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This is a list of current boxing world champions who are certified by the four major boxing sanctioning bodies[1] and The Ring.

Championships

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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—a Venezuelan-based worldwide regulating body, which today has its head office in Panama.[2] According to WBA championship rules, when a boxer holds at least two titles of the four major sanctioning bodies, the boxer is granted special recognition: he is called the undisputed world champion and is given more time between mandatory title defences. The "regular" WBA world title is vacated if it is one of the titles the respective boxer holds. When a boxer defends his WBA title for the fifth consecutive time, he is normally granted the "WBA Super Belt".[3]

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.[4] The WBC established many of today's safety measures in boxing, such as the standing eight-count,[5] a limit of 12 rounds instead of 15, and additional weight classes. In its discretion, the WBC may designate and recognize, upon a two-thirds majority vote of their Board of Governors, one or more emeritus world champions in each weight class. Such a recognition is for life and is only bestowed upon present or past WBC world champions. The following boxers have earned the Emeritus Championship appellation throughout their careers: Lennox Lewis, Vitali Klitschko, Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Kostya Tszyu, Manny Pacquiao, Érik Morales, Israel Vázquez, and Édgar Sosa.
In September 2009, the WBC created its new "Diamond Championship". This belt[6] was created as an honorary championship exclusively to award the winner of a historic fight between two high-profile boxers. The inaugural Diamond Belt was awarded on November 14, 2009 to Manny Pacquiao who won his seventh world title (in seven different divisions) via 12th round technical knockout over Miguel Ángel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The WBC also has created a "Silver" world title recently.

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.[7] In April 1983, the organization established an international division that was known as the United States Boxing Association-International (USBA-I).[7] In May 1984, the New Jersey-based USBA-I was renamed and became the IBF.[7]

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. Its motto is "dignity, democracy, honesty."[8] A boxer may be considered for designation for "Super Champion" status when he meets the criteria under Section 14 of WBO Regulations.[9] Besides the beltholders that are called "Super Champion" by the WBO, there are some more fighters that have been named "WBO Super Champion" like Bernard Hopkins, Óscar De La Hoya, Juan Díaz, Marco Antonio Barrera, Joe Calzaghe. Some media sites do not include the WBO in their list of champions,[10][11] whereas others do.[12][13]

The Ring

The Ring is not a sanctioning body but is a boxing magazine that was founded in 1922. In 2002, The Ring created a championship system that is "intended to reward fighters who, by satisfying rigid criteria, can justify a claim as the true and only world champion in a given weight class."[14] The Ring claims to be more authoritative and open than the sanctioning bodies' rankings, with a page devoted to full explanations for ranking changes. A fighter pays no sanctioning fees to defend or fight for the title at stake, contrary to practices of the sanctioning bodies. There are currently only two ways that a boxer can win The Ring's title: defeat the reigning champion; or win a box-off between The Ring's number-one and number-two rated contenders (or, sometimes, number-one and number-three rated).[15] There are also only three ways that a boxer can lose The Ring's title: lose a championship fight, move to a different weight class, or retire.[15] (The Ring does not strip its champions' titles like the sanctioning bodies do.)

Current champions

The current champions in each weight class 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
United Kingdom David Haye
23-1 (21 KO)
November 7, 2009
Ukraine Vitali Klitschko
39-2 (37 KO)
October 11, 2008
Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko[nb 1]
53-3 (47 KO)
April 22, 2006
Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko[nb 2]
53-3 (47 KO)
February 23, 2008
Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko
53-3 (47 KO)
June 20, 2009

Cruiserweight, Junior heavyweight (200 lb, 90.7 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Panama Guillermo Jones
36-3-2 (28 KO)
September 27, 2008
vacant vacant Germany Marco Huck
28-1 (21 KO)
August 29, 2009
vacant

Light heavyweight (175 lb, 79.4 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Kazakhstan Beibut Shumenov
9-1 (6 KO)
January 29, 2010
Canada Jean Pascal
25-1 (16 KO)
June 19, 2009
United States Tavoris Cloud
20-0 (18 KO)
August 28, 2009
Germany Juergen Braehmer
35-2 (28 KO)
November 13, 2009
vacant
United States Chad Dawson[nb 3]
29-0-0-1 (17 KO)
November 7, 2009

Super middleweight (168 lb, 76.2 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
United States Andre Ward[nb 1]
21-0 (13 KO)
November 21, 2009
United Kingdom Carl Froch
26-0 (20 KO)
December 6, 2008
Romania Lucian Bute
25-0 (20 KO)
October 19, 2007
Germany Robert Stieglitz
37-2 (23 KO)
August 22, 2009
vacant
Germany Dimitri Sartison
26-1 (17 KO)
November 21, 2009

