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List of lineal boxing world champions

This is a list of lineal boxing world champions. A list of lineal champions in professional boxing is maintained by the historical research boxing website Cyber Boxing Zone (CBZ), with input from boxing historian Tracy Callis of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) which was founded in 1982 for the purposes of establishing an accurate history of boxing and compiling complete and accurate boxing records.[1] The historical list of lineal champions were first published in 1994, and are retrospective to the introduction of the Marquess of Queensberry Rules in 1885.[2][3] The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, which promotes the concept of one world champion per weight class,[4][5] hands out[clarification needed] the most complete version of the lineal championship and is recognized by CBZ for maintaining the list of genuine lineal world champions.

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HeavyweightEdit

 
John L. Sullivan was the first lineal heavyweight boxing champion
 
Bob Fitzsimmons was the first three-division world champion
 
Joe Louis held the lineal heavyweight title for more than 11 years
 
Muhammad Ali was the only three-time lineal heavyweight champion in boxing
Number Champion Reign
1   John L. Sullivan (def. Dominick McCaffrey) August 29, 1885 – September 7, 1892
2   James J. Corbett September 7, 1892 – March 17, 1897
3   Bob Fitzsimmons March 17, 1897 – June 9, 1899
4   James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 – May 15, 1905 (retired)
5   Marvin Hart (def. Jack Root) July 3, 1905 – February 23, 1906
6   Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 – December 26, 1908
7   Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 – April 5, 1915
8   Jess Willard April 5, 1915 – July 4, 1919
9   Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 – September 23, 1926
10   Gene Tunney September 23, 1926 – July 31, 1928 (retired)
11   Max Schmeling (def. Jack Sharkey) June 12, 1930 – June 21, 1932
12   Jack Sharkey June 21, 1932 – June 29, 1933
13   Primo Carnera June 29, 1933 – June 14, 1934
14   Max Baer June 14, 1934 – June 13, 1935
15   James J. Braddock June 13, 1935 – June 22, 1937
16   Joe Louis June 22, 1937 – February 28, 1949 (retired)
17   Ezzard Charles (def. Jersey Joe Walcott) June 22, 1949 – July 18, 1951
18   Jersey Joe Walcott July 18, 1951 – September 23, 1952
19   Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 – April 27, 1956 (retired)
20   Floyd Patterson (def. Archie Moore) November 30, 1956 – June 26, 1959
21   Ingemar Johansson June 26, 1959 – June 20, 1960
22   Floyd Patterson June 20, 1960 – September 25, 1962
23   Sonny Liston September 25, 1962 – February 25, 1964
24   Cassius Clay February 25, 1964 – April 28, 1967 (vacated)
25   Joe Frazier (def. Jimmy Ellis) February 16, 1970 – January 22, 1973
26   George Foreman January 22, 1973 – October 30, 1974
27   Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 – February 15, 1978
28   Leon Spinks February 15, 1978 – September 15, 1978
29   Muhammad Ali September 15, 1978 – June 27, 1979 (retired)
30   Larry Holmes (def. Muhammad Ali) October 2, 1980 – September 21, 1985
31   Michael Spinks September 21, 1985 – June 27, 1988
32   Mike Tyson June 27, 1988 – February 11, 1990
33   James "Buster" Douglas February 11, 1990 – October 25, 1990
34   Evander Holyfield October 25, 1990 – November 13, 1992
35   Riddick Bowe November 13, 1992 – November 6, 1993
36   Evander Holyfield November 6, 1993 – April 22, 1994
37   Michael Moorer April 22, 1994 – November 5, 1994
38   George Foreman November 5, 1994 – November 22, 1997
39   Shannon Briggs November 22, 1997 – March 28, 1998
40   Lennox Lewis March 28, 1998 – April 22, 2001
41   Hasim Rahman April 22, 2001 – November 17, 2001
42   Lennox Lewis November 17, 2001 – February 6, 2004 (retired)
43   Wladimir Klitschko (def. Ruslan Chagaev) June 20, 2009 – November 28, 2015
44   Tyson Fury November 28, 2015 – Present

CruiserweightEdit

Number Champion Reign
1   Marvin Camel (def. Mate Parlov) March 31, 1980 – November 25, 1980
2   Carlos de León November 25, 1980 – June 27, 1982
3   S. T. Gordon June 27, 1982 – July 17, 1983
4   Carlos de León July 17, 1983 – June 6, 1985
5   Alfonso Ratliff June 6, 1985 – September 21, 1985
6   Bernard Benton September 21, 1985 – March 22, 1986
7   Carlos de León March 22, 1986 – April 9, 1988
8   Evander Holyfield April 9, 1988 – December 9, 1988 (vacated)
9   O'Neil Bell (def. Jean-Marc Mormeck) January 7, 2006 – March 17, 2007
10   Jean-Marc Mormeck March 17, 2007 – November 10, 2007
11   David Haye November 10, 2007 – July 22, 2008 (vacated)
12   Tomasz Adamek (def. Steve Cunningham) December 11, 2008 – October 18, 2009 (vacated)
13   Oleksandr Usyk (def. Murat Gassiev) July 21, 2018 – present

Light heavyweightEdit

 
Jack Root was the first light heavyweight champion of the world
 
Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier boxed in the first million-dollar gate
 
