World Boxing Union

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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.

It is fully recognised by the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) as a worldwide body as a sanctioning body in the European Union. 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, Noah Zuhdi, and Danny McDermott.

After the death of WBU founder and President Jon W. Robinson in 2004, the organisation honoured outstanding contractual fights and sanctioned various contests.

Present status[edit]

New owner Torsten Knille has spread the WBU again all over the World Including some famous champions like Roy Jones Jr.

List of WBU heavyweight champions[edit]

Name Duration of reign Defenses Notes
 George Foreman (USA)[1] March 29, 1995 – 1997 2 Foreman was recognized as champion after he was stripped of the IBF title
 Corrie Sanders (RSA)[2] November 15, 1997 – May 20, 2000 3 Defeated Ross Purity
 Hasim Rahman (RSA)[3] 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)[4] 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)[5] December 21, 2002 – January 2004 0 Defeated Alexander Vasiliev. Kandelaki either relinquished or was stripped of the title
 Matt Skelton (GBR)[6] February 25, 2005 – January 26, 2009 0 Skelton relinquished the title

Other WBU champions (selected)[edit]

Other past WBU champions have include James Toney, Thomas Hearns, Micky Ward, Enzo Maccarinelli, Ricky Hatton, Angel Manfredy, George Scott and Roy Jones Jr.

Current WBU world title holders[edit]

Weight class: Champion: Reign began:
Minimumweight Vacant
Light Flyweight Vacant
Flyweight Vacant
Super Flyweight Vacant
Bantamweight Vacant
Super Bantamweight  Tyson Cave (CAN) November 28, 2015
Featherweight  Andrey Bogdanov (RUS) May 16, 2015
Super Featherweight  Corey McConnell (AUS) August 8, 2013
Lightweight  Brett William Smith (AUS) July 19, 2014
Super Lightweight  Anthony Taylor (NZL) August 22, 2015
Welterweight Vacant
Super Welterweight  Predrag Kovacevic (SRB) April 17, 2015
Middleweight Vacant
Super Middleweight  Scott Dixon (GBR) April 25, 2014
Light Heavyweight Vacant
Cruiserweight  Roy Jones Jr (USA) March 28, 2015
Heavyweight  Mark de Mori (AUS) September 20, 2014


  1. ^ "George Foreman vs. Axel Schulz". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  2. ^ "BoxRec - Corrie Sanders". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Hasim Rahman vs. Corrie Sanders". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  4. ^ "BoxRec - Johnny Nelson". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  5. ^ "BoxRec - George Kandelaki". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  6. ^ "BoxRec - Matt Skelton". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 

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