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]

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 titles including "Silver", "Diamond", "Emeritus", "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 sequence began from the magazine's first publication in the 1920s until the lineal championships 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] CBZ commented in 2004, "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 No. 1 or No. 2 contender and a No. 3, No. 4, or No. 5 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]

Lineal[]

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) was formed in October 2012 as a volunteer initiative to provide boxing with top-ten rankings, identify the singular world champion of every division.[22][23] Board membership includes fifty respected boxing journalists and record keepers from around the world who are uncompromised by sanctioning bodies and promoters.

The board was formed to continue where The Ring "left off" in the aftermath of its purchase by Golden Boy Promotions in 2007 and the following dismissal of the orial board headed by Nigel Collins.[24] After the new ors announced a controversial new championship policy in May 2012,[25] three prominent members of the Ring Advisory Panel resigned. These three members (Springs Toledo, Cliff Rold and Tim Starks) became the founding members of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[26] which was formed over the summer of 2012 with the assistance of Stewart Howe of England. The board only awards vacant championships when the two top-ranked fighters in any division meet, and currently recognizes legitimate world champions or "true champions" in each weight class.[27]

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–no contests (knockout wins).

Heavyweight (200+ lb/90.7+ kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Anthony Joshua
Super champion
 United Kingdom
22–0–0–0 (21)
April 29, 2017
Deontay Wilder
 United States
40–0–0–0 (39)
January 17, 2015
Anthony Joshua
 United Kingdom
22–0–0–0 (21)
April 9, 2016
Anthony Joshua
 United Kingdom
22–0–0–0 (21)
March 31, 2018
vacant vacant
Manuel Charr
Regular champion
 Syria
31–4–0–0 (17)
November 25, 2017
Trevor Bryan
Interim champion
 United States
20–0–0–0 (14)
August 11, 2018

Cruiserweight (200 lb/90.7 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Oleksandr Usyk
Super champion
 Ukraine
15–0–0–0 (11)
July 21, 2018
Oleksandr Usyk
 Ukraine
15–0–0–0 (11)
January 27, 2018
Oleksandr Usyk
 Ukraine
15–0–0–0 (11)
July 21, 2018
Oleksandr Usyk
 Ukraine
15–0–0–0 (11)
September 17, 2016
Oleksandr Usyk
 Ukraine
15–0–0–0 (11)
July 21, 2018
Oleksandr Usyk
 Ukraine
15–0–0–0 (11)
July 21, 2018
Beibut Shumenov
Regular champion
 Kazakhstan
18–2–0–0 (12)
July 7, 2018
Arsen Goulamirian
Interim champion
 France
23–0–0–0 (15)
March 24, 2018
Denis Lebedev
Champion in recess
 Russia
31–2–0–1 (23)
February 1, 2018

Light heavyweight (175 lb/79.4 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Dmitry Bivol
 Russia
14–0–0–0 (11)
September 23, 2017
Adonis Stevenson
 Canada
29–1–1–0 (24)
June 8, 2013
Artur Beterbiev
 Russia
12–0–0–0 (12)
November 11, 2017
Eleider Álvarez
 Colombia
24–0–0–0 (12)
August 4, 2018
vacant Adonis Stevenson
 Canada
29–1–1–0 (24)
June 8, 2013
Oleksandr Gvozdyk
Interim champion
 Ukraine
15–0–0–0 (12)
March 17, 2018

Super middleweight (168 lb/76.2 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
George Groves
Super champion
 United Kingdom
28–3–0–0 (20)
May 27, 2017
David Benavidez
 United States
20–0–0–0 (17)
September 8, 2017
José Uzcátegui
 Venezuela
27–2–0–0 (23)
July 5, 2018
Gilberto Ramírez
 Mexico
38–0–0–0 (25)
April 9, 2016
vacant vacant
Rocky Fielding
Regular champion
 United Kingdom
27–1–0–0 (15)
July 14, 2018

Middleweight (160 lb/72.6 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Canelo Álvarez
Super champion
 Mexico
50–1–2–0 (34)
September 15, 2018
Canelo Álvarez
 Mexico
50–1–2–0 (34)
September 15, 2018
vacant Billy Joe Saunders
 United Kingdom
26–0–0–0 (12)
December 19, 2015
Canelo Álvarez
 Mexico
50–1–2–0 (34)
September 15, 2018
Canelo Álvarez
 Mexico
50–1–2–0 (34)
September 15, 2018
Ryōta Murata
Regular champion
 Japan
14–1–0–0 (11)
October 22, 2017
Jermall Charlo
Interim champion
 United States
27–0–0–0 (21)
April 21, 2018

Light middleweight (154 lb/69.9 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Jarrett Hurd
Super champion
 United States
22–0–0–0 (15)
April 8, 2018
Jermell Charlo
 United States
31–0–0–0 (15)
May 21, 2016
Jarrett Hurd
 United States
22–0–0–0 (15)
February 25, 2017
Jaime Munguia
 Mexico
31–0–0–0 (26)
May 12, 2018
vacant vacant
Brian Castaño
Regular champion
 Argentina
15–0–0–0 (11)
October 22, 2016

