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At least since John L. Sullivan, in the late 19th century, there have been world boxing champions. The first of today's organizations to award a world title was the World Boxing Association, known as the National Boxing Association when it sanctioned its first title fight in 1921 between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier for the 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,[2] International Boxing Federation[3] and World Boxing Organization[4] all recognize the other three major sanctioning bodies in their rankings and title unification rules. Each of these organizations sanction and regulate championship bouts and award championships. American boxing magazine The Ring began awarding world championship belts in 1922.

There are seventeen weight divisions. To compete in a weight class, a boxer's weight must not exceed the upper limit. Manny Pacquiao has won world championships in eight different weight classes, more than any other boxer. The Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, hold all five major titles in the heavyweight division. They are the first brothers to hold versions of the heavyweight championship at the same time.[5]

Championships Edit

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 Edit

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 holds a title of one of the other three major sanctioning bodies in an equivalent weight class, the boxer is granted special recognition: he is called the unified champion and is given more time between mandatory title defences. The WBA Championships Committee and President may designate a champion as a Super Champion in exceptional circumstances.[1] The WBA title is vacated if it is one of the titles the respective boxer holds. When a WBA 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.[7]

World Boxing Council Edit

The World Boxing Council (WBC) was founded in Mexico City, Mexico on February 14, 1963 in order to establish an international regulating body.[8] The WBC established many of today's safety measures in boxing, such as the standing eight-count,[9] a limit of 12 rounds instead of 15, and additional weight classes. To read about the WBC's Diamond and Emeritus Champions, please see the separate article about the WBC.

International Boxing Federation Edit

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.[10] In April 1983, the organization established an international division that was known as the United States Boxing Association-International (USBA-I).[10] In May 1984, the New Jersey-based USBA-I was renamed and became the IBF.[10]

World Boxing Organization Edit

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."[11] When a WBO champion has reached "preeminent status" the WBO's Executive Committee may designate him as a "Super Champion".[12] Besides the beltholders that are called "Super Champion", there are other fighters that have been named "WBO Super Champion" like Bernard Hopkins, Joe Calzaghe, Kelly Pavlik, Óscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Juan Díaz, Marco Antonio Barrera, Fernando Montiel, Jorge Arce, Iván Calderón. The WBO championships are not universally recognized. Some media sites do not include the WBO in their list of champions,[13][14] but others do.[15][16] On December 8, 2012, Juan Manuel Márquez has been named "Fighter of the Decade" by the WBO and was awarded a special belt when beating Manny Pacquiao by KO within six rounds.

The Ring Edit

The Ring is a respected boxing magazine that was founded in 1922, upon which it first began awarding world championship belts. It maintains its own version of lineal championships in each weight class. Title belts ceased to be awarded in the 1990s, but the practice was resumed in 2002.[17] From 2002 onwards, a championship system was created with the intention to "reward fighters who, by satisfying rigid criteria, can justify a claim as the true and only world champion in a given weight class."[17] The Ring claims to be more authoritative and open than that of the sanctioning bodies with regards to 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 three ways that a fighter can win The Ring's title:

  • Defeat the reigning champion
  • Win a bout between The Ring's #1 and #2 contenders
  • If the #1 and #2 contenders chose not to fight each other, if either of them fights the #3, #4 or #5 contender, the winner may be awarded The Ring title belt if the Editorial Board deems the contenders worthy.[18]

Current champions Edit

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)Edit

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Wladimir Klitschko
Super champion
22x20px Ukraine
60–3–0–0 (51)
July 2, 2011
Vitali Klitschko
22x20px Ukraine
45–2–0–0 (41)
October 11, 2008
Wladimir Klitschko
22x20px Ukraine
60–3–0–0 (51)
April 22, 2006
Wladimir Klitschko
Super champion
22x20px Ukraine
60–3–0–0 (51)
February 23, 2008
Wladimir Klitschko
22x20px Ukraine
60–3–0–0 (51)
June 20, 2009
Alexander Povetkin
22x20px Russia
25–0–0–0 (17)
August 27, 2011

