List of current world boxing champions

This is a list of current world boxing champions. Since at least John L. Sullivan, in the late 19th century, there have been world champions in professional boxing. The first of today's organizations to award a world title was the World Boxing Association (WBA), then known as the National Boxing Association (NBA), when it sanctioned its first title fight in 1921 between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier for the world heavyweight championship.

There are now four major sanctioning bodies in professional boxing. The official rules and regulations of the World Boxing Association,[1] World Boxing Council (WBC),[2] International Boxing Federation (IBF),[3] and World Boxing Organization (WBO)[4] all recognize each other in their rankings and title unification rules. Each of these organizations sanction and regulate championship bouts and award world titles. American boxing magazine The Ring began awarding world titles in 1922.

There are seventeen weight divisions. To compete in a division, a boxer's weight must not exceed the upper limit. Manny Pacquiao has won world championships in eight different weight divisions, more than any other boxer. The Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, held all four major titles in the heavyweight division from 2011 to 2013; they were the first brothers to hold versions of the heavyweight championship at the same time.[5] Joe Louis holds the record of being the longest reigning world champion in boxing.

Championships

When a champion, for reasons beyond his control such as an illness or injury, is unable to defend his title within the normal mandatory time, the sanctioning bodies may order an interim title bout and award the winner an interim championship. The WBA and WBC may change the status of their inactive champions to "Champion in Recess".

World Boxing Association

The World Boxing Association (WBA) was founded in 1921 as the National Boxing Association (NBA), a national regulating body of the United States. On August 23, 1962, the NBA became the WBA, which today has its head office in Panama.[6] According to WBA championship rules, when a champion also holds a title of one of the other three major sanctioning bodies in an equivalent weight division, that boxer is granted a special recognition of "Unified Champion", and is given more time between mandatory title defences. The WBA Championships Committee and President may also designate a champion as a "Super Champion" or "Undisputed Champion" in exceptional circumstances;[1] the standard WBA title is then vacated and contested between WBA-ranked contenders. When a WBA "Regular Champion" makes between five and ten successful defences, he may be granted the WBA "Super" title upon discretion of a vote of the WBA's board of governors.

World Boxing Council

The World Boxing Council (WBC) was founded in Mexico City, Mexico on February 14, 1963 in order to establish an international regulating body.[7] The WBC established many of today's safety measures in boxing, such as the standing eight count,[8] a limit of 12 rounds instead of 15, and additional weight divisions. More information about the WBC's sub-world titles including "Silver", "Diamond", "Emeritus", "Franchise", "Honorary", and "Supreme Champion" can be read at the WBC article.

International Boxing Federation

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) originated in September 1976 as the United States Boxing Association (USBA) when American members of the WBA withdrew in order to legitimize boxing in the United States with "unbiased" ratings.[9] In April 1983, the organization established an international division that was known as the United States Boxing Association-International (USBA-I).[9] In May 1984, the New Jersey-based USBA-I was renamed and became the IBF.[9]

World Boxing Organization

The World Boxing Organization (WBO) was founded in San Juan, Puerto Rico (which is a self-governing commonwealth of the United States) in 1988. In its early years the WBO's titles were not widely recognized. By 2012 when the Japan Boxing Commission officially recognized the governing body, it had gained similar status to the other three major sanctioning bodies. Its motto is "dignity, democracy, honesty."[10] When a WBO champion has reached "preeminent status", the WBO's Executive Committee may designate him as a "Super Champion".[11] However, this is only an honorary title and not the same as the WBA's policy of having separate "Super" and "Regular" champions. A WBO "Super Champion" cannot win or lose that recognition in the ring; it is merely awarded by the WBO.

The Ring

The boxing magazine The Ring maintains its own version of the lineal championship. The original title sequence began from the magazine's first publication in the 1920s until its titles were placed on hiatus in 1989, continuing as late as 1992 in some divisions. When The Ring started awarding titles again in 2001, it did not calculate retrospective lineages to fill in the gap years, instead nominating a new champion.[12] Cyber Boxing Zone, a website dedicated to tracking lineal champions, commented in 2004 that "The Ring has forfeited its credibility by pulling names out of its ass to name fighters as champions".[13]

In 2007, The Ring was acquired by the owners of fight promoter Golden Boy Promotions,[14] which has publicized The Ring's world championships when they are at stake in fights it promotes (such as Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr. in 2008).[15] Since 2012, to reduce the number of vacant titles, The Ring allows fights between a number one or two contender; or alternatively a number three, four, or five contender to fill a vacant title. This has prompted further doubts about its credibility.[16][17][18] Some boxing journalists have been extremely critical of the new championship policy and state that if this new policy is followed, the Ring title will lose the credibility it once held.[19][20][21]

Current champions

The current champions in each weight division are listed below. Each champion's professional boxing record is shown in the following format: wins–losses–draws (knockout wins).

