List of IBF world champions

This is a list of IBF world champions, showing every world champion certificated by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). The IBF is one of the four major governing bodies in professional boxing, and has certified world champions in 17 different weight classes since 1983.

Current champion
Most consecutive title defenses

HeavyweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Larry Holmes
(awarded inaugural title)
11 December 1983 3
2   Michael Spinks 21 September 1985 – 26 February 1987 2
Spinks was stripped of the title for refusing to fight mandatory challenger Tony Tucker.[1]
3   Tony Tucker
(def. Buster Douglas)
30 May 1987 0
4   Mike Tyson 1 August 1987 6
5   Buster Douglas 11 February 1990 0
5   Evander Holyfield 25 October 1990 3
6   Riddick Bowe 13 November 1992 1
7   Evander Holyfield (2) 6 November 1993 0
8   Michael Moorer 22 April 1994 0
9   George Foreman 5 November 1994 – 29 June 1995 1
Foreman vacated the title after refusing to participate in an IBF-mandated rematch with Axel Schulz.[2]
10   Michael Moorer (2)
(def. Axel Schulz)
22 June 1996 2
11   Evander Holyfield (3) 8 November 1997 2
12   Lennox Lewis 13 November 1999 3
13   Hasim Rahman 22 April 2001 0
14   Lennox Lewis (2) 17 November 2001 – 5 September 2002 1
Lewis vacated the IBF title after refusing to negotiate terms with mandatory challenger Chris Byrd and by being given US$1 million and a Range Rover by promoter Don King to do so, because King wished to promote a fight between Byrd and Evander Holyfield for the vacant title.[3]
15   Chris Byrd
(def. Evander Holyfield)
14 December 2002 4
16   Wladimir Klitschko 22 April 2006 18
17   Tyson Fury 28 November 2015 – 8 December 2015 0
Fury was stripped of the title for being unable to fight mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov, due to agreeing to a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.[4]
18   Charles Martin
(def. Vyacheslav Glazkov)
16 January 2016 0
19   Anthony Joshua 9 April 2016 6
20   Andy Ruiz Jr. 1 June 2019 0
21   Anthony Joshua (2) 7 December 2019 1
22   Oleksandr Usyk 25 September 2021 – present 0

CruiserweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Marvin Camel
(def. Roddy MacDonald)
13 December 1983 0
2   Lee Roy Murphy 6 October 1984 3
3   Rickey Parkey 25 October 1986 1
4   Evander Holyfield 15 May 1987 – July 1988 3
Holyfield vacated the title to move up to heavyweight.
5   Glenn McCrory
(def. Patrick Lumumba)
3 June 1989 1
6   Jeff Lampkin 22 March 1990 – July 1991 1
Lampkin vacated his title due to IBF ordering a mandatory fight on a 3 week notice.
7   James Warring
(def. James Pritchard)
7 September 1991 2
8   Al Cole 30 July 1992 – 1995 5
Al Cole vacated his title to move up to heavyweight.
9   Adolpho Washington
(def. Torsten May)
31 August 1996 0
10   Uriah Grant 21 June 1997 0
11   Imamu Mayfield 8 November 1997 1
12   Arthur Williams 30 October 1998 0
13   Vassiliy Jirov 5 June 1999 6
14   James Toney 26 April 2003 – September 2003 0
Toney vacated to move up to heavyweight and fight Evander Holyfield.
15   Kelvin Davis
(def. Ezra Sellers)
1 May 2004 – 9 February 2005 0
Davis was stripped of the title after a fight with O'Neil Bell scheduled for 5 February 2005 was cancelled.[5]
16   O'Neil Bell
(def. Dale Brown)
20 May 2005 – 6 April 2006 2
Bell was stripped of the title after undergoing dental surgery and subsequently withdrawing from a fight with mandatory challenger Steve Cunningham scheduled for 6 May.[6]
17   Krzysztof Włodarczyk
(def. Steve Cunningham)
25 November 2006 0
18   Steve Cunningham 26 May 2007 0
19   Tomasz Adamek 11 December 2008 – 18 October 2009 2
Adamek vacated the title to move up to heavyweight.[7]
20   Steve Cunningham (2)
(def. Troy Ross)
5 June 2010 1
21   Yoan Pablo Hernandez 1 October 2011 – 21 September 2015 4
Hernández was stripped of the title after withdrawing from a scheduled mandatory defense against Víctor Emilio Ramírez due to injury.[8]
22   Victor Emilio Ramírez
(interim champion promoted)
21 September 2015 1
23   Denis Lebedev 21 May 2016 0
24   Murat Gassiev 3 December 2016 2
25   Oleksandr Usyk 21 July 2018 – 15 June 2019 1
Usyk vacated the title to move up to heavyweight.[9]
26   Yuniel Dorticos
(def. Andrew Tabiti)
15 June 2019 0
27   Mairis Briedis 26 September 2020 – present 0