Battling Siki
Number Champion Reign
1   Jack Root (def. Kid McCoy) April 22, 1903 – July 4, 1903
2   George Gardner July 4, 1903 – November 25, 1903
3   Bob Fitzsimmons November 25, 1903 – December 20, 1905
4   Philadelphia Jack O'Brien December 20, 1905 – December 31, 1905 (vacated)
5   Jack Dillon (def. Battling Levinsky) April 14, 1914 – October 24, 1916
6   Battling Levinsky October 24, 1916 – October 12, 1920
7   Georges Carpentier October 12, 1920 – September 24, 1922
8   Battling Siki September 24, 1922 – March 17, 1923
9   Mike McTigue March 17, 1923 – May 30, 1925
10   Paul Berlenbach May 30, 1925 – July 16, 1926
11   Jack Delaney July 16, 1926 – August 10, 1927 (vacated)
12   Tommy Loughran (def. Mike McTigue) October 7, 1927 – September 3, 1929 (vacated)
13   Maxie Rosenbloom (def. Lou Scozza) July 14, 1932 – November 16, 1934
14   Bob Olin November 16, 1934 – October 31, 1935
15   John Henry Lewis October 31, 1935 – June 19, 1939 (retired)
16   Billy Conn (def. Melio Bettina) July 13, 1939 – June 3, 1941 (vacated)
17   Gus Lesnevich (def. Tami Mauriello) August 26, 1941 – July 26, 1948
18   Freddie Mills July 26, 1948 – January 24, 1950
19   Joey Maxim January 24, 1950 – December 17, 1952
20   Archie Moore December 17, 1952 – February 9, 1962 (vacated)
21   Harold Johnson (def. Doug Jones) May 12, 1962 – June 1, 1963
22   Willie Pastrano June 1, 1963 – March 30, 1965
23   José Torres March 30, 1965 – December 16, 1966
24   Dick Tiger December 16, 1966 – May 24, 1968
25   Bob Foster May 24, 1968 – September 16, 1974 (retired)
26   Michael Spinks (def. Dwight Muhammad Qawi) March 18, 1983 – November 3, 1985 (vacated)
27   Virgil Hill (def. Henry Maske) November 23, 1996 – June 13, 1997
28   Dariusz Michalczewski June 13, 1997 – October 18, 2003
29   Julio César González October 18, 2003 – January 17, 2004
30   Zsolt Erdei January 17, 2004 – November 13, 2009 (vacated)
31   Jean Pascal (def. Chad Dawson) August 14, 2010 – May 21, 2011
32   Bernard Hopkins May 21, 2011 – April 28, 2012
33   Chad Dawson April 28, 2012 – June 8, 2013
34   Adonis Stevenson June 8, 2013 – December 1, 2018
35   Oleksandr Gvozdyk December 1, 2018 – present

Super middleweightEdit

 
Joe Calzaghe in 2007
Number Champion Reign
1   Chong-Pal Park (def. Murray Sutherland) July 22, 1984 – March 11, 1988
2   Fulgencio Obelmejias May 23, 1988 – May 28, 1989
3   In-Chul Baek May 28, 1989 – March 30, 1990
4   Christophe Tiozzo March 30, 1990 – April 5, 1991
5   Víctor Córdoba April 5, 1991 – September 12, 1992
6   Michael Nunn September 12, 1992 – February 26, 1994
7   Steve Little February 26, 1994 – August 12, 1994
8   Frankie Liles August 12, 1994 – June 12, 1999
9   Byron Mitchell June 12, 1999 – April 8, 2000
10   Bruno Girard April 8, 2000 – March 3, 2001 (vacated)
11   Joe Calzaghe (def. Jeff Lacy) March 4, 2006 – September 26, 2008 (vacated)
12   Andre Ward (def. Carl Froch) December 17, 2011 – March 16, 2016 (vacated)

MiddleweightEdit

 
"Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey
 
Harry Greb
 
Robinson being held aloft by Gene Fullmer and Carmen Basilio in 1965
Number Champion Reign
1   "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey (def. George Fulljames) July 30, 1884 – January 14, 1891
2   Bob Fitzsimmons January 14, 1891 – October 31, 1895 (vacated)
3   Tommy Ryan (def. George Green) February 25, 1898 – December 5, 1906 (vacated)
4   Stanley Ketchel (def. Joe Thomas) September 2, 1907 – September 7, 1908
5   Billy Papke September 7, 1908 – November 26, 1908
6   Stanley Ketchel November 26, 1908 – October 15, 1910 (died)
7   Frank Klaus (def. Billy Papke) March 5, 1913 – October 11, 1913
8   George Chip October 11, 1913 – April 7, 1914
9   Al McCoy April 7, 1914 – November 14, 1917
10   Mike O'Dowd November 14, 1917 – May 6, 1920
11   Johnny Wilson May 6, 1920 – August 31, 1923
12   Harry Greb August 31, 1923 – February 26, 1926
13   Tiger Flowers February 26, 1926 – December 3, 1926
14   Mickey Walker December 3, 1926 – June 19, 1931 (vacated)
15   Tony Zale (def. Georgie Abrams) November 28, 1941 – July 16, 1947
16   Rocky Graziano July 16, 1947 – June 10, 1948
17   Tony Zale June 10, 1948 – September 21, 1948
18   Marcel Cerdan September 21, 1948 – June 16, 1949
19   Jake LaMotta June 16, 1949 – February 14, 1951
20   Sugar Ray Robinson February 14, 1951 – July 10, 1951
21   Randy Turpin July 10, 1951 – September 12, 1951
22   Sugar Ray Robinson September 12, 1951 – December 19, 1952 (retired)
23   Carl "Bobo" Olson (def. Randy Turpin) October 21, 1953 – December 9, 1955
24   Sugar Ray Robinson December 9, 1955 – January 2, 1957
25   Gene Fullmer January 2, 1957 – May 1, 1957
26   Sugar Ray Robinson May 1, 1957 – September 23, 1957
27   Carmen Basilio September 23, 1957 – March 25, 1958
28   Sugar Ray Robinson March 25, 1958 – January 2, 1960
29   Paul Pender January 2, 1960 – July 11, 1961
30   Terry Downes July 11, 1961 – April 7, 1962
31   Paul Pender April 7, 1962 – May 7, 1963 (retired)
32   Dick Tiger (def. Gene Fullmer) August 10, 1963 – December 7, 1963
33   Joey Giardello December 7, 1963 – October 21, 1965
34   Dick Tiger October 21, 1965 – April 25, 1966
35   Emile Griffith April 25, 1966 – April 17, 1967
36   Nino Benvenuti April 17, 1967 – September 29, 1967
37   Emile Griffith September 29, 1967 – March 4, 1968
38   Nino Benvenuti March 4, 1968 – November 7, 1970
39   Carlos Monzón November 7, 1970 – August 29, 1977 (retired)
40   Rodrigo Valdéz (def. Bennie Briscoe) November 5, 1977 – April 22, 1978
41   Hugo Corro April 22, 1978 – June 30, 1979
42   Vito Antuofermo June 30, 1979 – March 16, 1980
43   Alan Minter March 16, 1980 – September 27, 1980
44   Marvin Hagler September 27, 1980 – April 6, 1987
45   Sugar Ray Leonard April 6, 1987 – June 27, 1987 (vacated)
46   Michael Nunn (def. Sumbu Kalambay) March 25, 1989 – May 10, 1991
47   James Toney May 10, 1991 – February 13, 1993 (vacated)
48   Bernard Hopkins (def. Félix Trinidad) September 29, 2001 – July 16, 2005
49   Jermain Taylor July 16, 2005 – September 29, 2007
50   Kelly Pavlik September 29, 2007 – April 17, 2010
51   Sergio Martínez April 17, 2010 – June 7, 2014
52   Miguel Cotto June 7, 2014 – November 21, 2015
53   Canelo Álvarez November 21, 2015 – April 18, 2017 (vacated)
54   Canelo Álvarez (def. Gennady Golovkin) September 15, 2018 – present

