The World Boxing Union (WBU) was a boxing sanctioning body. The original WBU was founded in January 1995 by IBF European representative, boxing journalist, actor and former holder of the title of Britain's heaviest man [1] [2] Jon W. Robinson. It sanctioned boxing with various promoters worldwide. Following Robinson's death in 2004, the organization became dormant and was eventually dissolved.

World Boxing Union featherweight belt won by Derry Mathews
World Boxing Union
FounderJon W. Robinson
Founded atLondon, UK
PurposeBoxing sanctioning organization
HeadquartersOrganization dissolved
Jon Robinson

An organization serving the same purpose and with the same name, but with no connections to the original, was formed in Germany in 2010 under the leadership of Torsten Knille.[3]

List of WBU heavyweight champions edit

Name Duration of reign Defenses Notes
  George Foreman (USA)[4] March 29, 1995 – 1997 2 Foreman was recognized as champion after he was stripped of the IBF title
  Corrie Sanders (RSA)[5] November 15, 1997 – May 20, 2000 3 Defeated Ross Purity
  Hasim Rahman (USA)[6] May 20, 2000 – April 21, 2001 0 Relinquished the title in order to fight Lennox Lewis for the IBF, IBO and WBC titles
  Johnny Nelson (GBR)[7] November 24, 2001 – December 4, 2001 0 Defeated Alexander Vasiliev. Relinquished the title in order to concentrate on defending his WBO Cruiserweight title
  Georgi Kandelaki (GEO)[8] December 21, 2002 – January 2004 0 Defeated Alexander Vasiliev. Kandelaki either relinquished or was stripped of the title
  Matt Skelton (GBR)[9] February 25, 2005 – January 26, 2009 0 Skelton relinquished the title

Other WBU champions (selected) edit

Other past WBU champions include Sirimongkol Singwancha, Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Ricky Hatton, Eamonn Magee, Tony Oakey, Corrie Sanders, Enzo Maccarinelli, Lee McAllister, Angel Manfredy, George Scott, Hasim Rahman, Willie Limond, Craig Docherty, Michael Gomez, Kevin Lear, Anthony Farnell, Jimmy Lange, Derry Mathews, Choi Tseveenpurev, Jeremy Williams, Cristian Charquero, Wayne Elcock, Roy Jones Jr., David Burke, Vinny Pazienza, and Micky Ward.

In addition, Carlos Contreras defeated challenger Victor Rabanales by 8 RTKO.

References edit

  1. ^ "Jon Robinson". IMDb.
  2. ^ "The talk in boxing". 14 April 2012.
  3. ^ "WBU History – World Boxing Union".
  4. ^ "George Foreman vs. Axel Schulz". Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  5. ^ "BoxRec - Corrie Sanders". Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  6. ^ "Hasim Rahman vs. Corrie Sanders". Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  7. ^ "BoxRec - Johnny Nelson". Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  8. ^ "BoxRec - George Kandelaki". Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  9. ^ "BoxRec - Matt Skelton". Retrieved 2015-08-04.