World Boxing Union

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
World Boxing Union
FounderJon W. Robinson
Founded atLondon, UK
PurposeBoxing sanctioning organization
HeadquartersNiedersachsen, Germany
Torsten Knille

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.

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 Sirimongkol Singwancha, Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Ricky Hatton, Eamonn Magee, Tony Oakey, Corrie Sanders, Enzo Maccarinelli, Lee McAllister, Angel Manfredy, George Scott, Hasim Rahman, Willie Limond, Michael Gomez, Kevin Lear, Anthony Farnell, Jimmy Lange, Derry Mathews, Choi Tseveenpurev, Jeremy Williams, Don Diego Poeder, Wayne Elcock, Roy Jones Jr, David Burke, Vinny Pazienza, and Micky Ward.

In addition, Carlos Contreras defeated challenger Victor Rabanales by 8 RTKO.


  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.