List of boxing sextuple champions

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A sextuple champion in boxing refers to a boxer who has won world titles in six different weight classes.

Recognition[edit]

Major sanctioning bodies[edit]

There is some dispute on which sanctioning body is considered "major" enough to award championships. The "Big 4" sanctioning bodies are always included. They are arranged in order of foundation:

The Ring[edit]

The Ring, boxing's most respected magazine that was founded in 1922, has its own version of lineal championship and began awarding championship belts in 1922. The Lineal Champion is also known as the true champion of the division. The Ring Champion holds the linear reign to the throne, the man who beat the man. The Ring stopped giving belts to world champions in the 1990s but began again in 2002.

In 2002, The Ring attempted to clear up the confusion regarding world champions by creating a championship policy. It echoed many critics' arguments that the sanctioning bodies in charge of boxing championships had undermined the sport by pitting undeserving contenders against undeserving "champions", and forcing the boxing public to see mismatches for so-called "world championships". The Ring attempted to clear up the confusion regarding world champions by creating a championship policy that is "intended to reward fighters who, by satisfying rigid criteria, can justify a claim as the true and only world champion in a given weight class." The Ring claims to be more authoritative and open than the sanctioning bodies' 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. Furthermore, a fighter cannot be stripped of the title unless he loses, decides to move to a different weight division, or retires.

There are currently only two ways that a boxer can win The Ring's title: defeat the reigning champion; or win a box-off between the magazine's number-one and number-two rated contenders (or, sometimes, number-one and number-three rated). A vacant Ring championship is filled when the number-one contender in a weight-division battles the number-two contender or the number-three contender (in cases where The Ring determines that the number-two and number-three contenders are close in abilities and records).

In May 2012, citing the number of vacancies in various weight classes as primary motivation, The Ring unveiled a new championship policy. Under the new policy, The Ring title can be awarded when the No. 1 and No. 2 fighters face one another or when the Nos. 1 and 2 contenders choose not to fight one another and either of them fights No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5, the winner may be awarded The Ring belt. In addition, there are now six ways for a fighter to lose his title: lose a fight in his championship weight class; move to another weight class; not schedule a fight in any weight class for 18 months; not schedule a fight in his championship weight class for 18 months, even if fighting at another weight class; not scheduling a fight with a top 5 contender in any weight class for two years; or retiring.

Many media outlets and members are extremely critical of the new championship policy and state that if this new policy is followed The Ring title will lose the credibility it once held.

Lineal[edit]

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) hands out the official version of lineal championship. TBRB awards vacant championships when the two top-ranked fighters in any division meet and currently recognizes legitimate world champions or "true champions" each weight classes. The Board was formed to continue where the The Ring "left off" in the aftermath of its purchase by Golden Boy Promotions in 2007 and the following dismissal of Nigel Collins. After the new editors announced a controversial new championship policy in May 2012, three prominent members of the Ring Advisory Panel resigned. This three members (Springs Toledo, Cliff Rold and Tim Starks) became the founding members of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, which was formed over the summer of 2012 with the assistance of Stewart Howe of England.

After The Ring lost its credibility, many boxing historians and boxing analysts viewed Transnational Boxing Rankings Board as the most complete version of lineal championship and the most authoritative rankings in boxing today.

TBRB champions are listed on Cyber Boxing Zone website which list lineal champions of the Queensberry Era to date.

Minor sanctioning bodies[edit]

The minor sanctioning bodies are sometimes included. They are: International Boxing Organization (IBO), International Boxing Association (IBA), International Boxing Council (IBC), International Boxing Board (IBB), International Boxing League (IBL), International Boxing Union (IBU), Global Boxing Association (GBA), Global Boxing Council (GBC), Global Boxing Federation GBF, Global Boxing Organization (GBO), Global Boxing Union (GBU), National Boxing Association (NBA), Transcontinental World Boxing Association (TWBA), Universal Boxing Association (UBA), Universal Boxing Council (UBC), Universal Boxing Federation (UBF), Universal Boxing Organization (UBO), UNIBOX, United States Boxing Council (USBC), World Athletic Association (WAA), World Boxing Board (WBB), World Boxing Championship Committee (WBCC), World Boxing Empire (WBE), World Boxing Foundation (WBFo), World Boxing Institute (WBI), World Boxing League (WBL), World Boxing Network (WBN), World Boxing Union (WBU), World Cup of Boxing (WCOB), World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF), World Tournament Boxing Federation (WTBF) and the World United Boxing Association (WUBA).

