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List of undisputed boxing champions

Boxing sanctioning bodiesEdit

CriteriaEdit

  • 1920–1963, a boxer who held both the NYSAC and NBA (WBA) titles simultaneously
  • 1963–1983, a boxer who held both the WBA and WBC titles simultaneously
  • 1983–2007, a boxer who held the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles simultaneously
  • 2007–present, a boxer who holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles simultaneously; by February 2007, all four major organisations were recognised by each other.[1]

HeavyweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
July 24, 1922 September 23, 1926   Jack Dempsey NYSAC, NBA 2
September 23, 1926 July 31, 1928   Gene Tunney NYSAC, NBA 2
June 12, 1930 January 7, 1931   Max Schmeling NYSAC, NBA 1
June 21, 1932 June 29, 1933   Jack Sharkey NYSAC, NBA 0
June 29, 1933 June 14, 1934   Primo Carnera NYSAC, NBA 1
June 14, 1934 June 13, 1935   Max Baer NYSAC, NBA 0
June 13, 1935 June 22, 1937   James J. Braddock NYSAC, NBA 0
June 22, 1937 March 1, 1949   Joe Louis NYSAC, NBA 26[2]
September 27, 1950 July 18, 1951   Ezzard Charles NYSAC, NBA 4
July 18, 1951 September 23, 1952   Jersey Joe Walcott NYSAC, NBA 1
September 23, 1952 April 27, 1956   Rocky Marciano NYSAC, NBA 6
November 30, 1956 June 26, 1959   Floyd Patterson NYSAC, NBA 4
June 26, 1959 June 20, 1960   Ingemar Johansson NYSAC, NBA 0
June 20, 1960 September 25, 1962   Floyd Patterson NYSAC, NBA 2
September 25, 1962 July 22, 1963   Sonny Liston NYSAC, WBA 1
July 22, 1963 February 25, 1964   Sonny Liston WBC, WBA 1
February 25, 1964 September 19, 1964   Muhammad Ali as Cassius Clay WBC, WBA 0
Ali was stripped of the WBA title in September 1964, after agreeing to an immediate rematch with Liston, which was against the body's rules at the time.
February 6, 1967 April 28, 1967   Muhammad Ali WBC, WBA 1
Ali reunited the belts by beating WBA champion Ernie Terrell on February 6, 1967. He was stripped of the WBA belt on April 28, 1967 for refusing induction into the United States army, but retained recognition by the WBC until February 3, 1970.
February 16, 1970 January 22, 1973   Joe Frazier WBC, WBA 4
January 22, 1973 October 30, 1974   George Foreman WBC, WBA 2
October 30, 1974 February 15, 1978   Muhammad Ali WBC, WBA 10
February 15, 1978 March 18, 1978   Leon Spinks WBC, WBA 0
Leon Spinks was stripped of the WBC belt for defending against Muhammad Ali instead of Ken Norton, who was their #1 contender.
August 1, 1987 February 11, 1990   Mike Tyson WBC, WBA, IBF 6
Mike Tyson became the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion as the culmination of the heavyweight unification series, by unifying his WBA and WBC, with Tony Tucker's IBF belt. The Ring magazine later recognized him as champion on June 27, 1988.
February 11, 1990 October 25, 1990   James "Buster" Douglas WBC, WBA, IBF 0
October 25, 1990 November 13, 1992   Evander Holyfield WBC, WBA, IBF 3
November 13, 1992 December 14, 1992   Riddick Bowe WBC, WBA, IBF 0
Bowe was stripped of his WBC championship for refusing to fight Lennox Lewis.
November 13, 1999 April 29, 2000   Lennox Lewis WBC, WBA, IBF 0
Lennox Lewis became undisputed champion by defeating Evander Holyfield, successfully unifying his WBC belt (and the lightly regarded IBO title) with Holyfield's WBA and IBF belts. Lewis was stripped of his WBA belt due to a contract dispute regarding a clause in the 2nd Holyfield contract which stipulated he must fight the WBA number 1 contender next. The number 1 contender at that time was Henry Akinwande but he was ill so John Ruiz was later moved up to number 1. The WBA gave Lewis permission under these circumstances to fight WBC/IBF #2 ranked contender Michael Grant next as long as he agreed to fight Ruiz in the following bout. Lewis agreed but Ruiz's promoter challenged the WBA's decision in court.

CruiserweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
April 9, 1988 1988   Evander Holyfield IBF, WBA, WBC 0
Evander Holyfield became the first undisputed Cruiserweight Champion by defeating Carlos De León, to unify his WBA and IBF belts with De Leon's WBC belt. He relinquished all the belts after moving up to the Heavyweight division. The Ring Magazine stopped recognizing the weight class in 1987.
January 7, 2006 2006   O'Neil Bell IBF, WBA, WBC 0
Bell defeated Jean-Marc Mormeck by KO then was subsequently stripped of his IBF title for pulling out of a fight against Steve Cunningham.
July 21, 2018 March 27, 2019   Oleksandr Usyk WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO 1
Usyk officially vacated his WBA belt to move to the heavyweight division.

Light heavyweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
June 1, 1963 March 30, 1965   Willie Pastrano WBC, WBA 2
March 30, 1965 December 16, 1966   José Torres WBC, WBA 3
December 16, 1966 May 24, 1968   Dick Tiger WBC WBA 2
May 24, 1968 December 9, 1970   Bob Foster WBC, WBA 4
Bob Foster was stripped of the WBA championship for refusing to face a mandatory challenger.
April 7, 1972 September 16, 1974   Bob Foster WBC, WBA 5
Foster unified the titles again by defeating Vicente Rondon on April 7, 1972. He relinquished both belts upon his retirement on September 16, 1974.
March 18, 1983 September 21, 1985   Michael Spinks WBA, WBC, IBF 4
Michael Spinks unified the title by defeating Dwight Muhammad Qawi. He later was awarded the inaugural IBF title, added to his undisputed recognition. He vacated all of the belts after moving to the heavyweight division.
June 5, 1999 September 7, 2002   Roy Jones, Jr. WBA, WBC, IBF 7
Whilst Dariusz Michalczewski was the Lineal/WBO champion, Roy Jones Jr. defeated Reggie Johnson for his IBF belt, successfully unifying with his WBA and WBC belts. Jones relinquished his titles after he moved to the heavyweight division.

Super middleweightEdit

To date, there have been no undisputed super middleweight champions. The closest the division came to having an undisputed champion was on November 3, 2007, when Joe Calzaghe defeated Mikkel Kessler to unify the WBA (Super), WBC, and WBO titles; the IBF champion at the time was Lucian Bute.

MiddleweightEdit

Men's middleweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
August 10, 1963 December 12, 1963   Dick Tiger WBA, WBC 0
December 12, 1963 October 21, 1965   Joey Giardello WBA, WBC 4
October 21, 1965 April 25, 1966   Dick Tiger WBA, WBC 0
April 17, 1967 September 29, 1967   Nino Benvenuti WBA, WBC 0
September 29, 1967 March 4, 1968   Emile Griffith WBA, WBC 2
March 4, 1968 November 7, 1970   Nino Benvenuti WBA, WBC 4
November 7, 1970 February 9, 1974   Carlos Monzón WBA, WBC 9
Monzon was stripped of the WBC championship for not facing his mandatory challenger, Rodrigo Valdez.
June 26, 1976 July 30, 1977   Carlos Monzón WBA, WBC 1
November 5, 1977 May 22, 1978   Rodrigo Valdez WBA, WBC 0
May 22, 1978 June 30, 1979   Hugo Corro WBA, WBC 2
June 30, 1979 March 16, 1980   Vito Antuofermo WBA, WBC 1
March 16, 1980 September 27, 1980   Alan Minter WBA, WBC 1
September 27, 1980 Apri 6, 1987   Marvin Hagler WBA, WBC, IBF 12
Hagler was recognized as the inaugural IBF champion, adding the belt to his undisputed status. He lost the IBF and WBA belt recognitions after deciding to fight Sugar Ray Leonard. He then lost the WBC belt to Leonard.
September 29, 2001 July 16, 2005   Bernard Hopkins WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO 6
Bernard Hopkins became the undisputed champion after defeating Félix Trinidad in a Middleweight tournament to successfully unify the WBC WBA and IBF belts. He later added the WBO to his undisputed status after defeating Oscar De La Hoya, becoming the first man to ever hold all four titles simultaneously.
July 16, 2005 December 14, 2006   Jermain Taylor WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO 0
Taylor lost his IBF belt for taking a rematch against Hopkins instead of fighting the IBF #1 challenger Arthur Abraham. He officially lost his undisputed status after being stripped of his WBA belt on December 14, 2006