Light middleweightEdit

 
Kim Ki-soo was South Korea's first world boxing champion
 
Sugar Ray Leonard in 1984
Number Champion Reign
1   Emile Griffith (def. Ted Wright) October 17, 1962 – February 3, 1963 (vacated)
2   Denny Moyer (def. Stan Harrington) February 19, 1963 – April 29, 1963
3   Ralph Dupas April 29, 1963 – September 7, 1963
4   Alessandro Mazzinghi September 7, 1963 – June 18, 1965
5   Nino Benvenuti June 18, 1965 – June 25, 1966
6   Ki-Soo Kim June 25, 1966 – May 26, 1968
7   Alessandro Mazzinghi May 26, 1968 – November 30, 1968 (vacated)
8   Freddie Little (def. Stanley Hayward) March 17, 1969 – July 9, 1970
9   Carmelo Bossi July 9, 1970 – October 31, 1971
10   Koichi Wajima October 31, 1971 – June 4, 1974
11   Oscar Albarado June 4, 1974 – January 21, 1975
12   Koichi Wajima January 21, 1975 – June 7, 1975
13   Jae-Do Yuh June 7, 1975 – February 17, 1976
14   Koichi Wajima February 17, 1976 – May 18, 1976
15   José Durán May 18, 1976 – October 8, 1976
16   Miguel Ángel Castellini October 8, 1976 – March 5, 1977
17   Eddie Gazo March 5, 1977 – August 9, 1978
18   Masashi Kudo August 9, 1978 – October 24, 1979
19   Ayub Kalule October 24, 1979 – June 25, 1981
20   Sugar Ray Leonard June 25, 1981 – September 22, 1981 (vacated)
21   Thomas Hearns (def. Roberto Durán) June 15, 1984 – September 28, 1986 (vacated)
22   Terry Norris (def. Paul Vaden) December 16, 1995 – December 6, 1997
23   Keith Mullings December 6, 1997 – January 29, 1999
24   Javier Castillejo January 29, 1999 – June 23, 2001
25   Oscar De La Hoya June 23, 2001 – September 13, 2003
26   Shane Mosley September 13, 2003 – March 13, 2004
27   Winky Wright March 13, 2004 – March 25, 2005 (vacated)
28   Floyd Mayweather Jr. (def. Canelo Álvarez) September 14, 2013 – September 21, 2015 (retired)

