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List of middleweight boxing champions

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Championship recognitionEdit

1884–1910Edit

Champions were recognized by public acclamation. A champion in that era was a fighter who had a notable win over another fighter and kept winning afterward. Retirements or disputed results could lead to a championship being split among several men for periods of time.

1910–1961Edit

Championship awarding organizationsEdit

An Australian version of the world title which existed briefly between 1914 and 1916 gained considerable credibility because its holder, Les Darcy, was widely believed to be best boxer in the world in this division.

1961–presentEdit

Championship awarding organizationsEdit

HistoricalEdit

Reign Champion Recognition
1884-07-30 1891-01-14   Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey World
1891-01-14 1894-09-26 – vacated   Bob Fitzsimmons World
1896-12-26 1897-12-17 – vacated   Kid McCoy World
1898-10-24 1907-05-28 – vacated   Tommy Ryan World
1907-09-02 1908-09-07 – vacated   Stanley Ketchel World
1908-09-07 1908-11-26   Billy Papke World
1908-11-26 1910-06-10 – vacated   Stanley Ketchel
1913-03-5 1913-10-11   Frank Klaus World
1913-10-11 1914-04-07   George Chip World
1914-04-07 1917-11-14   Al McCoy World
1917-11-14 1920-05-06   Mike O'Dowd World
1920-05-06 1923-08-31   Johnny Wilson World
1923-08-31 1926-02-26   Harry Greb World
1926-02-26 1926-12-03   Tiger Flowers World
1926-12-03 1929-10-29 – vacated   Mickey Walker World
1932-01-25 1932-06-11   Gorilla Jones NBA
1932-06-11 1932-07-04   Marcel Thil NBA
1933-10-30 1933-10-30   Lou Brouillard World
1933-10-30 1934-09-11   Vince Dundee World
1934-09-11 1935-09-19   Teddy Yarosz World
1935-09-19 1936-07-11   Eddie Babe Risko World
1936-07-11 1938-07-26   Freddie Steele World
1937? 1939?   Fred Apostoli World
1938-11-01 1939-06-27   Solly Krieger World
1939-06-27 1940-07-19   Al Hostak World
1939-10-02 1940-05-23   Ceferino Garcia World
1940-05-23 1941-05-09   Ken Overlin World
1941-05-09 1941   Billy Soose World
1940-07-19 1947-07-16   Tony Zale NBA
1947-07-16 1948-06-10   Rocky Graziano World
1948-06-10 1948-09-21   Tony Zale World
1948-09-21 1949-06-16   Marcel Cerdan World
1949-06-16 1951-02-14   Jake LaMotta World
1951-02-14 1951-07-10   Sugar Ray Robinson World
1951-07-10 1951-09-12   Randy Turpin World
1951-09-12 1952-04-16 – vacated   Sugar Ray Robinson World
1953-10-21 1955-12-09   Bobo Olson World
1955-12-09 1957-01-02   Sugar Ray Robinson World
1957-01-02 1957-05-01   Gene Fullmer World
1957-05-01 1957-09-23   Sugar Ray Robinson World
1957-09-23 1958-03-25   Carmen Basilio World
1958-03-25 1960-01-22   Sugar Ray Robinson World
1960-01-22 1961-07-11   Paul Pender World
1961-07-11 1962-04-07   Terry Downes World
1962-04-07 1962-04-07 – vacated   Paul Pender World
1962-08-10 1963-12-07   Dick Tiger Universal (WBA/WBC)
1963-12-07 1965-10-21   Joey Giardello Universal (WBA/WBC)
1965-10-21 1966-04-25   Dick Tiger Universal (WBA/WBC)
1966-04-25 1967-04-17   Emile Griffith Universal (WBA/WBC)
1967-04-17 1967-09-29   Nino Benvenuti Universal (WBA/WBC)
1967-09-29 1968-03-04   Emile Griffith Universal (WBA/WBC)
1968-03-04 1970-11-07   Nino Benvenuti Universal (WBA/WBC)
1970-11-07 1974-02-09 – title split   Carlos Monzón Universal (WBA/WBC)
1976-06-26 1977-08-29 – retired   Carlos Monzón Universal (WBA/WBC)
1980-09-27 1987-04-06 – title split   Marvin Hagler Universal (WBA/WBC/IBF)
2004-09-18 2005-07-16 – title lost   Bernard Hopkins Universal (WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO)
2005-07-16 2005-10-11 – title split   Jermain Taylor Universal (WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO)

