List of The Ring world champions

Boxing magazine The Ring has awarded world championships in professional boxing within each weight class from its foundation in 1922 until the 1990s, and again since 2001. These titles were at one point intertwined with the lineal championship of a weight class, but have since become distinct from each other.

Current champion
Most consecutive title defenses

HeavyweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Jack Dempsey
(awarded inaugural title)
1922 2
2   Gene Tunney 23 September 1926 – 31 July 1928 3
Tunney retires.
3   Max Schmeling
(def. Jack Sharkey)
12 June 1930 1
4   Jack Sharkey 21 June 1932 0
5   Primo Carnera 29 June 1933 2
6   Max Baer 14 June 1934 0
7   James J. Braddock 13 June 1935 0
8   Joe Louis 22 June 1937 – 1 March 1949 26
Louis retires.
9   Ezzard Charles
(def. Joe Louis)
27 September 1950 4
10   Jersey Joe Walcott 18 July 1951 1
11   Rocky Marciano 23 September 1952 – 27 April 1956 6
Marciano retires.
12   Floyd Patterson
(def. Archie Moore)
30 November 1956 4
13   Ingemar Johansson 26 June 1959 0
14   Floyd Patterson (2) 29 June 1960 2
15   Sonny Liston 25 September 1962 1
16   Muhammad Ali 25 February 1964 – 13 March 1970 9
Ali is stripped of his title due to repeated retirement announcements.[1]
17   Joe Frazier
(awarded title)
May 1970 4
18   George Foreman 22 January 1973 2
19   Muhammad Ali (2) 30 October 1974 10
20   Leon Spinks 15 February 1978 0
21   Muhammad Ali (3) 15 September 1978 – 4 July 1979 0
Ali retires.
22   Larry Holmes
(def. Muhammad Ali)
2 October 1980 12
23   Michael Spinks 21 September 1985 3
24   Mike Tyson 27 June 1988 – February 1990 2
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Tyson's reign.
25   Lennox Lewis
(awarded title)
June 2002 – 6 February 2004 2
Lewis retired as champion and chose not to rematch Vitali Klitschko ahead of a WBC-mandated 1 March deadline to accept the bout.[2]
26   Vitali Klitschko
(def. Corrie Sanders)
24 April 2004 – 9 November 2005 1
Klitschko announced his retirement after withdrawing from a bout against Hasim Rahman due to injuries.[3]
27   Wladimir Klitschko
(def. Ruslan Chagaev)
20 June 2009 11
28   Tyson Fury 28 November 2015 – 1 February 2018 0
Fury is stripped of the title for failing to reveal an opponent by 31 January 2018, the deadline set by The Ring.[4]
29   Tyson Fury (2)
(def. Deontay Wilder)
22 February 2020 – present 1

CruiserweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Carlos de León
(awarded inaugural title)
3 February 1984 2
2   Alfonzo Ratliff 6 June 1985 0
3   Bernard Benton 21 September 1985 0
4   Carlos de León (2) 22 March 1986 – 30 March 1987 2
Title is vacated because The Ring stopped recognizing the division.
5   Jean-Marc Mormeck
(def. Wayne Braithwaite)
2 April 2005 0
6   O'Neil Bell 7 January 2006 0
7   Jean-Marc Mormeck (2) 17 March 2007 0
8   David Haye 10 November 2007 – 30 June 2008 1
Haye expressed that he'll move up to heavyweight. The title is vacated on 30 June ratings.[5]
9   Tomasz Adamek
(def. Steve Cunningham)
11 December 2008 – 10 February 2010 2
Adamek vacated the title to stay at heavyweight.[6]
10   Yoan Pablo Hernández
(def. Steve Cunningham)
4 February 2012 – 23 November 2015 3
Hernández is stripped of the title due to inactivity.[7]
11   Oleksandr Usyk
(def. Murat Gassiev)
21 July 2018 – 16 October 2019 1
Usyk vacated the title to move up to heavyweight.[8]
12   Mairis Briedis
(def. Yuniel Dorticos)
26 September 2020 – present 1

