List of current world boxing champions

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Since at least John L. Sullivan, in the late 19th century, there have been world boxing champions. The first of today's organizations to award a world title was the World Boxing Association, known as the National Boxing Association when it sanctioned its first title fight in 1921 between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier for the heavyweight championship.

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

There are seventeen weight divisions. To compete in a weight division, a boxer's weight must not exceed the upper limit. Manny Pacquiao has won world championships in eight different weight divisions, more than any other boxer. The Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, held all five major titles in the heavyweight division; they were the first brothers to hold versions of the heavyweight championship at the same time.[5]

Championships[edit]

When a champion, for reasons beyond his control such as an illness or injury, is unable to defend his title within the normal mandatory time, the sanctioning bodies may order an interim title bout and award the winner an interim championship. The WBA and WBC may change the status of their inactive champions to Champion in Recess.

World Boxing Association[edit]

The World Boxing Association (WBA) was founded in 1921 as the National Boxing Association (NBA), a national regulating body of the United States. On August 23, 1962, the NBA became the WBA, which today has its head office in Panama.[6] According to WBA championship rules, when a champion also holds a title of one of the other three major sanctioning bodies in an equivalent weight division, the boxer is granted special recognition: he is called the unified champion and is given more time between mandatory title defences. The WBA Championships Committee and President may designate a champion as a Super Champion in exceptional circumstances.[1] The WBA title is vacated if it is one of the titles the respective boxer holds. When a WBA champion makes between five and ten successful defences, he may be granted the WBA "Super" title upon discretion of a vote of the WBA's board of governors.

World Boxing Council[edit]

The World Boxing Council (WBC) was founded in Mexico City, Mexico on February 14, 1963 in order to establish an international regulating body.[7] The WBC established many of today's safety measures in boxing, such as the standing eight count,[8] a limit of 12 rounds instead of 15, and additional weight division. More information about the WBC's titles including Silver, Diamond, Emeritus, Honorary and Supreme Champion can be read at the WBC article.

International Boxing Federation[edit]

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) originated in September 1976 as the United States Boxing Association (USBA) when American members of the WBA withdrew in order to legitimize boxing in the United States with "unbiased" ratings.[9] In April 1983, the organization established an international division that was known as the United States Boxing Association-International (USBA-I).[9] In May 1984, the New Jersey-based USBA-I was renamed and became the IBF.[9]

World Boxing Organization[edit]

The World Boxing Organization (WBO) was founded in San Juan, Puerto Rico (which is a self-governing commonwealth of the United States) in 1988. In its early years the WBO's titles were not widely recognized. By 2012 when the Japan Boxing Commission officially recognized the governing body, it had gained similar status to the other three major sanctioning bodies. Its motto is "dignity, democracy, honesty."[10] When a WBO champion has reached "preeminent status" the WBO's Executive Committee may designate him as a "Super Champion".[11]

The Ring[edit]

The Ring is a respected boxing magazine that was founded in 1922, upon which it first began awarding world championship belts. It maintains its own version of lineal championships in each weight division. Title belts ceased to be awarded in the 1990s, but the practice was resumed in 2002.[12] From 2002 onwards, a championship system was created with the intention to "reward fighters who, by satisfying rigid criteria, can justify a claim as the true and only world champion in a given weight division."[12] The Ring claims to be more authoritative and open than that of the sanctioning bodies with regards to rankings, with a page devoted to full explanations for ranking changes. A fighter pays no sanctioning fees to defend or fight for the title at stake, contrary to practices of the sanctioning bodies. There are currently three ways that a fighter can win The Ring's title:

  • Defeat the reigning champion
  • Win a bout between The Ring's No. 1 and 2 contenders
  • If the number 1 and 2 contenders chose not to fight each other, if either of them fights the No. 3, 4 or 5 contender, the winner may be awarded The Ring title belt if the Editorial Board deems the contenders worthy.[13]

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board was formed in October 2012, after controversy emerged surrounding changes to The Ring's championship policy.[14]

Current champions[edit]

The current champions in each weight division are listed below. Each champion's professional boxing record is shown in the following format: wins–losses–draws–no contests (knockout wins).