WBCEdit

Title inaugurated
1963-08-10 1963-12-07   Dick Tiger WBC
1963-12-07 1965-10-21   Joey Giardello WBC
1965-10-21 1966-04-25   Dick Tiger WBC
1966-04-25 1967-04-17   Emile Griffith WBC
1967-04-17 1967-09-29   Nino Benvenuti WBC
1967-09-29 1968-03-04   Emile Griffith WBC
1968-03-04 1970-11-07   Nino Benvenuti WBC
1970-11-07 1974-02-09-Stripped   Carlos Monzon WBC
1974-05-25 1976-06-26   Rodrigo Valdez WBC
1976-06-26 1977-08-29-Retired   Carlos Monzón WBC
1977-11-05 1978-04-22   Rodrigo Valdez WBC
1978-04-22 1979-06-30   Hugo Pastor Corro WBC
1979-06-30 1980-03-16   Vito Antuofermo WBC
1980-03-16 1980-09-27   Alan Minter WBC
1980-09-27 1987-04-06   Marvin Hagler WBC
1987-04-06 1987-05-27-Vacated   Sugar Ray Leonard WBC
1987-10-29 1988-06-06   Thomas Hearns WBC
1988-06-06 1989-02-24   Iran Barkley WBC
1989-02-24 1989-12-07-Vacated   Roberto Durán WBC
1990-11-24 1993-05-08   Julian Jackson WBC
1993-05-08 1994-05-07-Vacated   Gerald McClellan WBC
1995-03-17 1995-08-19   Julian Jackson WBC
1995-08-19 1996-03-16   Quincy Taylor WBC
1996-03-16 1998-05-02   Keith Holmes WBC
1998-05-02 1999-04-24   Hacine Cherifi WBC
1999-04-24 2001-04-14   Keith Holmes WBC
2001-04-14 2005-07-16   Bernard Hopkins WBC
2005-07-16 2007-09-29   Jermain Taylor WBC
2007-09-29 2010-04-17   Kelly Pavlik WBC
2010-04-17 2011-01-17-Stripped   Sergio Martínez WBC
2011-01-17 2011-06-04   Sebastian Zbik WBC
2011-06-04 2012-09-15   Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. WBC
2012-09-15 2014-06-07   Sergio Martínez WBC
2014-04-05 2014-10-18   Marco Antonio Rubio WBC Interim
2014-10-18 2016-05-18   Gennady Golovkin WBC Interim
2014-06-07 2015-11-17-Stripped   Miguel Cotto WBC
2015-11-21 2016-05-18-Vacated   Saul Alvarez WBC
2016-05-18 2018-09-15   Gennady Golovkin WBC
2018-09-15 Present   Saul Alvarez WBC