Light heavyweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Mike McTigue
(awarded inaugural title)
1924 0
2   Paul Berlenbach 23 May 1925 3
3   Jack Delaney 16 July 1926 – June 1927 1
Delaney vacates the title to move up to heavyweight.
4   Tommy Loughran
(def. Mike McTigue)
7 October 1927 – 18 July 1929 5
Loughran vacates the title to move up to heavyweight.
5   Maxie Rosenbloom
(def. Jimmy Slattery)
25 June 1930 7
6   Bob Olin 16 November 1934 0
7   John Henry Lewis 31 October 1935 – June 1939 5
Lewis retires.
8   Billy Conn
(def. Melio Bettina)
13 July 1939 – June 1941 3
Conn vacates the title to move up to heavyweight.
9   Gus Lesnevich
(def. Tami Mauriello)
26 August 1941 4
10   Freddie Mills 26 July 1948 0
11   Joey Maxim 24 January 1950 2
12   Archie Moore 17 December 1952 – 12 May 1962 9
Moore vacates the title to move up to heavyweight.
13   Harold Johnson
(def. Doug Jones)
12 May 1962 1
14   Willie Pastrano 1 June 1963 2
15   José Torres 30 March 1965 3
16   Dick Tiger 16 December 1966 2
17   Bob Foster 24 May 1968 – 16 September 1974 14
Foster retires.
18   Matthew Saad Muhammad
(awarded title)
30 November 1979 7
19   Dwight Muhammad Qawi 19 December 1981 3
20   Michael Spinks 18 March 1983 – 21 September 1985 4
Spinks vacates the title to stay at heavyweight.
21   Roy Jones Jr.
(awarded title)
2001 3
22   Antonio Tarver 15 May 2004 0
23   Glen Johnson 18 December 2004 0
24   Antonio Tarver (2) 18 June 2005 1
25   Bernard Hopkins 10 June 2006 1
26   Joe Calzaghe 19 April 2008 – 5 February 2009 1
Calzaghe retires.[9]
27   Jean Pascal
(def. Chad Dawson)
14 August 2010 1
28   Bernard Hopkins (2) 21 May 2011 0
29   Chad Dawson 28 April 2012 0
30   Adonis Stevenson 8 June 2013 – 23 November 2015 6
Stevenson is stripped of the title for failing to fight a top 5 contender within 2 years of his last fight against another top 5 contender.[7]
31   Andre Ward
(def. Sergey Kovalev)
17 June 2017 – 21 September 2017 0
Ward retires.[10]

Super middleweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Joe Calzaghe
(def. Jeff Lacy)
4 March 2006 – 28 September 2008 3
Calzaghe vacates the title to stay at light heavyweight.[11]
2   Andre Ward
(def. Carl Froch)
17 December 2011 – 19 February 2015 1
Ward is stripped of the title for failing to schedule a fight with a top 5 contender from any weight class for two years per The Ring policy.[12]
3   Callum Smith
(def. George Groves)
28 September 2018 2
4   Canelo Álvarez 19 December 2020 – present 2