Heavyweight (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Tyson Fury
Unified champion
 United Kingdom
25–0–0–0 (18)
November 28, 2015
Deontay Wilder
 United States
37–0–0–0 (36)
January 17, 2015
Anthony Joshua
 United Kingdom
17–0–0–0 (17)
April 9, 2016
Tyson Fury
 United Kingdom
25–0–0–0 (18)
November 28, 2015
Tyson Fury
 United Kingdom
25–0–0–0 (18)
November 28, 2015
vacant
Luis Ortiz
Interim champion
 Cuba
25–0–0–2 (22)
October 17, 2015

Cruiserweight, Junior heavyweight (200 lb, 90.7 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Denis Lebedev
Super champion
 Russia
29–2–0–0 (22)
May 20, 2016
Tony Bellew
 United Kingdom
27–2–1–0 (17)
May 29, 2016
Denis Lebedev
 Russia
29–2–0–0 (22)
May 21, 2016
Krzysztof Głowacki
 Poland
26–0–0–0 (16)
August 14, 2015
vacant
Beibut Shumenov
 Kazakhstan
17–2–0–0 (11)
May 21, 2016
Yunier Dorticos
Interim champion
 Cuba
21–0–0–0 (20)
May 20, 2016
Grigory Drozd
In recess
 Russia
40–1–0–0 (28)
March 16, 2016

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Sergey Kovalev
Undisputed champion
 Russia
30–0–1–0 (26)
November 8, 2014
Adonis Stevenson
 Canada
27–1–0–0 (22)
June 8, 2013
Sergey Kovalev
 Russia
30–0–1–0 (26)
November 8, 2014
Sergey Kovalev
Super champion
 Russia
30–0–1–0 (26)
January 16, 2015
vacant
Jürgen Brähmer
 Germany
48–2–0–0 (35)
December 14, 2013
Dmitry Bivol
Interim champion
 Russia
7–0–0–0 (6)
May 21, 2016

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Felix Sturm
Super champion
 Germany
40–5–3–1 (18)
February 20, 2016
Badou Jack
 Sweden
20–1–2–0 (12)
April 24, 2015
James DeGale
 United Kingdom
23–1–0–0 (14)
May 23, 2015
Gilberto Ramírez
 Mexico
34–0–0–0 (24)
April 9, 2016
vacant
Giovanni De Carolis
 Italy
24–6–1–0 (12)
January 9, 2016

Middleweight (160 lb, 72.6 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Gennady Golovkin
Super champion
 Kazakhstan
35–0–0–0 (32)
June 3, 2014
Gennady Golovkin
 Kazakhstan
35–0–0–0 (32)
May 18, 2016
Gennady Golovkin
 Kazakhstan
35–0–0–0 (32)
October 17, 2015
Billy Joe Saunders
 United Kingdom
23–0–0–0 (12)
December 19, 2015
Saúl Álvarez
 Mexico
47–1–1–0 (33)
November 21, 2015
Daniel Jacobs
 United States
31–1–0–0 (28)
August 9, 2014
Alfonso Blanco
Interim champion
 Venezuela
12–0–0–0 (5)
October 25, 2015

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Erislandy Lara
Super champion
 Cuba
23–2–2–0 (13)
June 8, 2016
Jermell Charlo
 United States
28–0–0–0 (13)
May 21, 2016
Jermall Charlo
 United States
24–0–0–0 (18)
September 12, 2015
Liam Smith
 United Kingdom
23–0–1–0 (13)
October 10, 2015
vacant
Jack Culcay
 Germany
22–1–0–0 (11)
June 8, 2016

Welterweight (147 lb, 66.7 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Keith Thurman
 United States
27–0–0–1 (22)
January 16, 2015
Danny García
 United States
32–0–0–0 (18)
January 23, 2016
Kell Brook
 United Kingdom
36–0–0–0 (25)
August 16, 2014
Jessie Vargas
 United States
27–1–0–0 (10)
March 5, 2016
vacant
David Avanesyan
Interim champion
 Russia
22–1–1–0 (11)
November 7, 2015

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Ricky Burns
 United Kingdom
40–5–1–0 (14)
May 28, 2016
Terence Crawford
 United States
29–0–0–0 (20)
July 23, 2016
Eduard Troyanovsky
 Russia
24–0–0–0 (21)
November 4, 2015
Terence Crawford
 United States
29–0–0–0 (20)
April 18, 2015
Terence Crawford
 United States
29–0–0–0 (20)
July 23, 2016

Lightweight (135 lb, 61.2 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Anthony Crolla
 United Kingdom
31–4–3–0 (13)
November 21, 2015
Dejan Zlaticanin
 Montenegro
22–0–0–0 (15)
June 11, 2016
vacant Terry Flanagan
 United Kingdom
31–0–0–0 (12)
July 11, 2015
vacant
Jorge Linares
In recess
 Venezuela
40–3–0–0 (27)
June 7, 2016

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Jezreel Corrales
Super champion
 Panama
20–1–0–1 (8)
April 27, 2016
Francisco Vargas
 Mexico
23–0–2–0 (17)
November 21, 2015
José Pedraza
 Puerto Rico
22–0–0–0 (12)
June 13, 2015
Vasyl Lomachenko
 Ukraine
6–1–0–0 (4)
June 11, 2016
vacant
Jason Sosa
 United States
19–1–4–0 (15)
June 24, 2016
Miguel Berchelt
Interim champion
 Mexico
30–1–0–0 (27)
March 12, 2016