WelterweightEdit

 
Mysterious Billy Smith
 
Tommy Ryan
 
William "Matty" Matthews
 
Joe Walcott
 
Young Jack Thompson
 
Henry Armstrong in 1937
Number Champion Reign
1   Paddy Duffy (def. William McMillan) October 30, 1888 – July 10, 1890 (died)
2   Mysterious Billy Smith (def. Danny Needham) December 14, 1892 – July 26, 1894
3   Tommy Ryan July 26, 1894 – February 25, 1898 (vacated)
4   Mysterious Billy Smith (def. William "Matty" Matthews) August 25, 1898 – April 17, 1900
5   William "Matty" Matthews April 17, 1900 – June 5, 1900
6   Eddie Connolly June 5, 1900 – August 13, 1900
7   James "Rube" Ferns August 13, 1900 – October 16, 1900
8   William "Matty" Matthews October 16, 1900 – May 24, 1901
9   James "Rube" Ferns May 24, 1901 – December 18, 1901
10   Joe Walcott December 18, 1901 – April 29, 1904
11   Dixie Kid April 29, 1904 – September 21, 1904 (vacated)
12   Billy "Honey" Mellody (def. Joe Walcott) October 16, 1906 - April 23, 1907
13   Mike "Twin" Sullivan April 23, 1907 – October 31, 1908 (vacated)
14   Waldemar Holberg (def. Ray Bronson) January 1, 1914 – January 24, 1914
15   Tom McCormick January 24, 1914 – March 21, 1914
16   Matt Wells March 21, 1914 – June 1, 1915
17   Mike Glover June 1, 1915 – June 22, 1915
18   Jack Britton June 22, 1915 – August 31, 1915
19   Ted "Kid" Lewis August 31, 1915 – April 24, 1916
20   Jack Britton April 24, 1916 – June 25, 1917
21   Ted "Kid" Lewis June 25, 1917 – March 17, 1919
22   Jack Britton March 17, 1919 – November 1, 1922
23   Mickey Walker November 1, 1922 – May 20, 1926
24   Pete Latzo May 20, 1926 – June 3, 1927
25   Joe Dundee June 3, 1927 – June 25, 1929
26   Jackie Fields July 25, 1929 – May 9, 1930
27   Jack Thompson May 9, 1930 – September 5, 1930
28   Tommy Freeman September 5, 1930 – April 14, 1931
29   Jack Thompson April 14, 1931 – October 23, 1931
30   Lou Brouillard October 23, 1931 – January 28, 1932
31   Jackie Fields January 28, 1932 – February 22, 1933
32   Young Corbett III February 22, 1933 – May 29, 1933
33   Jimmy McLarnin May 29, 1933 – May 28, 1934
34   Barney Ross May 28, 1934 – September 17, 1934
35   Jimmy McLarnin September 17, 1934 – May 28, 1935
36   Barney Ross May 28, 1935 – May 31, 1938
37   Henry Armstrong May 31, 1938 – October 4, 1940
38   Fritzie Zivic October 4, 1940 – July 29, 1941
39   Freddie "Red" Cochrane July 29, 1941 – February 1, 1946
40   Marty Servo February 1, 1946 – September 25, 1946 (vacated)
41   Sugar Ray Robinson (def. Tommy Bell) December 20, 1946 – March 14, 1951 (vacated)
42   Kid Gavilán (def. Johnny Bratton) May 18, 1951 – October 20, 1954
43   Johnny Saxton October 20, 1954 – April 1, 1955
44   Tony DeMarco April 1, 1955 – June 10, 1955
45   Carmen Basilio June 10, 1955 – March 14, 1956
46   Johnny Saxton March 14, 1956 – September 12, 1956
47   Carmen Basilio September 12, 1956 – September 23, 1957 (vacated)
48   Virgil Akins (def. Vince Martinez) June 6, 1958 – December 5, 1958
49   Don Jordan December 5, 1958 – May 27, 1960
50   Benny Paret May 27, 1960 – April 1, 1961
51   Emile Griffith April 1, 1961 – September 30, 1961
52   Benny Paret September 30, 1961 – March 24, 1962
53   Emile Griffith March 24, 1962 – March 21, 1963
54   Luis Manuel Rodríguez March 21, 1963 – June 8, 1963
55   Emile Griffith June 8, 1963 – August 2, 1966 (vacated)
56   Curtis Cokes (def. Manuel Gonzalez) August 24, 1966 – April 18, 1969
57   José Nápoles April 18, 1969 – December 3, 1970
58   Billy Backus December 3, 1970 – June 4, 1971
59   José Nápoles June 4, 1971 – December 6, 1975
60   John H. Stracey December 6, 1975 – June 22, 1976
61   Carlos Palomino June 22, 1976 – January 14, 1979
62   Wilfred Benítez January 14, 1979 – November 30, 1979
63   Sugar Ray Leonard November 30, 1979 – June 20, 1980
64   Roberto Durán June 20, 1980 – November 25, 1980
65   Sugar Ray Leonard November 25, 1980 – November 9, 1982 (vacated)
66   Donald Curry (def. Milton McCrory) December 6, 1985 – September 27, 1986
67   Lloyd Honeyghan September 27, 1986 – October 28, 1987
68   Jorge Vaca October 28, 1987 – March 29, 1988
69   Lloyd Honeyghan March 29, 1988 – February 4, 1989
70   Marlon Starling February 4, 1989 – August 19, 1990
71   Maurice Blocker August 19, 1990 – March 18, 1991
72   Simon Brown March 18, 1991 – November 29, 1991
73   James "Buddy" McGirt November 29, 1991 – March 6, 1993
74   Pernell Whitaker March 6, 1993 – April 12, 1997
75   Oscar De La Hoya April 12, 1997 – September 18, 1999
76   Félix Trinidad September 18, 1999 – March 3, 2000 (vacated)
77   Shane Mosley (def. Oscar De La Hoya) June 17, 2000 – January 26, 2002
78   Vernon Forrest January 26, 2002 – January 25, 2003
79   Ricardo Mayorga January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
80   Cory Spinks December 13, 2003 – February 5, 2005
81   Zab Judah February 5, 2005 – January 7, 2006
82   Carlos Baldomir January 7, 2006 – November 4, 2006
83   Floyd Mayweather Jr. November 4, 2006 – June 6, 2008 (retired)
84   Shane Mosley (def. Antonio Margarito) January 24, 2009 – May 1, 2010
85   Floyd Mayweather Jr. May 1, 2010 – September 21, 2015 (retired)
86   Manny Pacquiao (def. Timothy Bradley) April 12, 2016 – April 19, 2016 (retired)

Light welterweightEdit

 
Pinky Mitchell was the first champion in the light welterweight division
 
Carlos Ortiz is considered among the best Puerto Rican boxers of all time
Number Champion Reign
1   Myron "Pinky" Mitchell (via recognition) November 22, 1922 – September 21, 1926
2   Mushy Callahan September 21, 1926 – February 18, 1930
3   Jack Kid Berg February 18, 1930 – April 24, 1931
4   Tony Canzoneri April 24, 1931 – January 18, 1932
5   Johnny Jadick January 18, 1932 – February 20, 1933
6   Battling Shaw February 20, 1933 – May 21, 1933
7   Tony Canzoneri May 21, 1933 – June 23, 1933
8   Barney Ross June 23, 1933 – April 15, 1935 (vacated)
9   Tippy Larkin (def. Willie Joyce) April 29, 1946 – November 5, 1946 (vacated)
10   Carlos Ortiz (def. Kenny Lane) June 12, 1959 – September 1, 1960
11   Duilio Loi September 1, 1960 – September 14, 1962
12   Eddie Perkins September 14, 1962 – December 15, 1962
13   Duilio Loi December 15, 1962 – January 24, 1963 (retired)
14   Eddie Perkins (def. Roberto Cruz) June 15, 1963 – January 18, 1965
15   Carlos Hernández January 18, 1965 – April 29, 1966
16   Sandro Lopopolo April 29, 1966 – April 30, 1967
17   Takeshi Fuji April 30, 1967 – December 12, 1968
18   Nicolino Locche December 12, 1968 – March 10, 1972
19   Alfonso "Peppermint" Frazer March 10, 1972 – October 28, 1972
20   Antonio Cervantes October 28, 1972 - March 6, 1976
21   Wilfred Benítez March 6, 1976 – January 14, 1979 (vacated)
22   Aaron Pryor (def. Alexis Argüello) September 9, 1983 – December 31, 1985 (vacated)
23   Julio César Chávez (def. Meldrick Taylor) March 17, 1990 – January 29, 1994
24   Frankie Randall January 29, 1994 – May 7, 1994
25   Julio César Chávez May 7, 1994 – June 7, 1996
26   Oscar De La Hoya June 7, 1996 – April 12, 1997 (vacated)
27   Kostya Tszyu (def. Sharmba Mitchell) February 3, 2001 – June 4, 2005
28   Ricky Hatton June 4, 2005 – May 2, 2009
29   Manny Pacquiao May 2, 2009 – July 26, 2010 (vacated)
30   Danny García (def. Lucas Matthysse) September 14, 2013 – August 10, 2015 (vacated)
31   Terence Crawford (def. Viktor Postol) July 23, 2016 – March 6, 2018 (vacated)
32   Mikey Garcia (def. Sergey Lipinets) March 10, 2018 – present