Note:

  • The International Boxing Association (IBA) is not to be confused with the International Boxing Association (AIBA), a French acronym for Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur, which sanctions amateur matches.
  • The National Boxing Association (NBA) was established in 1984 and is not to be confused with the original National Boxing Association that was established in 1921 and changed its name to World Boxing Association (WBA) in 1962.

Group of Sextuple Champions[edit]

The following are the lists of boxers who have won six different titles in six unprecedentedly different categories of weight. In boxing, sextuple champions are just few boxers who has won world titles or belts in the incredible record of six different weight classes or divisions.

List of Boxing Sextuple or Six Division Champions — Major Titles[edit]

This list is credited for boxers who have won championships in boxing from major sanctioning bodies and The Ring.

Example: Oscar De La Hoya won his first belt at 130 pounds, later he captured the 135 crown, he got the 140 belt, the 147 title, moved up to win the 154 category and he finally won the 160 world title.

Manny Pacquiao has also won world titles in six different categories. On November 13, 2010, Pacquiao won his eighth boxing championship by defeating Antonio Margarito, making him the only professional boxer in history to win eight titles in different weight classes.[1][2]

World Titles from The Ring/Lineal
Number Name Titles Date Opponent Result Defenses
1 Oscar De La Hoya at Morongo Casino.jpg
United States Oscar De La Hoya[3]
WBO Super featherweight (130) 1994-03-05 Denmark Jimmy Bredahl TKO 10/12 1
WBO Lightweight (135) 1995-02-18 Puerto Rico John-John Molina UD 12/12 6
WBC Super lightweight (140) 1996-06-07 Mexico Julio César Chávez TKO 4/12 1
Lineal Super lightweight (140) 1
WBC Welterweight (147) 1997-04-12 United States Pernell Whitaker UD 12/12 7
Lineal Welterweight (147) 7
WBC Super welterweight (154) 2001-06-23 Spain Javier Castillejo UD 12/12 1
The Ring Junior middleweight (154) 2002-09-14 United States Fernando Vargas TKO 11/12 1
Lineal Junior middleweight (154) 1
WBO Middleweight (160) 2004-06-05 Germany Felix Sturm UD 12/12 0
2 Manny Pacquiao.jpg
Philippines Manny Pacquiao[4]
WBC Flyweight (112) 1998-12-04 Thailand Chatchai Sasakul KO 8/12 1
Lineal Flyweight (112) 1
IBF Super bantamweight (122) 2001-06-23 South Africa Lehlohonolo Ledwaba TKO 6/12 4
The Ring Featherweight (126) 2003-11-15 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera TKO 11/12 2
Lineal Featherweight (126) 2
WBC Super featherweight (130) 2008-03-15 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12/12 0
The Ring Junior lightweight (130) 0
Lineal Junior lightweight (130) 0
WBC Lightweight (135) 2008-06-28 United States David Díaz TKO 9/12 0
The Ring Junior welterweight (140) 2009-05-02 United Kingdom Ricky Hatton KO 2/12 0
Lineal Junior welterweight (140) 0

List of Sextuple Champions (long) — Major Titles[edit]

(1) Oscar De La Hoya (USA); Belts: 130, 135, 140, 147, 154 & 160

  • 1st Title: 130 WBO Super Featherweight Title / 1994-03-05 / Jimmy Bredahl / CA, USA / TKO 10 12 (1 successful defense)
  • 2nd Title: 135 vacant WBO Lightweight Title / 1995-02-18 / John-John Molina / NV, USA / UD 12 12 (6 successful defenses)
  • 3rd Title: 140 Lineal and WBC Light Welterweight Title / 1996-06-07 / Julio César Chávez / NV, USA / TKO 4 12 (1 successful defense)
  • 4th Title: 147 Lineal and WBC Welterweight Title / 1997-04-12 / Pernell Whitaker / NV, USA / UD 12 12 (7 successful defenses)
  • 5th Title: 154 WBC Light Middleweight Title / 2001-06-23 / Javier Castillejo / NV, USA / UD 12 12
  • 5th Title: 154 Lineal and The Ring Junior Middleweight Title / 2002-09-14 / Fernando Vargas / NV, USA / TKO 11 12 (2 successful defenses)
  • 6th Title: 160 WBO Middleweight Title / 2004-06-05 / Felix Sturm / NV, USA / UD 12 12 (1 successful defenses)

