World Boxing Union
The World Boxing Union (WBU) is a boxing sanctioning body. The original WBU was founded in January 1995 by IBF European representative Jon W. Robinson. It sanctioned boxing with various promoters worldwide.
The WBU had a "golden" period between 1996-2006 when its title contests were often shown live on satellite and terrestrial television. The WBU title during this time could be compared with the early days of the WBO.
WBU titles were particularly well recognised in Europe and Africa. WBU titles have been held by the likes of Ricky Hatton, George Foreman, Thomas Hearns, Baby Jake Matlala, James Toney, Johnny Nelson, Micky Ward, Vinny Pazienza.
After the death of WBU founder and President Jon W. Robinson in 2004, the organisation honoured outstanding contractual fights and sanctioned various contests.
The World Boxing Union, now under the stewardship of Mr Don "Moose" Lewis, out of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is fully recognised by the Association of Boxing Commissions, as a worldwide sanctioning body. In 2013 Mr Lewis joined forces with Gianluca Di Caro - the founding Vice President of the Malta Boxing Commission and former marketing director of the WBF - to create WBU Europe. The World Boxing Union, WBU, Boxing World Wide, is a trademark of Mr D Lewis, and not to be confused with the WBUv of Germany.
List of WBU heavyweight champions
|Name||Duration of reign||Defenses||Notes|
|George Foreman (USA)||March 29, 1995 – 1997||2||Foreman was recognized as champion after he was stripped of the IBF title|
|Corrie Sanders (RSA)||November 15, 1997 – May 20, 2000||3||Defeated Ross Purity|
|Hasim Rahman (RSA)||May 20, 2000 – April 21, 2001||0||Relinquished the title in order to fight Lennox Lewis for the IBF, IBO and WBC titles|
|Johnny Nelson (GBR)||November 24, 2001 – December 4, 2001||0||Defeated Alexander Vasiliev. Relinquished the title in order to concentrate on defending his WBO Cruiserweight title|
|Georgi Kandelaki (GEO)||December 21, 2002 – January 2004||0||Defeated Alexander Vasiliev. Kandelaki either relinquished or was stripped of the title|
|Matt Skelton (GBR)||February 25, 2005 – January 26, 2009||0||Skelton relinquished the title|
Other WBU champions (selected)
Other past WBU champions include Eamonn Magee, Tony Oakey, Corrie Sanders, Enzo Maccarinelli, Lee McAllister, Angel Manfredy, George Scott, Hasim Rahman, Willie Limond, Michael Gomez, Anthony Farnell, Jimmy Lange, Derry Mathews, Choi Tseveenpurev, and Rock Blackwell.
Current WBU world title holders
|Weight class:||Champion:||Reign began:|
|Super Flyweight||Tasif Khan (ENG)|
|Super Bantamweight||Tyson Cave (CAN)||November 28, 2015|
|Lightweight||Noah Zudhi (USA)|
|Super Lightweight||Danny McDermott (USA)|
|Welterweight||Chris Fernandez (USA)|
|Super Welterweight||Craig Docherty (SCO)||August 15, 2015|
|Middleweight||Tony Harrison (USA)||May 30, 2014|
|Super Middleweight||Phil Williams (USA)||Feb 11, 2013|
|Heavyweight||Jeremy Williams (USA)|
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- "BoxRec - Corrie Sanders". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
- "Hasim Rahman vs. Corrie Sanders". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
- "BoxRec - Johnny Nelson". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
- "BoxRec - George Kandelaki". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
- "BoxRec - Matt Skelton". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04.