Featherweight (126 lb, 57.2 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Léo Santa Cruz
Super champion
 Mexico
32–0–1–0 (18)
August 29, 2015
Gary Russell Jr.
 United States
27–1–0–0 (16)
March 28, 2015
Lee Selby
 United Kingdom
23–1–0–0 (8)
May 30, 2015
Óscar Valdez
 Mexico
20–0–0–0 (18)
July 23, 2016
vacant
Jesús Marcelo Andrés Cuellar
 Argentina
28–1–0–0 (21)
February 21, 2015
Carlos Zambrano
Interim champion
 Peru
26–0–0–0 (11)
March 28, 2015
Óscar Escandón
Interim champion
 Colombia
25–2–0–0 (17)
March 5, 2016

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Guillermo Rigondeaux
Super champion
 Cuba
17–0–0–0 (11)
May 6, 2016
Hugo Ruiz
 Mexico
36–3–0–0 (32)
February 27, 2016
Jonathan Guzmán
 Dominican Republic
22–0–0–1 (22)
July 20, 2016
Nonito Donaire
 Philippines
37–3–0–0 (24)
December 11, 2015
vacant
Nehomar Cermeño
 Venezuela
24–5–1–1 (14)
June 24, 2016
Moises Flores
Interim champion
 Mexico
25–0–0–1 (17)
April 18, 2015

Bantamweight (118 lb, 53.5 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Rau'shee Warren
Undisputed champion
 United States
14–1–0–1 (4)
June 18, 2016
Shinsuke Yamanaka
 Japan
25–0–2–0 (17)
November 6, 2011
Lee Haskins
 United Kingdom
33–3–0–0 (14)
November 20, 2015
Pungluang Sor Singyu
 Thailand
52–3–0–0 (35)
August 7, 2015
vacant
Jamie McDonnell
 United Kingdom
28–2–1–0 (13)
May 31, 2014
Zhanat Zhakiyanov
Interim champion
 Kazakhstan
26–1–0–0 (18)
November 7, 2015

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Kohei Kono
 Japan
32–8–1–0 (13)
March 26, 2014
Carlos Cuadras
 Mexico
35–0–1–0 (27)
May 31, 2014
McJoe Arroyo
 Puerto Rico
17–0–0–0 (8)
July 18, 2015
Naoya Inoue
 Japan
10–0–0–0 (8)
December 30, 2014
vacant
Luis Concepción
Interim champion
 Panama
34–4–0–0 (24)
September 19, 2015

Flyweight (112 lb, 50.8 kg)[edit]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Juan Francisco Estrada
Unified champion
 Mexico
33–2–0–0 (24)
April 6, 2013
Román González
 Nicaragua
45–0–0–0 (38)
September 5, 2014
John Riel Casimero
 Philippines
22–3–0–0 (14)
May 25, 2016
Juan Francisco Estrada
 Mexico
33–2–0–0 (24)
April 6, 2013
Román González
 Nicaragua
45–0–0–0 (38)
September 5, 2014
Kazuto Ioka
 Japan
20–1–0–0 (12)
April 22, 2015
Stamp Kiatniwat
Interim champion
 Thailand
15–0–0–0 (6)
July 29, 2015

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Ryoichi Taguchi
 Japan
24–2–1–0 (11)
December 31, 2014
Ganigan López
 Mexico
28–6–0–0 (17)
March 4, 2016
Akira Yaegashi
 Japan
24–5–0–0 (12)
December 29, 2015
Donnie Nietes
Super champion
 Philippines
38–1–4–0 (22)
October 27, 2015
Donnie Nietes
 Philippines
38–1–4–0 (22)
May 10, 2014

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Knockout CP Freshmart
 Thailand
13–0–0–0 (6)
June 29, 2016
Wanheng Menayothin
 Thailand
42–0–0–0 (17)
November 6, 2014
José Argumedo
 Mexico
18–3–1–0 (10)
December 31, 2015
vacant vacant

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Specific
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  2. ^ "World Boxing Council Rules and Regulations" (PDF). World Boxing Council. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests" (PDF). International Boxing Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "World Boxing Organization Regulations of World Championship Contests". World Boxing Organization. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ Lewis, Ron (October 13, 2008). "Vitali Klitschko impressive in comeback victory". The Times. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "World Boxing Association History". World Boxing Association. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ "World Boxing Council". World Boxing Council. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rules that have changed the History of Boxing". World Boxing Council. Archived from the original on September 25, 2007. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "History of the IBF". International Boxing Federation. December 4, 2000. Archived from the original on December 4, 2000. Retrieved June 6, 2006. 
  10. ^ "WBO logo". World Boxing Organization. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests" (PDF). World Boxing Organization. Section 14. 
  12. ^ a b "About The Ring". The Ring. February 14, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2009. 
  13. ^ Kellerman, Max (January 22, 2004). "Gatti vs. the unknown". ESPN. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  14. ^ "ESPN Highlights Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". 
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