(2) Manny Pacquiao (PHI); Belts: 112, 122, 126, 130, 135, 140, 147 & 154

  • 1st Title: 112 Lineal and WBC Flyweight Title / 1998-12-04 / Chatchai Sasakul / Phuttamonthon, Thailand / KO 8 12 (1 consecutives)
  • 2nd Title: 122 IBF Super Bantamweight Title / 2001-06-23 / Lehlohonolo Ledwaba / Nevada, USA / TKO 6 12 (4 consecutives)
  • 3rd Title: 126 Lineal and The Ring Featherweight Title / 2003-11-15 / Marco Antonio Barrera / Texas, USA / TKO 11 12 (2 consecutives)
  • 4th Title: 130 Lineal, The Ring and WBC Super Featherweight Title / 2008-03-15 / Juan Manuel Márquez / Nevada, USA / SD 12 12 (vacates)
  • 5th Title: 135 WBC Lightweight Title / 2008-06-28 / David Díaz / Nevada, USA / TKO 9 12 (vacates)
  • 6th Title: 140 Lineal and The Ring Light Welterweight Title / 2009-05-02 / Ricky Hatton / Nevada, USA / KO 2 12 (vacates)
  • 7th Title: 147 WBO, Lineal Welterweight Title / 2010-03-13 / Joshua Clottey / Texas, US / UD 12 12 / 2016-04-09 / Timothy Bradley / Nevada, USA / UD 12 12 (vacates)
  • 8th Title: 154 WBC Super Welterweight Title / 2010-11-13 / Antonio Margarito / Texas, US / UD 12 12

List of Sextuple Champions (short) — Major Titles[edit]

  • (1) Oscar De La Hoya (USA); Belts: 130, 135, 140, 147, 154, & 160 (2005-06-05)
  • (2) Manny Pacquiao (PHI); Belts: 112, 122, 126, 130, 135, 140 (2009-05-02), 147 & 154

List of Boxing Sextuple Champions — Minor + Major Titles[edit]

This list is credited for boxers who have won championships in boxing from major or minor sanctioning bodies.

The first column of the extreme left (Major titles only) refers to championships won from only major boxing entities such the WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and The Ring.

The second column of the extreme left (minor and major titles) refers to any championships won from professional 'minor' boxing associations that are not yet well respected by the general boxing fan or public at 'world' level.

Thomas Hearns is really the first man to win titles in six (6) different categories but his problem is that his Cruiserweight 'world' belt is from a 'minor' boxing organization, and people do not recognize his Cruiseweight title from the WBU.

World Titles from Minor Sanctioning Bodies
Number Name Titles Date Opponent Result Defenses
Major Titles Only Major and Minor Titles
N/A 1 Thomas Hearns 2.jpg
United States Thomas Hearns[5]
WBA Welterweight (147) 1980-08-02 Mexico Pipino Cuevas TKO 2/15 ?
WBC Light middleweight (154) 1982-12-03 Puerto Rico Wilfred Benítez TKO 2/15 ?
The Ring Light middleweight (154) ?
Lineal Light middleweight (154) ?
WBC Light heavyweight (175) 1987-03-07 Guyana Dennis Andries UD 12/12 ?
WBC Middleweight (160) 1987-10-29 Argentina Juan Domingo Roldán KO 4/12 ?
WBO Super-middleweight (168) 1988-11-04 United States James Kinchen MD 12/12 ?
WBU Cruiserweight (190) 1995-03-31 United States Lenny LaPaglia TKO 1/12 ?
N/A 2 Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho[6] WBC Super Featherweight (130) 1983-08-07 Mexico Rafael Limón TKO 5/12 2
WBC Lightweight (135) 1985-08-10 Mexico José Luis Ramírez UD 12/12 2
WBA Light welterweight (140) 1989-03-06 United States Ray Mancini SD 12/12 2
IBC Welterweight (147) 1995-01-14 United States Todd Foster TKO 4/12 ?
IBC Middleweight (160) 1996-06-22 Panama Roberto Durán UD 12/12 ?
IBC Light middleweight (154) 1998-08-11 United States Tony Menefee UD 12/12 ?
1 3 Oscar De La Hoya at Morongo Casino.jpg
United States Oscar De La Hoya[3]
WBO Super featherweight (130) 1994-03-05 Denmark Jimmy Bredahl TKO 10/12 1
WBO Lightweight (135) 1995-02-18 Puerto Rico John-John Molina UD 12/12 6
WBC Super lightweight (140) 1996-06-07 Mexico Julio César Chávez TKO 4/12 1
Lineal Super lightweight (140) 1
WBC Welterweight (147) 1997-04-12 United States Pernell Whitaker UD 12/12 7
Lineal Welterweight (147) 7
WBC Super welterweight (154) 2001-06-23 Spain Javier Castillejo UD 12/12 1
The Ring Junior middleweight (154) 2002-09-14 United States Fernando Vargas TKO 11/12 1
Lineal Junior middleweight (154) 1
WBO Middleweight (160) 2004-06-05 Germany Felix Sturm UD 12/12 0
N/A 4 United States James Toney[7] IBC Middleweight (160) 1990-06-27 United States Ricardo Bryant TKO 4/12 ?
IBC Super middleweight (168) 1993-02-13 United States Iran Barkley UD 12/12 3
WBU Light heavyweight (175) 1996-08-09 Puerto Rico Freddie Delgado TKO 5/12 3
WBU Cruiserweight (190) 1997-02-22 Jamaica Mike McCallum UD 12/12 ?
IBA Super-cruiserweight (210) 2001-03-29 Mexico Saul Montana TKO 2/12 ?
IBA Heavyweight (210+) 2004-09-23 United States Rydell Booker SD 12/12 ?
2 5 Manny Pacquiao.jpg
Philippines Manny Pacquiao[8]
WBC Flyweight (112) 1998-12-04 Thailand Chatchai Sasakul KO 8/12 1
Lineal Flyweight (112) 1
IBF Super bantamweight (122) 2001-06-23 South Africa Lehlohonolo Ledwaba TKO 6/12 4
The Ring Featherweight (126) 2003-11-15 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera TKO 11/12 2
Lineal Featherweight (126) 2
WBC Super featherweight (130) 2008-03-15 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12/12 0
The Ring Junior lightweight (130) 0
Lineal Junior lightweight (130) 0
WBC Lightweight (135) 2008-06-28 United States David Díaz TKO 9/12 0
The Ring Junior welterweight (140) 2009-05-02 United Kingdom Ricky Hatton KO 2/12 0
Lineal Junior welterweight (140) 0