WBAEdit

Title inaugurated
1962-10-23 1963-12-07   Dick Tiger WBA
1963-12-07 1965-10-21   Joey Giardello WBA
1965-10-21 1966-04-25   Dick Tiger WBA
1966-04-25 1967-04-17   Emile Griffith WBA
1967-04-17 1967-09-29   Nino Benvenuti WBA
1967-04-17 1968-03-04   Emile Griffith WBA
1968-03-04 1970-11-04   Nino Benvenuti WBA
1970-11-07 1977-08-29-Retired   Carlos Monzon WBA
1977-11-05 1978-04-22   Rodrigo Valdez WBA
1978-04-22 1979-06-30   Hugo Pastor Corro WBA
1979-06-30 1980-03-16   Vito Antuofermo WBA
1980-03-16 1980-09-27   Alan Minter WBA
1980-09-27 1987-Stripped   Marvin Hagler WBA
1987-10-23 1989-Stripped   Sumbu Kalambay WBA
1989-05-10 1991-04-01-Vacated   Mike McCallum WBA
1992-04-22 1993-10-01   Reggie Johnson WBA
1993-10-01 1994-08-Vacated   John David Jackson WBA
1994-08-12 1995-12-19   Jorge Fernando Castro WBA
1995-12-19 1996-06-24   Shinji Takehara WBA
1996-06-24 1997-08-23   William Joppy WBA
1997-08-23 1998-01-31   Julio César Green WBA
1998-01-31 2001-05-12   William Joppy WBA
2001-05-12 2001-09-29   Félix Trinidad WBA
2001-09-29 2005-07-16   Bernard Hopkins WBA Super Champion
2001-11-17 2003-12-13-Lost to Super Champion   William Joppy WBA Regular Champion
2004-05-01 2006-03-11   Maselino Masoe WBA Regular Champion
2005-07-16 2006-12-14-Stripped   Jermain Taylor WBA Super Champion
2006-03-11 2006-07-15   Felix Sturm WBA Regular Champion
2006-07-15 2007-04-28   Javier Castillejo WBA Regular Champion
2007-04-28 2012-09-01   Felix Sturm WBA Super Champion
2010-10-14 Present   Saul Canelo Alvarez WBA Super Champion
2012-09-01 2012-11-02-Stripped   Daniel Geale WBA Super Champion
2014-08-09 2017-03-18-Lost to Super Champion   Daniel Jacobs WBA Regular Champion

IBFEdit

Title inaugurated
1983-05-27 1987-04-06-Stripped   Marvin Hagler IBF
1987-10-10 1988-07-28   Frank Tate IBF
1988-07-28 1991-05-10   Michael Nunn IBF
1991-05-10 1993-02-13-Vacated   James Toney IBF
1993-05-22 1994-11-18-Vacated   Roy Jones, Jr. IBF
1995-04-29 2005-07-16   Bernard Hopkins IBF
2005-01-15 2005-06-04   Josh Ekrem IBF
2005-07-16 2005-10-11-Vacated   Jermain Taylor IBF
2005-12-10 2009-07-12-Vacated   Arthur Abraham IBF
2009-09-19 2011-05-07   Sebastian Sylvester IBF
2011-05-07 2013-08-17   Daniel Geale IBF
2013-08-17 2013-12-07   Darren Barker IBF
2013-12-07 2014-05-31   Felix Sturm IBF
2014-05-31 2014-10-08   Sam Soliman IBF
2014-10-08 2015-02-06-Stripped   Jermain Taylor IBF
2015-06-20 2015-10-17   David Lemieux IBF
2015-10-17 Present   Gennady Golovkin IBF

WBOEdit

Title inaugurated
1989-04-18 1990-04-29   Doug DeWitt WBO
1990-04-29 1990-11-18   Nigel Benn WBO
1990-11-18 1991-06-22-Vacated   Chris Eubank WBO
1991-11-20 1992-Vacated   Gerald McClellan WBO
1993-05-19 1994-05-11   Chris Pyatt WBO
1994-05-11 1995-03-Vacated   Steve Collins WBO
1995-05-19 1997-06-28-Vacated   Lonnie Bradley WBO
1997-12-13 1998-05-12-Vacated   Otis Grant WBO
1999-01-30 1999-11-Stripped   Bert Schenk WBO
1999-11 1999-11-27   Jason Matthews WBO
1999-11-27 2002-04-06   Armand Krajnc WBO
2002-04-06 2003-Retired   Harry Simon WBO
2003-05-10 2003-09-13   Hector Javier Velazco WBO
2003-09-13 2004-06-05   Felix Sturm WBO
2004-06-05 2004-09-18   Oscar De La Hoya WBO
2004-09-18 2005-07-16   Bernard Hopkins WBO
2005-07-16 2007-09-29   Jermain Taylor WBO
2007-09-29 2010-04-17   Kelly Pavlik WBO
2010-04-17 2010-06-01-Stripped   Sergio Gabriel Martínez WBO
2010-07-31 2012-08-25-Stripped   Dmitry Pirog WBO
2012-08-25 2012-10-20   Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam WBO
2012-10-20 2014-09-04-Vacated   Peter Quillin WBO
2014-12-13 2015-12-19   Andy Lee WBO
2015-12-19 2018-10-11   Billy Joe Saunders WBO
2018-10-20 Present   Demetrius Andrade WBO

See alsoEdit

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