014 2
Figueroa Jr. is declared champion in recess because of injury.[48]
40 Venezuela Jorge Linares
(def. Javier Prieto)
30 December 2014 – 22 February 2016 2
Linares is declared champion in recess because of fractured hand.[49]
41 Montenegro Dejan Zlatičanin
(def. Franklin Mamani)
11 June 2016 0
42 United States Mikey Garcia 28 January 2017 – 25 April 2019 1
Garcia vacates the title to move up to welterweight.[50]
41 Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko
(def. Luke Campbell)
31 August 2019 – 23 October 2019 0
Lomachenko is designated by the WBC as Franchise champion.[51]
42 United States Devin Haney
(interim champion promoted)
23 October 2019 – 12 December 2019 2
Haney is declared champion in recess after injuring his right shoulder.[52]
43 United States Devin Haney (2)
(reinstated)
22 April 2020 – present 1

Super featherweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 Philippines Gabriel Elorde
(def. Johnny Bizzaro)
16 February 1963 5
2 Japan Yoshiaki Numata 15 June 1967 0
3 Japan Hiroshi Kobayashi 14 December 1967 – 18 January 1969 2
Kobayashi is stripped of the title for refusing to fight René Barrientos.
4 Philippines René Barrientos
(def. Rubén Navarro)
15 February 1969 0
5 Japan Yoshiaki Numata (2) 5 April 1970 3
6 Mexico Ricardo Arredondo 10 October 1971 5
7 Japan Kuniaki Shibata 28 February 1974 3
8 Puerto Rico Alfredo Escalera 5 July 1975 10
9 Nicaragua Alexis Argüello 28 January 1978 – 1980 8
Argüello vacates the title to move up to lightweight.
10 Mexico Rafael Limón
(def. Idelfonso Bethelmy)
11 December 1980 0
11 Uganda Cornelius Boza-Edwards 8 March 1981 1
12 Philippines Rolando Navarrete 29 August 1981 1
13 Mexico Rafael Limón 29 May 1982 1
14 United States Bobby Chacon 11 December 1982 – 1983 1
Chacon is stripped of the title for refusing to fight his mandatory challenger.
15 Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho
(def. Rafael Limón)
7 August 1983 – May 1984 1
Camacho vacates the title to move up to lightweight.
16 Mexico Julio César Chávez
(def. Mario Martínez)
13 September 1984 – 21 August 1987 9
Chávez vacates the title to move up to lightweight.
17 Ghana Azumah Nelson
(def. Mario Martínez)
29 February 1988 10
18 United States Jesse James Leija 7 May 1994 0
19 Mexico Gabriel Ruelas 17 September 1994 2
20 Ghana Azumah Nelson (2) 1 December 1995 1
21 United States Genaro Hernández 22 March 1997 3
22 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. 3 October 1998 – 20 April 2002 8
Mayweather Jr. vacates the title to move up to lightweight.
23 Thailand Sirimongkol Singwangcha
(def. Kengo Nagashima)
24 August 2002 1
24 Mexico Jesús Chávez 15 August 2003 0
25 Mexico Érik Morales 28 February 2004 1
26 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera 27 November 2004 4
27 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez 17 March 2007 1
28 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 15 March 2008 – 16 July 2008 0
Pacquiao vacates the title to stay at lightweight.[53]
29 Mexico Humberto Soto
(def. Francisco Lorenzo)
20 December 2008 – 18 March 2010 3
Soto vacates the title to stay at lightweight.[54]
30 Germany Vitali Tajbert
(interim champion promoted)
18 March 2010 2
31 Japan Takahiro Ao 26 November 2010 3
32 Mexico Gamaliel Díaz 27 October 2012 0
33 Japan Takashi Miura 8 April 2013 4
34 Mexico Francisco Vargas 21 November 2015 1
35 Mexico Miguel Berchelt 28 January 2017 6
36 Mexico Oscar Valdez 20 February 2021 – present 1

Featherweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 Mexico Sugar Ramos
(def. Davey Moore)
21 March 1963 3
2 Mexico Vicente Saldivar 26 September 1964 – 14 October 1967 7
Salvidar retires.
