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World Boxing Union


World Boxing Union

The World Boxing Union (WBU) is a boxing sanctioning body. The original WBU was founded in January 1995 by IBF European representative Jon W. Robinson. It sanctioned boxing with various promoters worldwide.


  • History 1
  • Present status 2
  • List of WBU heavyweight champions 3
  • Other WBU champions (selected) 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The WBU had a "golden" period between 1996-2006 when its title contests were often shown live on satellite and terrestrial television. The WBU title during this time could be compared with the early days of the WBO.

It is fully recognised by the Thomas Hearns, Baby Jake Matlala, James Toney, Johnny Nelson, Micky Ward, Noah Zuhdi, and Danny McDermott.

After the death of WBU founder and President Jon W. Robinson in 2004, the organisation honoured outstanding contractual fights and sanctioned various contests.

Present status

Now, under owner Don "Moose" Lewis, the World Boxing Union has unethical business relations with strong-arming tactics assisted in enforcing by Malta Boxing Commission (MBC).

List of WBU heavyweight champions

Name Duration of reign Defenses Notes
[1] March 29, 1995 – 1997 2 Foreman was recognized as champion after he was stripped of the IBF title
Corrie Sanders[2] November 15, 1997 – May 20, 2000 3 Defeated Ross Purity
Hasim Rahman[3] 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[4] November 24, 2001 – December 4, 2001 0 Defeated Alexander Vasiliev. Relinquished the title in order to concentrate on defending his WBO Cruiserweight title
[5] December 21, 2002 – January 2004 0 Defeated Alexander Vasiliev. Kandelaki either relinquished or was stripped of the title
Matt Skelton[6] February 25, 2005 – January 26, 2009 0 Skelton relinquished the title

Other WBU champions (selected)

Other past WBU champions have include George Scott.Tony Oakey


  1. ^ "George Foreman vs. Axel Schulz". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  2. ^ "BoxRec - Corrie Sanders". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Hasim Rahman vs. Corrie Sanders". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  4. ^ "BoxRec - Johnny Nelson". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  5. ^ "BoxRec - George Kandelaki". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  6. ^ "BoxRec - Matt Skelton". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 

External links

  • Official World Boxing Union website
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