List of Welsh boxing world champions

This is a list of Welsh people who have become boxing world champions as recognised by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organization (WBO), World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) or The Ring magazine.

List of Welsh boxing world championsEdit

Number Image Name From Weight Belt Duration of reign Successful defences
1[1][2] Percy Jones Porth Flyweight World Jan 1914 0
2[3][4]   Freddie Welsh Pontypridd Lightweight World Jul 1914 – May 1917 11

(excluding NWS)

3[5][6]
 
Jimmy Wilde (right) vs Pancho Villa (left), 1923.
Jimmy Wilde Merthyr Tydfil Flyweight World Dec 1916 – Jun 1923 15

(excluding NWS)

4[7][8]
 
Howard Winstone, 1967.
Howard Winstone Merthyr Tydfil Featherweight World Jan 1968 – Jul 1968 0
5[9][10] Steve Robinson Cardiff Featherweight WBO Apr 1993 – Sep 1995 7
6[11][12] Robbie Regan Caerphilly Bantamweight WBO Apr 1996 – 1996 0
7[13][14] Barry Jones Cardiff Super-Featherweight WBO Dec 1997–1998 0
8[15][16]
 
Joe Calzaghe in 2007.
Joe Calzaghe Newbridge Super-Middleweight WBO Oct 1997 – Sep 2008 21
IBF Mar 2006 – Nov 2006 1
WBA Nov 2007 – Jun 2008 0
WBC Nov 2007 – Jun 2008 0
The Ring March 2006 – September 2008 3
Light-Heavyweight The Ring April 2008 – February 2009 1
9[17][18]
 
Denis Lebedev (left) v Enzo Maccarinelli (right), 2009.
Enzo Maccarinelli Swansea Cruiserweight WBO Sep 2006 – Mar 2008 4
10[19][20]
 
Gavin Rees in 2008.
Gavin Rees Newbridge Light-Welterweight WBA Jul 2007 – Mar 2008 0
11[21][22]
 
Nathan Clevery in 2007.
Nathan Cleverly Cefn Fforest Light-Heavyweight WBO May 2011 – Aug 2013 4
12[23][24]
 
Lee Selby in 2013.
Lee Selby Barry Featherweight IBF May 2015 – May 2018 5
13[25]
 
Joe Cordina at the Senedd, 2016.
Joe Cordina Cardiff Super-Featherweight IBF June 2022 – Present 0

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