List of WBC world champions

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The World Boxing Council is one of the four major governing bodies in professional boxing, and certifies World Champions in 17 different weight classes. In 1963, the year of its foundation, the WBC inaugurated titles in all divisions with the exception of the Light flyweight, Super flyweight, Super bantamweight, Super middleweight and Cruiserweight, who were inaugurated in the subsequent decades. The most recent title inaugurated by the WBC is the Minimumweight (also called Strawweight) in 1987.

Strawweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
Japan Hiroki IokaOctober 18, 1987 – November 13, 19882
Thailand Napa KiatwanchaiNovember 13, 1988 – November 12, 19892
South Korea Jum-Hwan ChoiNovember 12, 1989 – February 7, 19903
Japan Hideyuki OhashiFebruary 7, 1990 – December 25, 19901
Mexico Ricardo LópezOctober 25, 1990 – September, 1999 (stripped)21
Thailand Wandee SingwanchaSeptember, 1999 – February 11, 2000 (elevated from interim status)1
Mexico José Antonio AguirreFebruary 11, 2000 – January 10, 20047
Thailand "Eagle" Den JunlapanJanuary 10, 2004 – December 18, 20041
Mexico Isaac BustosDecember 18, 2004 – April 4, 20050
Japan Katsunari TakayamaApril 4, 2005 – August 6, 20050
Thailand "Eagle" Den JunlapanAugust 6, 2005 – November 29, 20074
Thailand Oleydong SithsamerchaiNovember 29, 2007 – February 11, 20115
Japan Kazuto IokaFebruary 11, 2011 – July 1, 2012 (vacated)[1]4
China Xiong Zhao Zhong
def. Javier Martinez Resendiz
November 24, 2012 – February 5, 20142
Mexico Oswaldo NovoaFebruary 5, 2014 – Present0

Light flyweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
Italy Franco UdellaApril 4, 1975 – August, 1975 (stripped)1
Venezuela Luis Estaba
def. Rafael Lovera
September 13, 1975 – February 19, 197811
Mexico Freddy CastilloFebruary 19, 1978 – May 6, 19780
Thailand Netrnoi Sor VorasinghMay 6, 1978 – September 30, 19781
South Korea Kim Sung-JunSeptember 30, 1978 – January 3, 19803
Japan Shigeo NakajimaJanuary 3, 1980 – March 24, 19800
Panama Hilario ZapataMarch 24, 1980 – February 6, 19828
Mexico Amado UrsuaFebruary 6, 1982 – April 13, 19820
Japan Tadashi TomoriApril 13, 1982 – July 20, 19820
Panama Hilario ZapataJuly 20, 1982 – March 26, 19832
South Korea Chang Jung-KooMarch 26, 1983 – 1988 (retired)15
Mexico Germán Torres
def. Kang Soon-Jung
December 11, 1988 – March 19, 19890
South Korea Lee Yul-WooMarch 19, 1989 – June 25, 19890
Mexico Humberto GonzálezJune 25, 1989 – December 19, 19905
Philippines Rolando PascuaDecember 19, 1990 – March 25, 19910
Mexico Melchor Cob CastroMarch 25, 1991 – June 3, 19910
Mexico Humberto GonzálezJune 3, 1991 – March 13, 19934
United States Michael CarbajalMarch 13, 1993 – February 19, 19942
Mexico Humberto GonzálezFebruary 19, 1994 – July 15, 19953
Thailand Saman SorjaturongJuly 15, 1995 – October 17, 199910
South Korea Choi Yo-SamOctober 17, 1999 – July 6, 20023
Mexico Jorge ArceJuly 6, 2002 – December 18, 2004 (vacated)7
Mexico Eric Ortiz
def. José Antonio Aguirre
March 11, 2005 – September 10, 20050
United States Brian ViloriaSeptember 10, 2005 – August 10, 20061
Mexico Omar Niño RomeroAugust 10, 2006 – February 2, 2007 (stripped)1
Mexico Edgar Sosa
def. Brian Viloria
April 14, 2007 – November 21, 200910
Philippines Rodel MayolNovember 21, 2009 – June 19, 20101
Mexico Omar Niño RomeroJune 19, 2010 – November 6, 20100
Mexico Gilberto Keb BaasNovember 6, 2010 – April 30, 20111
Mexico Adrián HernándezApril 30, 2011 – December 23, 20111
Thailand Kompayak PorpramookDecember 23, 2011 – October 6, 20121
Mexico Adrián HernándezOctober 6, 2012 – present2

Flyweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
Japan Hiroyuki EbiharaSeptember 18, 1963 – January 23, 19640
Thailand Pone KingpetchJanuary 23, 1964 – April 23, 19653
Italy Salvatore BurruniApril 23, 1965 – June 14, 19661
United Kingdom Walter McGowanJune 14, 1966 – December 30, 19660
Thailand Chartchai ChionoiDecember 30, 1966 – February 23, 19694
Mexico Efren TorresFebruary 23, 1969 – March 20, 19700
Thailand Chartchai ChionoiMarch 20, 1970 – December 7, 19700
Philippines Erbito SalavarriaDecember 7, 1970 – December 29, 1971 (stripped)2
Venezuela Betulio González
def. Socrates Batoto
June 3, 1972 – September 29, 19720
Thailand Venice BorkhorsorSeptember 29, 1972 – 1973 (vacated)1
Venezuela Betulio González
def. Miguel Canto
August 4, 1973 – October 1, 19742
Japan Shoji OgumaOctober 1, 1974 – January 8, 19750
Mexico Miguel CantoJanuary 8, 1975 – March 18, 197914
South Korea Park Chan-HeeMarch 18, 1979 – May 18, 19805
Japan Shoji OgumaMay 18, 1980 – May 12, 19813
Mexico Antonio AvelarMay 12, 1981 – March 20, 19821
Colombia Prudencio CardonaMarch 20, 1982 – July 24, 19820
Mexico Freddy CastilloJuly 24, 1982 – November 6, 19820
Dominican Republic Eleoncio MercedesNovember 6, 1982 – March 15, 19830
United Kingdom Charlie MagriMarch 15, 1983 – September 27, 19830
Philippines Frank CedenoSeptember 27, 1983 – January 18, 19840
Japan Koji KobayashiJanuary 18, 1984 – April 9, 19840
Mexico Gabriel BernalApril 9, 1984 – October 8, 19841
Thailand Sot ChitaladaOctober 8, 1984 – July 24, 19886
South Korea Kim Yong-KangJuly 24, 1988 – June 3, 19892
Thailand Sot ChitaladaJune 3, 1989 – February 15, 19914
Thailand Muangchai KittikasemFebruary 15, 1991 – June 23, 19933
Russia Yuri ArbachakovJune 23, 1993 – November 12, 1997 (retired)9
Thailand Chatchai Sasakul
def. Ysaias Zamudio
May 9, 1997 – December 4, 19982
Philippines Manny PacquiaoDecember 4, 1998 – September 17, 19991
Thailand Medgoen Singsurat
def. Pacquiao, who was stripped
of his title.
September 17, 1999 – May 19, 20001
Philippines Malcolm TunacaoMay 19, 2000 – March 2, 20011
Thailand Pongsaklek WonjongkamMarch 2, 2001 – July 18, 200717
Japan Daisuke NaitoJuly 18, 2007 – November 29, 20095
Japan Koki KamedaNovember 29, 2009 – March 27, 20100
Thailand Pongsaklek WonjongkamMarch 27, 2010 – March 2, 20123
Philippines Sonny Boy JaroMarch 27, 2010 – July 16, 20120
Japan Toshiyuki IgarashiJuly 16, 2012 – April 4, 20131
Japan Akira YaegashiApril 4, 2013 – Present1

Super flyweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
Venezuela Rafael OronoFebruary 2, 1980 – January 24, 19813
South Korea Kim Chul-HoJanuary 24, 1981 – November 28, 19825
Venezuela Rafael OronoNovember 28, 1982 – November 27, 19833
Thailand Payao PoontaratNovember 27, 1983 – July 5, 19841
Japan Jiro WatanabeJuly 5, 1984 – March 30, 19864
Mexico Gilberto RománMarch 30, 1986 – May 16, 19876
Argentina Santos LaciarMay 16, 1987 – August 8, 19870
Colombia Sugar Baby RojasAugust 8, 1987 – April 8, 19881
Mexico Gilberto RománApril 8, 1988 – November 7, 19895
Ghana Nana KanadouNovember 7, 1989 – January 20, 19900
South Korea Moon Sung-kilJanuary 20, 1990 – November 13, 19939
Mexico José Luis BuenoNovember 13, 1993 – May 4, 19940
Japan Hiroshi KawashimaMay 4, 1994 – February 20, 19976
Philippines Gerry PeñalosaFebruary 20, 1997 – August 29, 19983
South Korea In-Joo ChoAugust 29, 1998 – August 27, 20005
Japan Masamori TokuyamaAugust 27, 2000 – June 28, 20048
Japan Katsushige KawashimaJune 28, 2004 – July 18, 20052
Japan Masamori TokuyamaJuly 18, 2005 – December 6, 2006 (vacated)1
Mexico Cristian Mijares
(Promoted from Interim status)
December 6, 2006 – November 1, 20087
Armenia Vic DarchinyanNovember 1, 2008 – August 3, 2010 (vacated)3
Armenia Vic DarchinyanNovember 1, 2008 – August 3, 2010 (vacated)3
Mexico Tomás Rojas
def. Kohei Kono
September 20, 2010 – August 10, 20112
Thailand Suriyan Sor RungvisaiAugust 10, 2011 – March 27, 20121
Japan Yota SatoMarch 27, 2012 – May 3, 20132
Thailand Srisaket Sor RungvisaiMay 3, 2013 – Present2

Bantamweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
Brazil Éder JofreApril 4, 1963 – May 18, 19652
Japan Masahiko "Fighting" HaradaMay 18, 1965 – February 27, 19684
Australia Lionel RoseFebruary 27, 1968 – August 22, 19693
Mexico Rubén OlivaresAugust 22, 1969 – October 16, 19702
Mexico Jesús "Chucho" CastilloOctober 16, 1970 – April 2, 19710
Mexico Rubén OlivaresApril 2, 1971 – March 19, 19722
Mexico Rafael HerreraMarch 19, 1972 – July 29, 19720
Panama Enrique PindeJuly 29, 1972 – 1973 (stripped)0
Mexico Rafael Herrera
def. Rodolfo Martínez
April 14, 1973 – December 7, 19742
Mexico Rodolfo MartínezDecember 7, 1974 – May 8, 19763
Mexico Carlos ZárateMay 8, 1976 – June 3, 19799
Mexico José Guadalupe PintorJune 3, 1979 – 1982 (vacated)8
United States Alberto Dávila
def. Francisco "Kiko" Bejines
September 1, 1983 – 1984 (vacated)1
Mexico Daniel Zaragoza
def. Fred Jackson
May 4, 1985 – August 9, 19850
Colombia Miguel LoraAugust 9, 1985 – October 29, 19887
Mexico Raúl PérezOctober 29, 1988 – February 25, 19917
United States Greg RichardsonFebruary 25, 1991 – September 19, 19911
Japan Joichiro TatsuyoshiSeptember 19, 1991 – September 17, 19920
Mexico Victor RabanalesSeptember 17, 1992 – March 28, 19934
South Korea Jung-Il ByunMarch 28, 1993 – December 23, 19931
Japan Yasuei YakushijiDecember 23, 1993 – July 30, 19954
Republic of Ireland Wayne McCulloughJuly 30, 1995 – January, 1997 (vacated)2
Thailand Sirimongkol Singwangcha
(Elevated from Interim status)
January, 1997 – November 22, 19973
Japan Joichiro TatsuyoshiNovember 22, 1997 – December 29, 19982
Thailand Veeraphol SahapromDecember 29, 1998 – April 16, 200514
Japan Hozumi HasegawaApril 16, 2005 – April 30, 201010
Mexico Fernando MontielApril 30, 2010 – February 19, 20111
Philippines Nonito DonaireFebruary 19, 2011 – October 22, 2011 (vacated)1
Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka
def. Christian Esquivel
November 5, 2011 – Present3

