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The following lists title holders over the history of the North American Boxing Federation, in operation since 1969.

CruiserweightEdit

There have been 22 recognized Cruiserweight Champions with a combined total of 23 title reigns. Dale Brown is the only man to hold the title twice.[1][2]

Bert Cooper and O'Neil Bell share the record for the most successful defenses, each with five.[1][3]

No. Name Duration of reign Defenses Notes
1 Marvin Camel 1979-06-06 — 1980-03-31 0 Defeated Bill Sharkey. Camelvacated the title upon winning the WBC Cruiserweight belt on March 31, 1980 title.
2 S.T. Gordon 1980-08-06 — 1982-06-27 1 Defeated Ivy Brown. Gordon vacated the title in order to challenge for Carlos de León's. WBC title.
3 Leon Spinks 1982-10-31 — 1983-03-06 0 Defeated Jesse Burnett. Spinks later vacated the title.
4 Anthony Davis 1984-05-16 — 1985-06-19 0 Defeated Jesse Burnett.
5 Bash Ali 1985-06-19 — 1986-04-22 0
6 Henry Tillman 1986-04-22 — 1986-06-15 0
7 Bert Cooper 1986-06-15 — 1989-02-15 5
8 Nate Miller 1989-02-15 — 1990-12-17 3
9 James Warring 1990-12-17 — 1991-08-07 0 Warring vacated the title to fight for the vacant IBF title.
10 Orlin Norris 1991-08-17 — 1993-11-06 3 Defeated Jesse Shelby. Norris vacated the title upon winning the vacant WBA title.
11 Thomas Hearns 1994-01-29 — 1994-02-20 1 Defeated Dan Ward. Hearns vacated the title.
12 Adolpho Washington 1994-02-24 — 1994-07-14 0 Defeated Dale Jackson. Washington vacated the title to challenge for Anaclet Wamba's WBC title.
13 James Heath 1995-01-27 — 1995-06-17 0 Defeated John McClain. Heath vacated the title.
14 Brian LaSpada 1995-06-17 — 1997-05-05 2 Defeated Art Jimmerson.
15 Dale Brown 1997-05-05 — 2000-02-12 4
16 Wayne Braithwaite 2000-02-12 — 2001-01-05 0 Braithwaite vacated the title.
17 O'Neil Bell 2001-01-18 — 2004-06-01 5 Defeated James Walton. Bell vacated the title in order to pursue the IBF title.
18 Dale Brown (2) 2004-06-08 — 2005-02-04 0 Defeated Robert Daniels. Brown vacated the title in order to challenge for O'Neil Bell's IBF title.
19 Ali Supreme 2005-03-10 — 2005-06-16 0
20 Arthur Williams 2005-06-16 — 2005-10-27 0
21 Felix Cora, Jr. 2005-10-27 — 2006-05-18 1
22 Vadim Tokarev 2006-05-18 — 2007-04-01 1 Tokarev vacated the title in order to pursue the IBF title.
23 Matt Godfrey 2007-04-06 — present 3 Defeated Felix Cora, Jr..

HeavyweightEdit

There have been 30 recognized Heavyweight Champions with a combined total of 39 title reigns.[4][5]

Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Orlin Norris, Ken Norton, Samuel Peter, Tony Tucker and Tim Witherspoon are the only men to have held the title twice. Ali is the only one to hold it three times.[6][7]

Orlin Norris has successfully defended the title more times than anyone else, retaining the title six times.[5][6]