MiddleweightEdit

Men'sEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Harry Greb
(awarded inaugural title)
1924 3
2   Tiger Flowers 26 February 1926 1
3   Mickey Walker 3 December 1926 – 19 June 1931 3
Walker vacates the title to move up to heavyweight.
4   Marcel Thil
(def. Gorilla Jones)
11 June 1932 – 23 September 1937 10
Thil retires.
5   Freddie Steele
(awarded title)
23 September 1937 – 1938 1
Steele stripped of the title.
6   Tony Zale
(def. Georgie Abrams)
28 November 1941 1
7   Rocky Graziano 16 July 1947 0
8   Tony Zale (2) 10 June 1948 0
9   Marcel Cerdan 21 September 1948 0
10   Jake LaMotta 17 June 1949 2
11   Sugar Ray Robinson 14 February 1951 0
12   Randy Turpin 10 July 1951 0
13   Sugar Ray Robinson (2) 12 September 1951 – 18 December 1952 2
Robinson retires but later comes back.
14   Carl Olson
(def. Randy Turpin)
21 October 1953 3
15   Sugar Ray Robinson (3) 9 December 1955 1
16   Gene Fullmer 2 January 1957 0
17   Sugar Ray Robinson (4) 1 May 1957 0
18   Carmen Basilio 23 September 1957 0
19   Sugar Ray Robinson (5) 25 March 1958 0
20   Paul Pender 22 January 1960 3
21   Terry Downes 11 July 1961 0
22   Paul Pender (2) 7 April 1962 – 7 May 1963 0
Pender retires.
23   Dick Tiger
(awarded title)
7 May 1963 1
24   Joey Giardello 7 December 1963 1
25   Dick Tiger (2) 21 October 1965 0
26   Emile Griffith 25 April 1966 2
27   Nino Benvenuti 17 April 1967 0
28   Emile Griffith (2) 29 September 1967 0
29   Nino Benvenuti (2) 4 March 1968 4
30   Carlos Monzón 7 November 1970 – 29 August 1977 14
Monzón retires.[13]
31   Rodrigo Valdez
(def. Bennie Briscoe)
5 November 1977 0
32   Hugo Corro 22 April 1978 2
33   Vito Antuofermo 30 June 1979 1
34   Alan Minter 16 March 1980 1
35   Marvin Hagler 27 September 1980 12
36   Sugar Ray Leonard 6 April 1987 – 27 May 1987 0
Leonard retires.[14]
37   Sumbu Kalambay
(awarded title)
6 July 1988 – 1989 2
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Kalambay's reign.
38   Bernard Hopkins
(def. Félix Trinidad)
29 September 2001 6
39   Jermain Taylor 16 July 2005 4
40   Kelly Pavlik 29 September 2007 3
41   Sergio Martínez 17 April 2010 6
42   Miguel Cotto 7 June 2014 1
43   Canelo Álvarez 21 November 2015 – 12 June 2018 2
Álvarez is stripped of the title after testing positive of Clenbuterol.[15]
44   Canelo Álvarez (2)
(def. Gennady Golovkin)
15 September 2018 – 2 January 2021 1
The title is vacated one day after[16] Álvarez vacates his last alphabet title to stay at super middleweight.[17]

Women'sEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Claressa Shields
(def. Christina Hammer)
13 April 2019 – present 0

Junior middleweightEdit

Men'sEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Oscar Albarado
(def. Koichi Wajima)
4 June 1974 1
2   Koichi Wajima 21 January 1975 0
3   Yuh Jae-Doo 7 June 1975 1
4   Koichi Wajima (2) 17 February 1976 0
5   José Durán 18 May 1976 0
6   Miguel Angel Castellini 8 October 1976 0
7   Eddie Gazo 5 March 1977 3
8   Masashi Kudo 9 August 1978 3
9   Ayub Kalule 24 October 1979 4
10   Sugar Ray Leonard 25 June 1981 – 1982 0
Leonard vacates the title to move back down to welterweight.
11   Thomas Hearns
(def. Wilfred Benítez)
3 December 1982 – 24 October 1986 4
Hearns vacates his alphabet title to officially move up in weight class.[18]
12   Oscar De La Hoya
(def. Fernando Vargas)
14 September 2002 1
13   Shane Mosley 13 September 2003 0
14   Winky Wright 13 March 2004 – 2 November 2005 1
Wright stays at middleweight. The title is vacated on 2 November ratings.[19]
15   Canelo Álvarez
(def. Austin Trout)
20 April 2013 0
16   Floyd Mayweather Jr. 14 September 2013 – 10 August 2015 0
Mayweather Jr. is stripped of the title due to inactivity in the weight class.[20]
17   Jermell Charlo
(def. Jeison Rosario)
26 September 2020 – present 1

Women'sEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Claressa Shields
(def. Marie-Eve Dicaire)
5 March 2021 – present 0