LightweightEdit

 
Kid Lavigne was boxing's first widely recognized World Lightweight Champion
 
Battling Nelson
 
Welsh vs Rivers, St Patricks Day 1914 in Vernon, California
 
Joe Walcott vs. Joe Gans
Number Champion Reign
1   Jack McAuliffe (def. Billy Frazier) October 29, 1886 – November 1, 1893; (retired)
2   George "Kid" Lavigne (def. Dick Burge) June 1, 1896 – July 3, 1899
3   Frank Erne July 3, 1899 – May 12, 1902
4   Joe Gans May 12, 1902 – October 31, 1904 (vacated)
5   Jimmy Britt (def. Battling Nelson) December 20, 1904 – September 8, 1905
6   Battling Nelson September 8, 1905 – September 3, 1906
7   Joe Gans September 3, 1906 – August 4, 1908
8   Battling Nelson August 4, 1908 – February 22, 1910
9   Ad Wolgast February 22, 1910 – November 28, 1912
10   Willie Ritchie November 28, 1912 – July 7, 1914
11   Freddie Welsh July 7, 1914 – May 28, 1917
12   Benny Leonard May 28, 1917 – January 15, 1925 (retired)
13   Jimmy Goodrich (def. Stanislaus Loayza) July 13, 1925 – December 7, 1925
14   Rocky Kansas December 7, 1925 – June 3, 1926
15   Sammy Mandell July 3, 1926 – July 17, 1930
16   Al Singer July 17, 1930 – November 14, 1930
17   Tony Canzoneri November 14, 1930 – June 23, 1933
18   Barney Ross June 23, 1933 – April 15, 1935 (vacated)
19   Tony Canzoneri (def. Lou Ambers) May 10, 1935 – September 3, 1936
20   Lou Ambers September 3, 1936 – August 17, 1938
21   Henry Armstrong August 17, 1938 – August 22, 1939
22   Lou Ambers August 22, 1939 – May 10, 1940
23   Lew Jenkins May 10, 1940 – December 19, 1941
24   Sammy Angott December 19, 1941 – November 14, 1942 (vacated)
25   Ike Williams (def. Bob Montgomery) August 4, 1947 – May 25, 1951
26   Jimmy Carter May 25, 1951 – May 14, 1952
27   Lauro Salas May 14, 1952 – October 15, 1952
28   Jimmy Carter October 15, 1952 – March 5, 1954
29   Paddy DeMarco March 5, 1954 – November 17, 1954
30   Jimmy Carter November 17, 1954 – June 29, 1955
31   Wallace "Bud" Smith June 29, 1955 – August 24, 1956
32   Joe Brown August 24, 1956 – April 21, 1962
33   Carlos Ortiz April 21, 1962 – April 10, 1965
34   Ismael Laguna April 10, 1965 – November 13, 1965
35   Carlos Ortiz November 13, 1965 – June 29, 1968
36   Carlos Teo Cruz June 29, 1968 – February 18, 1969
37   Mando Ramos February 18, 1969 – March 3, 1970
38   Ismael Laguna March 3, 1970 – September 26, 1970
39   Ken Buchanan September 26, 1970 – June 26, 1972
40   Roberto Durán June 26, 1972 – February 3, 1979 (vacated)
41   Alexis Argüello (def. Jim Watt) June 20, 1981 – February 15, 1983 (vacated)
42   Julio César Chávez (def. José Luis Ramírez) October 29, 1988 – May 13, 1989 (vacated)
43   Pernell Whitaker (def. Juan Nazario) August 11, 1990 – May 22, 1992 (vacated)
44   Floyd Mayweather Jr. (def. José Luis Castillo) April 20, 2002 – May 22, 2004 (vacated)
45   José Luis Castillo (def. Juan Lazcano) June 5, 2004 – May 7, 2005
46   Diego Corrales May 7, 2005 – October 8, 2006
47   Joel Casamayor October 7, 2006 – September 13, 2008
48   Juan Manuel Márquez September 13, 2008 – April 14, 2012 (vacated)
49   Terence Crawford (def. Ray Beltrán) November 29, 2014 – April 18, 2015 (vacated)