Welterweight (147 lb/66.7 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Keith Thurman
Super champion
 United States
28–0–0–1 (22)
February 7, 2017
Shawn Porter
 United States
29–2–1–0 (17)
September 8, 2018
Errol Spence Jr.
 United States
24–0–0–0 (21)
May 27, 2017
Terence Crawford
 United States
33–0–0–0 (24)
June 9, 2018
vacant vacant
Manny Pacquiao
Regular champion
 Philippines
60–7–2–0 (39)
July 15, 2018

Light welterweight (140 lb/63.5 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Kiryl Relikh
 Belarus
22–2–0–0 (19)
March 10, 2018
José Ramírez
 United States
23–0–0–0 (16)
March 17, 2018
vacant Maurice Hooker
 United States
24–0–3–0 (16)
June 9, 2018
vacant vacant
Regis Prograis
Interim champion
 United States
22–0–0–0 (19)
March 9, 2018

Lightweight (135 lb/61.2 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Vasyl Lomachenko
Super champion
 Ukraine
11–1–0–0 (9)
May 12, 2018
Mikey Garcia
 United States
39–0–0–0 (30)
January 28, 2017
Mikey Garcia
 United States
39–0–0–0 (30)
July 28, 2018
José Pedraza
 Puerto Rico
25–1–0–0 (12)
August 25, 2018
Vasyl Lomachenko
 Ukraine
11–1–0–0 (9)
May 12, 2018
vacant

Super featherweight (130 lb/59 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Gervonta Davis
Super champion
 United States
20–0–0–0 (19)
April 21, 2018
Miguel Berchelt
 Mexico
34–1–0–0 (30)
January 28, 2017
Tevin Farmer
 United States
26–4–1–1 (5)
August 3, 2018
Masayuki Ito
 Japan
24–1–1–0 (12)
July 28, 2018
vacant vacant
Alberto Machado
Regular champion
 Puerto Rico
20–0–0–0 (16)
October 21, 2017

Featherweight (126 lb/57.2 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Léo Santa Cruz
Super champion
 Mexico
35–1–1–0 (19)
January 28, 2017
Gary Russell Jr.
 United States
29–1–0–0 (17)
March 28, 2015
Josh Warrington
 United Kingdom
27–0–0–0 (6)
May 19, 2018
Óscar Valdez
 Mexico
24–0–0–0 (19)
July 23, 2016
vacant vacant
Jesús Rojas
Regular champion
 Puerto Rico
26-2-2-1 (19)
July 4, 2018
Carl Frampton
Interim champion
 United Kingdom
26–1–0–0 (15)
April 21, 2018
Jhack Tepora
Interim champion
 Philippines
22–0–0–0 (17)
July 15, 2018

Super bantamweight (122 lb/55.3 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Daniel Roman
 United States
25–2–1–0 (9)
September 3, 2017
Rey Vargas
 Mexico
32–0–0–0 (22)
February 25, 2017
TJ Doheny
 Ireland
20–0–0–0 (14)
August 16, 2018
Isaac Dogboe
 Ghana
20–0–0–0 (14)
April 28, 2018
vacant Guillermo Rigondeaux
 Cuba
17–1–0–1 (11)
April 13, 2013

Bantamweight (118 lb/53.5 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Ryan Burnett
Unified champion
 United Kingdom
19–0–0–0 (9)
October 21, 2017
vacant Emmanuel Rodríguez
 Puerto Rico
18–0–0–0 (12)
May 5, 2018
Zolani Tete
 South Africa
27–3–0–0 (21)
April 22, 2017
vacant vacant
Naoya Inoue
Regular champion
 Japan
16–0–0–0 (14)
May 25, 2018
Reymart Gaballo
Interim champion
 Philippines
19–0–0–0 (16)
March 23, 2018

Super flyweight (115 lb/52.2 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Khalid Yafai
 United Kingdom
24–0–0–0 (15)
December 10, 2016
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
 Thailand
46–4–1–0 (41)
March 18, 2017
Jerwin Ancajas
 Philippines
30–1–1–0 (20)
September 3, 2016
vacant Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
 Thailand
46–4–1–0 (41)
February 24, 2018
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
 Thailand
46–4–1–0 (41)
February 24, 2018

Flyweight (112 lb/50.8 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Artem Dalakian
 Ukraine
17–0–0–0 (12)
February 24, 2018
Cristofer Rosales
 Nicaragua
28–3–0–0 (19)
April 15, 2018
Moruti Mthalane
 South Africa
36–2–0–0 (24)
July 15, 2018
Kosei Tanaka
 Japan
12–0–0–0 (7)
September 24, 2018
vacant vacant

Light flyweight (108 lb/49 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Hekkie Budler
Super champion
 South Africa
32–3–0–0 (10)
May 19, 2018
Ken Shiro
 Japan
13–0–0–0 (7)
May 20, 2017
vacant Ángel Acosta
 Puerto Rico
18–1–0–0 (18)
December 2, 2017
Hekkie Budler
 South Africa
32–3–0–0 (10)
May 19, 2018
vacant
Carlos Cañizales
Regular champion
 Venezuela
21–0–1–0 (17)
March 18, 2018

Minimumweight (105 lb/47.6 kg)[]

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
Thammanoon Niyomtrong
 Thailand
18–0–0–0 (7)
June 29, 2016
Wanheng Menayothin
 Thailand
51–0–0–0 (18)
November 6, 2014
vacant Vic Saludar
 Philippines
18–3–0–0 (10)
July 13, 2018
vacant vacant

See also[]

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