List of WBO world champions

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This is a list of WBO world champions, showing every world champion certified by the World Boxing Organization (WBO). The WBO is one of the four major governing bodies in professional boxing, and has awarded world championships in 17 different weight classes since 1989.

Heavyweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Italy Francesco Damiani
def. Johnny du Plooy
6 May 1989 Syracuse, Italy 1
2 United States Ray Mercer 11 January 1991 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 1
Mercer was stripped of the title in December 1991 for signing for a bout against Larry Holmes instead of mandatory challenger Michael Moorer.[1]
3 United States Michael Moorer
def. Bert Cooper
15 May 1992 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 0
Moorer vacated the title on 8 February 1993 so that he could be ranked by other sanctioning bodies.
4 United States Tommy Morrison
def. George Foreman
7 June 1993 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
5 United Kingdom Michael Bentt 29 October 1993 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States 0
6 United Kingdom Herbie Hide 19 March 1994 London, England 0
7 United States Riddick Bowe 11 March 1995 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
Bowe vacated in later 1995 to pursue a rematch with Evander Holyfield. Bowe's only defense was against Jorge Luis González on 17 June 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
8 United Kingdom Henry Akinwande
def. Jeremy Williams
29 June 1996 Indio, California, United States 2
Akinwande vacated the title on 29 January 1997 at the request of the WBC to become the mandatory challenger of the upcoming fight between Lennox Lewis and Oliver McCall for the vacant belt.[2]
9 United Kingdom Herbie Hide (2)
def. Tony Tucker
28 June 1997 Norwich, England 2
10 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko 26 June 1999 London, England, United Kingdom 2
11 United States Chris Byrd 1 April 2000 Berlin, Germany 0
12 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko 14 October 2000 Cologne, Germany 5
13 South Africa Corrie Sanders 8 March 2003 Hanover, Germany 0
Sanders vacated in later 2003 to concentrate on a challenge for the WBC belt against Vitali Klitschko.
14 United States Lamon Brewster
def. Wladimir Klitschko
10 April 2004 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
15 Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich 1 April 2006 Cleveland, Ohio, United States 0
16 United States Shannon Briggs 4 November 2006 Phoenix, Arizona, United States 0
17 Russia Sultan Ibragimov 2 June 2007 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 1
18 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko (2) 23 February 2008 New York City, United States 14
19 United Kingdom Tyson Fury 28 November 2015 Düsseldorf, Germany 0
Fury, who had previously withdrawn from a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko before testing positive in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) test for cocaine on 29 September, vacated the title on 12 October 2016 after testing positive a second time, citing his need to focus on treatment for depression.[3]
20 New Zealand Joseph Parker
def. Andy Ruiz
10 December 2016 Auckland, New Zealand 2
21 United Kingdom Anthony Joshua 31 March 2018 Cardiff, United Kingdom 1
22 United States Andy Ruiz Jr. 1 June 2019 New York City, United States 0
23 United Kingdom Anthony Joshua (2) 7 December 2019 Diriyah, Saudi Arabia 0

Junior heavyweight[edit]

This weight class is designated as cruiserweight by the WBA, WBC, and IBF.

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 United States Boone Pultz
def. Magne Havnå
3 December 1989 Copenhagen, Denmark 0
2 Norway Magne Havnå 17 May 1990 Aars, Denmark 2
Havnå's last defense was against Tyrone Booze on 15 February 1991 in Randers, Denmark.
3 United States Tyrone Booze
def. Derek Angol
25 July 1992 Manchester, England 1
4 Germany Markus Bott 13 February 1993 Hamburg, Germany 0
5 Argentina Nestor Hipolito Giovannini 26 June 1993 Hamburg, Germany 1
6 Poland Dariusz Michalczewski 17 December 1994 Hamburg, Germany 0
Michalczewski vacated the title in favor of the WBO Light Heavyweight title, which he already held.
7 Germany Ralf Rocchigiani
def. Carl Thompson
10 June 1995 Manchester, England, United Kingdom 6
8 United Kingdom Carl Thompson 4 October 1997 Hanover, Germany 2
9 United Kingdom Johnny Nelson 27 March 1999 Derby, England 13
Title vacated on 22 September 2006. Nelson retired after suffering a back injury during training camp for his bout against Enzo Maccarinelli.[4]
10 United Kingdom Enzo Maccarinelli
interim champion promoted
September 2006 N/A 4
11 United Kingdom David Haye 8 March 2008 London, England 0
Title vacated when Haye decided to move up to Heavyweight in 2008.
12 Argentina Victor Emilio Ramírez
interim champion promoted
February 2009 N/A 1
13 Germany Marco Huck 5 December 2009 Ludwigsburg, Germany 13
14 Poland Krzysztof Głowacki 14 August 2015 Newark, United States 1
15 Ukraine Oleksandr Usyk 17 September 2016 Gdansk, Poland 6
Usyk vacated the title to move up to heavyweight on 5 June 2019.[5]
16 Poland Krzysztof Głowacki (2)
interim champion promoted
5 June 2019 N/A 0
17 Latvia Mairis Briedis 15 June 2019 Riga, Latvia 0