List of Sextuple Champions (long) — Minor + Major Titles[edit]

(N/A)(1) Thomas Hearns (USA); Belts: 147, 154, 175, 160 & 168

  • 1st Title: 147 WBA Welterweight Title / 1980-08-02 / Pipino Cuevas / MI, USA / TKO 2 15 (3 successful defenses)
  • 2nd Title: 154 Lineal, The Ring and WBC Super Welterweight Title / 1982-12-03 / Wilfred Benítez / MI, USA / UD15 15 (3 successful defenses)
  • 3rd Title: 175 WBC Light Heavyweight Title / 1987-03-07 / Dennis Andries / Detroit, USA / TKO 10 12 (Vacates)
  • 4th Title: 160 WBC Middleweight Title / 1987-10-29 / Juan D. Roldán / NV, USA / KO 4 12
  • 5th Title: 168 vacant WBO Super Middleweight Title / 1988-11-04 / James Kinchen / NV, USA / MD 12 12
  • 6th Title: 200 vacant WBU Cruiserweight Title / 1995-03-31 / Lenny LaPaglia / Michigan, USA / TKO 1 12

(N/A)(2) Héctor Camacho (PR); Belts: 130, 135 & 140

  • 1st Title: 130 WBC Super Featherweight Title / 1983-08-07 / Rafael Limón / San Juan, Puerto Rico / TKO 5 12 (2 consecutive)
  • 2nd Title: 135 WBC Lightweight Title / 1985-08-10 / José L. Ramírez / NV, USA / UD 12 12 (2 consecutive)
  • 3rd Title: 140 WBO Light Welterweight Title / 1989-03-06 / Ray Mancini / NV, USA / SD 12 12 (2 consecutive)
  • 4th Title: 147 IBC Welterweight Title / 1995-01-14 / Todd Foster / NJ, USA / TKO 4 12
  • 5th Title: 160 vacant IBC Middleweight Title / 1996-06-22 / Roberto Durán / NJ, USA / UD 12 12
  • 6th Title: 154 vacant IBC Light Middleweight Title / 1998-08-11 / Tony Menefee / FL, USA / UD 12 12

(1)(3) Oscar De La Hoya (USA); Belts: 130, 135, 140, 147, 154 & 160

  • 1st Title: 130 WBO Super Featherweight Title / 1994-03-05 / Jimmy Bredahl / CA, USA / TKO 10 12 (1 successful defense)
  • 2nd Title: 135 vacant WBO Lightweight Title / 1995-02-18 / John-John Molina / NV, USA / UD 12 12 (6 successful defenses)
  • 3rd Title: 140 Lineal and WBC Light Welterweight Title / 1996-06-07 / Julio César Chávez / NV, USA / TKO 4 12 (1 successful defense)
  • 4th Title: 147 Lineal and WBC Welterweight Title / 1997-04-12 / Pernell Whitaker / NV, USA / UD 12 12 (7 successful defenses)
  • 5th Title: 154 WBC Light Middleweight Title / 2001-06-23 / Javier Castillejo / NV, USA / UD 12 12
  • 5th Title: 154 Lineal and The Ring Junior Middleweight Title / 2002-09-14 / Fernando Vargas / NV, USA / TKO 11 12 (2 successful defenses)
  • 6th Title: 160 WBO Middleweight Title / 2004-06-05 / Felix Sturm / NV, USA / UD 12 12 (1 successful defenses)