Light heavyweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Michael Spinks
(def. Eddie Davis)
25 February 1984 – 5 November 1985 2
Spinks vacated his titles and moved up to heavyweight.[10]
2   Slobodan Kačar
(def. Eddie Mustafa Muhammad)
21 December 1985 0
3   Bobby Czyz 6 September 1986 3
4   Charles Williams 29 October 1987 8
5   Henry Maske 20 March 1993 10
6   Virgil Hill 23 November 1996 0
7   Dariusz Michalczewski 13 June 1997 – 16 June 1997 0
Michalczewski vacated the title after refusing to fight mandatory challenger William Guthrie.[11]
8   William Guthrie
(def. Darrin Allen)
19 July 1997 0
9   Reggie Johnson 6 February 1998 2
10   Roy Jones Jr. 5 June 1999 – 1 March 2003 7
Jones vacated the title to move up to heavyweight and challenge John Ruiz for his WBA title.[12]
11   Antonio Tarver
(def. Montell Griffin)
26 April 2003 – 8 November 2003 0
Tarver vacated the title due to agreeing to a fight with Roy Jones Jr. which included a rematch clause that would have made him unavailable for a mandatory defense had he won.[13]
12   Glen Johnson
(def. Clinton Woods)
6 February 2004 – 5 November 2004 1
Johnson vacated the title after agreeing to fight Antonio Tarver instead of participating in a mandatory defense.[14]
13   Clinton Woods
(def. Rico Hoye)
4 March 2005 4
14   Antonio Tarver (2) 12 April 2008 0
15   Chad Dawson 11 October 2008 – 27 May 2009 1
Dawson vacated the title after refusing to negotiate terms with mandatory challenger Tavoris Cloud and instead pursued a rematch with Glen Johnson.[15]
16   Tavoris Cloud
(def. Clinton Woods)
28 August 2009 4
17   Bernard Hopkins 9 March 2013 2
18   Sergey Kovalev 8 November 2014 4
19   Andre Ward 19 November 2016 – 21 September 2017 1
Ward retires.[16]
20   Artur Beterbiev
(def. Enrico Kölling)
11 November 2017 – present 4

Super middleweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Murray Sutherland
(def. Ernie Singletary)
28 March 1984 0
2   Chong-Pal Park 22 July 1984 – 4 February 1988 8
Park was stripped of the title after failing to make a mandatory defense within the IBF's prescribed time limit.[17]
3   Graciano Rocchigiani
(def. Vincent Boulware)
11 March 1988 – September 1989 3
Rocchigiani, citing difficulties making weight, vacated the title and withdrew from a scheduled October fight with Frank Tate to move up to light heavyweight.[18]
4   Lindell Holmes
(def. Frank Tate)
27 January 1990 3
5   Darrin Van Horn 18 May 1991 1
6   Iran Barkley 10 January 1992 0
7   James Toney 13 February. 1993 3
8   Roy Jones Jr. 18 November 1994 – February 1997 5
Jones, having previously moved up to light heavyweight in November 1996 when he defeated Mike McCallum for the interim WBC title, vacated the IBF super middleweight title, citing the sanctioning bodies' policies of not liking titles to be held in different weight classes simultaneously.[19]
9   Charles Brewer
(def. Gary Ballard)
21 June 1997 3
10   Sven Ottke 24 October 1998 – 27 March 2004 21
Ottke retired as the unified WBA/IBF world champion immediately after his defense against Armand Krajnc in Magdeburg, Germany.[20]
11   Jeff Lacy
(def. Syd Vanderpool)
2 October 2004 4
12   Joe Calzaghe 4 March 2006 – 27 November 2006 1
Calzaghe vacated the title after refusing to fight mandatory challenger Robert Stieglitz and instead accepted a fight with Peter Manfredo Jr.[21]
13   Alejandro Berrio
(def. Robert Stieglitz)
3 March 2007 0
14   Lucian Bute 19 October 2007 9
15   Carl Froch 26 May 2012 – 3 February 2015 4
Froch vacated the title due to his inability to defend it following an elbow injury.[22]
16   James DeGale
(def. Andre Dirrell)
23 May 2015 3
17   Caleb Truax 9 December 2017 0
18   James DeGale (2) 7 April 2018 – 4 July 2018 0
DeGale vacated the title one day before a scheduled purse bid for a fight with José Uzcátegui was supposed to take place.[23]
19   José Uzcátegui
(interim champion promoted)
4 July 2018 0
20   Caleb Plant 13 January 2019 – present 3

MiddleweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Marvin Hagler
(def. Wilford Scypion)
27 May 1983 – 6 April 1987 5
The IBF refused to sanction Hagler's defense against Sugar Ray Leonard and stripped him of the title after losing the bout.[24]
2   Frank Tate
(def. Michael Olajide)
10 October 1987 1
3   Michael Nunn 28 July 1988 5
4   James Toney 10 May 1991 – 13 February 1993 6
Toney vacated the title upon defeating Iran Barkley for the IBF super middleweight title.
5   Roy Jones Jr.
(def. Bernard Hopkins)
22 May 1993 – 18 October 1994 1
Jones vacated the title a month before moving up in weight to challenge James Toney for the IBF super middleweight title.
6   Bernard Hopkins
(def. Segundo Mercado)
29 April 1995 19
7   Jermain Taylor 16 July 2005 – 11 October 2005 0
Taylor vacated the title after refusing to participate in an immediate mandatory defense and instead agreed to a rematch with Bernard Hopkins.[25]
8   Arthur Abraham
(def. Kingsley Ikeke)
20 December 2005 – 11 July 2009 10
Abraham vacated the title to move up to super middleweight and participate in the Super Six World Boxing Classic.[26]
9   Sebastian Sylvester
(def. Giovanni Lorenzo)
19 September 2009 3
10   Daniel Geale 7 May 2011 4
11   Darren Barker 17 August 2013 0
12   Felix Sturm 7 December 2013 0
13   Sam Soliman 31 May 2014 0
14   Jermain Taylor (2) 8 October 2014 – 5 February 2015 0
Taylor was stripped of the title due to his inability to defend it during his ongoing legal and mental health issues.[27]
15   David Lemieux
(def. Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam)
20 June 2015 0
16   Gennady Golovkin 17 October 2015 – 6 June 2018 4
After Golovkin's fight with Canelo Alvarez on 5 May was cancelled, the IBF granted an exemption to him to face Vanes Martirosyan in a non-IBF sanctioned bout on the same date with the stipulation that he must face mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko by 3 August. After Golovkin failed to agree in writing to a fight with Derevyanchenko, he was stripped of the title.[28]
17   Daniel Jacobs
(def. Sergiy Derevyanchenko)
27 October 2018 0
18   Canelo Álvarez 4 May 2019 – 1 August 2019 0
Álvarez was stripped of the title after failing to negotiate terms for a bout against mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko.[29]
19   Gennady Golovkin (2)
(def. Sergiy Derevyanchenko)
5 October 2019 – present 1