Light heavyweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 United States Michael Moorer
def. Ramzi Hassan
3 December 1988 Brook Park, Ohio, United States 9
Moorer vacated the title in 1991 in order to move up to Heavyweight. His last defense was against Danny Stonewalker on 15 December 1990 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 United States Leeonzer Barber
def. Tom Collins
9 May 1991 Leeds, England 4
3 Poland Dariusz Michalczewski 10 September 1994 Hamburg, Germany 23
4 Mexico Julio César González 10 October 2003 Hamburg, Germany 0
5 Hungary Zsolt Erdei 17 January 2004 Karlsruhe, Germany 11
Erdei vacated the title on 13 November 2009 in order to move up to Cruiserweight. His last defense was against Yuriy Barashian on 10 January 2009 at Magdeburg, Germany
6 Germany Jürgen Brähmer
interim champion promoted
13 November 2009 N/A 2
Brähmer was stripped of the title on 19 May 2011 after withdrawing from a bout against Nathan Cleverly, citing an eye injury.[6] His last defense was against Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky on 24 April 2010 at Alsterdorf, Germany
7 United Kingdom Nathan Cleverly
interim champion promoted
19 May 2011 N/A 5
8 Russia Sergey Kovalev 18 August 2013 Cardiff, Wales 8
9 United States Andre Ward 19 November 2016 Las Vegas, United States 1
Ward retired as the unified WBA/IBF/WBO world champion.[7] His last successful defense was against Sergey Kovalev on 6 June 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
10 Russia Sergey Kovalev (2)
def. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy
25 November 2017 Madison Square Garden, New York, United States 1
11 Colombia Eleider Álvarez 4 August 2018 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, United States 0
12 Russia Sergey Kovalev (3) 2 February 2019 Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, United States 1
13 Mexico Saúl Álvarez 2 November 2019 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
Álvarez vacated on December 17 to avoid mandatory fights and search for bigger opponents

Super middleweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 United States Thomas Hearns
def. James Kinchen
4 November 1988 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2
Title vacated in 1990. Hearns' last defense was against Michael Olajide on 28 April 1990 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States.
2 United Kingdom Chris Eubank
def. Michael Watson
21 September 1991 London, England 14
3 Republic of Ireland Steve Collins 18 March 1995 Millstreet, Ireland 7
Collins was stripped of the title in october 1997 after suffering a leg injury during training camp and subsequently withdrawing from his bout against Joe Calzaghe.[8]
4 United Kingdom Joe Calzaghe
def. Chris Eubank
11 October 1997 Sheffield, England 21
Calzaghe, citing difficulty making weight, vacated the title on 26 September 2008 after moving up to light heavyweight.[9] His last defense was on 3 November 2007 against Mikkel Kessler at Cardiff, Wales
5 Russia Denis Inkin
def. Fulgencio Zuniga
27 September 2008 Hamburg, Germany 0
6 Hungary Károly Balzsay 10 January 2009 Magdeburg, Germany 1
7 Germany Robert Stieglitz 22 August 2009 Budapest, Hungary 6
8 Germany Arthur Abraham 25 August 2012 Berlin, Germany 1
9 Germany Robert Stieglitz (2) 23 March 2013 Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt Germany 2
10 Germany Arthur Abraham (2) 1 March 2014 Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt Germany 5
11 Mexico Gilberto Ramírez 9 April 2016 Las Vegas, United States 5
Ramírez vacated the title on 13 May 2019 to move up to light heavyweight.[10]
12 United Kingdom Billy Joe Saunders
def. Shefat Isufi
18 May 2019 Stevenage, England 1

Middleweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 United States Doug DeWitt
def. Robbie Sims
18 April 1989 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 1
2 United Kingdom Nigel Benn 29 April 1990 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 1
3 United Kingdom Chris Eubank 18 November 1990 Birmingham, England 3
Eubank vacated the title on 21 September 1991 to move up to Super Middleweight. His last defense was against Michael Watson on 22 June 1991 in London, England.
4 United States Gerald McClellan
def. John Mugabi
20 November 1991 London, England 0
McClellan vacated the title on 24 February 1992 to move up to Super Middleweight.
5 United Kingdom Chris Pyatt
def. Sumbu Kalambay
19 May 1993 Leicester, England 2
6 Republic of Ireland Steve Collins 11 May 1994 Sheffield, England 0
Collins vacated the title on 18 March 1995 to move up to Super Middleweight.
7 United States Lonnie Bradley
def. David Mendez
19 May 1995 Primm, Nevada, United States 6
Bradley vacated title in 1997 to have eye surgery to repair a detached retina.
8 Jamaica Otis Grant
def. Ryan Rhodes
13 December 1997 Sheffield, England, United Kingdom 1
Grant vacated the title on 14 November 1998 to move up to light heavyweight and challenge Roy Jones Jr. for his unified WBC/WBA world titles.[11]
9 Germany Bert Schenk
def. Freeman Barr
30 January 1999 Cottbus, Germany 1
Schenk vacated title Mid-1999 due to achilles injury. He had one successful defense was against Juan Ramon Medina on 22 May 1999 in Budapest, Hungary.
10 United Kingdom Jason Matthews
def. Ryan Rhodes
17 July 1999 Doncaster, England 0
11 Sweden Armand Krajnc 27 November 1999 Lübeck, Germany 3
Krajnc vacated the title on 4 June 2001, while in a dispute with Universum Box-Promotion; the WBO unanimously voted on 17 September 2001 that Krajnc never actually vacated and remained as WBO champion.
12 Namibia Harry Simon 6 April 2002 Copenhagen, Denmark 0
Harry Simon awarded interim title on 21 July 2001 after defeating Hacine Cherifi. At the time it was believed that Krajnc had vacated the title, however, the WBO later ruled that Krajnc remained as champion. Title vacated November 2002 after Simon sentenced to prison due to his role in fatal car crash.
13 Argentina Héctor Javier Velazco
def. Andras Galfi
10 May 2003 Buenos Aires, Argentina 0
14 Germany Felix Sturm 13 September 2003 Berlin, Germany 1
15 United States Oscar De La Hoya 5 June 2004 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
16 United States Bernard Hopkins 18 September 2004 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
17 United States Jermain Taylor 16 July 2005 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
18 United States Kelly Pavlik 29 September 2007 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 3
19 Argentina Sergio Gabriel Martínez 17 April 2010 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 0
Martínez, who held the WBC super welterweight title at the time he defeated unified middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik, was stripped of the WBO middleweight title on 29 May 2010 because he missed the WBO's deadline to decide on which weight class he would continue to fight in.[12]
20 Russia Dmitry Pirog
def. Daniel Jacobs
31 July 2010 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
Pirog stripped of title August 2012 after being unable to defend due to back injury. Last defense was against Nobuhiro Ishida on 5 January 2012 at Moscow, Russia
21 Cameroon Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
interim champ promoted
25 August 2012 NA 0
22 United States Peter Quillin 20 October 2012 Washington D.C., United States 3
Quillin vacated the title on 4 September 2014 after pulling out of his scheduled bout against mandatory challenger Matt Korobov.[13]
23 Republic of Ireland Andy Lee
def. Matt Korobov
13 December 2014 Las Vegas, United States 1
24 United Kingdom Billy Joe Saunders 19 December 2015 Manchester, England 3
Saunders tested positive for the banned performing-enhancing drug oxilofrine before his bout against mandatory challenger Demetrius Andrade and vacated the title on 11 October 2018, citing his lack of time to appeal.[14]
25 United States Demetrius Andrade
def. Walter Kautondokwa
20 October 2018 Boston, United States 2