Super featherweightEdit

 
Jack Bernstein
 
Torpedo Billy Murphy, c. 1890
Number Champion Reign
1   Johnny Dundee (def. George Chaney) November 18, 1921 – May 30, 1923
2   Jack Bernstein May 30, 1923 – December 17, 1923
3   Johnny Dundee December 17, 1923 – June 20, 1924
4   Steve "Kid" Sullivan June 20, 1924 – April 1, 1925
5   Mike Ballerino April 1, 1925 – December 2, 1925
6   Tod Morgan December 2, 1925 – December 19, 1929
7   Benny Bass December 19, 1929 – July 15, 1931
8   Kid Chocolate July 15, 1931 – December 25, 1933
9   Frankie Klick December 25, 1933 – March 5, 1934 (vacated)
10   Sandy Saddler (def. Orlando Zulueta) December 6, 1949 – January 21, 1957 (retired)
11   Harold Gomes (def. Paul Jorgensen) July 20, 1959 – March 16, 1960
12   Gabriel "Flash" Elorde March 16, 1960 – June 15, 1967
13   Yoshiaki Numata June 15, 1967 – December 14, 1967
14   Hiroshi Kobayashi December 14, 1967 – July 29, 1971
15   Alfredo Marcano July 29, 1971 – April 25, 1972
16   Ben Villaflor April 25, 1972 – March 12, 1973
17   Kuniaki Shibata March 12, 1973 – October 17, 1973
18   Ben Villaflor October 17, 1973 – October 16, 1976
19   Samuel Serrano October 16, 1976 – August 2, 1980
20   Yasutsune Uehara August 2, 1980 – April 9, 1981
21   Samuel Serrano April 9, 1981 – January 19, 1983
22   Roger Mayweather January 19, 1983 – February 26, 1984
23   Rocky Lockridge February 26, 1984 – May 19, 1985
24   Wilfredo Gómez May 19, 1985 – May 24, 1986
25   Alfredo Layne May 24, 1986 – September 27, 1986
26   Brian Mitchell September 27, 1986 – January 25, 1992 (retired)
27   Azumah Nelson (def. Jesse James Leija) June 1, 1996 – March 22, 1997
28   Genaro Hernández March 22, 1997 – October 3, 1998
29   Floyd Mayweather Jr. October 3, 1998 – April 20, 2002 (vacated)
30   Manny Pacquiao (def. Juan Manuel Márquez) March 15, 2008 – July 16, 2008 (vacated)

FeatherweightEdit

 
George Dixon (c.  1894) was the first black world boxing champion in any weight class
 
Terry McGovern
 
Henry Armstrong
Number Champion Reign
1   Torpedo Billy Murphy (def. Ike Weir) January 13, 1890 – September 2, 1890
2   Young Griffo September 2, 1890 – March 14, 1891 (vacated)
3   George Dixon (def. Cal McCarthy) March 31, 1891 – October 4, 1897
4   Solly Smith October 4, 1897 – September 26, 1898
5   Dave Sullivan September 26, 1898 – November 11, 1898
6   George Dixon November 11, 1898 – January 9, 1900
7   Terry McGovern January 9, 1900 – November 28, 1901
8   Young Corbett II November 28, 1901 – November 17, 1902 (vacated)
9   Abe Attell (def. Johnny Reagan) September 3, 1903 – February 22, 1912
10   Johnny Kilbane February 22, 1912 – June 2, 1923
11   Eugène Criqui June 2, 1923 – July 26, 1923
12   Johnny Dundee July 26, 1923 – August 20, 1924 (vacated)
13   Louis "Kid" Kaplan (def. Danny Kramer) January 2, 1925 – July 7, 1926 (vacated)
14   Tony Canzoneri (def. Benny Bass) February 10, 1928 – September 28, 1928
15   André Routis September 28, 1928 – September 23, 1929
16   Battling Battalino September 23, 1929 – January 27, 1932 (vacated)
17   Henry Armstrong (def. Petey Sarron) October 29, 1937 – September 13, 1938 (vacated)
18   Joey Archibald (def. Leo Rodak) April 18, 1939 – May 20, 1940
19   Harry Jeffra May 20, 1940 – May 12, 1941
20   Joey Archibald May 12, 1941 – September 11, 1941
21   Chalky Wright September 11, 1941 – November 20, 1942
22   Willie Pep November 20, 1942 – October 29, 1948
23   Sandy Saddler October 29, 1948 – February 11, 1949
24   Willie Pep February 11, 1949 – September 8, 1950
25   Sandy Saddler September 8, 1950 – January 21, 1957 (retired)
26   Hogan Bassey (def. Cherif Hamia) June 24, 1957 – March 18, 1959
27   Davey Moore March 18, 1959 – March 21, 1961
28   Sugar Ramos March 21, 1963 – September 26, 1964
29   Vicente Saldivar September 26, 1964 – October 14, 1967 (retired)
30   Johnny Famechon (def. José Legrá) January 21, 1969 – May 9, 1970
31   Vicente Saldivar May 9, 1970 – December 11, 1970
32   Kuniaki Shibata December 11, 1970 – May 19, 1972
33   Clemente Sánchez May 19, 1972 – December 16, 1972
34   José Legrá December 16, 1972 – May 5, 1973
35   Éder Jofre May 5, 1973 – June 17, 1974 (vacated)
36   Alexis Argüello (def. Rigoberto Riasco) May 31, 1975 – June 20, 1977 (vacated)
37   Danny Lopez (def. Roberto Castañón) March 10, 1979 – February 2, 1980
38   Salvador Sánchez February 2, 1980 – August 12, 1982 (died)
39   Eusebio Pedroza (def. Rocky Lockridge) April 24, 1983 – June 8, 1985
40   Barry McGuigan June 8, 1985 – June 23, 1986
41   Stevie Cruz June 23, 1986 – March 6, 1987
42   Antonio Esparragoza March 6, 1987 – March 30, 1991
43   Yong-Kyun Park March 30, 1991 – December 4, 1993
44   Eloy Rojas December 4, 1993 – May 18, 1996
45   Wilfredo Vázquez May 18, 1996 – April 18, 1998
46   Naseem Hamed April 18, 1998 – April 7, 2001
47   Marco Antonio Barrera April 7, 2001 – November 16, 2003
48   Manny Pacquiao November 15, 2003 – March 19, 2005 (vacated)