Heavyweight (200+ lb/90.7+ kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Andy Ruiz Jr.
Super champion
 United States
33–1 (22 KO)
June 1, 2019
Deontay Wilder
 United States
42–0–1 (41 KO)
January 17, 2015
Andy Ruiz Jr.
 United States
33–1 (22 KO)
June 1, 2019
Andy Ruiz Jr.
 United States
33–1 (22 KO)
June 1, 2019
vacant
Manuel Charr
Regular champion
 Syria
31–4 (17 KO)
November 25, 2017
Trevor Bryan
Interim champion
 United States
20–0 (14 KO)
August 11, 2018

Cruiserweight (200 lb/90.7 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Arsen Goulamirian
Super champion
 France
25–0 (17 KO)
August 31, 2019
vacant Yunier Dorticos
 Cuba
24–1 (22 KO)
June 15, 2019
vacant vacant
Beibut Shumenov
Regular champion
 Kazakhstan
18–2 (12 KO)
August 31, 2019
Ryad Merhy
Interim champion
 Belgium
29–1 (24 KO)
October 19, 2019

Light heavyweight (175 lb/79.4 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Dmitry Bivol
Super champion
 Russia
17–0 (11 KO)
September 23, 2017
Artur Beterbiev
 Russia
15–0 (15 KO)
October 18, 2019
Artur Beterbiev
 Russia
15–0 (15 KO)
November 11, 2017
Canelo Álvarez
 Mexico
53–1–2 (36 KO)
November 2, 2019
vacant
Jean Pascal
Regular champion
 Canada
34–6–1–1 (20 KO)
August 3, 2019
Dominic Boesel
Interim champion
 Germany
30–1 (12 KO)
November 16, 2019

Super middleweight (168 lb/76.2 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Callum Smith
Super champion
 United Kingdom
27–0 (19 KO)
September 28, 2018
David Benavidez
 United States
22–0 (19 KO)
September 28, 2019
Caleb Plant
 United States
19–0 (11 KO)
January 13, 2019
Billy Joe Saunders
 United Kingdom
29–0 (14 KO)
May 18, 2019
Callum Smith
 United Kingdom
26–0 (19 KO)
September 28, 2018
Canelo Álvarez
Regular champion
 Mexico
53–1–2 (36 KO)
December 15, 2018

Middleweight (160 lb/72.6 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Canelo Álvarez
Super champion
 Mexico
53–1–2 (36 KO)
September 15, 2018
Jermall Charlo
 United States
29–0 (21 KO)
June 26, 2019
Gennady Golovkin
 Kazakhstan
40–1–1 (35 KO)
October 5, 2019
Demetrius Andrade
 United States
28–0 (17 KO)
October 20, 2018
Canelo Álvarez
 Mexico
53–1–2 (36 KO)
September 15, 2018
Ryōta Murata
Regular champion
 Japan
15–2 (12 KO)
July 12, 2019

Super welterweight (154 lb/69.9 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Julian Williams
Super champion
 United States
27–1–1–1 (16 KO)
May 11, 2019
Tony Harrison
 United States
28–2 (21 KO)
December 22, 2018
Julian Williams
 United States
27–1–1–1 (16 KO)
May 11, 2019
Patrick Teixeira
 Brazil
31–1 (22 KO)
November 30, 2019
vacant
Erislandy Lara
Regular champion
 United States
26–3–3 (15 KO)
August 31, 2019

Welterweight (147 lb/66.7 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Manny Pacquiao
Super champion
 Philippines
62–7–2 (39 KO)
July 20, 2019
Errol Spence Jr.
 United States
26–0 (21 KO)
September 28, 2019
Errol Spence Jr.
 United States
26–0 (21 KO)
May 27, 2017
Terence Crawford
 United States
35–0 (26 KO)
June 9, 2018
vacant
Alexander Besputin
Regular champion
 Russia
14–0 (9 KO)
November 30, 2019

Super lightweight (140 lb/63.5 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Josh Taylor
Super champion
 United Kingdom
16–0 (12 KO)
October 26, 2019
José Ramírez
 United States
25–0 (17 KO)
March 17, 2018
Josh Taylor
 United Kingdom
16–0 (12 KO)
May 18, 2019
José Ramírez
 United States
25–0 (17 KO)
July 27, 2019
Josh Taylor
 United Kingdom
16–0 (12 KO)
October 26, 2019
Mario Barrios
Regular champion
 United States
25–0 (16 KO)
September 28, 2019
Alberto Puello
Interim champion
 Dominican Republic
19–0 (7 KO)
July 27, 2019