Junior middleweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 United States John David Jackson
def. Lupe Aquino
8 December 1988 Detroit, Michigan, United States 6
Jackson vacated the title in 1993 to move up to Middleweight. His last defense was against Michele Mastrodonato on 19 December 1992 in San Severo, Italy.
2 Belize Verno Phillips
def. Lupe Aquino
30 October 1993 Phoenix, Arizona, United States 4
3 United Kingdom Paul Jones 22 November 1995 Sheffield, England 0
Jones was stripped of the title after withdrawing from a bout against no. 1 contender Bronco McKarton 26 February 1996.[15]
4 United States Bronco McKart
def. Santos Cardona
1 March 1996 Indio, California, United States 0
5 United States Ronald "Winky" Wright 17 May 1996 Monroe, Michigan, United States 3
6 Namibia Harry Simon 22 August 1998 Temba, South Africa 4
Simon vacated the title in July 2001 to move up to Middleweight. His last defense was against Wayne Alexander on 10 February 2001 in Widnes, England, United Kingdom.
7 Puerto Rico Daniel Santos
def. Yori Boy Campas
16 March 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 4
8 Ukraine Sergiy Dzindziruk 3 December 2005 Magdeburg, Germany 6
Dzindziruk was stripped of the title due to inactivity caused by injuries. As a result, Zaurbek Baysangurov was promoted from interim champion.
9 Russia Zaurbek Baysangurov
interim champion promoted
5 October 2011 N/A 2
Baysangurov was stripped of the title in July 2013 after withdrawing from a bout against mandatory challenger Demetrius Andrade.[16]
10 United States Demetrius Andrade
def. Vanes Martirosyan
9 November 2013 Corpus Christi, Texas 1
Andrade was stripped of the title due to inactivity on 31 July 2015.[17]
11 United Kingdom Liam Smith
def. John Thompson
10 October 2015 Manchester, England 2
12 Mexico Canelo Álvarez 17 September 2016 Arlington, Texas 0
Álvarez vacated the title on 19 May 2017 to move up to middleweight
13 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto
def. Yoshihiro Kamegai
26 August 2017 Carson, California 0
14 United States Sadam Ali 2 December 2017 New York City, New York, United States 0
15 Mexico Jaime Munguia 12 May 2018 Verona, New York, United States 5
Munguia vacated the title on 23 November 2019 to move up to middleweight
16 Brazil Patrick Teixeira
interim champion promoted
4 December 2019 Paradise, Nevada, United States 0

Welterweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Mexico Genaro Léon
def. Danny Garcia
6 May 1989 Santa Ana, California, United States 0
Title vacated in 1989.
2 United States Manning Galloway
def. Al Hamza
15 December 1989 Yabucoa, Puerto Rico 7
3 Denmark Gert Bo Jacobsen 12 February 1993 Randers, Denmark 0
Jacobsen was stripped of the title in October 1993 after withdrawing from a bout against Eamonn Loughran due to suffering from the flu.[18]
4 Republic of Ireland Eammon Loughran
def. Lorenzo Smith
16 October 1993 Belfast, Northern Ireland 5
5 Mexico José Luis López 13 April 1996 Liverpool, England, United Kingdom 1
López was stripped of the title in November 1996 after testing positive for marijuana.[19]
6 Romania Mihai Leu
def. Santiago Samaniego
22 February 1997 Hamburg, Germany 1
Title vacated when Leu retired. His only defense was against Michael Carruth on 20 September 1997 in Aachen, Germany.
7 Russia Ahmed Kotiev
def. Leonard Townsend
14 February 1998 Stuttgart, Germany 4
8 Puerto Rico Daniel Santos 6 May 2000 Neuss, Germany 2
Title vacated on 21 July 2001 when a bout between Santos and Antonio Margarito in Bayamón, Puerto Rico ends in a no-contest in the first round.
9 Mexico Antonio Margarito
def. Antonio Díaz
16 March 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 7
10 United States Paul Williams 14 July 2007 Carson City, California, United States 0
11 Puerto Rico Carlos Quintana 9 February 2008 Temecula, California, United States 0
12 United States Paul Williams (2) 7 June 2008 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 0
Williams vacated the title on 14 November 2008 to move up in weight and fight for the vacant interim WBO junior middleweight world championship.[20]
13 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto 21 February 2009 New York, United States 1
14 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 14 November 2009 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
15 United States Timothy Bradley 9 June 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2
16 Philippines Manny Pacquiao (2) 12 April 2014 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
17 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. 2 May 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
Mayweather was stripped of the title on 6 July 2015 for missing the deadline to pay the WBO's sanctioning fee from his 2 May bout against Manny Pacquiao and for continuing to hold world championship titles in multiple weight classes, a violation of the WBO's rules and regulations.[21]
18 United States Timothy Bradley (2)
interim champion promoted
6 July 2015 N/A 1
Bradley vacated the title on 9 February 2016 after he signed to face Manny Pacquiao in a rubber match instead of mandatory challenger Sadam Ali.[22]
19 United States Jessie Vargas
def. Sadam Ali
5 March 2016 Washington, District of Columbia, United States 0
20 Philippines Manny Pacquiao (3) 5 November 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
21 Australia Jeff Horn 2 July 2017 Brisbane, Australia 1
22 United States Terence Crawford 9 June 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3