WelterweightEdit

Men'sEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Mickey Walker
(awarded inaugural title)
1924 2
2   Pete Latzo 20 May 1926 2
3   Joe Dundee 3 June 1927 0
4   Jackie Fields 25 July 1929 0
5   Jack Thompson 9 May 1930 0
6   Tommy Freeman 5 September 1930 0
7   Jack Thompson (2) 14 April 1931 0
8   Lou Brouillard 23 October 1931 0
9   Jackie Fields (2) 28 January 1932 0
10   Young Corbett III 22 February 1933 0
11   Jimmy McLarnin 29 May 1933 0
12   Barney Ross 28 May 1934 0
13   Jimmy McLarnin (2) 17 September 1934 0
14   Barney Ross (2) 28 May 1935 2
15   Henry Armstrong 31 May 1938 19
16   Fritzie Zivic 4 October 1940 1
17   Freddie Cochrane 29 July 1941 0
18   Marty Servo 1 February 1946 – 25 September 1946 0
Servo retires.
19   Sugar Ray Robinson
(def. Tommy Bell)
20 December 1946 – 1951 5
Robinson vacates the title to stay at middleweight.
20   Kid Gavilán
(def. Billy Graham)
29 August 1951 7
21   Johnny Saxton 20 October 1954 0
22   Tony DeMarco 1 April 1955 0
23   Carmen Basilio 10 June 1955 1
24   Johnny Saxton (2) 14 March 1956 0
25   Carmen Basilio (2) 12 September 1956 – 23 September 1957 1
Basilio vacates the title to stay at middleweight.
26   Virgil Akins
(def. Vince Martinez)
6 June 1958 0
27   Don Jordan 5 December 1958 2
28   Benny Paret 27 May 1960 1
29   Emile Griffith 1 April 1961 1
30   Benny Paret (2) 30 September 1961 0
31   Emile Griffith (2) 24 March 1962 2
32   Luis Manuel Rodríguez 21 March 1963 0
33   Emile Griffith (3) 8 June 1963 – 1966 5
Griffith vacates the title to stay at middleweight.
34   Curtis Cokes
(def. Jean Josselin)
28 November 1966 4
35   José Nápoles 18 April 1969 3
36   Billy Backus 3 December 1970 0
37   José Nápoles (2) 4 June 1971 10
38   John Stracey 6 December 1975 1
39   Carlos Palomino 22 June 1976 7
40   Wilfred Benítez 14 January 1979 1
41   Sugar Ray Leonard 30 November 1979 1
42   Roberto Durán 20 June 1980 0
43   Sugar Ray Leonard (2) 25 November 1980 – 9 November 1982 2
Leonard retires due to eye injury.
44   Donald Curry
(def. Milton McCrory)
6 December 1985 1
45   Lloyd Honeyghan 27 September 1986 3
46   Jorge Vaca 27 October 1987 0
47   Lloyd Honeyghan (2) 29 March 1988 1
48   Marlon Starling 4 February 1989 – 1989 1
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Starling's reign.
49   Vernon Forrest
(def. Shane Mosley)
26 January 2002 1
50   Ricardo Mayorga 25 January 2003 1
51   Cory Spinks 13 December 2003 2
52   Zab Judah 5 February 2005 1
53   Carlos Baldomir 7 January 2006 1
54   Floyd Mayweather Jr. 4 November 2006 – 6 June 2008 1
Mayweather Jr. retires for the first time.[21]
55   Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2)
(def. Robert Guerrero)
4 May 2013 – 12 September 2015 4
Mayweather Jr. retires.[22]

Women'sEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Jessica McCaskill
(def. Cecilia Brækhus)
13 March 2021 – present 0