Super bantamweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
Panama Rigoberto RiascoApril 3, 1976 – October 9, 19762
Japan Kazuo "Royal" KobayashiOctober 9, 1976 – November 24, 19760
South Korea Yum Dong-KyunNovember 24, 1976 – May 21, 19771
Puerto Rico Wilfredo GómezMay 21, 1977 – April, 1983 (vacated)17
United States Jaime Garza
def. Bobby Berna
June 15, 1983 – November 3, 19841
United States Juan MezaNovember 3, 1984 – August 18, 19851
Mexico José "Lupe" PintorAugust 18, 1985 – January 18, 19860
Thailand Samart PayakaroonJanuary 18, 1986 – May 8, 19871
Australia Jeff FenechMay 8, 1987 – 1988 (vacated)2
Mexico Daniel Zaragoza
def. Carlos Zárate
February 29, 1988 – April 23, 19905
United States Paul BankeApril 23, 1990 – November 5, 19901
Argentina Pedro Ruben DecimaNovember 5, 1990 – February 23, 19910
Japan Kiyoshi HatanakaFebruary 23, 1991 – June 24, 19910
Mexico Daniel ZaragozaJune 24, 1991 – March 20, 19922
France Thierry JacobMarch 20, 1992 – June 23, 19920
United States Tracy Harris PattersonJune 23, 1992 – August 26, 19944
Dominican Republic Hector Acero SanchezAugust 26, 1994 – November 6, 19952
Mexico Daniel ZaragozaNovember 6, 1995 – September 6, 19972
Mexico Erik MoralesSeptember 6, 1997 – February 19, 2000 (vacated)9
United States Willie Jorrín
def. Michael Brodie
September 9, 2000 – November 1, 2002 (vacated)2
Mexico Óscar Larios
(Elevated from Interim status)
November 1, 2002 – December 12, 20057
Mexico Israel VázquezDecember 12, 2005 – March 3, 20072
Mexico Rafael MárquezMarch 3, 2007 – August 4, 20070
Mexico Israel VázquezAugust 4, 2007 – December 18, 2008 (stripped)1
Japan Toshiaki Nishioka
(Elevated from Interim status)
December 18, 2008 – March 15, 2012 (vacated)7
Mexico Abner Mares
def. Eric Morel
April 21, 2012 – January 31, 2013 (vacated)1
Mexico Victor Terrazas
def. Cristian Mijares
April 20, 2013 - August 24, 20130
Mexico Léo Santa CruzAugust 24, 2013 – Present

Featherweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
Mexico Sugar RamosMarch 21, 1963 – September 26, 19643
Mexico Vicente SaldivarSeptember 26, 1964 – October, 1967 (retired)7
United Kingdom Howard Winstone
def. Mitsunori Seki
January 23, 1968 – July 24, 19680
Cuba José LegráJuly 24, 1968 – January 21, 19690
Australia Johnny FamechonJanuary 21, 1969 – May 9, 19702
Mexico Vicente SaldivarMay 9, 1970 – December 11, 19700
Japan Kuniaki ShibataDecember 11, 1970 – May 19, 19722
Mexico Clemente SánchezMay 19, 1972 – December 16, 1972 (stripped)0
Cuba José Legrá
def. Sánchez, who was stripped
of his title.
December 16, 1972 – May 5, 19730
Brazil Éder JofreMay 5, 1973 – June 17, 1974 (stripped)1
United States Bobby Chacon
def. Alfredo Marcano
September 7, 1974 – June 20, 19751
Mexico Rubén OlivaresJune 20, 1975 – September 20, 19750
Ghana David KoteiSeptember 20, 1975 – November 13, 19762
United States Danny LópezNovember 13, 1976 – February 2, 19808
Mexico Salvador SánchezFebruary 2, 1980 – August 12, 1982 (died)9
Puerto Rico Juan Laporte
def. Mario Miranda
September 15, 1982 – March 31, 19842
Puerto Rico Wilfredo GómezMarch 31, 1984 – December 8, 19840
Ghana Azumah NelsonDecember 8, 1984 – 1988 (vacated)6
Australia Jeff Fenech
def. Victor Callejas
March 7, 1988 – 1989 (vacated)3
Mexico Marcos Villasana
def. Paul Hodkinson
June 2, 1990 – November 14, 19913
United Kingdom Paul HodkinsonNovember 14, 1991 – April 28, 19933
Mexico Gregorio VargasApril 28, 1993 – December 4, 19930
United States Kevin KelleyDecember 4, 1993 – January 7, 19952
Mexico Alejandro Martín GonzálezJanuary 7, 1995 – September 23, 19952
Mexico Manuel MedinaSeptember 23, 1995 – December 11, 19950
Philippines Luisito EspinosaDecember 11, 1995 – May 15, 19997
Mexico César SotoMay 15, 1999 – October 22, 19990
United Kingdom Naseem HamedMay 15, 1999 – 2000 (vacated)0
Mexico Guty Espadas, Jr.
def. Luisito Espinosa
April 14, 2000 – February 17, 20011
Mexico Erik Morales
def. by Marco Antonio Barrera,
who declined title
February 17, 2001 – June 22, 20021
Mexico Erik Morales
def. Paulie Ayala
November 16, 2002 – 2003 (vacated)2
South Korea Chi In-Jin
def. Michael Brodie
October 4, 2003 – January 29, 20063
Japan Takashi KoshimotoJanuary 29, 2006 – July 30, 20060
Mexico Rodolfo LópezJuly 30, 2006 – December 17, 20060
South Korea Chi In-JinDecember 17, 2006 – 2007 (retired)0
Mexico Jorge Linares
def. Óscar Larios
July 21, 2007 – August 13, 2008 (vacated)1
Mexico Óscar Larios
(Elevated from Interim status)
August 13, 2008 – March 12, 20092
Japan Takahiro AohMarch 12, 2009 – July 14, 20090
Dominican Republic Elio RojasJuly 14, 2009 – August 25, 2010 (vacated)1
Japan Hozumi Hasegawa
def. Juan Carlos Burgos
July 14, 2009 – April 8, 20110
Mexico Jhonny GonzálezApril 8, 2011 – September 14, 20124
Mexico Daniel Ponce de LeónSeptember 14, 2012 – May 4, 20130
Mexico Abner MaresMay 4, 2013 - August 24, 20130
Mexico Jhonny GonzálezAugust 24, 2013 – Present