Junior welterweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho
def. Ray Mancini
6 March 1989 Reno, Nevada, United States 2
2 United States Greg Haugen 23 February 1991 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
Haugen was stripped of the title after testing positive for marijuana.[23]
3 Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho (2)
def. Greg Haugen
19 May 1991 Reno, Nevada, United States 0
Title vacated in 1992.
4 Mexico Carlos González
def. Jimmy Paul
29 June 1992 Inglewood, California, United States 3
5 United States Zack Padilla 7 June 1993 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 4
Title vacated when Padilla retired after his final defense against Juan Laporte in Los Angeles, California on the 24th of July 1994.
6 Puerto Rico Sammy Fuentes
def. Fidel Avendano
20 February 1995 Inglewood, California, United States 1
7 Italy Giovanni Parisi 9 March 1996 Milan, Italy 5
8 Mexico Carlos González (2) 29 May 1998 Pesaro, Italy 0
9 United States Randall Bailey 15 May 1999 Miami, Florida, United States 2
10 Colombia Ener Julio 22 July 2000 Miami, Florida, United States 0
Title vacated when a routine eye exam reveals that Julio has cataracts.
11 United States DeMarcus Corley
def. Felix Flores
30 June 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2
12 United States Zab Judah 12 July 2003 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
Judah vacated the title to move up to the Welterweight division.
13 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto
def. Kelson Pinto
11 September 2004 San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States 6
Cotto vacated the title to move up to Welterweight and challenge for the WBA title His last defense was against Paul Malignaggi on 10 June 2006 in New York City, New York.
14 Colombia Ricardo Torres
def. Mike Arnaoutis
18 November 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
15 United States Kendall Holt
def. Ricardo Torres
5 July 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
16 United States Timothy Bradley 4 April 2009 Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1
Bradley vacated the title after moving up to welterweight on 27 June 2012.[24] His last defense was against Joel Casamayor on 12 November 2011 in Las Vegas.
17 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez
interim champion promoted
27 June 2012 Mexico City, Mexico 0
Márquez vacated the title to move up to Welterweight and challenge Timothy Bradley for the WBO belt.
18 United States Mike Alvarado
interim champion promoted
12 October 2013 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
19 Russia Ruslan Provodnikov 19 October 2013 Denver, Colorado, United States 0
20 United States Chris Algieri 14 June 2014 Brooklyn, New York, United States 0
Algieri was stripped of the title due to his upcoming bout against Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight world championship.[25]
21 United States Terence Crawford
def. Thomas Dulorme
18 April 2015 Arlington, Texas, United States 6
Crawford vacated the title to move up to welterweight on 26 October 2017.[26]
22 United States Maurice Hooker
def. Terry Flanagan
9 June 2018 Manchester, England, United Kingdom 2
23 United States José Ramírez 28 July 2019 Arlington, Texas, United States 0

Lightweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Mexico Mauricio Aceves
def. Amancio Castro
6 May 1989 Santa Ana, California, United States 1
2 South Africa Dingaan Thobela 22 September 1990 Brownsville, Texas, United States 2
Thobela's last defense was against Antonio Rivera on 14 September 1991 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
3 Italy Giovanni Parisi
def. Javier Altamirano
25 September 1992 Voghera, Italy 2
Parisi's last defense was against Antonio Rivera on 24 September 1993 in Rome, Italy.
4 United States Oscar De La Hoya
def. Jorge Páez
29 July 1994 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 6
De La Hoya's last defense was against Jesse James Leija on 15 December 1995 in New York City, New York, United States.
5 Uzbekistan Artur Grigorian
def. Antonio Rivera
13 April 1996 Hamburg, Germany 17
6 Brazil Acelino Freitas 3 January 2004 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States 0
7 United States Diego Corrales 7 August 2004 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States 1
Corrales was stripped of the title after deciding to pursue a rematch with José Luis Castillo instead of his mandatory challenger Acelino Freitas.[27]
8 Brazil Acelino Freitas (2)
def. Zahir Raheem
29 April 2006 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States 0
9 United States Juan Díaz 28 April 2007 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States 1
10 United States Nate Campbell 8 March 2008 Cancún, Mexico 0
Campbell was stripped of his unified IBF/WBO world titles after failing to make weight the day before his bout against Ali Funeka.[28]
11 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez
def. Juan Díaz
28 February 2009 Houston, Texas, United States 2
Márquez vacates to move up to welterweight. Last defense on 27 November 2010 at Las Vegas, Nevada against Michael Katsidis
12 United Kingdom Ricky Burns
Interim champ promoted
6 January 2012 4
13 United States Terence Crawford 1 March 2014 Glasgow, Scotland 2
Crawford vacates to fight for the super lightweight title. Last defense against Raymundo Beltrán on 29 November 2014 at Omaha, Nebraska, United States
14 United Kingdom Terry Flanagan
def. Jose Zepeda
11 July 2015 Manchester, England 5
Flanagan vacated the title to move up to junior welterweight.[29]
15 Mexico Ray Beltrán
def. Paulus Moses
16 February 2018 Reno, Nevada 0
16 Puerto Rico José Pedraza 25 August 2018 Glendale, Arizona 0
17 Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko 8 December 2018 New York City, New York 2