Super bantamweightEdit

 
Dong-Kyun Yum was crowned the lineal super bantamweight champion in 1976.
Number Champion Reign
1   Jack "Kid" Wolfe (def. Joe Lynch) September 21, 1922 – August 29, 1923
2   Carl Duane August 29, 1923 – September 12, 1923 (vacated)
3   Rigoberto Riasco (def. Waruinge Nakayama) April 3, 1976 - October 9, 1976
4   Kazuo "Royal" Kobayashi October 9, 1976 – November 24, 1976
5   Dong-Kyun Yum November 24, 1976 – May 21, 1977
6   Wilfredo Gómez May 21, 1977 – August 21, 1981 (vacated)
7   Israel Vázquez (def. Óscar Larios) December 3, 2005 – March 3, 2007
8   Rafael Márquez March 3, 2007 – August 4, 2007
9   Israel Vázquez August 4, 2007 – June 1, 2009 (vacated)
10   Nonito Donaire (def. Toshiaki Nishioka) October 13, 2012 – April 13, 2013
11   Guillermo Rigondeaux April 13, 2013 – present

BantamweightEdit

 
Jimmy Barry held the World Bantamweight Championship from 1894 to 1899 and retired undefeated
 
Panama Al Brown, was a bantamweight boxer from Panama who made history by becoming boxing's first Hispanic world champion
 
Mario D'Agata was the first, and so far only, deaf world champion in boxing
Number Champion Reign
1   Jimmy Barry (def. Casper Leon) September 15, 1894 – September 1, 1899 (retired)
2   Terry McGovern (def. Pedlar Palmer) September 12, 1899 – December 22, 1899 (vacated)
3   Harry Harris (def. Pedlar Palmer) March 18, 1901 – March 31, 1901 (vacated)
4   Harry Forbes (def. Danny Dougherty) November 11, 1901 – August 13, 1903
5   Frankie Neil August 13, 1903 – October 17, 1904
6   Joe Bowker October 17, 1904 – March 20, 1905 (vacated)
7   Jimmy Walsh (def. Monte Attell) March 29, 1905 – January 29, 1909
8   "Fighting" Jimmy Reagan January 29, 1909 – February 22, 1909
9   Monte Attell February 22, 1909 – February 22, 1911 (vacated)
10   Johnny Coulon (def. Frankie Conley) February 26, 1911 – June 9, 1914
11   Kid Williams June 9, 1914 – January 9, 1917
12   Pete "Kid" Herman January 9, 1917 – December 22, 1920
13   Joe Lynch December 22, 1920 – July 25, 1921
14   Pete "Kid" Herman July 25, 1921 – September 23, 1921
15   Johnny Buff September 23, 1921 – July 10, 1922
16   Joe Lynch July 10, 1922 – March 21, 1924
17   Abe Goldstein March 21, 1924 – December 19, 1924
18   Eddie "Cannonball" Martin December 19, 1924 – March 20, 1925
19   Charlie Phil Rosenberg March 20, 1925 – February 4, 1927 (vacated)
20   Panama Al Brown (def. Gregorio Vidal) June 18, 1929 – June 1, 1935
21   Baltasar Sangchili June 1, 1935 – June 29, 1936
22   Tony Marino June 29, 1936 - August 31, 1936
23   Sixto Escobar August 31, 1936 – September 23, 1937
24   Harry Jeffra September 23, 1937 – February 20, 1938
25   Sixto Escobar February 20, 1938 – October 27, 1939 (vacated)
26   Louis Salica (def. Georgie Pace) September 24, 1940 – August 7, 1942
27   Manuel Ortiz August 7, 1942 – January 6, 1947
28   Harold Dade January 6, 1947 – March 11, 1947
29   Manuel Ortiz March 11, 1947 – May 31, 1950
30   Vic Toweel May 31, 1950 – November 15, 1952
31   Jimmy Carruthers November 15, 1952 – May 3, 1954 (retired)
32   Robert Cohen (def. Chamroen Songkitrat) September 19, 1954 – June 29, 1956
33   Mario D'Agata June 29, 1956 – April 1, 1957
34   Alphonse Halimi April 1, 1957 – July 8, 1959
35   José Becerra July 8, 1959 – August 30, 1960 (retired)
36   Éder Jofre (def. Johnny Caldwell) January 18, 1962 – May 18, 1965
37   Masahiko "Fighting" Harada May 18, 1965 – February 27, 1968
38   Lionel Rose February 27, 1968 – August 22, 1969
39   Rubén Olivares August 22, 1969 - October 16, 1970
40   Jesus "Chucho" Castillo October 16, 1970 – April 2, 1971
41   Rubén Olivares April 2, 1971 – March 19, 1972
42   Rafael Herrera March 19, 1972 – July 29, 1972
43   Enrique Pinder July 29, 1972 – January 20, 1973
44   Romeo Anaya January 20, 1973 – November 3, 1973
45   Arnold Taylor November 3, 1973 – July 3, 1974
46   Soo-Hwan Hong July 3, 1974 – March 14, 1975
47   Alfonso Zamora March 14, 1975 – November 19, 1977
48   Jorge Luján November 19, 1977 – August 29, 1980
49   Julian Solís August 29, 1980 – November 14, 1980
50   Jeff Chandler November 14, 1980 – April 7, 1984
51   Richie Sandoval April 7, 1984 – March 10, 1986
52   Jose "Gaby" Canizales March 10, 1986 – June 4, 1986
53   Bernardo Piñango June 4, 1986 – March 29, 1987 (vacated)

Super flyweightEdit

 
Jimmy Wilde
Number Champion Reign
1   Jiro Watanabe (def. Payao Poontarat) July 5, 1984 – March 30, 1986
2   Gilberto Román March 30, 1986 – May 16, 1987
3   Santos Laciar May 16, 1987 – August 8, 1987
4   Sugar Baby Rojas August 8, 1987 – April 8, 1988
5   Gilberto Román April 8, 1988 – November 7, 1989
6   Nana Konadu November 7, 1989 – January 20, 1990
7   Sung-Kil Moon January 20, 1990 – November 13, 1993
8   José Luis Bueno November 13, 1993 – May 4, 1994
9   Hiroshi Kawashima May 4, 1994 - February 20, 1997
10   Gerry Peñalosa February 20, 1997 – August 29, 1998
11   In-Joo Cho August 29, 1998 – August 27, 2000
12   Masamori Tokuyama August 27, 2000 – June 28, 2004
13   Katsushige Kawashima June 28, 2004 – July 18, 2005
14   Masamori Tokuyama July 18, 2005 – December 10, 2006 (retired)
15   Vic Darchinyan (def. Jorge Arce) February 7, 2009 – April 23, 2011 (vacated)
16   Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (def. Juan Francisco Estrada) February 24, 2018 – April 26, 2019
17   Juan Francisco Estrada April 26, 2019 – present