Junior welterweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Mushy Callahan
(awarded inaugural title)
1928 1
2   Jack Berg 18 February 1930 - 1931 6
The Ring ended the list in 1931 and then resumed in 1962.
3   Duilio Loi
(def. Eddie Perkins)
15 December 1962 – January 1963 0
Loi retires.
4   Eddie Perkins
(def. Roberto Cruz)
15 June 1963 2
5   Carlos Hernández 18 January 1965 2
6   Sandro Lopopolo 29 April 1966 1
7   Takeshi Fuji 30 April 1967 1
8   Nicolino Locche 12 December 1968 5
9   Alfonso Frazer 10 March 1972 0
10   Antonio Cervantes 28 October 1972 10
11   Wilfred Benítez 6 March 1976 – 1979 3
Benítez vacates the title to move up to welterweight.
12   Antonio Cervantes (2)
(def. Miguel Montilla)
18 January 1979 2
13   Aaron Pryor 2 August 1980 – 26 October 1983 8
Pryor retires.
14   Kostya Tszyu
(def. Zab Judah)
3 November 2001 3
15   Ricky Hatton 4 June 2005 5
16   Manny Pacquiao 2 May 2009 – 26 July 2010 0
Pacquiao vacates the title to stay at welterweight.[23]
17   Danny García
(def. Amir Khan)
14 July 2012 – 10 August 2015 4
Garcia vacates the title to stay at welterweight.[24]
18   Terence Crawford
(def. Viktor Postol)
23 July 2016 – 18 February 2018 3
Crawford wants to move up to welterweight. The title is vacated on the 18 February 2018 updated rankings.[25]
19   Josh Taylor
(def. Regis Prograis)
26 October 2019 – present 2

LightweightEdit

Men'sEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Benny Leonard
(awarded inaugural title)
1924 – 15 January 1925 0
Leonard retires.
2   Jimmy Goodrich
(def. Stanislaus Loayza)
13 July 1925 0
3   Rocky Kansas 7 December 1925 0
4   Sammy Mandell 3 July 1926 2
5   Al Singer 17 July 1930 0
6   Tony Canzoneri 14 November 1930 4
7   Barney Ross 23 June 1933 – 1933 1
Ross vacates the title to move up to junior welterweight.
8   Tony Canzoneri (2)
(def. Lou Ambers)
10 May 1935 1
9   Lou Ambers 3 September 1936 2
10   Henry Armstrong 17 August 1938 1
11   Lou Ambers (2) 22 August 1939 0
12   Lew Jenkins 10 May 1940 1
13   Sammy Angott 19 December 1941 – 13 November 1942 1
Angott retires.
14   Ike Williams
(def. Bob Montgomery)
4 August 1947 5
15   Jimmy Carter 25 May 1951 2
16   Lauro Salas 14 May 1952 0
17   Jimmy Carter (2) 15 October 1952 3
18   Paddy DeMarco 5 March 1954 0
19   Jimmy Carter (3) 17 November 1954 0
20   Wallace Smith 29 June 1955 1
21   Joe Brown 24 August 1956 11
22   Carlos Ortiz 21 April 1962 4
23   Ismael Laguna 10 April 1965 0
24   Carlos Ortiz (2) 13 November 1965 5
25   Carlos Cruz 29 June 1968 1
26   Mando Ramos 18 February 1969 1
27   Ismael Laguna (2) 3 March 1970 1
28   Ken Buchanan 26 September 1970 2
29   Roberto Durán 26 June 1972 – 1979 12
Durán vacates the title to move up to welterweight.
30   Jim Watt
(awarded title)
12 April 1981 0
31   Alexis Argüello 20 June 1981 – February 1983 4
Argüello vacates the title to move up to junior welterweight.
32   Julio César Chávez
(def. José Luis Ramírez)
29 October 1988 – 2 March 1989 0
Chávez vacates the title to move up to junior welterweight.
33   Pernell Whitaker
(def. José Luis Ramírez)
20 August 1989 – 1989 0
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Whitaker's reign.
34   Floyd Mayweather Jr.
(def. José Luis Castillo)
20 April 2002 – 22 May 2004 3
Mayweather Jr. vacates the title to move up to junior welterweight.
35   José Luis Castillo
(def. Juan Lazcano)
5 June 2004 2
36   Diego Corrales 7 May 2005 0
37   Joel Casamayor 7 October 2006 2
38   Juan Manuel Márquez 13 September 2008 – 23 April 2012 3
Márquez vacates the title to stay at junior welterweight.[26]
39   Terence Crawford
(def. Ray Beltrán)
29 November 2014 – 22 April 2015 0
Crawford vacates the title to stay at junior welterweight.[27]
40   Jorge Linares
(def. Anthony Crolla)
24 September 2016 3
41   Vasyl Lomachenko 13 May 2018 3
42   Teófimo López 17 October 2020 – present 0