Junior lightweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Puerto Rico John John Molina
def. Juan Laporte
29 April 1989 San Juan, Puerto Rico 0
Title vacated in later 1989.
2 Tunisia Kamel Bou Ali
def. Antonio Rivera
9 December 1989 Teramo, Italy 2
3 France Daniel Londas 21 March 1992 San Rufo, Italy 0
4 Denmark Jimmi Bredahl 4 September 1992 Copenhagen, Denmark 1
5 United States Oscar De La Hoya 5 March 1994 Los Angeles, California, United States 1
De La Hoya vacated the title in order to move up to the Lightweight division. Only defense against Giorgio Campanella on April 1994 at Las Vegas, Nevada.
6 Netherlands Regilio Tuur
def. Eugene Speed
24 September 1994 Rotterdam, Netherlands 6
Tuur retired as the WBO junior lightweight world champion.[30]
7 United Kingdom Barry Jones
def. Wilson Palacio
19 December 1997 London, England 0
Jones lost his boxing license after a brain scan found an anomaly. The WBO vacated his title before Jones regained his license
8 Russia Anatoly Alexandrov
def. Julien Lorcy
16 May 1998 Paris, France 1
9 Brazil Acelino Freitas 7 August 1999 Le Cannet, France 11
Freitas vacated the title to move up to the lightweight division. His last defense was against Jorge Rodrigo Barrios on 9 August 2003 in Miami, Florida.
10 United States Diego Corrales
def. Joel Casamayor
6 March 2004 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States 0
Corrales vacated the title to move up to the lightweight division.
11 United States Mike Anchondo
def. Pablo Chacón
15 July 2004 Dallas, Texas, United States 0
12 Argentina Jorge Rodrigo Barrios 8 April 2005 Miami, Florida, United States 2
Barrios was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his scheduled bout against Joan Guzmán.[31]
13 Dominican Republic Joan Guzmán
def. Jorge Rodrigo Barrios
16 September 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2
Guzmán vacated the title to move up to lightweight after continued difficulties negotiating a bout against mandatory challenger Alex Arthur.[32]
14 United Kingdom Alex Arthur
interim champion promoted
May 2008 N/A 0
15 United Kingdom Nicky Cook 9 September 2008 Manchester, England 0
16 Puerto Rico Román Martínez 14 March 2009 Manchester, England 2
17 United Kingdom Ricky Burns 4 September 2010 Glasgow, Scotland 3
Burns vacated the title after deciding to move up to Lightweight. Last defense against Nicky Cook on July 2011 at Liverpool, England
18 United States Adrien Broner
def. Vicente Martín Rodríguez
26 November 2011 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States 1
Broner was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his scheduled bout against mandatory challenger Vicente Escobedo.[33]
19 Puerto Rico Román Martínez
def. Miguel Beltrán Jr.
15 September 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2
20 United States Mikey Garcia 9 November 2013 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States 1
Garcia vacated the title to move up to junior welterweight.[34]
21 Mexico Orlando Salido
interim champion promoted
14 October 2014 N/A 0
22 Puerto Rico Román Martínez 11 April 2015 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1
23 Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko 11 June 2016 New York City, New York, United States 4
Lomachenko vacated the title after moving up in weight and defeating Jorge Linares for the WBA lightweight world championship.[35]
24 Japan Masayuki Ito
def. Christopher Díaz
28 July 2018 Kissimmee, United States 1
25 United States Jamel Herring 25 May 2019 Kissimmee, United States 1

Featherweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Italy Maurizio Stecca
def. Pedro Nolasco
28 January 1989 Milan, Italy 1
2 United States Louie Espinoza 11 November 1989 Rimini, Italy 0
3 Mexico Jorge Páez 7 April 1990 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
Paez's only defense was against Troy Dorsey on 8 July 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
4 Italy Maurizio Stecca (2)
def. Armando Juan Reyes
26 January 1991 Sassari, Italy 2
5 United Kingdom Colin McMillan 16 February 1992 London, England 0
6 Colombia Rubén Darío Palacios 26 September 1992 London, England, United Kingdom 0
Palacios was stripped of the title after failing a pre-fight medical examination due to testing positive for the AIDS virus.[36]
7 United Kingdom Steve Robinson
def. John Davison
17 April 1993 Washington, England 7
8 United Kingdom Naseem Hamed 30 September 1995 Cardiff, Wales 15
Hamed vacated the title after HBO refused to approve mandatory challenger István Kovács as his opponent.[37]
9 Hungary István Kovács
def. Antonio Díaz
27 January 2001 Munich, Germany 0
10 Argentina Pablo Chacón 16 June 2001 Budapest, Hungary 2
Chacón's last defense was against Victor Polo on 19 January 2002 in London, England, United Kingdom
11 United Kingdom Scott Harrison
def. Victor Santiago
8 June 2002 Glasgow, Scotland 2
12 Mexico Manuel Medina 12 July 2003 Glasgow, Scotland 0
13 United Kingdom Scott Harrison (2) 29 November 2003 Glasgow, Scotland 6
Harrison vacated the title after withdrawing from a bout against Nicky Cook because he could no longer make the featherweight limit.[38]
14 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez
interim champion promoted
2006 N/A 0
Márquez vacates to move up to super featherweight. Only defense against Jimrex Jaca in November 2006 at Hidalgo, Texas
15 Mexico Steven Luevano 14 July 2007 London, England 5
16 Puerto Rico Juan Manuel López 23 January 2010 New York City, USA 1
17 Mexico Orlando Salido 16 April 2011 Bayamón, Puerto Rico 2
18 United States Mikey Garcia 19 January 2013 Madison Square Garden, New York 0
Garcia was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his scheduled bout against Juan Manuel López.[39]
19 Mexico Orlando Salido (2)
def. Orlando Cruz
12 October 2013 Las Vegas, Nevada 0
Salido was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his scheduled bout against Vasyl Lomachenko.[40]
20 Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko
def. Gary Russell Jr.
21 June 2014 Carson, California 3
Lomachenko vacated the title after moving up in weight and defeating Román Martínez for the WBO junior lightweight world championship.[41]
21 Mexico Óscar Valdez
def. Matías Rueda
23 July 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada 6
Valdez vacated title and moved up to super featherweight
22 United States Shakur Stevenson
def. Joet Gonzalez
26 October 2019 Reno, Nevada 0