Lightweight (135 lb/61.2 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Vasyl Lomachenko
Super champion
 Ukraine
14–1 (10 KO)
May 12, 2018
Devin Haney
 United States
24–0 (15 KO)
October 23, 2019
Richard Commey
 Ghana
29–2 (26 KO)
February 2, 2019
Vasyl Lomachenko
 Ukraine
14–1 (10 KO)
December 8, 2018
Vasyl Lomachenko
 Ukraine
14–1 (10 KO)
May 12, 2018

Super featherweight (130 lb/59 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Léo Santa Cruz
Super champion
 Mexico
37–1–1 (19 KO)
November 23, 2019
Miguel Berchelt
 Mexico
37–1 (33 KO)
January 28, 2017
Tevin Farmer
 United States
30–4–1–1 (6 KO)
August 3, 2018
Jamel Herring
 United States
21–2 (10 KO)
May 25, 2019
vacant
Rene Alvarado
Regular champion
 Nicaragua
32–8 (21 KO)
November 23, 2019

Featherweight (126 lb/57.2 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Léo Santa Cruz
Super champion
 Mexico
37–1–1 (19 KO)
January 28, 2017
Gary Russell Jr.
 United States
30–1 (18 KO)
March 28, 2015
Josh Warrington
 United Kingdom
30–0 (7 KO)
May 19, 2018
Shakur Stevenson
 United States
13–0 (7 KO)
October 26, 2019
vacant
Xu Can
Regular champion
 China
18–2 (3 KO)
January 26, 2019

Super bantamweight (122 lb/55.3 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Daniel Roman
Super champion
 United States
27–2–1 (10 KO)
May 31, 2019
Rey Vargas
 Mexico
34–0 (22 KO)
February 25, 2017
Daniel Roman
 United States
27–2–1 (10 KO)
April 26, 2019
Emanuel Navarrete
 Mexico
29–1 (25 KO)
December 8, 2018
vacant
Brandon Figueroa
Regular champion
 United States
20–0–1 (15 KO)
April 20, 2019

Bantamweight (118 lb/53.5 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Naoya Inoue
Super champion
 Japan
19–0 (16 KO)
November 7, 2019
Nordine Oubaali
 France
17–0 (12 KO)
January 19, 2019
Naoya Inoue
 Japan
19–0 (16 KO)
May 18, 2019
Johnriel Casimero
 Philippines
29–4 (20 KO)
November 30, 2019
Naoya Inoue
 Japan
19–0 (16 KO)
May 18, 2019

Super flyweight (115 lb/52.2 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Khalid Yafai
 United Kingdom
26–0 (15 KO)
December 10, 2016
Juan Francisco Estrada
 Mexico
40–3 (27 KO)
April 26, 2019
Jerwin Ancajas
 Philippines
31–1–2 (21 KO)
September 3, 2016
Kazuto Ioka
 Japan
24–2 (14 KO)
June 19, 2019
Juan Francisco Estrada
 Mexico
40–3 (27 KO)
April 26, 2019
Andrew Moloney
Interim champion
 Australia
21–0 (14 KO)
November 15, 2019

Flyweight (112 lb/50.8 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Artem Dalakian
 Ukraine
19–0 (14 KO)
February 24, 2018
vacant Moruti Mthalane
 South Africa
38–2 (25 KO)
July 15, 2018
Kosei Tanaka
 Japan
14–0 (8 KO)
September 24, 2018
vacant

Light flyweight (108 lb/49 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Hiroto Kyoguchi
Super champion
 Japan
14–0 (9 KO)
December 31, 2018
Ken Shiro
 Japan
16–0 (9 KO)
May 20, 2017
Felix Alvarado
 Nicaragua
35–2 (30 KO)
October 29, 2018
Elwin Soto
 Mexico
16–1 (11 KO)
June 21, 2019
Hiroto Kyoguchi
 Japan
14–0 (9 KO)
December 31, 2018
Carlos Cañizales
Regular champion
 Venezuela
22–0–1 (17 KO)
March 18, 2018

Mini flyweight (105 lb/47.6 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Thammanoon Niyomtrong
 Thailand
20–0 (7 KO)
June 29, 2016
Wanheng Menayothin
 Thailand
54–0 (18 KO)
November 6, 2014
Pedro Taduran
 Philippines
14–2 (11 KO)
September 7, 2019
Wilfredo Mendez
 Puerto Rico
15–1 (5 KO)
August 24, 2019
vacant

See also

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