Middleweight (160 lb, 72.6 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Germany Felix Sturm
33-2-1 (14 KO)
April 28, 2007
United States Kelly Pavlik[nb 1]
36-1 (32 KO)
September 29, 2007
Germany Sebastian Sylvester
33-3 (16 KO)
September 19, 2009
United States Kelly Pavlik[nb 2]
36-1 (32 KO)
September 29, 2007
United States Kelly Pavlik
36-1 (32 KO)
September 29, 2007
Germany Sebastian Zbik[nb 3]
28-0 (10 KO)
July 11, 2009

Super welterweight, Junior middleweight (154 lb, 69.9 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Israel Yuri Foreman
28-0-0-1 (8 KO)
November 14, 2009
Argentina Sergio Gabriel Martínez
44-2-2 (24 KO)
May 21, 2009
United States Cory Spinks
37-5 (11 KO)
April 24, 2009
Ukraine Sergiy Dzinziruk
36-0 (22 KO)
December 3, 2005
vacant
Japan Nobuhiro Ishida[nb 3]
22-5-2 (7 KO)
August 30, 2009
Mexico Alfredo Angulo[nb 3]
17-1 (14 KO)
November 7, 2009

Welterweight (147 lb, 66.7 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
United States Shane Mosley[nb 1]
46-5-0-1 (39 KO)
January 24, 2009
United States Andre Berto
25-0 (19 KO)
June 21, 2008
Slovenia Jan Zaveck
28-1-0-1 (16 KO)
December 11, 2009
Philippines Manny Pacquiao[nb 2]
51-3-2 (38 KO)
November 14, 2009
vacant
Ukraine Vyacheslav Senchenko
30-0 (20 KO)
April 10, 2009

Super lightweight, Junior welterweight (140 lb, 63.5 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
United Kingdom Amir Khan
22-1 (16 KO)
July 18, 2009
United States Devon Alexander[nb 1]
20-0 (13 KO)
August 1, 2009
United States Devon Alexander
20-0 (13 KO)
March 6, 2010
United States Timothy Bradley
25-0-0-1 (11 KO)
April 4, 2009
Philippines Manny Pacquiao
51-3-2 (38 KO)
May 2, 2009
Argentina Marcos René Maidana[nb 3]
27-1 (26 KO)
June 27, 2009

Lightweight (135 lb, 61.2 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez[nb 1]
50-5-1 (37 KO)
February 28, 2009
Mexico Humberto Soto
51-7-2-1 (32 KO)
March 13, 2010
vacant Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez[nb 2]
50-5-1 (37 KO)
February 28, 2009
Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez
50-5-1 (37 KO)
September 13, 2008
Namibia Paulus Moses
25-0 (17 KO)
January 3, 2009
Venezuela Edwin Valero[nb 4]
27-0 (27 KO)
February 9, 2010
Australia Michael Katsidis[nb 3]
26-2 (21 KO)
September 19, 2009
Venezuela Miguel Acosta[nb 3]
26-3-2 (20 KO)
July 25, 2009

Super featherweight, Junior lightweight (130 lb, 59 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Japan Takashi Uchiyama
14-0 (11 KO)
January 11, 2010
Germany Vitali Tajbert
19-1 (6 KO)
March 13, 2010
vacant Puerto Rico Román Martínez
23-0-1 (14 KO)
March 14, 2009
vacant
Mexico Jorge Solís[nb 3]
38-2-2-1 (28 KO)
February 6, 2010

Featherweight (126 lb, 57.2 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Indonesia Chris John[nb 1]
43-0-2 (22 KO)
July 23, 2009
Dominican Republic Elio Rojas
22-1 (13 KO)
July 14, 2009
Mexico Cristóbal Cruz
39-11-2-1 (23 KO)
October 23, 2008
Puerto Rico Juan Manuel López
28-0 (25 KO)
January 23, 2010
vacant
Cuba Yuriorkis Gamboa
17-0 (15 KO)
July 23, 2009

Super bantamweight, Junior featherweight (122 lb, 55.3 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Panama Celestino Caballero[nb 1]
33-2 (23 KO)
November 21, 2008
Japan Toshiaki Nishioka
35-4-3 (22 KO)
December 18, 2008
vacant Puerto Rico Wilfredo Vázquez Jr
18-0-1 (15 KO)
February 27, 2010
vacant
Thailand Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym
40-1 (28 KO)
September 26, 2009

Bantamweight (118 lb, 53.5 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Panama Anselmo Moreno
28-1-1 (10 KO)
May 31, 2008
Japan Hozumi Hasegawa
28-2 (12 KO)
April 16, 2005
Colombia Yonnhy Pérez
20-0 (14 KO)
October 31, 2009
Mexico Fernando Montiel
40-2-2 (30 KO)
April 25, 2009
vacant
Venezuela Nehomar Cermeño[nb 3]
19-0 (11 KO)
March 14, 2009
Puerto Rico Eric Morel[nb 3]
42-2 (21 KO)
February 13, 2010