Junior featherweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 United States Kenny Mitchell
def. Julio Gervacio
29 April 1989 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1
2 Italy Valerio Nati 9 December 1989 Teramo, Italy 0
3 Puerto Rico Orlando Fernandez 12 May 1990 Sassari, Italy 0
4 United States Jesse Benavides 24 May 1991 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States 1
5 United Kingdom Duke McKenzie 15 October 1992 London, England 0
6 Puerto Rico Daniel Jiménez 9 June 1993 London, England 4
7 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera 31 March 1995 Anaheim, California, United States 8
8 United States Junior Jones 22 November 1996 Tampa, Florida, United States 1
9 United States Kennedy McKinney 18 April 1997 New York City, New York, United States 0
McKinney vacates to fight for featherweight title.
10 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera (2)
def. Richie Wenton
31 October 1998 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 2
11 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera (3)
reinstated as champion
March 2000 2
Title vacated when Barrera won the vacant IBO Featherweight title, defeating Naseem Hamed in Las Vegas, Nevada. His last defense was against Jesús Salud on 1 December 2000 also in Las Vegas.
12 Dominican Republic Agapito Sánchez
def. Jorge Monsalvo
23 June 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
Title stripped due to inactivity. Only defense was a draw against Manny Pacquiao on 11 November 2001 at San Francisco, California
13 Dominican Republic Joan Guzmán
def. Jorge Monsalvo
17 August 2002 Cardiff, Wales 2
The WBO stripped Guzman of the title due to his not making weight for a defense against Marcos Licona, scheduled for 6 November. His last defense was against Fernando Beltrán, Jr. on 22 April 2005 in Hidalgo, Texas, United States.
14 Mexico Daniel Ponce de León
def. Sod Looknongyangtoy
29 October 2005 Tucson, Arizona, United States 6
15 Puerto Rico Juan Manuel López 7 June 2008 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 5
Juan Manuel López vacated the title to move up to Featherweight. Last defense was on 10 October 2009 against Rogers Mtagwa at the Madison Square Garden, New York
16 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Vázquez Jr.
def. Marvin Sonsona
27 February 2010 Bayamón, Puerto Rico 2
17 Mexico Jorge Arce 7 May 2011 MGM Grand, Las Vegas 1
Arce vacated the title to move down to bantamweight.[42]
18 Philippines Nonito Donaire
def. Wilfredo Vázquez Jr.
4 February 2012 San Antonio, Texas 3
19 Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux 13 April 2013 New York, New York 3
Rigondeaux was stripped of the title due to inactivity.[43]
20 Philippines Nonito Donaire (2)
def. César Juárez
11 December 2015 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1
21 United States Jessie Magdaleno 5 November 2016 Las Vegas, United States 1
22 Ghana Isaac Dogboe 28 April 2018 Philadelphia, USA 1
23 Mexico Emanuel Navarrete 8 December 2018 New York, USA 4

Bantamweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Venezuela Israel Contreras
def. Maurizio Lupino
3 February 1989 Caracas, Venezuela 1
Contreras vacated the title in order to challenge Luisito Espinosa for the WBA title.
2 United States Gaby Canizales
def. Miguel Lora
12 March 1991 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States 0
3 United Kingdom Duke McKenzie 30 June 1991 London, England 2
4 Puerto Rico Rafael del Valle 13 May 1992 London, England 2
5 Ghana Alfred Kotey 30 July 1994 London, England 2
6 Puerto Rico Daniel Jiménez 21 October 1995 London, England 1
7 United Kingdom Robbie Regan 26 April 1996 Cardiff, Wales 0
Title vacated when Regan retired.
8 Colombia Jorge Eliécer Julio
def. Oscar Maldonado
28 July 1997 Inglewood, California, United States 3
9 United States Johnny Tapia 8 January 2000 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States 1
Tapia vacated to fight Paulie Ayala at super bantamweight.
10 Panama Mauricio Martínez
def. Lester Fuentes
4 September 2000 Manchester, England 1
11 Mexico Cruz Carbajal 15 March 2002 Veracruz, Mexico 2
12 Thailand Ratanachai Sor Vorapin 7 May 2004 Bangkok, Thailand 1
13 Mexico Jhonny González 29 October 2005 Tucson, Arizona, United States 1
14 Philippines Gerry Peñalosa 11 August 2007 Sacramento, California, United States 1
Title Stripped due to Peñalosa not defending the belt for a year.
15 Mexico Fernando Montiel
def. Diego Oscar Silva
28 March 2009 Baja California, Mexico 2
16 Philippines Nonito Donaire 19 February 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2
Donaire vacated to move up to super bantamweight.
17 Mexico Jorge Arce
def. Angky Angkotta
26 November 2011 Plaza de Toros Rea, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico 0
Arce vacated to fight at super bantamweight against Nonito Donaire.
18 Thailand Pungluang Sor Singyu
def. A. J. Banal
20 October 2012 Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines 0
19 Namibia Paulus Ambunda 2 March 2013 Windhoek, Namibia 0
20 Japan Tomoki Kameda 1 August 2013 Cebu, Philippines 3
Kameda's request to make his fight with Jamie McDonnell a unification bout was rejected by the WBO as McDonnell was only the "regular" champion which is considered a secondary title by the WBO. As a result, Kameda relinquished his title
21 Thailand Pungluang Sor Singyu
def. Ryo Akaho
8 August 2015 Ratchaburi, Thailand 1
22 Philippines Marlon Tapales 27 July 2016 Ayutthaya, Thailand 0
Tapales was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his bout against Shohei Omori.[44]
23 South Africa Zolani Tete
interim champion promoted
23 April 2017 N/A 3
24 Philippines John Riel Casimero 30 November 2019 Birmingham, England 0