No. Name Duration of reign Defenses Notes
1 Leotis Martin 1969-12-06 — 1970-02-02 0 Defeated Sonny Liston. Martin relinquished the title and retired due to an eye injury he received in the bout with Liston.
2 Muhammad Ali
3 George Foreman 1971-05-10 — 1971-07-20 0 Defeated Gregorio Peralta. Foreman relinquished the title in order to challenge for the World title, then held by Joe Frazier.
4 Muhammad Ali (2) 1971-1972 5 Defeated Jimmy Ellis.
5 Ken Norton 1973-03-31 — 1973-09-10 0
6 Muhammad Ali (3) 1973-03-31 — 1974-10-30 1 Ali relinquished the title in order to fight Foreman for the WBA and WBC titles.
7 Ken Norton (2) 1975-03-24 — 1976-01-20 0 Defeated Jerry Quarry. Norton relinquished the title in order to challenge for Ali's World title.
8 George Foreman (2) 1976-01-24 — 1977-03-17 1 Defeated Ron Lyle. Foreman relinquished the title upon retirement.
9 Leroy Jones 1978-08-19 — 1979-10-20 0 Defeated Mike Weaver. Jones relinquished the title to challenge Larry Holmes for the WBC title.
10 Michael Dokes 1982-01-30 — 1982-12-10 1 Defeated Lynn Ball. Dokes relinquished the title upon winning the WBA title from Weaver.
11 Tim Witherspoon 1983-09-23 — 1984-03-09 0 Defeated James Tillis. Witherspoon relinquished the title upon winning the vacant WBC title, defeating Greg Page.
12 James Broad 1984-08-23 — 1985-04-29 0 Defeated Eddie Gregg
13 Tim Witherspoon (2) 1985-04-29 — 1986-01-17 1 Witherspoon relinquished the title upon defeating Tony Tubbs for the WBA title.
14 Larry Alexander 1987-04-10 — 1987-11-25 0 Defeated Dorcey Gaymon.
15 Orlin Norris 1987-11-25 — 1990-02-17 6
16 Bert Cooper 1990-02-17 — 1990-08-05 0
17 Ray Mercer 1990-08-05 — 1991-01-11 0 Mercer relinquished the title upon defeating Francesco Damiani for the WBO title.
18 Orlin Norris (2) 1991-04-30 — 1991-06-03 0 Defeated Lionel Washington.
19 Tony Tucker 1991-06-03 — 1992-12-01 1 Tucker relinquished the title in order to challenge Lennox Lewis on 1993-05-08 for the WBC title.
20 Alex García 1992-12-08 — 1993-02-16 3 Defeated Jerry Jones.
21 Michael Williams 1993-02-16 — 1995-12-9 3 Defeated Alex García. Williams later vacated his title and retired.
23 Lawrence Clay Bey 1996-1-26 — 1996-06-29 1 Defeated Rocky Pepeli. Bey lost to Tony Tucker.
24 Tony Tucker (2) 1996-06-29 — December 1996 0 Defeated Lawrence Clay bey. Tucker was stripped of the title.
25 John Ruiz 1997-01-14 — 1999-01-15 3 Defeated Jimmy Thunder. Ruiz also won the NABA title, defeating Jerry Ballard on 1998-09-19. He relinquished the NABF title in order to focus on the NABA title.
26 Michael Grant 1999-01-30 — 2000-04-29 1 Defeated Ahmad Abdin. Grant relinquished the title in order to fight Lennox Lewis for the WBC, IBF and IBO titles.
27 Robert Davis 2000-04-29 — 2000-08-15 0 Defeated Keith McKnight. Davis was later stripped of the title.
28 Clifford Etienne 2000-09-09 — 2001-03-06 0 Defeated Cliff Couser. Grant was later stripped of the title.
29 Obed Sullivan 2001-05-20 — 2001-09-02 0 Defeated Sherman Williams.
30 Fres Oquendo 2001-09-02 — 2002-04-13 0
31 David Tua 2002-04-13 — 2003-03-29 0 Tua was stripped of the title.
32 Joe Mesi 2003-06-24 — 2003-09-19 0 Defeated Robert Davis.
33 Eliecer Castillo 2003-09-19 — 2004-04-17 1 Castillo had won the interim title by defeating Lawrence Clay-Bey on 2003-06-06, and was promoted to full champion when Joe Mesi failed to defend.
34 DaVarryl Williamson 2004-04-17 — 2004-10-02 1 Williamson was stripped of the title.
35 Samuel Peter 2004-12-04 — 2005-09-24 1 Defeated Jeremy Williams.
36 Wladimir Klitschko 2005-09-24 — 2006-04-22 0 Klitschko relinquished the title in order to challenge Chris Byrd for the IBF and vacant IBO titles.
37 Samuel Peter (2) 2006-04-28 — 2007-05-05 2 Defeated Julius Long
38 Hasim Rahman 2007-06-14 — 2008-06-02 1 Defeated Taurus Sykes for interim title. Rahman relinquished the title to challenge James Toney for the NABO title.
39 Travis Walker 2008-02-29 — 2008-11-29 0 Defeated T.J. Wilson. Interim champion, later promoted to official champion.
40 Chris Arreola 2008-11-29 — present 1

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