Junior middleweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Mark Medal
(def. Earl Hargrove)
11 March 1984 0
2   Carlos Santos 2 November 1984 1
3   Buster Drayton 4 June 1986 2
4   Matthew Hilton 27 June 1987 1
5   Robert Hines 4 November 1988 0
6   Darrin Van Horn 5 February 1989 0
7   Gianfranco Rosi 15 July 1989 11
8   Vincent Pettway 1September 17, 1994 1
9   Paul Vaden 12 August 1995 0
10   Terry Norris 16 December 1995 – March 1997 4
Norris was stripped of the title after failing to negotiate terms with mandatory challenger Raúl Márquez and instead agreeing to a fight with Félix Trinidad in June,[30] which was ultimately cancelled.
11   Raúl Márquez
(def. Anthony Stephens)
12 April 1997 2
12   Luis Ramón Campas 6 December 1997 3
13   Fernando Vargas 12 December 1998 5
14   Félix Trinidad 2 December 2000 – 12 May 2001 0
Trinidad vacated the title after defeating William Joppy for the WBA middleweight title.
15   Winky Wright
(def. Robert Frazier)
12 October 2001 – 19 April 2004 5
Wright was stripped of the title after refusing to fight mandatory challenger Kassim Ouma and instead accepted a rematch with Shane Mosley.[31]
16   Verno Phillips
(def. Carlos Bojorquez)
5 June 2004 0
17   Kassim Ouma 2 October 2004 1
18   Roman Karmazin 14 July 2005 0
19   Cory Spinks 8 July 2006 1
20   Verno Phillips (2) 27 March 2008 – 19 November 2008 0
Phillips vacated the title to fight Paul Williams.[32]
21   Cory Spinks (2)
(def. Deandre Latimore)
24 April 2009 0
23   Cornelius Bundrage 7 August 2010 2
24   Ishe Smith 23 February 2013 0
25   Carlos Amado Molina 14 September 2013 0
26   Cornelius Bundrage (2) 11 October 2014 0
27   Jermall Charlo 12 September 2015 – 16 February 2017 3
Charlo vacated the title to move up to middleweight.[33]
28   Jarrett Hurd
(def. Tony Harrison)
25 February 2017 3
29   Julian Williams 11 May 2019 0
30   Jeison Rosario 18 January 2020 0
31   Jermell Charlo 26 September 2020 – present 1

WelterweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Donald Curry
(def. Marlon Starling)
4 February 1984 4
2   Lloyd Honeyghan 27 September 1986 – 28 October 1987 3
The IBF refused to sanction Honeyghan's defense against Jorge Vaca because he was not ranked among its top 12 contenders and stripped him of the title after he lost the bout.[34]
3   Simon Brown
(def. Tyrone Trice)
23 April 1988 – 7 May 1991 8
Brown vacated the title due to the IBF's decision to sanction bouts in apartheid South Africa and for its handling of his March title unification bout with former WBC champion Maurice Blocker.[35]
4   Maurice Blocker
(def. Glenwood Brown)
4 October 1991 1
5   Félix Trinidad 19 June 1993 – 10 March 2000 15
Trinidad vacated the title a week after moving up to junior middleweight and winning the WBA title against David Reid.[36]
6   Vernon Forrest
(def. Raul Frank)
12 May 2001 – 11 December 2001 0
Forrest was stripped of the title after announcing he would fight WBC champion Shane Mosley instead of mandatory challenger Michele Piccirillo.[37]
7   Michele Piccirillo
(def. Cory Spinks)
13 April 2002 0
8   Cory Spinks 22 March 2003 3
9   Zab Judah 5 February 2005 1
10   Floyd Mayweather Jr. 8 April 2006 – 20 June 2006 0
Mayweather vacated the title to fight Carlos Baldomir for the WBC welterweight Title.
11   Kermit Cintrón
(def. Mark Suárez)
28 October 2006 2
12   Antonio Margarito 12 April 2008 – 23 May 2008 0
Margarito vacated the title after refusing to fight mandatory challenger Joshua Clottey and instead agreed to a fight with Miguel Cotto for his WBA title on 26 July 2008.[38]
13   Joshua Clottey
(def. Zab Judah)
2 August 2008 – 16 April 2009 0
Clottey vacated the title after Miguel Cotto, the WBO welterweight champion, failed to sign his contract in time for the IBF to approve their 13 June fight as a unification bout and grant Clottey an exemption from facing mandatory challenger Isaac Hlatshwayo.[39]
14   Isaac Hlatshwayo
(def. Delvin Rodríguez)
1 August 2009 1
15   Jan Zaveck 11 December 2009 3
16   Andre Berto 3 September 2011 – 8 November 2011 0
Berto vacated the title after HBO indicated a lack of interest in him facing mandatory challenger Randall Bailey on their network and instead pursued a rematch against Victor Ortiz.[40]
17   Randall Bailey
(def. Mike Jones)
9 June 2012 0
18   Devon Alexander 20 October 2012 0
19   Shawn Porter 7 December 2013 1
20   Kell Brook 16 August 2014 3
21   Errol Spence Jr. 27 May 2017 – present 5

