WBA Heavyweight Champion

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Heavyweight champion as recognized by the World Boxing Association.



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No.
Champion
Reign Began Reign Ended
Defenses
1 Floyd Patterson 1960 Jun 20 1 1962 Sep 25 2
2 Sonny Liston 1962 Sep 25 1964 Feb 25 1
3 Cassius Clay 1964 Feb 25 1964 Sep 14 S-2 0
4 Ernie Terrell 1965 Mar 5 1967 Feb 6 2
5 Muhammad Ali (2) 1967 Feb 6 1967 May 9 S-3 1
6 Jimmy Ellis 1968 Apr 27 1970 Feb 16 1
7 Joe Frazier 1970 Feb 16 1973 Jan 22 4
8 George Foreman 1973 Jan 22 1974 Oct 30 2
9 Muhammad Ali (3) 1974 Oct 30 1978 Feb 15 10
10 Leon Spinks 1978 Feb 15 1978 Sep 15 0
11 Muhammad Ali (4) 1978 Sep 15 1979 Sep 6 R 0
12 John Tate 1979 Oct 20 1980 Mar 31 0
13 Mike Weaver 1980 Mar 31 1982 Dec 10 2
14 Michael Dokes 1982 Dec 10 1983 Sep 23 1
15 Gerrie Coetzee 1983 Sep 23 1984 Dec 1 0
16 Greg Page 1984 Dec 1 1985 Apr 29 0
17 Tony Tubbs 1985 Apr 29 1986 Jan 17 0
18 Tim Witherspoon 1986 Jan 17 1986 Dec 12 1
19 James (Bonecrusher) Smith 1986 Dec 12 1987 Mar 7 0
20 Mike Tyson 1987 Mar 7 1990 Feb 11 8
21 James (Buster) Douglas 1990 Feb 11 1990 Oct 25 0
22 Evander Holyfield 1990 Oct 25 1992 Nov 13 3
23 Riddick Bowe 1992 Nov 13 1993 Nov 6 2
24 Evander Holyfield (2) 1993 Nov 6 1994 Apr 22 0
25 Michael Moorer 1994 Apr 22 1994 Nov 5 0
26 George Foreman (2) 1994 Nov 5 1995 Mar 4 S-4 0
27 Bruce Seldon 1995 Apr 8 1996 Sep 7 1
28 Mike Tyson (2) 1996 Sep 7 1996 Nov 9 0
29 Evander Holyfield (3) 1996 Nov 9 1999 Nov 13 4
30 Lennox Lewis 1999 Nov 13 2000 Apr 29 S-5 0
31 Evander Holyfield (4) 2000 Aug 12 2001 Mar 3 0
32 John Ruiz 2001 Mar 3 2003 Mar 1 2
33 Roy Jones Jr. 2003 Mar 1 2004 Feb 20 V-6 0
34 John Ruiz (2) 2004 Feb 20 7 2005 Dec 17 3
35 Nikolay Valuev 2005 Dec 17 2007 Apr 14 3
36 Ruslan Chagaev 2007 Apr 14 2008 Jul 5 1
36 Ruslan Chagaev 2008 Jul 5 CIR-8/S 2009 Jun 20 1
37 Nikolay Valuev (2) 2008 Aug 30 2009 Nov 7 1
38 David Haye 2009 Nov 7 2011 Jul 2 2
39 Wladimir Klitschko 2011 Jul 2 SC 2015 Nov 28 8
40 Alexander Povetkin 2011 Aug 27 RC 2013 Oct 5 4
41 Ruslan Chagaev (2) 2014 Jul 6 RC 2016 Mar 5 1
42 Tyson Fury 2015 Nov 28 SC 2016 Oct 12 V 0
43 Lucas Browne 2016 Mar 5 RC 2016 May 12 S 0
44 Ruslan Chagaev (3) 2016 May 12 RC 2016 Jul 25 S 0
45 Anthony Joshua 2017 Apr 29 SC Present 3
46 Manuel Charr 2017 Nov 25 RC Present 0



R - Retired
S - Stripped
V - Vacated
CIR - Champion In Recess
RC - Regular Champion
SC - Super Champion

Footnotes

1 - Patterson is the first WBA Heavyweight Champion, and the last NBA Heavyweight Champion.
2 - Ali stripped for signing a return bout with Liston
3 - Ali stripped for refusing to be inducted into the US Army
4 - Foreman stripped for failing to defend against No. 1 contender, Tony Tucker
5 - Lewis stripped for failing to defend against No. 1 contender, John Ruiz
6 - Jones vacates title to return to the light heavyweight division
7 - Ruiz elevated from interim champion (won on Dec 13, 2003 vs. Hasim Rahman) to full champion
8 - Chagaev declared "Champion in Recess" on July 5, 2008 after surgery to repair torn achilles tendon