3 United Kingdom Howard Winstone
(def. Mitsunori Seki)
23 January 1968 0
4 Spain José Legrá 24 July 1968 0
5 Australia Johnny Famechon 21 January 1969 2
6 Mexico Vicente Saldivar (2) 9 May 1970 0
7 Japan Kuniaki Shibata 11 December 1970 2
8 Mexico Clemente Sánchez 19 May 1972 – 16 December 1972 0
Sánchez is stripped of the title after failing to make weight against José Legrá.
9 Spain José Legrá (2)
(def. Clemente Sánchez)
16 December 1972 0
10 Brazil Éder Jofre 5 May 1973 – 17 June 1974 1
Jofre is stripped of the title due to inactivity.
11 United States Bobby Chacon
(def. Alfredo Marcano)
7 September 1974 1
12 Mexico Rubén Olivares 20 June 1975 0
13 Ghana David Kotei 20 September 1975 2
14 United States Danny López 13 November 1976 8
15 Mexico Salvador Sánchez 2 February 1980 – 12 August 1982 9
Sánchez died thus making the title vacant.[55]
16 Puerto Rico Juan Laporte
(def. Mario Miranda)
15 September 1982 2
17 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Gómez 31 March 1984 0
18 Ghana Azumah Nelson 8 December 1984 – 1988 6
Nelson vacates the title to move up to super featherweight.
19 Australia Jeff Fenech
(def. Victor Callejas)
7 March 1988 – 1989 3
Fenech vacates the title to move up to super featherweight.
20 Mexico Marcos Villasana
(def. Paul Hodkinson)
2 June 1990 3
21 United Kingdom Paul Hodkinson 14 November 1991 3
22 Mexico Gregorio Vargas 28 April 1993 0
23 United States Kevin Kelley 4 December 1993 2
24 Mexico Alejandro González 7 January 1995 2
25 Mexico Manuel Medina 23 September 1995 0
26 Philippines Luisito Espinosa 11 December 1995 7
27 Mexico César Soto 15 May 1999 0
28 United Kingdom Naseem Hamed 15 May 1999 – 9 January 2000 0
Hamed vacates the title due to his commitment in his WBO title.[56]
29 Mexico Guty Espadas Jr.
(def. Luisito Espinosa)
14 April 2000 1
30 Mexico Érik Morales 17 February 2001 1
31 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera 22 June 2002 – 22 June 2002 0
Barrera declines the title after winning against Morales.
32 Mexico Érik Morales (2)
(def. Paulie Ayala)
16 November 2002 – 5 October 2003 2
Morales vacates the title to move up to super featherweight.[57]
33 South Korea Chi In-jin
(def. Michael Brodie)
10 April 2004 3
34 Japan Takashi Koshimoto 29 January 2006 0
35 Mexico Rodolfo López 30 July 2006 0
36 South Korea Chi In-jin (2) 17 December 2006 – 31 July 2007 0
Chi vacates the title.[58]
37 Venezuela Jorge Linares
(interim champion promoted)
31 July 2007 – 13 August 2008 1
Linares vacates the title to move up to super featherweight.[59]
38 Mexico Óscar Larios
(interim champion promoted)
13 August 2008 2
39 Japan Takahiro Ao 12 March 2009 0
40 Dominican Republic Elio Rojas 14 July 2009 – 25 August 2010 1
Rojas is declared champion in recess after injuring his hand.
41 Japan Hozumi Hasegawa
(def. Juan Carlos Burgos)
26 November 2010 0
42 Mexico Jhonny González 8 April 2011 4
43 Mexico Daniel Ponce de León 14 September 2012 0
44 Mexico Abner Mares 4 May 2013 0
45 Mexico Jhonny González (2) 24 August 2013 2
46 United States Gary Russell Jr. 28 March 2015 – present 5

Super bantamweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 Panama Rigoberto Riasco
(def. Philip Waruinge)
3 April 1976 2
2 Japan Royal Kobayashi 9 October 1976 0
3 South Korea Yum Dong-kyun 24 November 1976 1
4 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Gómez 21 May 1977 – April 1983 17
Gómez vacates the title to move up to featherweight.
