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List of lightweight boxing champions

This is a list of world lightweight boxing champions by organization, as recognized by four of the better-known sanctioning organizations:

For a chronological list, see Chronological lightweight boxing champions.

Contents

WorldEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition
29 October 1886 9 June 1893[1]  Jack McAuliffe Universal
After McAuliffe's retirement the title remained inactive until 1896 when the title was won by George "Kid" Lavigne in a 17 Round KO against Dick Burge. Lavigne's victory, the first fought under the Marquess of Queensberry rules, was considered by boxing promoters of the time as the first officially recognized world Lightweight Champion.
1 June 1896 3 July 1899  George "Kid" Lavigne Universal
3 July 1899 12 May 1902  Frank Erne Universal
12 May 1902 9 June 1908[1]  Joe Gans Universal
9 September 1905 22 February 1910  Oscar "Battling" Nelson Universal
22 February 1910 28 November 1912  Adolph "Ad" Wolgast Universal
28 November 1912 7 July 1914  Willie Ritchie Universal
7 July 1914 28 May 1917   Freddie Welsh Universal
28 May 1917 15 January 1925[1]  Benny Leonard Universal
13 July 1925 7 December 1925  Jimmy Goodrich Universal
7 December 1925 3 July 1926  Rocky Kansas Universal
3 July 1926 17 July 1930  Sammy Mandel NBA
17 July 1930 14 November 1930  Al Singer Universal
14 November 1930 23 June 1933  Tony Canzoneri Universal
23 June 1933 ?? Apr 1935  Barney Ross Universal
10 May 1935 3 September 1936  Tony Canzoneri Universal
3 September 1936 17 July? 1938  Lou Ambers Universal
17 August? 1938 22 August 1939  Henry Armstrong Universal
22 August 1939 10 May 1940  Lou Ambers NBA
10 May 1940 19 December 1941  Lew Jenkins Universal
19 December 1941 13 November 1942[1]  Sammy Angott Universal
Following Angott's retirement the title was disputed between Beau Jack, Bob Montgomery, and Juan Zurita as well as Agnott, who later came out of retirement. Ike Williams defeats over Zurita and Montgomery, in 1945 and 1947 respectively, would become recognized as the universal Lightweight Champion.
18 December 1942 21 May 1943  Beau Jack New York
21 May 1943 19 November 1943  Bob Montgomery New York
19 November 1943 3 March 1944  Beau Jack NBA
With Jack and Montgomery enlisting in the United States Army to fight in World War II, Juan Zurita defeated Sammy Angott, after 15 rounds, for the NBA lightweight championship.
8 March 1944 18 April 1945  Juan Zurita NBA
18 April 1945 25 May 1951  Ike Williams Universal
25 May 1951 1 April 1952  Jimmy Carter Universal
14 May 1952 15 October 1952  Lauro Salas Universal
15 October 1952 6 February 1954  Jimmy Carter Universal
5 March 1954 17 November 1954  Paddy DeMarco Universal
17 November 1954 29 June 1955  Jimmy Carter Universal
29 June 1955 24 August 1956  Wallace "Bud" Smith Universal
24 August 1956 21 April 1962  Joe Brown Universal
1963-04-07 1965-04-10  Carlos Ortiz WBA/WBC
1965-04-10 1965-11-13  Ismael Laguna WBA/WBC
1965-11-13 1968-06-29  Carlos Ortiz WBA/WBC
1968-06-29 1969-02-18  Carlos Teo Cruz WBA/WBC
1969-02-18 1970-03-03  Mando Ramos[2] WBA/WBC
1970-03-03 1970-09-15[1]  Ismael Laguna WBA/WBC
1971-02-12 1971-06-25  Ken Buchanan WBA/WBC

WBCEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition
1963-04-07 1965-04-10   Carlos Ortiz WBC
1965-04-10 1965-11-13   Ismael Laguna WBC
1965-11-13 1968-06-29   Carlos Ortiz WBC
1968-06-29 1969-02-18   Carlos Teo Cruz WBC
1969-02-18 1970-03-03   Mando Ramos WBC
1970-03-03 1970-09-15-Stripped   Ismael Laguna WBC
1971-02-12 1971-06-25-Stripped   Ken Buchanan WBC
1971-11-05 1972-02-18   Pedro Carrasco WBC
1972-02-18 1972-09-15   Mando Ramos WBC
1972-09-15 1972-11-10   Chango Carmona WBC
1972-11-10 1974-04-11   Rodolfo Gato González WBC
1974-04-11 1976-05-08   Guts Ishimatsu WBC
1976-05-08 1978-01-21   Esteban De Jesús WBC
1978-01-21 1979-01-31[1]   Roberto Durán WBC
Durán became WBA champion in 1972 by defeating Ken Buchanan. He unified the titles on January 21, 1978, by defeating Esteban De Jesús.
1979-04-17 1981-06-20   Jim Watt WBC
1981-06-20 1983-Vacated   Alexis Argüello WBC
1983-05-01 1984-11-03   Edwin Rosario WBC
1984-11-03 1985-08-10   José Luis Ramírez WBC
1985-08-10 1987-Vacated   Héctor Camacho WBC
1987-07-19 1988-10-29   José Luis Ramírez WBC
1988-10-29 1989[1]   Julio César Chávez WBC
1989-08-20 1991-10-05[3]   Pernell Whitaker WBC
1992-08-24 1995-08-19[1]   Miguel Ángel González WBC
1996-04-20 1997-03-01   Jean Baptiste Mendy WBC
1997-03-01 1998-06-13   Stevie Johnston WBC
1998-06-13 1999-02-27   Cesar Bazan WBC
1999-02-27 2000-06-17   Stevie Johnston WBC
2000-06-17 2002-04-20   José Luis Castillo WBC
2002-04-20 2003-11-01[1]   Floyd Mayweather, Jr. WBC
2004-06-05 2005-05-07   José Luis Castillo WBC
2005-05-07 2006-10-06-Stripped   Diego Corrales WBC
2006-10-07 2007-02-01[4]   Joel Casamayor WBC
2007-02-01 2008-06-28   David Díaz WBC
2008-06-28 2009-02-24-Vacated   Manny Pacquiao WBC
2009-04-04 2010-02-09-Vacated   Edwin Valero WBC
2010-03-17 2011-07-01-Vacated   Humberto Soto WBC
2011-10-15 2012-11-17   Antonio DeMarco WBC
2012-11-17 2014-01-27-Stripped   Adrien Broner WBC
2014-01-27 2014-11-10-Stripped   Omar Figueroa Jr. WBC
2014-12-30 2016-06-12   Jorge Linares WBC
2016-06-12 2017-01-28   Dejan Zlatičanin WBC
2017-01-28 Present   Mikey Garcia WBC

WBAEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition
1962-04-21 1965-04-10   Carlos Ortiz WBA
1965-04-10 1965-11-13   Ismael Laguna WBA
1965-11-13 1968-06-29   Carlos Ortiz WBA
1968-06-29 1969-02-18   Carlos Teo Cruz WBA
1969-02-18 1970-03-03   Mando Ramos WBA
1970-03-03 1970-09-26   Ismael Laguna WBA
1970-09-26 1972-06-26   Ken Buchanan WBA
1972-06-26 1979-01-31[1]   Roberto Durán WBA
1979-06-16 1980-03-02   Ernesto España WBA
1980-03-02 1981-04-12   Hilmer Kenty WBA
1981-04-12 1981-04-12[1]   Sean O'Grady WBA
1981-09-12 1981-12-05   Claude Noel WBA
1981-12-05 1982-05-08   Arturo Frias WBA
1982-05-08 1984-06-01   Ray Mancini WBA
1984-06-01 1986-09-26   Livingstone Bramble WBA
1986-09-26 1987-11-21   Edwin Rosario WBA
1987-11-21 1988-10-29[1]   Julio César Chávez WBA
1989-07-09 1990-04-04   Edwin Rosario WBA
1990-04-04 1990-08-11   Juan Nazario WBA
1990-08-11 1991-10-05   Pernell Whitaker[1] WBA
1992-06-13 1992-10-24   Joey Gamache WBA
1992-10-24 1993-06-26   Tony Lopez WBA
1993-06-26 1993-10-30   Dingaan Thobela WBA
1993-10-30 1998-05-16   Orzubek Nazarov WBA
1998-05-16 1999-04-10   Jean Baptiste Mendy WBA
1999-04-10 1999-08-07   Julien Lorcy WBA
1999-08-07 1999-11-13   Stefano Zoff WBA
1999-11-13 2000-06-11   Gilberto Serrano WBA
2000-06-11 2001-07-01   Takanori Hatakeyama WBA
2001-07-01 2001-10-08   Julien Lorcy WBA
2001-10-08 2002-01-05   Raul Horacio Balbi WBA
2002-01-05 2003-05-17[1]   Leonard Doroftei WBA
2004-04-10 2004-07-17   Lakva Sim WBA
2004-07-17 2008-03-08   Juan Díaz WBA Super Champion
2007-12-29 2008-05-19   Jose Alfaro WBA Regular Champion
2008-03-08 2009-01-10-Vacated   Nate Campbell WBA Super Champion
2008-05-19 2009-01-03   Yusuke Kobori WBA Regular Champion
2009-01-03 2010-05-29   Paulus Moses WBA Regular Champion
2009-02-28 2012-01-05-Stripped   Juan Manuel Márquez WBA Super Champion
2010-05-29 2011-02-26   Miguel Acosta WBA Regular Champion
2011-02-26 2011-12-02-Stripped   Brandon Rios WBA Regular Champion
2013-02-28 2015-04-09-Stripped   Richar Abril WBA
2015-04-09 2015-11-21   Darleys Perez WBA
2015-11-21 2016-09-25   Anthony Crolla WBA
2018-05-12 Present   Vasyl Lomachenko WBA

IBFEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition
1984-01-30 1984-04-15   Charlie Brown IBF
1984-04-15 1985-04-06   Harry Arroyo IBF
1985-04-06 1986-12-05   Jimmy Paul IBF
1986-12-05 1987-06-07   Greg Haugen IBF
1987-06-07 1988-02-06   Vinny Pazienza IBF
1988-02-06 1989-02-18   Greg Haugen IBF
1989-02-18 1992-Vacated   Pernell Whitaker IBF
Pernell Whitaker becomes the undisputed champion of the lightweight division by winning the IBF title in February, 1989, and then defeating José Luis Ramírez for the vacant WBC title on August 20, 1989, and Juan Nazario for the WBA title on August 11, 1990.
1993-01-10 1994-02-19   Freddie Pendleton IBF
1994-02-19 1995-05-06   Rafael Ruelas IBF
1995-05-06 1995-07[1]   Oscar De La Hoya IBF
1995-08-19 1997-08-02   Philip Holiday IBF
1997-08-02 1999-04-17[1]   Shane Mosley IBF
1999-08-20 2003-06-Vacated   Paul Spadafora[4] IBF
2003-11-22 2004-05-13   Javier Jauregui IBF
2004-05-13 2005-03-01[1]   Julio Díaz IBF
2005-06-17 2005-09-17   Leavander Johnson IBF
2005-09-17 2007-02-03   Jesús Chávez IBF
2008-02-03 2007-10-19   Julio Díaz IBF
2007-10-19 2008-03-08   Juan Díaz IBF
2008-03-08 2009-02-13-Stripped   Nate Campbell[4] IBF
2010-08-14 2014-09-13   Miguel Vazquez IBF
2014-09-13 2015-06-26-Vacated   Mickey Bey IBF
2015-12-18 2016-06-03-Vacated   Rances Barthelemy IBF
2018-07-28 Present   Mikey Garcia IBF

WBOEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition
1989-05-06 1990-09-22   Mauricio Aceves WBO
1990-09-22 1991-09-14[1]   Dingaan Thobela WBO
1992-09-25 1994[1]   Giovanni Parisi WBO
1994-07-29 1996[1]   Oscar De La Hoya WBO
1996-04-13 2004-01-03   Artur Grigorian WBO
2004-01-03 2004-08-07   Acelino Freitas WBO
2004-08-07 2005[1]   Diego Corrales WBO
2006-04-29 2007-04-28   Acelino Freitas WBO
2007-04-28 2008-03-08   Juan Díaz WBO
2008-03-08 2009-02-13-Stripped   Nate Campbell[4] WBO
2010-02-28 2012-01-06-Stripped   Juan Manuel Márquez WBO
2012-01-06 2014-03-01   Ricky Burns WBO
2014-03-01 2015-03-24-Vacated   Terence Crawford WBO
2015-07-11 2017-08-26-Vacated   Terry Flanagan WBO
2018-12-08 Present   Vasyl Lomachenko WBO

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Relinquished championship title.
  2. ^ Disputed; see Pedro Carrasco
  3. ^ Championship title withdrawn by sanctioning organization due to champion's failure or refusal to defend title against organization's top-ranked contender.
  4. ^ a b c d Stripped of championship title.

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