World Boxing Union

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World Boxing Union
Abbreviation WBU
Founder Jon W. Robinson
Founded at Atlanta, Georgia
Purpose Boxing sanctioning organization
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia

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 Robinson in 2004, the organisation honoured outstanding contractual fights and sanctioned various contests.

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 (USA)[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 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, Jeremy Williams, Don Diego Poeder, Wayne Elcock Lawrence Murphy, Craig Docherty, Kevin Kelley, Tyson Cave.


  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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