5 United States Jaime Garza
(def. Bobby Berna)
15 June 1983 1
6 United States Juan Meza 3 November 1984 1
7 Mexico Lupe Pintor 18 August 1985 0
8 Thailand Samart Payakaroon 18 January 1986 1
9 Australia Jeff Fenech 8 May 1987 – 1988 2
Fenech vacates the title to move up to featherweight.
10 Mexico Daniel Zaragoza
(def. Carlos Zárate)
29 February 1988 5
11 United States Paul Banke 23 April 1990 1
12 Argentina Pedro Rubén Décima 5 November 1990 0
13 Japan Kiyoshi Hatanaka 23 February 1991 0
14 Mexico Daniel Zaragoza (2) 24 June 1991 2
15 France Thierry Jacob 20 March 1992 0
16 United States Tracy Harris Patterson 23 June 1992 4
17 Dominican Republic Hector Acero Sánchez 26 August 1994 2
18 Mexico Daniel Zaragoza (3) 6 November 1995 4
19 Mexico Érik Morales 6 September 1997 – 19 February 2000 9
Morales vacates the title to move up to featherweight.
20 United States Willie Jorrín
(def. Michael Brodie)
9 September 2000 2
21 Mexico Óscar Larios 1 November 2002 7
22 Mexico Israel Vázquez 12 December 2005 2
23 Mexico Rafael Márquez 3 March 2007 0
24 Mexico Israel Vázquez (2) 4 August 2007 – 18 December 2008 1
Vázquez is stripped of the title after failing to defend the title due to a detached retina.[60]
25 Japan Toshiaki Nishioka
(interim champion promoted)
18 December 2008 – 15 March 2012 7
Nishioka is designated by the WBC as Champion Emeritus.[61]
26 Mexico Abner Mares
(def. Eric Morel)
21 April 2012 – 31 January 2013 1
Mares vacates the title to move up to featherweight.[62]
27 Mexico Victor Terrazas
(def. Cristian Mijares)
20 April 2013 0
28 Mexico Léo Santa Cruz 24 August 2013 – 1 November 2015 4
Santa Cruz vacates the title to stay at featherweight.[63]
29 Mexico Julio Ceja
(interim champion promoted)
1 November 2015 0
30 Mexico Hugo Ruiz 27 February 2016 0
31 Japan Hozumi Hasegawa 16 September 2016 – 9 December 2016 0
Hasegawa retires.[64]
32 Mexico Rey Vargas
(def. Gavin McDonnell)
25 February 2017 – 14 August 2020 5
Vargas is declared champion in recess after breaking his leg.[65]
33 Mexico Luis Nery
(def. Aarón Alameda)
26 September 2020 0
34 United States Brandon Figueroa 15 May 2021 – present 0

Bantamweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 Brazil Éder Jofre
(awarded inaugural title)
14 February 1963 2
2 Japan Fighting Harada 18 May 1965 4
3 Australia Lionel Rose 27 February 1968 3
4 Mexico Rubén Olivares 22 August 1969 2
5 Mexico Chucho Castillo 16 October 1970 0
6 Mexico Rubén Olivares (2) 2 April 1971 2
7 Mexico Rafael Herrera 19 March 1972 0
8 Panama Enrique Pinder 29 July 1972 – 5 January 1973 0
Pinder was stripped of the title for failing to defend it against the number one contender within six months of winning it.[66]
9 Mexico Rafael Herrera (2)
(def. Rodolfo Martínez)
14 April 1973 2
10 Mexico Rodolfo Martínez 7 December 1974 3
11 Mexico Carlos Zárate 8 May 1976 9
12 Mexico Lupe Pintor 3 June 1979 – 9 July 1983 8
Pintor was stripped of the title after failing to defend it in over a year.[67]
13 United States Alberto Dávila
(interim champion promoted)
1 September 1983 – 1984 1
Dávila vacates the title for injuring his back resulting in failure to defend the title.[68]
14 Mexico Daniel Zaragoza
(def. Fred Jackson)
4 May 1985 0
15 Colombia Miguel Lora 9 August 1985 7
16 Mexico Raúl Pérez 29 October 1988 7
17 United States Greg Richardson 25 February 1991 1
18 Japan Joichiro Tatsuyoshi 19 September 1991 0
19 Mexico Victor Rabanales 17 September 1992 1
20 South Korea Byun Jung-il 28 March 1993 1
21 Japan Yasuei Yakushiji 23 December 1993 4
22 Republic of Ireland Wayne McCullough 30 July 1995 – January 1997 2
McCullough vacates the title to move up to super bantamweight.