Junior welterweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Aaron Pryor
(def. Nick Furlano)
22 June 1984 – 9 December 1985 1
Pryor was stripped of the title due to inactivity.[41]
2   Gary Hinton
(def. Reyes Antonio Cruz)
26 April 1986 1
3   Joe Manley 30 October 1986 0
4   Terry Marsh 4 March 1987 – 15 September 1987 1
Marsh vacated the title upon his retirement due to epilepsy.[42]
5   James McGirt
(def. Frankie Warren)
14 February 1988 1
6   Meldrick Taylor 3 September 1988 2
7   Julio César Chávez 17 May 1990 – 22 April 1991 2
Chávez vacated the title, citing a dispute with IBF president Bob Lee and promoter Bob Arum.[43]
8   Rafael Pineda
(def. Roger Mayweather)
7 December 1991 1
9   Pernell Whitaker 18 July 1992 – 6 March 1993 0
Whitaker vacated the title when he moved up to welterweight to challenge WBC champion James McGirt.[44]
10   Charles Murray
(def. Rodney Moore)
15 May 1993 2
11   Jake Rodríguez 13 February 1994 2
12   Kostya Tszyu 28 January 1995 5
13   Vince Phillips 31 May 1997 3
14   Terron Millett 20 February 1999 – December 1999 1
Millett was stripped of the title after failing to make a mandatory defense due to hand injuries.[45]
15   Zab Judah
(def. Jan Piet Bergman)
12 February 2000 5
16   Kostya Tszyu (2) 3 November 2001 4
17   Ricky Hatton 4 June 2005 – 14 April 2006 1
Hatton vacated the title to move up to welterweight and fight WBA champion Luis Collazo rather than fight mandatory challenger Naoufel Ben Rabah.[46]
18   Juan Urango
(def. Naoufel Ben Rabah)
30 June 2006 0
19   Ricky Hatton (2) 20 January 2007 – 3 February 2007 0
Hatton vacated the title after refusing to fight mandatory challenger Lovemore N'dou and instead agreed to a fight with José Luis Castillo.[47]
20   Lovemore N'dou
(def. Naoufel Ben Rabah)
4 February 2007 1
21   Paul Malignaggi 16 June 2007 – 2 October 2008 1
Malignaggi vacated the title after refusing to participate in a rematch with mandatory challenger Herman Ngoudjo and instead agreed to a fight with Ricky Hatton.[48]
22   Juan Urango (2)
(def. Herman Ngoudjo)
30 January 2009 1
23   Devon Alexander 6 March 2010 – 22 October 2010 1
Alexander was stripped of the title after failing to negotiate terms with mandatory challenger Kaizer Mabuza and instead agreed to a unification fight with WBO champion Timothy Bradley.[49]
24   Zab Judah (2)
(def. Kaizer Mabuza)
5 March 2011 0
25   Amir Khan 23 July 2011 0
26   Lamont Peterson 10 December 2011 – 11 April 2015 3
Peterson was stripped of the title after he lost a non-title fight against unified WBC/WBA champion Danny Garcia at a catchweight of 143 pounds.[50]
27   César Cuenca
(def. Ik Yang)
18 July 2015 0
28   Eduard Troyanovsky 4 November 2015 2
29   Julius Indongo 3 December 2016 1
30   Terence Crawford 19 August 2017 – 30 August 2017 0
Crawford vacated the title after refusing to negotiate terms with mandatory challenger Sergey Lipinets, citing an inability to make the fight under the IBF's time frame.[51]
31   Sergey Lipinets
(def. Akihiro Kondo)
4 November 2017 0
32   Mikey Garcia 10 March 2018 – 15 April 2018 0
Garcia vacated the title after deciding to move back down in weight and defend his WBC lightweight world title rather than face IBF mandatory challenger Ivan Baranchyk.[52]
33   Ivan Baranchyk
(def. Anthony Yigit)
27 October 2018 0
34   Josh Taylor 18 May 2019 – present 3

LightweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Charlie Brown
(def. Melvin Paul)
30 January 1984 0
2   Harry Arroyo 15 April 1984 2
3   Jimmy Paul 6 April 1985 3
4   Greg Haugen 5 December 1986 0
5   Vinny Pazienza 7 June 1987 0
6   Greg Haugen (2) 6 February 1988 2
7   Pernell Whitaker 18 February 1989 – 1992 8
Whitaker vacated his title to move up.
8   Freddie Pendleton
(def. Tracy Spann)
10 January 1993 1
9   Rafael Ruelas 19 February 1994 2
10   Oscar De La Hoya 6 May 1995 – 12 July 1995 0
De La Hoya vacated the title after refusing to negotiate terms with mandatory challenger Miguel Julio and instead accepted a fight with Genaro Hernández.[53]
11   Philip Holiday
(def. Miguel Julio)
19 August 1995 6
12   Shane Mosley 2 August 1997 – May 1999 8
Mosley vacated the title to move up to welterweight.[54]
13   Paul Spadafora
(def. Israel Cardona)
20 August 1999 – 26 June 2003 8
Spadafora vacated the title to move up to junior welterweight.[55]
14   Javier Jáuregui
(def. Leavander Johnson)
22 November 2003 0
15   Julio Díaz 13 May 2004 – 2 February 2005 0
Díaz vacated the title after withdrawing from a fight with mandatory challenger Leavander Johnson scheduled for 11 February and instead agreed to a fight with WBC champion José Luis Castillo.[56]
16   Leavander Johnson
(def. Stefano Zoff)
17 June 2005 0
17   Jesús Chávez 17 September 2005 1
18   Julio Díaz (2) 3 February 2007 1
19   Juan Díaz 13 October 2007 0
20   Nate Campbell 8 March 2008 – 13 February 2009 0
Campbell was stripped of his unified IBF/WBO world titles after failing to make weight the day before his fight against Ali Funeka.[57]
21   Miguel Vázquez
(def. Kim Ji-Hoon)
14 August 2010 6
22   Mickey Bey 13 September 2014 – 25 June 2015 0
Bey vacated the title after withdrawing from a scheduled defense against Denis Shafikov.[58]
23   Rances Barthelemy
(def. Denis Shafikov)
18 December 2015 – 6 June 2016 1
Barthelemy vacated the title to move up to junior welterweight.[59]
24   Robert Easter Jr.
(def. Richard Commey)
9 September 2016 3
25   Mikey Garcia 28 July 2018 – 30 October 2018 0
Garcia vacated the title to move up to welterweight to pursue a fight with Errol Spence Jr.[60]
26   Richard Commey
(def. Isa Chaniev)
2 February 2019 0
27   Teófimo López 14 December 2019 – present 1