Junior bantamweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Puerto Rico José Ruíz Matos
def. Bebis Rojas
29 April 1989 San Juan, Puerto Rico 4
2 Mexico José Quirino 22 February 1992 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
3 Denmark Johnny Bredahl 4 September 1992 Copenhagen, Denmark 3
Bredahl's last defense was against Eduardo Nazario on 25 March 1994 in Aakirkeby, Denmark.
4 United States Johnny Tapia
def. Henry Martínez
14 October 1994 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States 13
Tapia's last defense was against Rodolfo Blanco on 13 February 1998 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
5 Argentina Victor Godoi
def. Pedro Morquecho
7 November 1998 Chubut, Argentina 0
6 Mexico Diego Morales 7 June 1999 Tijuana, Mexico 1
7 Nicaragua Adonis Rivas 20 November 1999 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2
8 Panama Pedro Alcázar 16 June 2001 Panama City, Panama 1
9 Mexico Fernando Montiel 22 June 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 1
10 United States Mark Johnson 16 August 2003 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 1
11 Mexico Iván Hernández 25 September 2004 Memphis, Tennessee, United States 0
12 Mexico Fernando Montiel (2) 9 April 2005 El Paso, Texas, United States 6
Montiel's's last defense was against Luis Maldonado on 31 May 2008 in Mexico.
13 Puerto Rico José López
def. Pramuansak Posuwan
28 March 2009 Bayamón, Puerto Rico 0
14 Philippines Marvin Sonsona 4 September 2009 Rama, Ontario, Canada 0
Sonsona was stripped of the title after failing to make weight on the day of his bout against Alejandro Hernández.[45]
15 Mexico Jorge Arce
def. Angky Angkota
30 January 2010 Mexico City, Mexico 0
Arce had to vacate the title upon his move to bantamweight division.
16 Argentina Omar Andrés Narváez
def. Everth Briceño
15 May 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina 11
17 Japan Naoya Inoue 30 December 2014 Tokyo, Japan 7
Inoue vacated the title to move up to bantamweight
18 Philippines Donnie Nietes
def. Kazuto Ioka
31 December 2018 Macao, China 0
Donnie Nietes vacated the title to pursue a career-defining fight.[46]
19 Japan Kazuto Ioka
def. Aston Palicte
19 June 2019 Chiba City, Japan 1

Flyweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Colombia Elvis Álvarez
def. Miguel Mercedes
3 March 1989 Medellín, Colombia 0
Alvarez vacated the title due to lack of interest in it.
2 Mexico Isidro Pérez
def. Angel Rosario
18 August 1990 Ponce, Puerto Rico 2
3 United Kingdom Pat Clinton 18 March 1992 Glasgow, Scotland 1
4 South Africa Jacob Matlala 15 May 1993 Glasgow, Scotland 3
5 Mexico Alberto Jiménez 11 February 1995 Hammanskraal, South Africa 5
6 Argentina Carlos Gabriel Salazar 13 December 1996 Buenos Aires, Argentina 5
7 Mexico Ruben Sánchez León 14 August 1998 Mexicali, Mexico 1
8 Spain José Antonio López Bueno 23 April 1999 Zaragoza, Spain 1
Title vacated in later 1999.
9 Mexico Isidro García
def. José López
18 December 1999 Indio, California, United States 1
10 Mexico Fernando Montiel 15 December 2000 Ciudad Obregón, Mexico 3
Montiel vacated the title to move up to super flyweight. His las defense was 9 September 2001 against José López in Reno, Nevada, United States
11 Nicaragua Adonis Rivas
def. Jair Jimenez
4 May 2002 Managua, Nicaragua 0
12 Argentina Omar Andrés Narváez 13 July 2002 Buenos Aires, Argentina 16
Narváez vacated the title to move up to super flyweight. His last defense was on 26 June 2009 against Omar Soto at the Luna Park, Buenos Aires
13 Mexico Julio César Miranda
def. Richie Mepranum
12 June 2010 Puebla, Mexico 3
14 United States Brian Viloria 16 July 2011 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States 3
15 Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada 6 April 2013 Macao, China 5
Estrada vacated the title to move up to junior bantamweight.[47]
16 China Zou Shiming
def. Prasitsak Phaprom
5 November 2016 Las Vegas, United States 0
17 Japan Sho Kimura 28 July 2017 Shanghai, China 2
18 Japan Kosei Tanaka 24 September 2018 Nagoya, Japan 3