23 Thailand Sirimongkol Singwangcha
(interim champion promoted)
January 1997 3
24 Japan Joichiro Tatsuyoshi (2) 22 November 1997 2
25 Thailand Veeraphol Sahaprom 29 December 1998 14
26 Japan Hozumi Hasegawa 16 April 2005 10
27 Mexico Fernando Montiel 30 April 2010 1
28 Philippines Nonito Donaire 19 February 2011 – 22 October 2011 1
Donaire vacates the title to move up to super bantamweight.[69]
29 Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka
(def. Christian Esquivel)
6 November 2011 12
30 Mexico Luis Nery 15 August 2017 – 28 February 2018 0
Nery was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his rematch against Shinsuke Yamanaka.[70]
31 France Nordine Oubaali
(def. Rau'shee Warren)
19 January 2019 – 13 November 2020 2
Oubaali was declared champion in recess after testing positive for COVID-19.[71]
32 France Nordine Oubaali (2)
(reinstated)
10 January 2021 0
33 Philippines Nonito Donaire (2) 29 May 2021 – present 0

Super flyweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 Venezuela Rafael Orono
(def. Lee Seung-hoon)
2 February 1980 3
2 South Korea Kim Chul-ho 24 January 1981 5
3 Venezuela Rafael Orono (2) 28 November 1982 3
4 Thailand Payao Poontarat 27 November 1983 1
5 Japan Jiro Watanabe 5 July 1984 4
6 Mexico Gilberto Román 30 March 1986 6
7 Argentina Santos Laciar 16 May 1987 0
8 Colombia Sugar Baby Rojas 8 August 1987 1
9 Mexico Gilberto Román (2) 8 April 1988 5
10 Ghana Nana Konadu 7 November 1989 0
11 South Korea Moon Sung-kil 20 January 1990 9
12 Mexico José Luis Bueno 13 November 1993 0
13 Japan Hiroshi Kawashima 4 May 1994 6
14 Philippines Gerry Peñalosa 20 February 1997 3
15 South Korea Cho In-joo 29 August 1998 5
16 North Korea Masamori Tokuyama 27 August 2000 8
17 Japan Katsushige Kawashima 28 June 2004 2
18 North Korea Masamori Tokuyama (2) 18 July 2005 – 6 December 2006 1
Tokuyama vacated the title and announced his retirement.[72]
19 Mexico Cristian Mijares
(interim champion promoted)
6 December 2006 7
20 Armenia Vic Darchinyan 1 November 2008 – 3 August 2010 3
Darchinyan vacated the title to move up to bantamweight.