Women'sEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Katie Taylor
(def. Delfine Persoon)
1 June 2019 – present 3

Junior lightweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Steve Sullivan
(def. Johnny Dundee)
20 June 1924 2
2   Mike Ballerino 1 April 1925 1
3   Tod Morgan 2 December 1925 10
4   Benny Bass 20 December 1929 0
5   Kid Chocolate 15 July 1931 - 1931 1
The Ring ended the list in 1931 and then resumed in 1962.
6   Flash Elorde
(awarded title)
1962 6
7   Yoshiaki Numata 15 June 1967 0
8   Hiroshi Kobayashi 14 December 1967 6
9   Alfredo Marcano 29 July 1971 1
10   Ben Villaflor 25 April 1972 1
11   Kuniaki Shibata 13 March 1973 1
12   Ben Villaflor (2) 17 October 1973 5
13   Samuel Serrano 16 October 1976 10
14   Yasutsune Uehara 2 August 1980 1
15   Samuel Serrano (2) 9 April 1981 3
16   Roger Mayweather 19 January 1983 2
17   Rocky Lockridge 26 February 1984 2
18   Wilfredo Gómez 19 May 1985 0
19   Alfredo Layne 24 May 1986 0
20   Brian Mitchell 27 September 1986 – 30 March 1987 1
The Ring ended the list in 1986 and then resumed in 1989.
21   Manny Pacquiao
(def. Juan Manuel Márquez)
15 March 2008 – 28 July 2008 0
Pacquiao vacates the title to stay at lightweight.

FeatherweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Louis Kid Kaplan
(def. Danny Kramer)
2 January 1925 – 6 July 1926 3
Kaplan vacates the title.
2   Tony Canzoneri
(def. Johnny Dundee)
24 October 1927 1
3   André Routis 28 September 1928 1
4   Christopher Battalino 23 September 1929 – 1 March 1932 5
Battalino vacates the title.
5   Kid Chocolate
(def. Lew Feldman)
13 October 1932 – 19 February 1934 2
Chocolate vacates the title.
6   Freddie Miller
(awarded title)
1934 8
7   Petey Sarron 11 May 1936 2
8   Henry Armstrong 29 October 1937 – 5 December 1938 0
Armstrong vacates the title.
9   Joey Archibald
(def. Leo Rodak)
18 April 1939 1
10   Harry Jeffra 20 May 1940 1
11   Joey Archibald (2) 12 May 1941 0
12   Chalky Wright 11 September 1941 2
13   Willie Pep 20 November 1942 6
14   Sandy Saddler 29 October 1948 0
15   Willie Pep (2) 11 February 1949 3
16   Sandy Saddler (2) 8 September 1950 – 21 January 1957 3
Saddler retires.
17   Hogan Bassey
(def. Cherif Hamia)
24 June 1957 1
18   Davey Moore 18 March 1959 5
19   Sugar Ramos 21 March 1963 3
20   Vicente Saldivar 26 September 1964 – 14 October 1967 8
Salvidar retires.
21   Johnny Famechon
(def. José Legrá)
21 January 1969 2
22   Vicente Saldivar (2) 9 May 1970 0
23   Kuniaki Shibata 11 December 1970 2
24   Clemente Sánchez 19 May 1972 – 16 December 1972 0
Sánchez is stripped of the title for failing to make weight.
25   Alexis Argüello
(def. Rigoberto Riasco)
31 May 1975 – 20 June 1977 2
Argüello vacates the title to move up to junior lightweight.
26   Danny Lopez
(def. Roberto Castañón)
10 March 1979 2
27   Salvador Sánchez 2 February 1980 – 12 August 1982 9
Title is vacated because Sánchez died from a car accident.
28   Eusebio Pedroza
(awarded title)
22 September 1982 5
29   Barry McGuigan 8 June 1985 2
30   Steve Cruz 23 June 1986 0
31   Antonio Esparragoza 6 March 1987 – 1990 6
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Esparragoza's reign.
32   Marco Antonio Barrera
(def. Érik Morales)
22 June 2002 2
33   Manny Pacquiao 15 November 2003 – 22 June 2005 2
Pacquiao vacates the title to stay at junior lightweight.
34   Mikey Garcia
(def. Orlando Salido)
19 January 2013 – 24 November 2013 0
Garcia vacates the title to move up to junior lightweight.[28]