Junior flyweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Puerto Rico José de Jesús
def. Fernando Martínez
19 May 1989 San Juan, Puerto Rico 3
De Jesus was stripped of the title after failing to defend it in a specific time period. His last defense was against Abdi Pohan on 10 November 1990 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
2 Puerto Rico Josué Camacho
def. Eddie Vallejo
31 July 1992 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1
3 United States Michael Carbajal 15 July 1994 Phoenix, Arizona, United States 0
Carbajal failed to defend the title he had just won, looking forward instead to have another fight with Humberto González 4 months later.
4 United Kingdom Paul Weir
def. Paul Oulden
23 November 1994 Irvine, Scotland 1
5 South Africa Jacob Matlala 18 November 1995 Glasgow, Scotland 2
Matlala elected to take a shot against Michael Carbajal rather than defend his title. His last defense of the title was against Mickey Cantwell on 8 February 1997 in Millwall, London.
6 Mexico Jesús Chong
def. Eric Griffin
31 May 1997 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 0
7 Mexico Melchor Cob Castro 25 August 1997 Inglewood, California, United States 0
8 Argentina Juan Domingo Córdoba 17 January 1998 Santiago del Estero, Argentina 1
9 Mexico Jorge Arce 5 December 1998 Tijuana, Mexico 1
10 United States Michael Carbajal (2) 31 July 1999 Tijuana, Mexico 0
Carbajal automatically vacated the title after retiring that same year.
11 South Africa Masibulele Makepula
def. Jacob Matlala
19 February 2000 Brakpan, South Africa 0
Title vacated in 2000.
12 Puerto Rico Nelson Dieppa
def. Andy Tabanas
14 April 2001 New York City, United States 5
13 Mexico Hugo Cázares 30 April 2005 San Juan, Puerto Rico 4
14 Puerto Rico Iván Calderón 25 August 2007 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 6
15 Mexico Giovani Segura 28 August 2010 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 1
Segura vacated the title to move up to Flyweight. His last defense of the title was on 2 April 2011 against Iván Calderón in Baja California, Mexico.
16 Colombia Jesús Géles
interim champ promoted
April 2011 NA 0
17 Mexico Ramón García Hirales 30 April 2011 Mexico City, Mexico 0
18 Philippines Donnie Nietes 8 October 2011 Bacolod, Philippines 9
Nietes vacated the title to move up to flyweight.[48]
19 Japan Kosei Tanaka
def. Moisés Fuentes
31 December 2016 Gifu, Japan 2
Tanaka vacated the title to move up to flyweight.[49]
20 Puerto Rico Ángel Acosta 2 December 2017 New York City, New York, United States 3
21 Mexico Elwin Soto 21 June 2019 Indio, California, United States 1

Mini flyweight[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Dominican Republic Rafael Torres
def. Yamil Caraballo
30 August 1989 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1
Torres' only defense was against Husni Ray on 31 July 1990 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
2 United Kingdom Paul Weir
def. Fernando Martínez
15 May 1993 Glasgow, Scotland 1
Weir vacated the title to move up in weight and challenge Josué Camacho for a junior flyweight world title.[50]
3 Puerto Rico Alex Sánchez
def. Orlando Malone
22 December 1993 El Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico 6
4 Mexico Ricardo López 23 August 1997 New York City, New York, United States 0
López vacated all his titles at minimumweight to move up to light flyweight.
5 Philippines Eric Jamili
def. Mickey Cantwell
19 December 1997 London, England, United Kingdom 0
6 Colombia Kermin Guardia 30 May 1998 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 3
Guardia vacated the title to move up to light flyweight. His last defense was against Juan Alfonso Keb Baas on 6 April 2001 in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.
7 Spain Jorge Mata
def. Reynaldo Frutos
29 June 2002 Palma, Majorca, Spain 1
8 Nicaragua Eduardo Ray Márquez 28 March 2003 Madrid, Spain 0
9 Puerto Rico Iván Calderón 3 May 2003 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 11
Calderón vacated the title to move up to light flyweight. His last defense of the title was on 28 April 2007 against Ronald Barrera in Barranquilla, Colombia.
10 Philippines Donnie Nietes
def. Pornsawan Porpramook
30 September 2007 Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines 4
Nietes vacated the title to move up in weight and challenge Ramón García Hirales for the WBO junior flyweight world championship.
11 Mexico Raúl García
interim champion promoted
25 February 2011 NA 1
12 Mexico Moisés Fuentes 27 August 2011 Guadalajara, Mexico 2
Fuentes vacated the title to move up to light flyweight. His last defense of the title was on 6 October 2012 against Iván Calderón in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
13 Philippines Merlito Sabillo
interim champion promoted
19 April 2013 NA 2
14 Mexico Francisco Rodríguez Jr. 22 March 2014 Monterey, Mexico 1
Rodríguez vacated the title to move up to flyweight. His only defense of the title was on 9 August 2014 against Katsunari Takayama in Monterrey, Mexico.
15 Japan Katsunari Takayama
def. Go Odaira
31 December 2014 Osaka, Japan 0
Takayama vacated his WBO title to skip mandatory challenger in favor of a fight with former champion Fahlan Sakkreerin
16 Japan Kosei Tanaka
def. Julián Yedras
30 May 2015 Komaki, Japan 1
Tanaka vacated the title to move up to junior flyweight.[51]
17 Japan Katsunari Takayama (2)
def. Riku Kano
20 August 2016 Sanda, Japan 0
Takayama announced retirement from professional boxing in order to concentrate on training for the 2020 Summer Olympics
18 Japan Tatsuya Fukuhara
interim champion promoted
14 April 2017 N/A 0
19 Japan Ryuya Yamanaka 27 August 2017 Ashikita, Japan 1
20 Philippines Vic Saludar 13 July 2018 Kobe, Japan 1
21 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Mendez 24 August 2019 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1

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