Super flyweight, Junior bantamweight (115 lb, 52.2 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Armenia Vic Darchinyan[nb 1]
34-2-1 (27 KO)
November 1, 2008
Armenia Vic Darchinyan
34-2-1 (27 KO)
November 1, 2008
South Africa Simphiwe Nongqayi
16-0 (6 KO)
September 15, 2009
Mexico Jorge Arce
53-6-1 (40 KO)
January 30, 2010
vacant
Japan Nobuo Nashiro
13-1-1 (8 KO)
September 15, 2008
Philippines Nonito Donaire[nb 3]
23-1 (15 KO)
August 15, 2009

Flyweight (112 lb, 50.8 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Japan Daiki Kameda
16-2 (11 KO)
February 7, 2010
Japan Koki Kameda
22-0 (14 KO)
November 29, 2009
South Africa Moruti Mthalane
25-2 (16 KO)
November 20, 2009
Argentina Omar Andrés Narváez
31-0-2 (19 KO)
July 13, 2002
vacant
Panama Luis Concepción[nb 3]
19-1 (14 KO)
September 5, 2009
Thailand Pongsaklek Wonjongkam[nb 3]
74-3-1 (39 KO)
April 24, 2009

Light flyweight, Junior flyweight (108 lb, 49 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Mexico Giovanni Segura
23-1-1 (19 KO)
June 5, 2009
Philippines Rodel Mayol
26-4-2 (20 KO)
November 21, 2009
Colombia Carlos Tamara
21-4 (15 KO)
January 23, 2010
Puerto Rico Iván Calderón[nb 2]
33-0-1 (6 KO)
August 25, 2007
Puerto Rico Iván Calderón
33-0-1 (6 KO)
August 25, 2007
Argentina Juan Carlos Reveco[nb 3]
23-1 (13 KO)
August 15, 2009
Philippines Johnriel Casimero[nb 3]
14-0 (8 KO)
December 19, 2009

Minimumweight, Strawweight, Mini flyweight (105 lb, 47.6 kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Nicaragua Román González
25-0 (21 KO)
September 15, 2008
Thailand Oleydong Sithsamerchai
33-0 (12 KO)
November 29, 2007
Mexico Raúl García
27-0-1 (16 KO)
June 14, 2008
Philippines Donnie Nietes
26-1-3 (15 KO)
September 30, 2007
vacant

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Undisputed world champion.
  2. ^ a b c d e WBO super champion.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Interim world champion.
  4. ^ Champion in recess.

See also

References

  1. ^ The official rules and regulations of the WBA, IBF, and WBO all mention by name the other three major sanctioning bodies in their title unification rules. The WBC does not mention by name any other sanctioning body in its rules, but it does list the other three major sanctioning bodies' champions on its website. [1].
  2. ^ "World Boxing Association History". World Boxing Association. http://wbanews.com/artman/publish/wbahistory/index.shtml. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  3. ^ "World Boxing Association Super Belt winners". World Boxing Association. http://wbanews.com/artman/publish/campionshipSuperBeltWinners/index.shtml. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  4. ^ "World Boxing Council". World Boxing Council. http://www.wbcboxing.com/indexEng.php. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  5. ^ "Rules that have changed the History of Boxing". World Boxing Council. http://suljos.tv/prepro/cmb/swf/wbcNewRulesAndRegulations2009.zip. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  6. ^ "WBC Diamond Belt Presentation". Fightnews. http://www.fightnews.com/?p=22319. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  7. ^ a b c "History of the IBF". International Boxing Federation. December 4, 2000. Archived from the original on 2000-12-04. http://web.archive.org/web/20001204194900/http://ibf-usba-boxing.com/history.html. Retrieved 2006-06-06. 
  8. ^ "WBO logo". World Boxing Organization. http://www.wbo-int.com/images/logo.jpg. Retrieved 2006-06-06. 
  9. ^ "WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests". World Boxing Organization. http://www.wbo-int.com/revised/WBO_Rules_Regulations.pdf. 
  10. ^ "Current Boxing Champions.". Yahoo!. May 7, 2007. http://sports.yahoo.com/box/news?slug=champs&prov=st&type=lgns. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  11. ^ "Current Boxing Champions". Sports Illustrated. April 5, 2007. http://sports.si.cnn.com/default.asp?c=cnnsi&page=boxing/stat/champions.htm. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  12. ^ Eisele, Andrew (May 6, 2007). "Boxing Champions". About.com. http://boxing.about.com/cs/rankingschampions/a/champs.htm. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  13. ^ "List of Champions". BBC Sport. May 5, 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/boxing/champions_list/default.stm. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  14. ^ "About The Ring". The Ring. February 14, 2009. http://www.ringtv.com/. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  15. ^ a b Kellerman, Max (January 22, 2004). "Gatti vs. the unknown". ESPN. http://static.espn.go.com/boxing/columns/kellerman_max/1715320.html. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 


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