Junior featherweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Wilfredo Gómez
(def. Nestor Jimenez)
9 March 1979 – May 1983 10
Gómez vacates the title to move up to featherweight.
2   Paulie Ayala
(def. Bones Adams)
23 February 2002 – May 2004 0
Ayala vacates the title to move up to featherweight.
3   Israel Vázquez
(def. Óscar Larios)
3 December 2005 2
4   Rafael Márquez 3 March 2007 0
5   Israel Vázquez (2) 4 August 2007 – 31 May 2009 1
Vázquez moves up to featherweight. The title is vacated on 31 May ratings.[29]
6   Nonito Donaire
(def. Toshiaki Nishioka)
13 October 2012 1
7   Guillermo Rigondeaux 13 April 2013 – 9 February 2016 4
Rigondeaux is stripped of the title for failing to fight a top 5 contender in any division within 18 months per The Ring policy.[30]

BantamweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Eddie Martin
(def. Abe Goldstein)
19 December 1924 0
2   Charlie Phil Rosenberg 20 March 1925 – 4 February 1927 1
Rosenberg was stripped of the title for being overweight against Bushy Graham.
3   Panama Al Brown
(def. Pete Sanstol)
25 August 1931 7
4   Baltasar Sangchili 1 June 1935 0
5   Tony Marino 29 June 1936 0
6   Sixto Escobar 31 August 1936 2
7   Harry Jeffra 23 September 1937 0
8   Sixto Escobar (2) 20 February 1938 – 4 October 1939 0
Escobar vacates the title for failing to make weight.
9   Lou Salica
(def. Tommy Forte)
13 January 1941 5
10   Manuel Ortiz 7 August 1942 15
11   Harold Dade 6 January 1947 0
12   Manuel Ortiz (2) 11 March 1947 4
13   Vic Toweel 31 May 1950 3
14   Jimmy Carruthers 15 November 1952 – 16 May 1954 3
Carruthers retires.
15   Robert Cohen
(def. Chamrern Songkitrat)
19 September 1954 1
16   Mario D'Agata 29 June 1956 0
17   Alphonse Halimi 1 April 1957 1
18   José Becerra 8 July 1959 – 30 August 1960 2
Becerra retires.
19   Éder Jofre
(def. Piero Rollo)
25 March 1961 7
20   Fighting Harada 17 May 1965 4
21   Lionel Rose 26 February 1968 3
22   Rubén Olivares 22 August 1969 2
23   Chucho Castillo 16 October 1970 0
24   Rubén Olivares (2) 2 April 1971 2
25   Rafael Herrera 19 March 1972 0
26   Enrique Pinder 30 July 1972 0
27   Romeo Anaya 20 January 1973 2
28   Arnold Taylor 3 November 1973 0
29   Hong Soo-Hwan 3 July 1974 1
30   Alfonso Zamora 14 March 1975 5
31   Jorge Luján 19 November 1977 5
32   Julian Solís 29 August 1980 0
33   Jeff Chandler 14 November 1980 9
34   Richie Sandoval 7 April 1984 2
35   Gaby Canizales 10 March 1986 0
36   Bernardo Piñango 4 June 1986 – 29 March 1987 3
Piñango vacates the title to move up to junior featherweight.
37   Shinsuke Yamanaka
(def. Anselmo Moreno)
16 September 2016 1
38   Luis Nery 15 August 2017 – 26 September 2017 0
Nery tested positive for the banned substance of zilpaterol and is stripped of The Ring title however, he was not stripped of his WBC title, the fight was also not overturned into an NC. Yamanaka is reinstated.[31]
39   Shinsuke Yamanaka (2)
(reinstated)
26 September 2017 – 1 March 2018 0
Nery won against Yamanaka on their rematch, however he came in overweight for the fight, disqualifying him from winning the title. The title is declared vacant.[32]
40   Naoya Inoue
(def. Emmanuel Rodríguez)
18 May 2019 – present 3