21 Mexico Tomás Rojas
(def. Kohei Kono)
20 September 2010 2
22 Thailand Suriyan Sor Rungvisai 19 August 2011 1
23 Japan Yota Sato 27 March 2012 2
24 Thailand Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 3 May 2013 1
25 Mexico Carlos Cuadras 31 May 2014 6
26 Nicaragua Román González 10 September 2016 0
27 Thailand Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (2) 18 March 2017 3
28 Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada 26 April 2019 – 26 March 2021 3
Estrada is designated by the WBC as Franchise champion to avoid his mandatory Srisaket Sor Rungvisai infavor of having an immediate rematch with Román González. A four-man tournament is announced by the WBC with Román González vs Juan Francisco Estrada and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Carlos Cuadras. Rungvisai and Cuadras will fight for the vacant title.[73]

Flyweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 Thailand Pone Kingpetch
(awarded inaugural title)
14 February 1963 0
2 Japan Hiroyuki Ebihara 18 September 1963 0
3 Thailand Pone Kingpetch (2) 23 January 1964 0
4 Italy Salvatore Burruni 23 April 1965 – 19 November 1965 0
Burruni was stripped of the title for failing to defend it against Hiroyuki Ebihara.[74]
5 Argentina Horacio Accavallo
(def. Katsuyoshi Takayama)
1 March 1966 – 2 October 1968 3
Accavallo retired after withdrawing from a title defense against Jose Severino.[75]
6 Thailand Chartchai Chionoi
(def. Bernabe Villacampo)
10 November 1968 0
7 Mexico Efren Torres 23 February 1969 1
8 Thailand Chartchai Chionoi (2) 20 March 1970 0
9 Philippines Erbito Salavarria 7 December 1970 – 29 December 1971 2
Salavarria was stripped of the title after a liquid he drank between rounds during his 20 November 1971 bout against Betulio González tested positive for amphetamine.[76]
10 Venezuela Betulio González
(def. Socrates Batoto)
3 June 1972 0
11 Thailand Venice Borkhorsor 29 September 1972 – 11 July 1973 1
Borkhorsor vacated the title to move up to bantamweight.[77]
12 Venezuela Betulio González (2)
(def. Miguel Canto)
4 August 1973 2
13 Japan Shoji Oguma 1 October 1974 0
14 Mexico Miguel Canto 8 January 1975 14
15 South Korea Park Chan-hee 18 March 1979 5
16 Japan Shoji Oguma (2) 18 May 1980 3
17 Mexico Antonio Avelar 12 May 1981 1
18 Colombia Prudencio Cardona 20 March 1982 0
19 Mexico Freddy Castillo 24 July 1982 0
20 Dominican Republic Eleoncio Mercedes 6 November 1982 0
21 United Kingdom Charlie Magri 15 March 1983 0
22 Philippines Frank Cedeno 27 September 1983 0
23 Japan Kōji Kobayashi 18 January 1984 0
24 Mexico Gabriel Bernal 9 April 1984 1
25 Thailand Sot Chitalada 8 October 1984 6
26 South Korea Kim Yong-kang 24 July 1988 2
27 Thailand Sot Chitalada (2) 3 June 1989 4
28 Thailand Muangchai Kittikasem 15 February 1991 3
29 Russia Yuri Arbachakov 23 June 1992 9
30 Thailand Chatchai Sasakul 12 November 1997 4
31 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 4 December 1998 – 16 September 1999 1
Pacquiao was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his bout against Medgoen 3K-Battery.[78]
32 Thailand Medgoen 3K-Battery
(def. Manny Pacquiao)
17 September 1999 1
33 Philippines Malcolm Tuñacao 19 May 2000 1
34 Thailand Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 2 March 2001 17
35 Japan Daisuke Naito 18 July 2007 5
36 Japan Kōki Kameda 29 November 2009 0
37 Thailand Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (2) 27 March 2010 4
38 Philippines Sonny Boy Jaro 2 March 2012 0
39 Japan Toshiyuki Igarashi 16 July 2012 1
40 Japan Akira Yaegashi 8 April 2013 3
41 Nicaragua Román González 5 September 2014 – 1 October 2016 4
González vacated the title after moving up in weight and winning the WBC super flyweight world championship against Carlos Cuadras on 10 September 2016.[79]
42 Mexico Juan Hernández Navarrete
(def. Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai)
4 March 2017 0
43 Japan Daigo Higa 20 May 2017 – 14 April 2018 2
Higa was stripped of the title for failing to make weight the day before his bout against Cristofer Rosales.[80]
44 Nicaragua Cristofer Rosales
(def. Daigo Higa)
15 April 2018 1
45 United Kingdom Charlie Edwards 22 December 2018 – 4 October 2019 2
Edwards vacated the title over concerns of not being able to make weight.[81]
46 Mexico Julio Cesar Martinez
(def. Cristofer Rosales)
20 December 2019 – present 3

Light flyweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 Italy Franco Udella
(def. Valentin Martinez)
4 April 1975 – August 1975 1
Udella was stripped of the title after withdrawing from a 12 September bout against Rafael Lovera due to a fever.[82]
2 Venezuela Luis Estaba
(def. Rafael Lovera)
13 September 1975 11
3 Mexico Freddy Castillo 19 February 1978 0
4 Thailand Netrnoi Sor Vorasingh 6 May 1978 1
5 South Korea Kim Sung-jun 30 September 1978 3
6 Japan Shigeo Nakajima 3 January 1980 0
7 Panama Hilario Zapata 24 March 1980 8
8 Mexico Amado Ursua 6 February 1982 0
9 Japan Tadashi Tomori 13 April 1982 0
10 Panama Hilario Zapata (2) 20 July 1982 2
11 South Korea Chang Jung-koo 26 March 1983 – 1988 15
Jung-koo retires.