Cruiserweight, Junior heavyweight (200 lb, 90.7 kg)Edit

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Denis Lebedev
22x20px Russia
25–1–0–0 (19)
October 30, 2012
Krzysztof Włodarczyk
22x20px Poland
47–2–1–0 (33)
May 15, 2010
Yoan Pablo Hernández
Flag of Germany.svg.png Germany
27–1–0–0 (13)
October 1, 2011
Marco Huck
Flag of Germany.svg.png Germany
35–2–1–0 (25)
August 29, 2009
Yoan Pablo Hernández
Flag of Germany.svg.png Germany
27–1–0–0 (13)
February 4, 2012
Guillermo Jones
In recess
22x20px Panama
38–3–2–0 (30)
October 30, 2012
Ola Afolabi
Interim champion
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom
19–2–4–0 (9)
March 3, 2012

Light heavyweight (175 lb, 79.4 kg)Edit

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Beibut Shumenov
22x20px Kazakhstan
13–1–0–0 (8)
January 29, 2010
Chad Dawson
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
31–2–0–2 (17)
April 28, 2012
Bernard Hopkins
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
53–6–2–2 (32)
March 9, 2013
Nathan Cleverly
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom
26–0–0–0 (12)
May 18, 2011
Chad Dawson
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
31–2–0–2 (17)
April 28, 2012

Super middleweight (168 lb, 76.2 kg)Edit

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Andre Ward
Super champion
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
26–0–0–0 (14)
November 21, 2009
vacant Carl Froch
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom
30–2–0–0 (22)
May 26, 2012
Robert Stieglitz
Flag of Germany.svg.png Germany
44–3–0–0 (25)
March 23, 2013
Andre Ward
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
26–0–0–0 (14)
December 17, 2011
Mikkel Kessler
22x20px Denmark
46–2–0–0 (35)
December 8, 2012
Stanyslav Kashtanov
Interim champion
22x20px Ukraine
30–1–0–0 (16)
November 10, 2012

Middleweight (160 lb, 72.6 kg)Edit

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Gennady Golovkin
22x20px Kazakhstan
26–0–0–0 (23)
October 14, 2010
Sergio Gabriel Martínez
Flag of Argentina.svg.png Argentina
51–2–2–0 (28)
September 15, 2012
Daniel Geale
22x20px Australia
29–1–0–0 (15)
May 7, 2011
Peter Quillin
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
29–0–0–0 (21)
October 20, 2012
Sergio Gabriel Martínez
Flag of Argentina.svg.png Argentina
51–2–2–0 (28)
April 17, 2010
Martin Murray
Interim champion
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom
25–1–1–0 (11)
November 24, 2012

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Floyd Mayweather Jr
Super champion
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
44–0–0–0 (26)
May 5, 2012
Saúl Álvarez
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
42–0–1–0 (30)
March 5, 2011
Ishe Smith
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
107–1–0–0 (79)

February 23, 2013

Ankit.S.George
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28–1–0–0 (20)
October 5, 2011
Saúl Álvarez
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
42–0–1–0 (30)
April 20, 2013
Saúl Álvarez
Unified champion
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
42–0–1–0 (30)
April 20, 2013

Welterweight (147 lb, 66.7 kg)Edit

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Paul Malignaggi
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
32–4–0–0 (7)
April 29, 2012
Floyd Mayweather Jr
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
44–0–0–0 (26)
September 17, 2011
Devon Alexander
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
24–1–0–0 (13)
October 20, 2012
Timothy Bradley
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
30–0–0–1 (12)
June 9, 2012
Floyd Mayweather Jr
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
44–0–0–0 (26)
May 4, 2013
Diego Gabriel Chaves
Interim champion
Flag of Argentina.svg.png Argentina
22–0–0–0 (18)
July 21, 2012

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Danny García
Super champion
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
26–0–0–0 (16)
July 14, 2012
Danny García
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
26–0–0–0 (16)
March 24, 2012
Lamont Peterson
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
31–1–1–0 (16)
December 10, 2011
Juan Manuel Márquez
Super champion
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
55–6–1–0 (40)
June 9, 2012
Danny García
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
26–0–0–0 (16)
July 14, 2012
Khabib Allakhverdiev
22x20px Russia
18–0–0–0 (8)
November 30, 2012
Lucas Martín Matthysse
Interim champion
Flag of Argentina.svg.png Argentina
33–2–0–1 (31)
September 8, 2012
Mike Alvarado
Interim champion
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
34–1–0–0 (23)
March 30, 2013

Lightweight (135 lb, 61.2 kg)Edit

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Richar Abril
22x20px Cuba
18–3–1–0 (8)
February 26, 2013
Adrien Broner
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
26–0–0–0 (22)
November 17, 2012
Miguel Vázquez
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
33–3–0–0 (13)
August 14, 2010
Ricky Burns
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom
35–2–0–0 (10)
March 10, 2012
vacant

