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List of heavyweight boxing champions

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List of heavyweight boxing champions

This is a chronological list of world heavyweight boxing champions since the introduction of the Marquess of Queensberry rules in about 1895. It does not include fights fought under Jack Broughton's rules or the London Prize Ring Rules.

Contents

  • Championship recognition 1
    • 1885–1910 1.1
    • 1910–1961 1.2
      • Organizations that awarded world championships 1.2.1
    • 1961–present 1.3
      • Organizations that awarded world championships 1.3.1
  • List of champions 2

Championship recognition

1885–1910

Champions were recognized by public acclamation. A champion in that era was a fighter who had a notable win over another fighter and kept winning afterward. Retirements or disputed results could lead to a championship being split among several men for periods of time. With only minor exceptions, the heavyweight division remained free from dual title-holders until the 1960s. For an early example, see the 1896 World Heavyweight Championship.

1910–1961

Organizations that awarded world championships

  • The International Boxing Union (IBU), formed in World Boxing Council (WBC).
  • The World Boxing Council (WBC).
  • The National Boxing Association (NBA) formed in the USA in 1921.
  • Other bodies including the National Sporting Club in Great Britain and the California State Athletic Commission in the USA also occasionally chose to recognise their own separate world champions.

1961–present

Organizations that awarded world championships

  • The International Boxing Federation (IBF), which recognized its first Heavyweight champion in 1983.
  • The World Boxing Association (WBA), which recognized its first Heavyweight champion in 1921 as the National Boxing Association (NBA). It took on the WBA name in 1962.
  • The World Boxing Council (WBC), which recognized its first Heavyweight champion in 1963.
  • The World Boxing Organization (WBO), which recognized its first Heavyweight champion in 1989.

List of champions

Reign began Reign ended Champion Recognition Nationality
August 29, 1885 September 7, 1892 John L. Sullivan Universal American
Sullivan defeated Paddy Ryan in 1882 for the bare-knuckle championship of America. With the lack of legitimate challengers from outside America Sullivan gradually
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