Women's middleweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
April 13, 2019 present   Claressa Shields WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO 0

Light middleweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
1962-10-20 1963-04-29   Denny Moyer WBA, WBC 2
1963-04-29 1963-09-07   Ralph Dupas WBA, WBC 0
1963-09-07 1965-06-18   Sandro Mazzinghi WBA, WBC 1
1965-06-18 1966-06-25   Nino Benvenuti WBA, WBC 0
1966-06-25 1968-05-26   Ki Soo Kim WBA, WBC 2
1968-05-26 1968-10-25-Stripped   Sandro Mazzinghi WBA, WBC 0
1969-03-17 1970-07-09   Freddie Little WBA, WBC 2
1970-07-09 1971-10-31   Carmelo Bossi WBA, WBC 0
1971-10-31 1974-06-04   Koichi Wajima WBA, WBC 6
1974-06-04 1975-01-21   Oscar Albarado WBA, WBC 1
1975-01-21 1975-03-22   Koichi Wajima WBA, WBC 0
March 13, 2004 November 20, 2004   Winky Wright WBA, WBC, IBF 0
Winky Wright became the first undisputed champion of the light middleweight division after unifying his IBF belt with Shane Mosley's WBA and WBC belts. Wright lost the IBF belt for taking a rematch against Mosley.

WelterweightEdit

Men's welterweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
March 21, 1963 June 8, 1963   Luis Manuel Rodríguez WBA, WBC 0
June 8, 1963 December 10, 1965   Emile Griffith WBA, WBC 6
Emile Griffith relinquished the title after moving to the middleweight division.
November 28, 1966 April 18, 1969   Curtis Cokes WBA, WBC 5
Cokes reunited the titles after defeating Jean Josselin.
April 18, 1969 December 3, 1970   José Nápoles WBA, WBC 3
December 3, 1970 June 4, 1971   Billy Backus WBA, WBC 0
June 4, 1971 May 1975   José Nápoles WBA, WBC 9
Nápoles gave up the WBA belt after rematching Armando Muniz.
September 16, 1981 February 15, 1982   Sugar Ray Leonard WBA, WBC 1
Sugar Ray Leonard unified his WBC with Thomas Hearns's WBA to become the first undisputed champ in seven years. Leonard later relinquished the title after retiring from boxing because of a detached retina.
December 6, 1985 September 27, 1986   Donald Curry WBA, WBC, IBF 1
Donald Curry unified his WBA and IBF titles with Milton McCrory's WBC title to become the next undisputed champ.
September 27, 1986 1987   Lloyd Honeyghan WBA, WBC, IBF 2
Honeyghan was later stripped of the WBA title for declining to box Harold Volbrecht, a South African during the apartheid period.
December 13, 2003 February 5, 2005   Cory Spinks WBA, WBC, IBF 2
Spinks won the undisputed title by unifying his IBF belt with Ricardo Mayorga's WBC and WBA belts.
February 5, 2005 January 7, 2006   Zab Judah WBA, WBC, IBF 1
Judah lost his undisputed championship to Carlos Baldomir, but despite being recognized as the "true" welterweight champion, Baldomir did not pay the sanctioning fees for the WBA or IBF. Consequently, the WBA relinquished Judah as its champion, while the IBF continued to recognise him. Judah later lost the IBF title to Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Women's welterweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
September 13, 2014 present   Cecilia Brækhus WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO 6

Light welterweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
June 15, 1963 January 18, 1965   Eddie Perkins WBA, WBC 2
January 18, 1965 April 29, 1966   Carlos Hernández WBA, WBC 0
April 29, 1966 April 30, 1967   Sandro Lopopolo WBA, WBC 0
April 30, 1967 November 16, 1967 (Vacated)    Takeshi Fuji WBA, WBC 1
November 3, 2001 January 19, 2003    Kostya Tszyu WBA, WBC, IBF 2
Tszyu became the undisputed Junior Welterweight champ after defeating Zab Judah to successfully unify his WBA and WBC belt with Judah's IBF belt. Tszyu was stripped of the WBA and WBC titles because of extended inactivity due to training injuries and lost his IBF belt to Ricky Hatton.
August 19, 2017 August 30, 2017   Terence Crawford WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO 0
Crawford became the undisputed champion after defeating Julius Indongo to unify his WBC, WBO, Ring, and lineal titles with Indongo's WBA and IBF belts. He vacated the IBF title 11 days later because he did not plan to return to the ring in time to meet an IBF-imposed deadline to fight its mandatory challenger, Sergey Lipinets, and shortly thereafter vacated all of his titles and moved to the welterweight class.