FlyweightEdit

 
Pancho Villa was the first Filipino/Asian world champion
 
Jimmy Wilde And Pancho Villa in the ring before their match, on June 18, 1923
 
Pascual Perez was Argentina's first world boxing champion
 
Manny Pacquiao is the only five-division lineal champion in boxing.
Number Champion Reign
1   Jimmy Wilde (def. Young Zulu Kid) December 18, 1916 – June 18, 1923
2   Pancho Villa June 18, 1923 – July 4, 1925 (died)
3   Fidel LaBarba (def. Elky Clark) January 21, 1927 – August 25, 1927 (vacated)
4   Benny Lynch (def. Small Montana) January 19, 1937 – June 29, 1938 (vacated)
5   Peter Kane (def. Jackie Jurich) September 22, 1938 – May 8, 1939 (vacated)
6   Jackie Paterson (def. Peter Kane) June 19, 1943 – March 23, 1948
7   Rinty Monaghan March 23, 1948 – March 23, 1950 (vacated)
8   Terry Allen (def. Honore Pratesi) April 25, 1950 – August 1, 1950
9   Dado Marino August 1, 1950 – May 19, 1952
10   Yoshio Shirai May 19, 1952 – November 26, 1954
11   Pascual Pérez November 26, 1954 – April 16, 1960
12   Pone Kingpetch April 16, 1960 – October 10, 1962
13   Masahiko "Fighting" Harada October 10, 1962 – January 12, 1963
14   Pone Kingpetch January 12, 1963 – September 18, 1963
15   Hiroyuki Ebihara September 18, 1963 – January 23, 1964
16   Pone Kingpetch January 23, 1964 – April 23, 1965
17   Salvatore Burruni April 23, 1965 – June 14, 1966
18   Walter McGowan June 14, 1966 – December 30, 1966
19   Chartchai Chionoi December 30, 1966 – February 23, 1969
20   Efren Torres February 23, 1969 – March 20, 1970
21   Chartchai Chionoi March 20, 1970 – December 7, 1970
22   Erbito Salavarria December 7, 1970 – February 9, 1973
23   Venice Borkhorsor February 9, 1973 – July 10, 1973 (vacated)
24   Miguel Canto (def. Shoji Oguma) January 8, 1975 – March 18, 1979
25   Chan-Hee Park March 18, 1979 – May 18, 1980
26   Shoji Oguma May 18, 1980 – May 12, 1981
27   Antonio Avelar May 12, 1981 – March 20, 1982
28   Prudencio Cardona March 20, 1982 – July 24, 1982
29   Freddy Castillo July 24, 1982 – November 6, 1982
30   Eleoncio Mercedes November 6, 1982 – March 15, 1983
31   Charlie Magri March 15, 1983 – September 27, 1983
32   Frank Cedeno September 27, 1983 – January 18, 1984
33   Kōji Kobayashi January 18, 1984 – April 9, 1984
34   Gabriel Bernal April 9, 1984 – October 8, 1984
35   Sot Chitalada October 8, 1984 – July 24, 1988
36   Yong-Kang Kim July 24, 1988 – June 3, 1989
37   Sot Chitalada June 3, 1989 – February 15, 1991
38   Muangchai Kittikasem February 15, 1991 – June 23, 1992
39   Yuri Arbachakov June 23, 1992 – November 12, 1997
40   Chatchai Sasakul November 12, 1997 – December 4, 1998
41   Manny Pacquiao December 4, 1998 – September 17, 1999
42   Medgoen Singsurat September 17, 1999 – May 19, 2000
43   Malcolm Tuñacao May 19, 2000 – March 2, 2001
44   Pongsaklek Wonjongkam March 2, 2001 – July 18, 2007
45   Daisuke Naito July 18, 2007 – November 29, 2009
46   Kōki Kameda November 29, 2009 – March 27, 2010
47   Pongsaklek Wonjongkam March 27, 2010 – March 2, 2012
48   Sonny Boy Jaro March 2, 2012 – July 16, 2012
49   Toshiyuki Igarashi July 16, 2012 – April 8, 2013
50   Akira Yaegashi April 8, 2013 – September 5, 2014
51   Román González September 5, 2014 – October 4, 2016 (vacated)

Light flyweightEdit

 
Yoshio Shirai was crowned Japan's first world champion, 1952.
Number Champion Reign
1   Michael Carbajal (def. Humberto González) March 13, 1993 – February 19, 1994
2   Humberto González February 19, 1994 – July 15, 1995
3   Saman Sorjaturong July 15, 1995 – October 17, 1999
4   Yo-Sam Choi October 17, 1999 – July 6, 2002
5   Jorge Arce July 6, 2002 – March 19, 2005 (vacated)
6   Hugo Cázares (def. Nelson Dieppa) September 30, 2006 – August 25, 2007
7   Iván Calderón August 25, 2007 – August 28, 2010
8   Giovani Segura August 28, 2010 – September 19, 2011 (vacated)

MinimumweightEdit

Number Champion Reign
1   Kyung-Yung Lee (def. Masaharu Kawakami) June 14, 1987 – January 31, 1988
2   Hiroki Ioka January 31, 1988 – November 13, 1988
3   Napa Kiatwanchai November 13, 1988 – November 12, 1989
4   Jum-Hwan Choi November 12, 1989 – February 7, 1990
5   Hideyuki Ohashi February 7, 1990 – October 25, 1990
6   Ricardo López October 25, 1990 – September 1, 1999 (vacated)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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