Super featherweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
Philippines Gabriel ElordeFebruary 16, 1963 – June 15, 19675
Japan Yoshiaki NumataJune 15, 1967 – December 14, 19670
Japan Hiroshi KobayashiDecember 14, 1967–January 18, 1969 (stripped)2
Philippines René Barrientos
def. Rubén Navarro
February 15, 1969 – April 5, 19700
Japan Yoshiaki NumataApril 5, 1970 – October 10, 19713
Mexico Ricardo ArredondoOctober 10, 1971 – February 28, 19745
Japan Kuniaki ShibataFebruary 28, 1974 – July 5, 19753
Puerto Rico Alfredo EscaleraJuly 5, 1975 – January 28, 197810
Nicaragua Alexis ArgüelloJanuary 28, 1978 – 1980 (vacated)8
Mexico Rafael Limón
def. Idelfonso Bethelmy
December 11, 1980 – March 8, 19810
Uganda Cornelius Boza EdwardsMarch 8, 1981 – August 29, 19811
Philippines Rolando NavaretteAugust 29, 1981 – May 29, 19821
Mexico Rafael LimónMay 29, 1982 – December 11, 19821
United States Bobby ChaconDecember 11, 1982 – 1983 (stripped)1
Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho
def. Rafael Limón
August 7, 1983 – 1984 (vacated)1
Mexico Julio César Chávez
def. Mario Martínez
September 13, 1984 – August 21, 1987 (vacated)9
Ghana Azumah Nelson
def. Mario Martínez
February 29, 1988 – May 7, 199410
United States Jesse James LeijaMay 7, 1994 – September 17, 19940
Mexico Gabriel RuelasSeptember 17, 1994 – December 1, 19952
Ghana Azumah NelsonDecember 1, 1995 – March 22, 19971
United States Genaro HernándezMarch 22, 1997 – October 3, 19983
United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr.October 3, 1998 – April 20, 2002 (vacated)8
Thailand Sirimongkol Singwancha
def. Kengo Nagashima
August 24, 2002 – August 15, 20031
Mexico Jesús ChávezAugust 15, 2003 – February 28, 20040
Mexico Erik MoralesFebruary 28, 2004 – November 27, 20041
Mexico Juan Manuel MárquezMarch 17, 2007 – March 15, 20081
Philippines Manny PacquiaoMarch 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008 (vacated)0
Mexico Humberto Soto
def. Francisco Lorenzo
December 20, 2008 – March 18, 2010 (vacated)3
Germany Vitali Tajbert
(Elevated from interim status)
March 17, 2010 – November 26, 20102
Japan Takahiro AoNovember 26, 2010 – October 27, 20123
Mexico Gamaliel DiazOctober 27, 2012 – April 8, 20130
Japan Takashi MiuraApril 8, 2013 – Present

Lightweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
Puerto Rico Carlos OrtízFebruary 14, 1963 – April 10, 19653
Panama Ismael LagunaApril 10, 1965 – November 13, 19650
Puerto Rico Carlos OrtízNovember 13, 1965 – June 29, 19685
Dominican Republic Carlos CruzJune 29, 1968 – February 18, 19691
United States Mando RamosFebruary 18, 1969 – March 3, 19701
Panama Ismael LagunaMarch 3, 1970 – September 15, 1970 (stripped)1
United Kingdom Ken Buchanan
def. Rubén Navarro
February 12, 1971 – June 25, 1971 (stripped)0
Spain Pedro Carrasco
def. Mando Ramos
November 5, 1971 – February 18, 19720
United States Mando RamosFebruary 18, 1972 – September 15, 19721
Mexico Chango CarmonaSeptember 15, 1972 – November 10, 19720
Mexico Rodolfo GonzálezNovember 10, 1972 – April 11, 19742
Japan Guts IshimatsuApril 11, 1974 – May 8, 19765
Puerto Rico Esteban De JesúsMay 8, 1976 – January 21, 19783
Panama Roberto DuránJanuary 21, 1978 – January, 1979 (vacated)0
United Kingdom Jim Watt
def. Alfredo Pitalua
April 17, 1979 – June 20, 19814
Nicaragua Alexis ArgüelloJune 20, 1981 – 1983 (vacated)4
Puerto Rico Edwin Rosario
def. José Luis Ramírez
May 1, 1983 – November 3, 19842
Mexico José Luis RamírezNovember 3, 1984 – August 10, 19850
Puerto Rico Héctor CamachoAugust 10, 1985 – 1987 (vacated)2
Mexico José Luis Ramírez
def. Terrence Alli
July 19, 1987 – October 29, 19882
Mexico Julio César ChávezOctober 29, 1988 – 1989 (vacated)0
United States Pernell Whitaker
def. José Luis Ramírez
August 20, 1989 – 1992 (vacated)6
Mexico Miguel Ángel González
def. Wilfrido Rocha
August 24, 1992 – August 19, 1995 (vacated)10
France Jean Baptiste Mendy
def. Lamar Murphy
April 20, 1996 – March 1, 19970
United States Stevie JohnstonMarch 1, 1997 – June 13, 19983
Mexico César BazánJune 13, 1998 – February 27, 19992
United States Stevie JohnstonFebruary 27, 1999 – June 17, 20004
Mexico José Luis CastilloJune 17, 2000 – April 20, 20023
United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr.April 20, 2002 – May 22, 2004 (vacated)3
Mexico José Luis Castillo
def. Juan Lazcano
June 5, 2004 – May 7, 20052
United States Diego CorralesMay 7, 2005 – October 7, 2006 (stripped)0
Cuba Joel Casamayor
def. Corrales, who was stripped
of his title
October 7, 2006 – February 1, 2007 (stripped)0
United States David Díaz
(Elevated from interim status)
February 1, 2007 – June 28, 20081
Philippines Manny PacquiaoJune 28, 2008 – February 24, 2009 (vacated)1
Venezuela Edwin Valero
def. Antonio Pitalua
April 4, 2009 – February 9, 2010 (vacated)2
Mexico Humberto Soto
def. David Díaz
March 13, 2010 – July 1, 2011 (vacated)4
Mexico Antonio DeMarco
def. Jorge Linares
October 15, 2011 – November 17, 20122
United States Adrien BronerNovember 17, 2012 – present1

Super lightweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
United States Eddie PerkinsJune 15, 1963 – January 18, 19652
Venezuela Carlos "Morocho" HernándezJanuary 18, 1965 – April 29, 19662
Italy Sandro LopopoloApril 29, 1966 – April 30, 19671
United States Takeshi FujiApril 30, 1967 – 1968 (stripped)1
Philippines Pedro Adigue
def. Adolph Pruitt
December 14, 1968 – January 31, 19700
Italy Bruno ArcariJanuary 31, 1970 – February, 1974 (vacated)9
Spain Perico Fernandez
def. Lion Furuyama
September 21, 1974 – July 15, 19751
Thailand Saensak MuangsurinJuly 15, 1975 – June 30, 19761
Spain Miguel VelasquezJune 30, 1976 – October 29, 19760
Thailand Saensak MuangsurinOctober 29, 1976 – December 30, 19787
South Korea Sang-Hyun KimDecember 30, 1978 – February 23, 19802
United States Saoul MambyFebruary 23, 1980 – June 26, 19825
United States Leroy HaleyJune 26, 1982 – May 18, 19832
United States Bruce CurryMay 18, 1983 – January 29, 19842
United States Billy CostelloJanuary 29, 1984 – August 21, 19853
United States Lonnie SmithAugust 21, 1985 – May 5, 19860
Mexico Rene ArredondoMay 5, 1986 – July 24, 19860
Japan Tsuyoshi HamadaJuly 24, 1986 – July 22, 19871
Mexico Rene ArredondoJuly 22, 1987 – November 12, 19870
United States Roger MayweatherJuly 22, 1987 – November 12, 19874
Mexico Julio César ChávezMay 13, 1989 – January 29, 199412
United States Frankie RandallJanuary 29, 1994 – May 7, 19940
Mexico Julio César ChávezMay 7, 1994 – June 7, 19964
United States Oscar De La HoyaJune 7, 1996 – April 12, 1997 (vacated)1
Australia Kostya Tszyu
def. Miguel Ángel González
August 21, 1999 – January, 2004 (stripped)7
Canada Arturo Gatti
def. Gianluca Branco
January 24, 2004 – June 25, 20052
United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr.June 25, 2005 – March 23, 2006 (vacated)0
United Kingdom Junior Witter
def. DeMarcus Corley
September 15, 2006 – May 10, 20080
United States Devon AlexanderAugust 1, 2009 – January 29, 20112
United States Timothy BradleyJanuary 29, 2011 – July 28, 2011 (stripped)2
Mexico Erik Morales
def. Pablo César Cano
September 17, 2011 – March 24, 20120
Argentina Lucas MatthysseInterim ChampionSeptember 8, 2012 — September 14, 20132
United States Danny GarcíaMarch 24, 2012 – Present5

Welterweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
United States Virgin Islands Emile GriffithDecember 8, 1962 – March 21, 19630
Cuba Luis Manuel RodríguezMarch 21, 1963 – June 8, 19630
United States Virgin Islands Emile GriffithJune 8, 1963 – Apr 25,1966 (vacated)4
United States Curtis Cokes
def. Jean Josselin
August 24, 1966 – April 18, 19694
Mexico José NápolesApril 18, 1969 – December 3, 19703
United States Billy BackusDecember 3, 1970 – June 4, 19710
Mexico José NápolesJune 4, 1971 – December 6, 197510
United Kingdom John H. StraceyDecember 6, 1975 – June 22, 19761
Mexico Carlos PalominoJune 22, 1976 – January 14, 19797
Puerto Rico Wilfred BenítezJanuary 14, 1979 - November 30, 19791
United States Sugar Ray LeonardNovember 30, 1979 – June 20, 19801
Panama Roberto DuránJune 20, 1980 – November 25, 19800
United States Sugar Ray LeonardNovember 25, 1980 – November 9, 1982 (retired)3
United States Milton McCrory
def. Colin Jones
August 13, 1983 – December 6, 19854
United States Donald CurryDecember 6, 1985 – September 27, 19860
United Kingdom Lloyd HoneyghanSeptember 27, 1986 – October 28, 19873
Mexico Jorge VacaOctober 28, 1987 – March 29, 19880
United Kingdom Lloyd HoneyghanMarch 29, 1988 – February 4, 19891
United States Marlon StarlingFebruary 4, 1989– August 19, 19901
United States Maurice BlockerAugust 19, 1990 – March 18, 19910
Jamaica Simon BrownMarch 18, 1991 – November 29, 19910
United States James McGirtNovember 29, 1991 – March 6, 19932
United States Pernell WhitakerMarch 6, 1993 – April 12, 19978
United States Oscar De La HoyaApril 12, 1997 – September 18, 19999
Puerto Rico Félix TrinidadSeptember 18, 1999 – March 3, 2000 (vacated)0
United States Oscar De La Hoya3 March 2000 – 17 June 20000
United States Shane MosleyJune 17, 2000 – January 26, 20023
United States Vernon ForrestJanuary 26, 2002 – January 25, 20031
Nicaragua Ricardo MayorgaJanuary 25, 2003 – December 13, 20031
United States Cory SpinksDecember 13, 2003 – February 5, 20052
United States Zab JudahFebruary 5, 2005 – January 7, 20061
Argentina Carlos Manuel BaldomirJanuary 7, 2006 – November 4, 20061
United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr.November 4, 2006 – June 6, 2008 (vacated)1
United States Andre Berto
def. Miguel Ángel Rodríguez
June 21, 2008 – April 16, 20115
United States Victor OrtizApril 16, 2011 – September 17, 20110
United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr.September 17, 2011 – Present1
United States Robert GuerreroInterim ChampionJuly 28, 2012 — May 4, 20131

Super welterweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
United States Denny MoyerFebruary 19, 1963 – April 29, 19630
United States Ralph DupasApril 29, 1963 – September 7, 19631
Italy Sandro MazzinghiSeptember 7, 1963 – June 18, 19653
Italy Nino BenvenutiJune 18, 1965 – June 25, 19661
South Korea Kim Ki-SooJune 25, 1966 – May 26, 19682
Italy Sandro MazzinghiMay 26, 1968 – November, 1968 (stripped)1
United States Freddie Little
def. Stanley Hayward
March 17, 1969 – July 9, 19702
Italy Carmelo BossiJuly 9, 1970 – October 31, 19711
Japan Koichi WajimaOctober 31, 1971 – June 4, 19746
United States Oscar AlbaradoJune 4, 1974 – January 21, 19751
Japan Koichi WajimaJanuary 21, 1975 – April, 1975 (stripped)0
Brazil Miguel De Oliveira
def. José Durán
May 7, 1975 – November 13, 19750
The Bahamas Elisha ObedNovember 13, 1975 – June 18, 19762
Germany Eckhard DaggeJune 18, 1976 – August 6, 19772
Italy Rocky MattioliAugust 6, 1977 – March 4, 19792
United Kingdom Maurice HopeMarch 4, 1979 – May 23, 19813
Puerto Rico Wilfred BenítezMay 23, 1981 – December 3, 19822
United States Thomas HearnsDecember 3, 1982 – 1986 (vacated)4
United States Duane Thomas
def. John Mugabi
December 5, 1986 – July 12, 19870
Mexico Lupe AquinoJuly 12, 1987 – October 2, 19870
Italy Gianfranco RosiOctober 2, 1987 – July 8, 19881
United States Donald CurryJuly 8, 1988 – February 11, 19890
France Rene JacquotFebruary 11, 1989 – July 8, 19890
Uganda John MugabiJuly 8, 1989 – March 31, 19900
United States Terry NorrisMarch 31, 1990 – December 18, 199310
Jamaica Simon BrownDecember 18, 1993 – May 7, 19941
United States Terry NorrisMay 7, 1994 – November 12, 19940
Dominican Republic Luis SantanaNovember 12, 1994 – August 19, 19951
United States Terry NorrisAugust 19, 1995 – December 6, 19976
United States Keith MullingsDecember 6, 1997 – January 29, 19991
Spain Javier CastillejoJanuary 29, 1999 – June 23, 20015
United States Oscar De La HoyaJune 23, 2001 – September 13, 20032
United States Shane MosleySeptember 13, 2003 – March 13, 20040
United States Ronald "Winky" WrightMarch 13, 2004 – May, 2005 (vacated)1
Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga
def. Michele Piccirillo
August 13, 2005 – May 6, 20060
United States Oscar De La HoyaMay 6, 2006 – May 5, 20070
United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr.May 5, 2007 – July 4, 2007 (vacated)7
United States Vernon Forrest
def. Carlos Manuel Baldomir
July 28, 2007 – June 7, 20081
United States Sergio MoraJune 7, 2008 – September 13, 20080
United States Vernon ForrestSeptember 13, 2008 – May 21, 2009 (stripped)0
Argentina Sergio Martínez
(Elevated from Interim status)
May 21, 2009 – June 17, 2010 (vacated)0
Philippines Manny Pacquiao
def. Antonio Margarito
November 14, 2010 – February 8, 2011 (vacated)0
Mexico Saúl Álvarez
def. Matthew Hatton
March 5, 2011 - September 14, 20136
United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
def. Saúl Álvarez
September 14, 2013 – Present0

Middleweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
Nigeria Dick TigerAugust 10, 1963 – December 7, 19630
United States Joey GiardelloDecember 7, 1963 – October 21, 19651
Nigeria Dick TigerOctober 21, 1965 – April 25, 19660
United States Virgin Islands Emile GriffithApril 25, 1966 – April 17, 19672
Italy Nino BenvenutiMarch 4, 1968 – November 7, 19704
Argentina Carlos MonzónNovember 7, 1970 – February 9, 1974 (stripped)9
Colombia Rodrigo Valdéz
def. Bennie Briscoe
May 25, 1974 – June 26, 19764
Argentina Carlos MonzónJune 26, 1976 – August 1977 (retired)1
Colombia Rodrigo Valdéz
def. Bennie Briscoe
November 5, 1977 – April 22, 19780
Argentina Hugo CorroApril 22, 1978 – June 30, 19792
Italy Vito AntuofermoJune 30, 1979 – March 16, 19801
United Kingdom Alan MinterMarch 16, 1980 – September 27, 19801
United States Marvelous Marvin HaglerSeptember 27, 1980 – April 6, 198712
United States Sugar Ray LeonardApril 6, 1987 – May 27, 1987 (retired)0
United States Thomas Hearns
def. Juan Roldán
October 29, 1987 – June 6, 19880
United States Iran BarkleyJune 6, 1988 – February 24, 19890
Panama Roberto DuránFebruary 24, 1989 – December, 1989 (vacated)0
United States Virgin Islands Julian Jackson
def. Herol Graham
November 24, 1990 – May 8, 19934
United States Gerald McClellanMay 8, 1993 – May 7, 1994 (vacated)3
United States Virgin Islands Julian Jackson
def. Agostino Cardamone
March 17, 1995 – August 19, 19950
United States Quincy TaylorAugust 19, 1995 – March 16, 19960
United States Keith HolmesMarch 16, 1996 – May 2, 19982
France Hassine CherifiMay 2, 1998 – April 24, 19990
United States Keith HolmesApril 24, 1999 – April 14, 20012
United States Bernard HopkinsApril 14, 2001 – July 16, 20057
United States Jermain TaylorJuly 16, 2005 – September 29, 20074
United States Kelly PavlikSeptember 29, 2007 – April 17, 20103
Argentina Sergio MartínezApril 17, 2010 – January 17, 2011 (stripped)1
Germany Sebastian Zbik
(Elevated from interim status)
January 17, 2011 – June 4, 20110
Mexico Julio César Chávez, Jr.June 4, 2011 – September 15, 20123
Argentina Sergio MartínezSeptember 15, 2012 – June 7, 20141
Puerto Rico Miguel Ángel CottoJune 7, 2014 – Present0

Super middleweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
United States Sugar Ray LeonardNovember 7, 1988 – December 15, 1990 (retired)2
Italy Mauro Galvano
def. Dario Matteoni
December 15, 1990 – October 3, 19922
United Kingdom Nigel BennOctober 3, 1992 – March 2, 19969
South Africa Thulani MalingaMarch 2, 1996 – July 6, 19960
Italy Vincenzo NardielloJuly 6, 1996 – October 12, 19960
United Kingdom Robin ReidOctober 12, 1996 – December 19, 19973
South Africa Thulani MalingaDecember 19, 1997 – March 27, 19980
United Kingdom Richie WoodhallMarch 27, 1998 – October 23, 19992
Germany Markus BeyerOctober 23, 1999 – May 6, 20001
United Kingdom Glenn CatleyMay 6, 2000 – September 1, 20000
South Africa Dingaan ThobelaSeptember 1, 2000 – December 15, 20000
Canada Dave Hilton, Jr.December 15, 2000 – May, 2001 (stripped)0
Canada Éric Lucas
def. Glenn Catley
June 10, 2001 – April 5, 20033
Germany Markus BeyerApril 5, 2003 – June 5, 20042
Italy Christian SanaviaJune 5, 2004 – October 9, 20040
Germany Markus BeyerOctober 9, 2004 – October 14, 20063
Denmark Mikkel KesslerOctober 14, 2006 – November 3, 20071
United Kingdom Joe CalzagheNovember 3, 2007 – June 28, 2008 (vacated)0
United Kingdom Carl Froch
def. Jean Pascal
December 6, 2008 – April 24, 20102
Denmark Mikkel KesslerApril 25, 2010 – November 2010 (vacated)0
United Kingdom Carl Froch
def. Arthur Abraham
November 27, 2010 – December 17, 20111
United States Andre WardDecember 17, 2011 – May 20, 2013 (vacated)1
Australia Sakio BikaJune 22, 2013 – Present

Light heavyweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
United States Willie PastranoJune 1, 1963 – March 30, 19652
Puerto Rico José TorresMarch 30, 1965 – December 16, 19663
Nigeria Dick TigerDecember 16, 1966 – May 24, 19682
United States Bob FosterMay 24, 1968 – September 16, 1974 (retired)14
United Kingdom John Conteh
def. Jorge Ahumada
October 1, 1974 – May 21, 1977 (stripped)3
Argentina Miguel Angel Cuello
def. Jesse Burnett
May 21, 1977 – January 8, 19780
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mate ParlovJanuary 8, 1978 – December 2, 19781
United States Marvin JohnsonDecember 2, 1978 – August 18, 19790
United States Matthew Saad MuhammadAugust 18, 1979 – December 19, 19818
United States Dwight Muhammad QawiDecember 19, 1981 – March 18, 19833
United States Michael SpinksMarch 18, 1983 – September 21, 1985 (vacated)4
United States J. B. Williamson
def. Prince Mama Mohammed
December 10, 1985 – April 30, 19860
United Kingdom Dennis AndriesApril 30, 1986 – March 7, 19871
United States Thomas HearnsMarch 7, 1987 – November 21, 1987 (vacated)0
Canada Donny Lalonde
def. Eddie Davis
November 27, 1987 – November 7, 19881
United States Sugar Ray LeonardNovember 7, 1988 – February 21, 1989 (vacated)0
United Kingdom Dennis Andries
def. Tony Willis
February 21, 1989 – June 24, 19890
Australia Jeff HardingJune 24, 1989 – July 28, 19902
United Kingdom Dennis AndriesJuly 28, 1990 – September 11, 19912
Australia Jeff HardingSeptember 11, 1991 – July 23, 19942
Jamaica Mike McCallumJuly 23, 1994 – June 16, 19951
France Fabrice TiozzoJune 16, 1995 – March, 1997 (vacated)1
United States Roy Jones, Jr.
(Elevated from Interim status)
March, 1997 – March 21, 19970
United States Montell GriffinMarch 21, 1997 – August 7, 19970
United States Roy Jones, Jr.August 7, 1997 – March 1, 2003 (vacated)11
Germany Graciano Rocchigiani
def. Michael Nunn
21 March 1998 – April 15, 2000
(Restored champion)
0
United States Antonio TarverApril 26, 2003 – November 8, 20030
United States Roy Jones, Jr.November 8, 2003 – May 15, 20040
United States Antonio TarverMay 25, 2004 – December, 2004 (stripped)0
Poland Tomasz Adamek
def. Paul Briggs
May 21, 2005 – February 3, 20072
United States Chad DawsonFebruary 3, 2007 – July 11, 2008 (stripped)3
Romania Adrian Diaconu
(Elevated from Interim status)
July 11, 2008 – June 19, 20090
Canada Jean PascalJune 19, 2009 – May 21, 20112
United States Bernard HopkinsMay 21, 2011 – April 28, 20120
United States Chad DawsonApril 28, 2012 – June 8, 20130
Canada Adonis StevensonJune 8, 2013 – Present

Cruiserweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
United States Marvin CamelMarch 31, 1980 – November 25, 19800
Puerto Rico Carlos De LeónNovember 25, 1980 – June 27, 19821
United States S. T. GordonJune 27, 1982 – July 17, 19831
Puerto Rico Carlos De LeónJuly 17, 1983 – June 6, 19853
United States Alfonso RatliffJune 6, 1985 – September 21, 19850
United States Bernard BentonSeptember 21, 1985 – March 22, 19860
Puerto Rico Carlos De LeónMarch 22, 1986 – April 9, 19883
United States Evander HolyfieldApril 9, 1988 – April 9, 1989 (vacated)0
Puerto Rico Carlos De León
def. Sammy Reeson
May 17, 1989 – July 27, 19903
Italy Massimiliano DuranJuly 27, 1990 – July 20, 19911
France Anaclet WambaJuly 20, 1991 – December 30, 19947
Argentina Marcelo DomínguezJuly 25, 1995 – February 21, 19985
Cuba Juan Carlos GómezFebruary 21, 1998 – February 19, 2002 (vacated)10
Guyana Wayne Braithwaite
def. Vincenzo Cantatore
October 11, 2002 – April 2, 20053
France Jean-Marc MormeckApril 2, 2005 – January 7, 20060
Jamaica O'Neil BellJanuary 7, 2006 – March 17, 20070
France Jean-Marc MormeckMarch 17, 2007 – November 10, 20070
United Kingdom David HayeNovember 10, 2007 – May 12, 2008 (vacated)1
Italy Giacobbe Fragomeni
def. Rudolf Kraj
October 24, 2008 – November 21, 20091
Hungary Zsolt ErdeiNovember 21, 2009 – January 13, 2010 (vacated)0
Poland Krzysztof Włodarczyk
def. Giacobbe Fragomeni
May 15, 2010 – Present5

Heavyweight[edit]

NameReign periodNo. of successful defenses
United States Sonny ListonJuly 22, 1963 – February 25, 19640
United States Muhammad AliFebruary 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969 (stripped)9
United States Joe Frazier
def. Jimmy Ellis
February 16, 1970 – January 22, 19734
United States George ForemanJanuary 22, 1973 – October 30, 19742
United States Muhammad AliOctober 30, 1974 – February 15, 197810
United States Leon SpinksFebruary 15, 1978 – March 18, 1978 (stripped)0
United States Ken Norton
(Status elevated as #1 contender)
March 29, 1978 – June 9, 19780
United States Larry HolmesJune 9, 1978 – December 11, 1983 (vacated)16
United States Tim Witherspoon
def. Greg Page
March 9, 1984 – August 31, 19840
United States Pinklon ThomasAugust 31, 1984 – March 22, 19861
Canada Trevor BerbickMarch 22, 1986 – November 22, 19860
United States Mike TysonNovember 22, 1986 – February 11, 19909
United States James "Buster" DouglasFebruary 11, 1990 – October 25, 19900
United States Evander HolyfieldOctober 25, 1990 – November 13, 19923
United States Riddick BoweNovember 13, 1992 – December 14, 1992 (stripped)0
United Kingdom Lennox Lewis
Status elevated as
Bowe refused to face Lewis
December 14, 1992 – September 24, 19943
United States Oliver McCallSeptember 24, 1994 – September 2, 19951
United Kingdom Frank BrunoSeptember 2, 1995 – March 16, 19960
United States Mike TysonMarch 16, 1996 – September 24, 1996 (vacated)0
United Kingdom Lennox Lewis
def. Oliver McCall
February 7, 1997 – April 22, 20019
United States Hasim RahmanApril 22, 2001 – November 17, 20010
United Kingdom Lennox LewisNovember 17, 2001 – February 6, 2004 (retired)2
Ukraine Vitali Klitschko
def. Corrie Sanders
April 24, 2004 – November 9, 2005 (retired)1
United States Hasim Rahman
(Elevated from Interim status)
November 9, 2005 – August 12, 20061
Russia Oleg MaskaevAugust 12, 2006 – March 8, 20081
Nigeria Samuel PeterMarch 8, 2008 – October 11, 20080
Ukraine Vitali KlitschkoOctober 11, 2008 – December 15, 2013 (retired)9
Canada Bermane StiverneMay 10, 2014 –0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kazuto Ioka vacates strawweight belt, ESPN.com, July 1, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012.

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