LightweightEdit

Men's lightweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
April 7, 1963 April 10, 1965   Carlos Ortiz WBA, WBC 2
April 10, 1965 November 13, 1965   Ismael Laguna WBA, WBC 0
November 13, 1965 June 29, 1968   Carlos Ortiz WBA, WBC 5
June 29, 1968 February 18, 1969   Carlos Cruz WBA, WBC 1
February 18, 1969 March 3, 1970   Mando Ramos WBA, WBC 0
March 3, 1970 September 15, 1970   Ismael Laguna WBA, WBC 0
Laguna gave up the WBC title.
February 12, 1971 June 25, 1971   Ken Buchanan WBA, WBC 1
Buchanan gave up the WBC title after a contractual dispute, although he is still recognized as the true champion.
January 21, 1978 January 1979   Roberto Durán WBA, WBC 0
Duran, the WBA champion, won the undisputed title after defeating WBC Champion Estaban De Jesus. Duran gave up the titles after moving up to the welterweight division.
August 11, 1990 January 18, 1992   Pernell Whitaker WBA, WBC, IBF 3
Whitaker, the unified IBF and WBC champion, won Juan Nazario's WBA belt becoming the undisputed champ . Whitaker relinquished all of the belts after moving to the junior welterweight division.

Women's lightweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
June 1, 2019 Present   Katie Taylor WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF. 0

Super featherweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
February 16, 1963 June 15, 1967   Flash Elorde WBA, WBC 5
June 15, 1967 December 14, 1967   Yoshiaki Numata WBA, WBC 0
December 14, 1967 January 19, 1969   Hiroshi Kobayashi WBA, WBC 0
Kobayashi is stripped of his WBC title for failing to fight Rene Barrientos, despite a written agreement.

FeatherweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
March 21, 1963 September 26, 1964   Sugar Ramos WBA, WBC 0
September 26, 1964 October 14, 1967   Vicente Saldivar WBA, WBC 7
Saldivar retired after his title defense against Howard Winstone.

BantamweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
September 11, 1962 May 18, 1965   Eder Jofre WBA, WBC 2
May 18, 1965 February 27, 1968   Fighting Harada WBA, WBC 4
February 27, 1968 August 22, 1969   Lionel Rose WBA, WBC 3
August 22, 1969 October 16, 1970   Ruben Olivares WBA, WBC 2
October 16, 1970 April 2, 1971   Chucho Castillo WBA, WBC 0
April 2, 1971 March 19, 1972   Ruben Olivares WBA, WBC 2
March 19, 1972 July 29, 1972   Rafael Herrera WBA, WBC 0
July 29, 1972 April 14, 1973   Enrique Pinder WBA, WBC 0
Pinder was stripped of the WBC belt shortly after winning the title for not defending against Rodolfo Martinez.

Super flyweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
July 5, 1984 March 30, 1986   Jiro Watanabe WBA, WBC 3
Watanabe had his WBA title stripped for unifying the Super Flyweight championship with the WBC champion Payao Poontarat. He was regarded as the undisputed champion until his loss to Gilberto Roman.

FlyweightEdit

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Title defenses
September 18, 1963 January 23, 1964   Hiroyuki Ebihara WBA, WBC 0
January 23, 1964 April 23, 1965   Pone Kingpetch WBA, WBC 0
April 23, 1965 November 1965   Salvatore Burruni WBA, WBC 0
March 1, 1966 October 2, 1968   Horacio Accavallo WBA, WBC 3

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Undisputed world champion". TheFreeDictionary.com. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "Joe Louis, p. 575" (pdf). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall Of Fame Official Record Book. International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Retrieved May 26, 2019. Johnny Davis, Ret-World-H

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