Junior bantamweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
(def. Juan Francisco Estrada)
24 February 2018 1
2   Juan Francisco Estrada 26 April 2019 – present 3

FlyweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Pancho Villa
(def. Jimmy Wilde)
18 June 1923 – 14 July 1925 3
Title vacated because Villa died from Ludwig's angina resulting from an infection that spread to his throat.
2   Fidel LaBarba
(def. Elky Clark)
21 January 1927 – 23 August 1927 2
LaBarba retired to attend Stanford College.
3   Benny Lynch
(def. Small Montana)
19 January 1937 – 29 June 1938 1
Lynch was stripped when he failed to make weight for a title defense against Jackie Jurich.
4   Peter Kane
(def. Jackie Jurich)
22 September 1938 – 1939 0
Kane was stripped of the title.
5   Jackie Paterson
(def. Peter Kane)
19 June 1943 1
6   Rinty Monaghan 23 March 1948 – 25 April 1950 3
Monaghan retires.
7   Terry Allen
(def. Honore Pratesi)
25 April 1950 0
8   Dado Marino 1 August 1950 1
9   Yoshio Shirai 19 May 1952 4
10   Pascual Perez 26 November 1954 9
11   Pone Kingpetch 16 April 1960 3
12   Fighting Harada 10 October 1962 0
13   Pone Kingpetch (2) 12 January 1963 0
14   Hiroyuki Ebihara 18 September 1963 0
15   Pone Kingpetch (3) 23 January 1964 0
16   Salvatore Burruni 23 April 1965 1
17   Walter McGowan 14 June 1966 0
18   Chartchai Chionoi 30 December 1966 4
19   Efren Torres 23 February 1969 1
20   Chartchai Chionoi (2) 20 March 1970 0
21   Erbito Salavarria 7 December 1970 3
22   Venice Borkhorsor 9 February 1973 – 10 July 1973 0
Borkhorsor vacated the title to move up to bantamweight.
23   Miguel Canto
(def. Shoji Oguma)
8 January 1975 14
24   Park Chan-Hee 18 March 1979 5
25   Shoji Oguma 18 May 1980 3
26   Antonio Avelar 12 May 1981 1
27   Prudencio Cardona 20 March 1982 0
28   Freddy Castillo 24 July 1982 0
29   Eleoncio Mercedes 6 November 1982 0
30   Charlie Magri 15 March 1983 0
31   Frank Cedeno 27 September 1983 0
32   Kōji Kobayashi 18 January 1984 0
33   Gabriel Bernal 9 April 1984 1
34   Sot Chitalada 8 October 1984 6
35   Kim Yong-Kang 24 July 1988 – 1989 1
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Kim's reign.
36   Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
(def. Kōki Kameda)
27 March 2010 4
37   Sonny Boy Jaro 2 March 2012 0
38   Toshiyuki Igarashi 16 July 2012 1
39   Akira Yaegashi 8 April 2013 3
40   Román González 5 September 2014 – 1 October 2016 4
González vacated his title after moving up in weight and winning the WBC junior bantamweight world championship against Carlos Cuadras.[33]

Junior flyweightEdit

No. Name Date Defenses
1   Rosendo Álvarez
(def. Beibis Mendoza)
31 March 2003 – 2 October 2004 1
Álvarez was stripped of his title after coming in overweight before his rematch against Beibis Mendoza.
2   Hugo Cázares
(def. Nelson Dieppa)
30 September 2006 1
3   Iván Calderón 25 August 2007 6
4   Giovani Segura 28 August 2010 – 12 September 2011 1
Segura vacates the title to move up to flyweight.[34]
5   Donnie Nietes
(def. Moisés Fuentes)
10 May 2014 – 3 August 2016 5
Nietes vacates the title to move up to flyweight.[35]
6   Ryoichi Taguchi
(def. Milan Melindo)
31 December 2017 1
7   Hekkie Budler 20 May 2018 0
8   Hiroto Kyoguchi 31 December 2018 – present 3

StrawweightEdit

The Ring has not yet awarded a championship in the strawweight division.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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