Junior lightweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Yuh Hwan-Kil
(def. Rod Sequenan)
22 April 1984 1
2   Lester Ellis 15 February 1985 1
3   Barry Michael 12 July 1985 3
4   Rocky Lockridge 9 September 1987 2
5   Tony Lopez 23 July 1988 3
6   John John Molina 7 October 1989 2
7   Tony Lopez (2) 20 May 1990 4
8   Brian Mitchell 13 September 1991 – 1991 0
Mitchell retired.
9   John John Molina (2)
(def. Jackie Gunguluza)
22 February 1992 – 1995 7
Molina vacates the title to move up to lightweight.
10   Eddie Hopson
(def. Moises Pedroza)
22 April 1995 0
11   Tracy Harris Patterson 9 July 1995 0
12   Arturo Gatti 15 December 1995 – January 1998 3
Gatti vacated the title to move up.
13   Roberto Garcia
(def. Harold Warren)
13 March 1998 2
14   Diego Corrales 23 October 1999 – 2000 3
Corrales ostensibly vacated the title to move up to lightweight, but later claimed that it was relinquished without his consent by his manager Cameron Dunkin so that one of Dunkin's other clients, Steve Forbes, could fight for it.[61]
15   Steve Forbes
(def. John Brown)
3 December 2000 – 17 August 2003 1
Forbes was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his fight with David Santos.[62]
16   Carlos Hernández
(def. David Santos)
1 February 2003 1
17   Erik Morales 31 July 2004 – 2004 0
Erik Morales vacates the title.
18   Robbie Peden
(def. Nate Campbell)
23 February 2005 0
19   Marco Antonio Barrera 17 September 2005 – 19 April 2006 0
Barrera is stripped of the title.
20   Cassius Baloyi
(def. Manuel Medina)
31 May 2006 0
21   Gairy St Clair 29 July 2006 0
22   Malcolm Klassen 4 November 2006 0
23   Mzonke Fana 20 April 2007 1
24   Cassius Baloyi (2) 12 April 2008 1
25   Malcolm Klassen (2) 18 April 2009 1
26   Robert Guerrero 22 August 2009 – 16 February 2010 0
Guerrero vacated the title to spend time with his wife during her struggle with leukemia.[63]
27   Mzonke Fana (2)
(def. Cassius Baloyi)
1 September 2010 – 19 May 2011 0
Fana was stripped of belt for failure to comply with his mandatory title defense versus Argenis Méndez.[64]
28   Juan Carlos Salgado
(def. Argenis Méndez)
10 September 2011 2
29   Argenis Méndez 9 March 2013 1
30   Rances Barthelemy 3 January 2014 – 30 January 2014 0
Rances Barthelemy was credited with a 2nd round knockout of Méndez on 3 January 2014, but the result was changed to a no decision by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry after it was determined that referee Pete Podgorski did not call a foul on Barthelemy when he hit Méndez after the bell, which resulted in the knockout. The IBF, recognizing the decision to overturn the result, reinstated Méndez as champion.[65]
31   Argenis Méndez (2)
(reinstated)
30 January 2014 0
32   Rances Barthelemy (2) 10 July 2014 – 10 February 2015 1
Barthelemy, citing he could no longer make the 130-pound limit, vacated the title to move up to lightweight.[66]
33   José Pedraza
(def. Andrey Klimov)
13 June 2015 2
34   Gervonta Davis 13 January 2017 – 25 August 2017 1
Davis was stripped of the title for failing to make weight before his fight against Francisco Fonseca.[67]
35   Tevin Farmer
(def. Billy Dib)
3 August 2018 4
36   Joseph Diaz 30 January 2020 – 12 February 2021 0
Diaz stripped after he failed to make weight for his fight against Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov[68]

FeatherweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Oh Min-Keun
(def. Joko Arter)
4 March 1984 2
2   Chung Ki-Young 29 November 1985 2
3   Antonio Rivera 30 October 1986 0
4   Calvin Grove 23 January 1988 1
5   Jorge Páez 4 August 1988 – 14 March 1991 8
Paez, who had previously challenged Tony Lopez for the IBF junior lightweight title in September 1990, vacated the title citing his inability to make the featherweight limit.[69]
6   Troy Dorsey
(def. Alfred Rangel)
3 June 1991 0
7   Manuel Medina 12 August 1991 4
8   Tom Johnson 26 February 1993 11
9   Naseem Hamed 8 February 1997 – August 1997 2
Hamed vacated the title after refusing to negotiate terms with mandatory challenger Héctor Lizárraga.[70]
10   Héctor Lizárraga
(def. Welcome Ncita)
13 December 1997 0
11   Manuel Medina (2) 24 April 1998 1
12   Paul Ingle 13 November 1999 1
13   Mbulelo Botile 16 December 2000 0
14   Frank Toledo 6 April 2001 0
15   Manuel Medina (3) 16 November 2001 0
16   Johnny Tapia 27 April 2002 – 1 October 2002 0
Tapia was stripped of the title for agreeing to a fight with Marco Antonio Barrera instead of mandatory challenger Juan Manuel Márquez.[71][72]
17   Juan Manuel Márquez
(def. Manuel Medina)
1 February 2003 – 16 August 2005 4
Marquez was stripped of the title because no promoter was willing to bid at least US$50,000 to stage a mandatory defense against Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym.[73]
18   Valdemir Pereira
(def. Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym)
20 January 2006 0
19   Eric Aiken 13 May 2006 0
20   Robert Guerrero 2 September 2006 – 4 November 2006 0
Guerrero lost to Orlando Salido but the result was overturned to NC after Salido tested positive of the banned substance Nandrolone. The title is vacated.[74]
21   Robert Guerrero (2)
(def. Spend Abazi)
23 February 2007 – 23 June 2008 2
Guerrero, citing an inability to make weight, vacated the title one day before a scheduled purse bid for a fight with mandatory challenger Orlando Salido.[75]
22   Cristobal Cruz
(def. Orlando Salido)
23 October 2008 3
23   Orlando Salido 15 May 2010 0
24   Yuriorkis Gamboa 11 September 2010 – 26 March 2011 0
Gamboa was stripped of the title after skipping an IBF-mandated second weigh-in on the day of his fight with Jorge Solís.[76]
25   Billy Dib
(def. Jorge Lacierva)
29 July 2011 2
26   Evgeny Gradovich 1 March 2013 4
27   Lee Selby 30 May 2015 4
28   Josh Warrington 19 May 2018 – 21 January 2021 3
Warrington vacated the title after the IBF refused to sanction a proposed unification bout against WBA Regular champion Xu Can.[77]
29   Kid Galahad
(def. Jazza Dickens)
7 August 2021 – present 0

Junior featherweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Bobby Berna
(def. Sung-In Suh)
4 December 1983 0
2   Suh Sung-in 15 April 1984 1
3   Kim Ji-won 3 January 1985 – 1986 4
Title vacated when Kim retired.
4   Lee Seung-hoon
(def. Prayurasak Muangsurin)
18 January 1987 – 1988 3
Lee is forced to vacate the title when the IBF stops promoting fights in South Korea.
5   José Sanabria
(def. Moises Fuentes Rocha)
21 May 1988 3
6   Fabrice Benichou 10 March 1989 3
7   Welcome Ncita 10 March 1990 6
8   Kennedy McKinney 2 December 1992 5
9   Vuyani Bungu 20 August 1994 – March 1999 13
Bungu vacated the title to move up in weight.[78]
10   Lehlo Ledwaba
(def. John Michael Johnson)
25 May 1999 5
11   Manny Pacquiao 23 June 2001 – 16 January 2004 4
Pacquiao vacates the title stay at featherweight.[79]
12   Israel Vázquez
(def. Jose Luis Valbuena)
25 March 2004 – 19 April 2006 2
The title is vacated on IBF's April 2006 official ratings posted on 19 April.[80]
13   Steve Molitor
(def. Michael Hunter)
10 November 2006 4
14   Celestino Caballero 21 November 2008 – 10 February 2010 2
Caballero was stripped of the title because no promoter made an offer for the rights to a defense against mandatory challenger Takalani Ndlovu.[81]
15   Steve Molitor (2)
(def. Takalani Ndlovu)
27 March 2010 1
16   Takalani Ndlovu 26 March 2011 1
17   Jeffrey Mathebula 24 March 2012 0
18   Nonito Donaire 17 July 2012 – 13 October 2012 0
Donaire vacated the title shortly before his fight with Toshiaki Nishioka in order to avoid paying the IBF's sanctioning fee, citing HBO's lack of interest in purchasing rights for an upcoming mandatory defense against the winner of an 27 October title eliminator between Takalani Ndlovu and Alejandro López.[82]
19   Jonatan Romero
(def. Alejandro López)
16 February 2013 0
20   Kiko Martínez 17 August 2013 2
21   Carl Frampton 6 September 2014 – 28 April 2016 3
Frampton vacated the title to move up to featherweight to fight Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA title rather than face mandatory challenger Shingo Wake.[83]
22   Jonathan Guzmán
(def. Shingo Wake)
20 July 2016 0
23   Yukinori Oguni 31 December 2016 0
24   Ryosuke Iwasa 13 September 2017 1
25   T.J. Doheny 16 August 2018 1
26   Daniel Roman 26 April 2019 0
27   Murodjon Akhmadaliev 30 January 2020 – present 1

BantamweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Satoshi Shingaki
(def. Elmer Magallano)
15 April 1984 1
2   Jeff Fenech 26 April 1985 – 10 February 1987 3
Fenech vacated the title to move up to junior featherweight and fight Samart Payakaroon for the WBC title.[84]
3   Kelvin Seabrooks
(def. Miguel Maturana)
15 May 1987 3
4   Orlando Canizales 9 July 1988 – 1994 15
Canizales vacates the title to move up to junior featherweight.
5   Harold Mestre
(def. Juvenal Berrio)
21 January 1995 0
6   Mbulelo Botile 29 April 1995 5
7   Tim Austin 19 July 1997 9
8   Rafael Márquez 15 February 2003 – 16 March 2007 7
Márquez vacated the title to move up to junior featherweight.
9   Luís Alberto Pérez
(def. Genaro García)
7 July 2007 0
10   Joseph Agbeko 19 September 2007 2
11   Yonnhy Pérez 31 October 2009 2
12   Joseph Agbeko (2) 11 December 2010 1
13   Abner Mares 13 August 2011 – 8 February 2012 1
Mares vacated the title to move up to junior featherweight rather than face mandatory challenger Vusi Malinga.[85]
14   Léo Santa Cruz
(def. Vusi Malinga)
2 June 2012 – 11 February 2013 3
Santa Cruz, citing his difficulty making the 118-pound limit, vacated the title to move up to junior featherweight one day before a scheduled purse bid for a fight with mandatory challenger Jamie McDonnell.[86]
15   Jamie McDonnell
(def. Julio Ceja)
11 May 2013 – 18 October 2013 0
McDonnell was stripped of the title after failing to negotiate terms with mandatory challenger Vusi Malinga.[citation needed]
16   Stuart Hall
(def. Vusi Malinga)
21 December 2013 1
17   Paul Butler 7 June 2014 – 2 July 2014 0
Butler vacated the title to move down to junior bantamweight.[87]
18   Randy Caballero
(def. Stuart Hall)
25 October 2014 – 20 November 2015 0
Caballero was stripped of the title after failing to make weight before his bout with interim IBF champion Lee Haskins. The IBF promoted Haskins to full champion status and the fight was cancelled.[88]
19   Lee Haskins
(interim champion promoted)
20 November 2015 2
20   Ryan Burnett 10 June 2017 – 12 February 2018 1
WBA/IBF champion Burnett vacated the title after agreeing to fight WBA mandatory challenger Yonfrez Parejo rather than IBF mandatory Emmanuel Rodríguez.[89]
21   Emmanuel Rodríguez
(def. Paul Butler)
5 May 2018 1
22   Naoya Inoue 18 May 2019 – present 3

Junior bantamweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Chun Ju-do
(def. Ken Kasugai)
10 December 1983 5
2   Ellyas Pical 3 May 1985 2
3   Cesar Polanco 15 February 1986 0
4   Ellyas Pical (2) 5 July 1986 – 28 February 1987 1
Pical, who also held the WBA title, was stripped of the IBF title after a loss of the WBA title by TKO to Khaosai Galaxy in Jakarta, Indonesia.
5   Chang Tae-il
(def. Soon Chun Kwon)
17 May 1987 0
6   Ellyas Pical (3) 17 October 1987 3
7   Juan Polo Perez 14 October 1989 0
8   Robert Quiroga 21 April 1990 5
9   Julio César Borboa 16 January 1993 5
10   Harold Grey 29 August 1994 3
11   Carlos Gabriel Salazar 7 October 1995 1
12   Harold Grey (2) 27 April 1996 0
13   Danny Romero 24 August 1996 2
14   Johnny Tapia 18 July 1997 – 5 December 1998 2
Tapia vacates the title to move up to bantamweight.
15   Mark Johnson
(def. Ratanachai Sor Vorapin)
24 April 1999 – May 2000 2
Johnson was stripped of the title after being incarcerated for 1 year.
16   Félix Machado
(def. Julio Gamboa)
22 July 2000 3
17   Luis Alberto Pérez 4 January 2003 – 3 November 2006 3
Pérez was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his scheduled defense against Ricardo Vargas. Arizona Boxing Commission chief John Montano cancelled the fight, citing safety and contractual reasons.[90]
18   Dimitri Kirilov
(def. José Navarro)
13 October 2007 1
19   Vic Darchinyan 2 August 2008 – 28 July 2009 2
Darchinyan vacated the title after refusing to negotiate terms with mandatory challenger Simphiwe Nongqayi.[91]
20   Simphiwe Nongqayi
(def. Jorge Arce)
15 September 2009 1
21   Juan Alberto Rosas 31 July 2010 0
22   Cristian Mijares 11 December 2010 – 17 August 2011 2
Mijares vacated the title to move up to junior featherweight.[92]
23   Rodrigo Guerrero
(def. Raúl Martínez)
8 October 2011 0
24   Juan Carlos Sánchez Jr. 11 February 2012 – 8 June 2013 2
Sánchez was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his fight against Roberto Domingo Sosa.[93]
25   Daiki Kameda
(def. Rodrigo Guerrero)
3 September 2013 – 19 March 2014 0
Kameda vacated the title citing difficulties making weight.[94] He was defeated by Liborio Solís in his only defense on 3 December 2013 but retained the title as Solis failed to make weight for the bout.
26   Zolani Tete
(def. Teiru Kinoshita)
18 July 2014 – 7 June 2015 1
Tete vacated the title after refusing to accept the results of a purse bid for a fight with mandatory challenger McJoe Arroyo.[95]
27   McJoe Arroyo
(def. Arthur Villanueva)
18 July 2015 0
28   Jerwin Ancajas 3 September 2016 – present 9

FlyweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Kwon Soon-chun
(def. Rene Busayong)
24 December 1983 7
2   Chung Jong-kwan 20 December 1985 0
3   Jung Bi-won 27 April 1986 0
4   Shin Hi-sup 2 August 1986 1
5   Dodie Boy Peñalosa 22 February 1987 0
6   Choi Chang-ho 5 September 1987 0
7   Rolando Bohol 16 January 1988 1
8   Duke McKenzie 5 October 1988 1
9   Dave McAuley 7 June 1989 5
10   Rodolfo Blanco 11 June 1992 0
11   Pichit Sitbangprachan 29 November 1992 – 25 November 1994 5
Sitbangprachan retires.
12   Francisco Tejedor
(def. Jose Luis Zepeda)
18 February 1995 0
13   Danny Romero 22 April 1995 – 1 January 1996 1
Romero, citing he could no longer make the 112-pound limit, vacated the title to move up to junior bantamweight.[96]
14   Mark Johnson
(def. Francisco Tejedor)
4 May 1996 – September 1998 7
Johnson, citing weight problems, vacated the title to move up to junior bantamweight and pursue a fight with Johnny Tapia,[97] which never materialized.
15   Irene Pacheco
(def. Luis Cox Coronado)
10 April 1999 6
16   Vic Darchinyan 16 December 2004 5
17   Nonito Donaire 7 July 2007 – 1 July 2009 3
Donaire vacated the title due to wanting to move up in weight.
18   Moruti Mthalane
(def. Julio César Miranda)
20 November 2009 – 13 January 2014 4
Mthalane vacated the title and withdrew from a fight with mandatory challenger Amnat Ruenroeng citing the low purse offered.[98]
19   Amnat Ruenroeng
(def. Rocky Fuentes)
22 January 2014 5
20   John Riel Casimero 28 May 2016 – 20 December 2016 1
Casimero vacated the title to move up to junior bantamweight.[99]
21   Donnie Nietes
(def. Komgrich Nantapech)
29 April 2017 – 11 April 2018 1
Nietes vacated the title to move up to junior bantamweight.[100]
22   Moruti Mthalane (2)
(def. Muhammad Waseem)
15 July 2018 3
23   Sunny Edwards 30 April 2021 – present 0

