Longest reigning heavyweight champions

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Below is a list of longest reign heavyweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply. It includes their most consecutive successful title defenses, career grand total title defenses (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

Longest title reign[edit]

Name Title Reign Title Recognition Successful Consec. Defenses
1. United States Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days World Heavyweight Championship 25
2. Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko 9 years, 7 months, 7 days IBF (+WBA, WBO, The Ring) 18
3. United States Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days WBC-to-IBF (+The Ring/Lineal) 20
4. United States Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days World Heavyweight Championship 5
5. United States John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 9 days World Heavyweight Championship 4
6. United States Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 10 days World Heavyweight Championship 8
7. United States James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days World Heavyweight Championship 7
8. Ukraine Vitali Klitschko 5 years, 2 months, 4 days WBC 11
9. United States Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 days NYAC (+WBA, WBC) 9
10. United States James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 days World Heavyweight Championship 1
11. United States Jess Willard 4 years, 2 months, 29 days World Heavyweight Championship 1
12. United Kingdom Lennox Lewis 4 years, 2 months, 15 days WBC (+IBF, WBA stripped, The Ring/Lineal) 9
13. United States Rocky Marciano 3 years, 11 months, 29 days World Heavyweight Championship 6
14. United States Chris Byrd 3 years, 4 months, 8 days IBF 4
15. United States Muhammad Ali 3 years, 3 months, 16 days The Ring/+ Lineal, (+ WBA, + WBC) 10
16. United States Mike Tyson 3 years, 2 months, 20 days WBC (+WBA, IBF, The Ring/Lineal) 9
17. United States George Foreman 3 years, 0 months, 17 days Lineal (+WBA, IBF stripped) 3
18. United States Evander Holyfield 3 years, 0 months, 4 days WBA (+IBF) 4
19. Canada Tommy Burns 2 years, 10 months, 3 days World Heavyweight Championship 11
20. United States Michael Spinks 2 years, 9 months, 6 days The Ring/Lineal (+IBF stripped) 3

Unofficial Long Title reigns[edit]

The following title reigns are not recognized as official reigns due to: long periods of inactivity, legitimacy of title, false billing & promotion etc.

Name Title Reign Title Recognition Successful Defenses
N/A Ukraine Vitali Klitschko 9 years, 7 months, 22 days Full WBC-to-WBC Emeritus-to-Full WBC (+The Ring rel) 11
N/A United States Muhammad Ali 7 years, 0 months, 11 days The Ring/+ Lineal (+ WBA , + WBC) 11
N/A United States James Toney 4 Years, 5 months, 14 days IBA/IBU 3
N/A Denmark Brian Nielsen 3 years, 7 months, 20 days IBO 5

Combined reigns[edit]

As of February 27, 2016. This list includes only major titles, and it doesn′t include lineal championships.

Keys:

  •      with boldface indicates the current champion and his days as champion
  • WHC = officially recognized as World Heavyweight Championship too
Name Days as champion Number Of Reigns Title Recognition Cumulative Title Defenses
1. Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko 4 383 2 IBF, WBA, WBO 23
2. United States Joe Louis 4 270 1 NYSAC, NBA 25
3. Ukraine Vitali Klitschko 2 735 3 WBO, WBC 12
4. United States Larry Holmes 2 661 1 WBC, IBF 20
5. United States Jack Dempsey 2 638 1 WHC, NYSAC, NBA 5
6. United States John L. Sullivan 2 566 1 WHC 4
7. United States Muhammad Ali 2 363 3 NYSAC, WBC, WBA 19
8. United Kingdom Lennox Lewis 2 346 3 WBC, IBF, WBA 14
9. United States Jack Johnson 2 291 1 WHC 8
10. United States Evander Holyfield 2 235 4 WBA, WBC, IBF 7
11. United States James J. Jeffries 2 156 1 WHC 7
12. United States Joe Frazier 1 788 1 NYSAC, WBA, WBC 9
13. United States Floyd Patterson 1 761 2 WHC 6
14. United States James J. Corbett 1 650 1 WHC 1
15. United States Jess Willard 1 550 1 WHC 1
16. United States Rocky Marciano 1 459 1 WHC 6
17. United States John Ruiz 1 390 2 WBA 5
18. United States Chris Byrd 1 387 2 IBF, WBO 4
19. United States Mike Tyson 1 342 2 WBA, WBC, IBF 9
20. United States George Foreman 1 122 2 WBA, WBC, IBF 3

Key[edit]

     Active Title Reign
     Reign has ended

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