NBA World Heavyweight Champion

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Heavyweight champion as recognized by the National Boxing Association.

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No.
Champion
Reign Began Reign Ended
Defenses
1 Jack Dempsey 1921 Jul 2 1926 Sep 23 2
2 Gene Tunney 1926 Sep 23 1928 Jul 31 R 2
3 Max Schmeling 1930 Jun 12 1932 Jun 21 1
4 Jack Sharkey 1932 Jun 21 1933 Jun 29 V-1 0
5 Max Baer 1934 Jun 14 1935 Jun 13 0
6 Jim Braddock 1935 Jun 13 1937 Jun 22 0
7 Joe Louis 1937 Jun 22 1949 Mar 1 R 25
8 Ezzard Charles 1949 Jun 22 1951 Jul 18 8
9 Jersey Joe Walcott 1951 Jul 18 1952 Sep 23 1
10 Rocky Marciano 1952 Sep 23 1956 Apr 27 R 6
11 Floyd Patterson 1956 Nov 30 1959 Jun 26 4
12 Ingemar Johansson 1959 Jun 26 1960 Jun 20 0
13 Floyd Patterson (2) 1960 Jun 20 1962 Sep 25 2 2


R - Retired S - Stripped V - Vacated

Footnotes

1 - Sharkey lost to Primo Carnera, but the NBA did not recognize him as Champion.
2 - The NBA changed its name in 1962 to became the newly formed World Boxing Association (WBA).