Junior flyweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Dodie Boy Peñalosa
(def. Satoshi Shingaki)
10 December 1983 – 18 July 1986 3
Peñalosa was stripped of the title for failing to make a mandatory defense by a 15 July deadline.[101]
2   Choi Jum-hwan
(def. Cho-Woon Park)
7 December 1986 3
3   Tacy Macalos 4 November 1988 0
4   Muangchai Kittikasem 2 May 1989 3
5   Michael Carbajal 29 July 1990 9
6   Humberto González 19 February 1994 3
7   Saman Sorjaturong 15 July 1995 – 1996 1
Sorjaturong was stripped of the title.
8   Michael Carbajal (2)
(def. Melchor Cob Castro)
16 March 1996 2
9   Mauricio Pastrana 18 January 1997 – 9 May 1997 0
Pastrana was stripped of the title after withdrawing from a fight with Manuel Herrera due to epididymitis.[102]
10   Mauricio Pastrana (2)
(def. Manuel Herrera)
13 December 1997 – 28 August 1998 1
Pastrana was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his bout with Carlos Murillo.[103]
11   Will Grigsby
(def. Ratanapol Sor Vorapin)
18 December 1998 1
12   Ricardo López 2 October 1999 – 28 November 2002 3
López retires.
13   Víctor Burgos
(def. Alex Sánchez)
15 February 2003 2
14   Will Grigsby (2) 14 May 2005 0
15   Ulises Solís 7 January 2006 9
16   Brian Viloria 19 April 2009 1
17   Carlos Tamara 23 January 2010 0
18   Luis Alberto Lazarte 29 May 2010 2
19   Ulises Solís (2) 30 April 2011 – 20 July 2012 1
Solís was stripped of the title due to inactivity stemming from injuries suffered during a street fight against Canelo Álvarez in October 2011.[104]
20   Johnriel Casimero
(interim champion promoted)
20 July 2012 — 2 May 2014 4
Casimero was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his fight against Mauricio Fuentes.[105]
21   Javier Mendoza
(def. Ramón García Hirales)
20 September 2014 1
22   Akira Yaegashi 29 December 2015 2
23   Milan Melindo 21 May 2017 1
24   Ryoichi Taguchi 31 December 2017 0
25   Hekkie Budler 20 May 2018 – 25 July 2018 0
Budler vacated the title, citing the low purse to defend it against his mandatory challenger Felix Alvarado.[106]
26   Felix Alvarado
(def. Randy Petalcorin)
29 October 2018 – present 2

Mini flyweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Kyung-Yung Lee
(def. Masaharu Kawakami)
14 June 1987 – December 1987 0
Lee vacated the title to focus on winning the WBC mini flyweight title.
2   Samuth Sithnaruepol
(def. Domingo Lucas)
24 March 1988 2
3   Nico Thomas 17 June 1989 0
4   Algerico Chávez 21 September 1989 0
5   Fahlan Sakkreerin 22 February 1990 7
6   Manny Melchor 6 September 1992 0
7   Ratanapol Sor Vorapin 10 December 1992 – 15 March 1996 12
Sor Vorapin was stripped of the title after failing to make weight the day before his fight with Lee Sandoval.
8   Ratanapol Sor Vorapin (2)
(def. Jun Arlos)
18 May 1996 7
9   Zolani Petelo 27 December 1997 – 2001 5
Petelo vacated the title to move up to the junior flyweight.
10   Roberto Carlos Leyva
(def. Daniel Reyes)
29 April 2001 1
11   Miguel Barrera 9 August 2002 1
12   Edgar Cardenas 31 May 2003 0
13   Daniel Reyes 4 October 2003 1
14   Muhammad Rachman 14 September 2004 3
15   Florante Condes 7 July 2007 0
16   Raúl García 14 June 2008 4
17   Nkosinathi Joyi 26 March 2010 4
18   Mario Rodríguez 1 September 2012 0
19   Katsunari Takayama 30 March 2013 2
20   Francisco Rodríguez Jr. 9 August 2014 – December 2014 0
Rodríguez vacated the title to move up to junior flyweight.
21   Katsunari Takayama (2)
(def. Go Odaira)
31 December 2014 2
22   Jose Argumedo 31 December 2015 3
23   Hiroto Kyoguchi 23 July 2017 – 11 August 2018 2
Kyoguchi vacated the title to move up to junior flyweight.[107]
24   Carlos Licona
(def. Mark Anthony Barriga)
1 December 2018 0
25   Deejay Kriel 16 February 2019 – 4 July 2019 0
Kriel vacated the title to move up to junior flyweight.[108]
26   Pedro Taduran
(def. Samuel Salva)
7 September 2019 1
27   Rene Mark Cuarto 27 February 2021 – present 0

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