World Heavyweight Champion

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Universally recognized Heavyweight World Champion. The following list gives credit to "The Man Who Beat The Man" under Marquess of Queensberry Rules, starting with Sullivan's win over Dominick McCaffrey in 1885.

  • The maximum weight for this division is unlimited (200+ lbs, 90.9+ kg, 14 stone 4 lbs+).
  • One of the traditional eight divisions.

RELATED LINK: World Heavyweight Title Fights

No.
Champion
Reign Began Reign Ended
Defenses
1 John L. Sullivan 1885 Aug 29 1892 Sep 7 0
2 James J. Corbett 1892 Sep 7 1897 Mar 17 1
3 Bob Fitzsimmons 1897 Mar 17 1899 Jun 9 0
4 James J. Jeffries 1899 Jun 9 1905 May 13 R 7
5 Marvin Hart 1905 Jul 3 1906 Feb 23 0
6 Tommy Burns 1906 Feb 23 1908 Dec 26 11
7 Jack Johnson 1908 Dec 26 1915 Apr 5 8
8 Jess Willard 1915 Apr 5 1919 Jul 4 1
9 Jack Dempsey 1919 Jul 4 1926 Sep 23 5
10 Gene Tunney 1926 Sep 23 1928 Jul 31 R 2
11 Max Schmeling 1930 Jun 12 1932 Jun 21 1
12 Jack Sharkey 1932 Jun 21 1933 Jun 29 0
13 Primo Carnera 1933 Jun 29 1934 Jun 14 2
14 Max Baer 1934 Jun 14 1935 Jun 13 0
15 Jim Braddock 1935 Jun 13 1937 Jun 22 0
16 Joe Louis 1937 Jun 22 1949 Mar 1 R 25
17 Ezzard Charles 1949 Jun 22 1951 Jul 18 8
18 Jersey Joe Walcott 1951 Jul 18 1952 Sep 23 1
19 Rocky Marciano 1952 Sep 23 1956 Apr 27 R 6
20 Floyd Patterson 1956 Nov 30 1959 Jun 26 4
21 Ingemar Johansson 1959 Jun 26 1960 Jun 20 0
22 Floyd Patterson (2) 1960 Jun 20 1962 Sep 25 2
23 Sonny Liston 1962 Sep 25 1964 Feb 25 1
24 Muhammad Ali 1964 Feb 25 1970 Feb 3 R 9
25 Joe Frazier 1970 Feb 16 1973 Jan 22 4
26 George Foreman 1973 Jan 22 1974 Oct 30 2
27 Muhammad Ali (2) 1974 Oct 30 1978 Feb 15 10
28 Leon Spinks 1978 Feb 15 1978 Sep 15 0
29 Muhammad Ali (3) 1978 Sep 15 1979 Jun 27 R 0
30 Larry Holmes 1980 Oct 2 1985 Sep 21 12
31 Michael Spinks 1985 Sep 21 1988 Jun 27 3
32 Mike Tyson 1988 Jun 27 1990 Feb 11 2
33 James (Buster) Douglas 1990 Feb 11 1990 Oct 25 0
34 Evander Holyfield 1990 Oct 25 1992 Nov 13 3
35 Riddick Bowe 1992 Nov 13 1993 Nov 6 2
36 Evander Holyfield (2) 1993 Nov 6 1994 Apr 22 0
37 Michael Moorer 1994 Apr 22 1994 Nov 5 0
38 George Foreman (2) 1994 Nov 3 1997 Nov 22 3
39 Shannon Briggs 1997 Nov 22 1998 Mar 28 0
40 Lennox Lewis 1998 Mar 28 2001 Apr 22 6
41 Hasim Rahman 2001 Apr 22 2001 Nov 17 0
42 Lennox Lewis (2) 2001 Nov 17 2004 Feb 6 R 2
43 Wladimir Klitschko 2009 Jun 20 Present 10


R- Retired S- Stripped V- Vacated

External Link:
The Lineal Heavyweight Boxing Champions