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Takashi Uchiyama
Super champion
22x20px Japan
20–0–1–0 (17)
May 6, 2013
Takashi Miura
22x20px Japan
25–2–2–0 (19)
April 8, 2013
Argenis Méndez
22x20px Dominican Republic
21–2–0–0 (11)
March 9, 2013
Román Martínez
22x20px Puerto Rico
27–1–2–0 (16)
September 15, 2012
vacant
vacant

Featherweight (126 lb, 57.2 kg)Edit

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Chris John
Super champion
22x20px Indonesia
48–0–3–0 (22)
July 23, 2009
Abner Mares
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
26–0–1–0 (14)
May 4, 2013
Evgeny Gradovich
22x20px Russia
16–0–0–0 (8)
March 1, 2013
Mikey García
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
31–0–0–0 (26)
January 19, 2013
Nicholas Walters
22x20px Jamaica
22–0–0–0 (18)
December 8, 2012

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Guillermo Rigondeaux
Unified champion
22x20px Cuba
12–0–0–0 (8)
April 13, 2013
Victor Terrazas
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
37–2–1–0 (21)
April 20, 2013
Jonathan Romero
22x20px Colombia
23–0–0–0 (12)
February 16, 2013
Guillermo Rigondeaux
22x20px Cuba
12–0–0–0 (8)
April 13, 2013
vacant
Scott Quigg
Interim champion
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom
25–0–1–0 (18)
November 24, 2012

Bantamweight (118 lb, 53.5 kg)Edit

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Anselmo Moreno
Super champion
22x20px Panama
33–2–1–0 (12)
November 16, 2010
Shinsuke Yamanaka
22x20px Japan
18–0–2–0 (13)
November 6, 2011
vacant Paulus Ambunda
22x20px Namibia
20–0–0–0 (10)
March 2, 2013
vacant
Koki Kameda
22x20px Japan
30–1–0–0 (17)
December 26, 2010

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Liborio Solís
22x20px Venezuela
15–3–1–0 (7)
May 6, 2013
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
22x20px Thailand
19–3–1–0 (18)
May 3, 2013
Juan Carlos Sánchez Jr
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
15–1–1–0 (8)
February 11, 2012
Omar Andrés Narváez
Super champion
Flag of Argentina.svg.png Argentina
38–1–2–0 (20)
May 15, 2010
vacant

Flyweight (112 lb, 50.8 kg)Edit

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Juan Francisco Estrada
Unified champion
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
23–2–0–0 (18)
April 6, 2013
Akira Yaegashi
22x20px Japan
17–3–0–0 (9)
April 8, 2013
Moruti Mthalane
22x20px South Africa
29–2–0–0 (20)
November 20, 2009
Juan Francisco Estrada
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
23–2–0–0 (18)
April 6, 2013
Akira Yaegashi
22x20px Japan
17–3–0–0 (9)
April 8, 2013
Juan Carlos Reveco
Flag of Argentina.svg.png Argentina
30–1–0–0 (16)
December 4, 2012
Kompayak Porpramook
Interim champion
22x20px Thailand
50–4–0–0 (35)
April 26, 2013

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Román González
Super champion
22x20px Nicaragua
34–0–0–0 (28)
November 28, 2012
Adrián Hernández
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
26–2–1–0 (16)
October 6, 2012
John Riel Casimero
22x20px Philippines
18–2–0–0 (10)
July 19, 2012
Donnie Nietes
22x20px Philippines
31–1–4–0 (17)
October 8, 2011
vacant
Kazuto Ioka
22x20px Japan
11–0–0–0 (7)
December 31, 2012
Alberto Rossel
Interim champion
22x20px Peru
30–8–0–1 (13)
April 14, 2012

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

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Ryo Miyazaki
22x20px Japan
18–0–3–0 (10)
December 31, 2012
Xiong Zhao Zhong
22x20px China
20–4–1–0 (11)
November 24, 2012
Katsunari Takayama
22x20px Japan
25–6–0–1 (10)
March 30, 2013
Merlito Sabillo
22x20px Philippines
21–0–0–0 (11)
April 10, 2013
vacant
Jesús Silvestre
Interim champion
Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico
27–3–0–0 (20)
July 14, 2012

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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