11 Mexico Germán Torres
(def. Kang Soon-Jung)
11 December 1988 0
12 South Korea Lee Yul-woo 19 March 1989 0
13 Mexico Humberto González 25 June 1989 5
14 Philippines Rolando Pascua 19 December 1990 0
15 Mexico Melchor Cob Castro 25 March 1991 0
16 Mexico Humberto González (2) 3 June 1991 4
17 United States Michael Carbajal 13 March 1993 2
18 Mexico Humberto González (3) 19 February 1994 3
19 Thailand Saman Sorjaturong 15 July 1995 10
20 South Korea Choi Yo-sam 17 October 1999 3
21 Mexico Jorge Arce 6 July 2002 – 18 December 2004 7
Arce vacates the title to move up to flyweight.
22 Mexico Eric Ortiz
(def. José Antonio Aguirre)
11 March 2005 0
23 United States Brian Viloria 10 September 2005 1
24 Mexico Omar Niño Romero 10 August 2006 – 1 February 2007 1
Niño was stripped of his title after testing positive for methamphetamine following his 18 November 2006 bout against Brian Viloria.[83]
25 Mexico Édgar Sosa
(def. Brian Viloria)
14 April 2007 10
26 Philippines Rodel Mayol 21 November 2009 1
27 Mexico Omar Niño Romero (2) 19 June 2010 0
28 Mexico Gilberto Keb Baas 6 November 2010 1
29 Mexico Adrián Hernández 30 April 2011 1
30 Thailand Kompayak Porpramook 23 December 2011 1
31 Mexico Adrián Hernández (2) 6 October 2012 4
32 Japan Naoya Inoue 6 April 2014 – 3 November 2014 1
Inoue vacates the title to move up to super flyweight.[84]
33 Mexico Pedro Guevara
(def. Akira Yaegashi)
30 December 2014 2
34 Japan Yu Kimura 28 November 2015 0
35 Mexico Ganigan López 4 March 2016 1
36 Japan Ken Shiro 20 May 2017 8
37 Japan Masamichi Yabuki 22 September 2021 – present 0

Strawweight[edit]

No. Name Date Defenses
1 Japan Hiroki Ioka
(def. Mai Thomburifarm)
18 October 1987 2
2 Thailand Napa Kiatwanchai 13 November 1988 2
3 South Korea Choi Jum-hwan 12 November 1989 0
4 Japan Hideyuki Ohashi 7 February 1990 1
5 Mexico Ricardo López 25 October 1990 – September 1999 21
López vacates the title to move up to light flyweight.
6 Thailand Wandee Singwangcha
(interim champion promoted)
September 1999 0
7 Mexico José Antonio Aguirre 11 February 2000 7
8 Thailand Eagle Den Junlaphan 10 January 2004 1
9 Mexico Isaac Bustos 18 December 2004 0
10 Japan Katsunari Takayama 4 April 2005 0
11 Thailand Eagle Den Junlaphan (2) 6 August 2005 4
12 Thailand Oleydong Sithsamerchai 29 November 2007 6
13 Japan Kazuto Ioka 11 February 2011 – 1 July 2012 3
Ioka, the unified WBC/WBA minimumweight world champion, vacated the title because both sanctioning bodies were requiring him to make different mandatory defenses of his titles.[85]
14 China Xiong Chaozhong
(def. Javier Martínez Resendiz)
24 November 2012 2
15 Mexico Oswaldo Novoa 5 February 2014 1
16 Thailand Wanheng Menayothin 6 November 2014 12
17 Thailand Panya Pradabsri 27 November 2020 – present 0

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