(N/A)(4) James Toney (USA); Belts: 160, 168, 190 & 210

  • 1st Title: 160 IBC World Middleweight Title / 1990-06-27 / Ricardo Bryant / MI, USA / TKO 4 12
  • 2nd Title: 168 IBF Super Middleweight Title / 1993-02-13 / Iran Barkley / NV, USA / TKO 10 12 (3 consecutive)
  • 3rd Title: 175 WBU Light Heavyweight Title / 1996-08-09 / Fred Delgado / CA, USA / TKO 5 12 (3 consecutive)
  • 4th Title: 190 vacant WBU cruiserweight Title / 1997-02-22 / Mike McCallum / CT, USA / UD 12 12
  • 5th Title: 210 vacant IBA Super Cruiserweight Title / 2001-03-29 / Saul Montana / Michigan, USA / TKO 2 12
  • 6th Title: Hvy vacant IBA Heavyweight Title / 2004-09-23 / Rydell Booker / CA, USA / UD 12 12

(2)(5) Manny Pacquiao (PHI); Belts: 112, 122, 126, 130, 135, 140, 147 & 154

  • 1st Title: 112 Lineal and WBC Flyweight Title / 1998-12-04 / Chatchai Sasakul / Phuttamonthon, Thailand / KO 8 12 (1 consecutives)
  • 2nd Title: 122 IBF Super Bantamweight Title / 2001-06-23 / Lehlohonolo Ledwaba / Nevada, USA / TKO 6 12 (4 consecutives)
  • 3rd Title: 126 Lineal and The Ring Featherweight Title / 2003-11-15 / Marco Antonio Barrera / Texas, USA / TKO 11 12 (2 consecutives)
  • 4th Title: 130 Lineal and The Ring and WBC Super Featherweight Title / 2008-03-15 / Juan Manuel Márquez / Nevada, USA / SD 12 12 (vacates)
  • 5th Title: 135 WBC Lightweight Title / 2008-06-28 / David Díaz / Nevada, USA / TKO 9 12 (vacates)
  • 6th Title: 140 Lineal and The Ring Light Welterweight Title / 2009-05-02 / Ricky Hatton / Nevada, USA / KO 2 12 (vacates)

List of Sextuple Champions (short) — Minor + Major Titles[edit]

  • (N/A)(1) Thomas Hearns (USA); Belts: 147, 154, 175, 160, 168 & 200 (1995-03-31)
  • (N/A)(2) Héctor Camacho (PR); Belts: 130, 135, 140, 147, 160 & 154 (1998-08-11)
  • (1)(3) Oscar De La Hoya (USA); Belts: 130, 135, 140, 147, 154, & 160 (2004-06-05)
  • (N/A)(4) James Toney (USA); Belts: 160, 168, 175, 190, 210 & Hvy (2004-09-23)
  • (2)(5) Manny Pacquiao (PHI); Belts: 112, 122, 126, 130, 135, 140 (2009-05-02), 147 & 154

Sextuple Champions that skipped weight divisions[edit]

  • (2)(5) Manny Pacquiao (PHI); Belts: 112, 122, 126, 130, 135, 140 (2009-05-02) & 147 — Pacquiao skipped the super flyweight (115) and bantamweight (118) divisions.

Sextuple Champions that won titles in other multiple divisions[edit]

Some fighters of this group or club were not sastified to win just the incredible milestone of championships in six different weight divisions but to reach immortality in seven other different divisions or categories. The multiple champions who won titles in:

  • Seven divisions are called Septuple champions (see the List of boxing septuple champions; and
  • Eight divisions are called Octuple champions (see the List of boxing octuple champions).

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mayweather should keep dodging Pacquiao". Yahoo News. 
  2. ^ "Manny Pacquiao unanimous winner". Associated Press. 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Oscar De La Hoya". Boxrec.com. 
  4. ^ "Manny Pacquiao". Boxrec.com. 
  5. ^ "Thomas Hearns". Boxrec.com. 
  6. ^ "Héctor Camacho". Boxrec.com. 
  7. ^ "James Toney". Boxrec.com. 
  8. ^ "Manny Pacquiao". Boxrec.com.