World Light Welterweight Champion

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  • The 140-pound (maximum weight) World Champion, when the exact recognition source is unknown at times, or as generally recognized by the public and the boxing press .
  • Originally known as the World Junior Welterweight Champion. The title bouts had a large share of notoriety thru Barney Ross, even gaining recognition in the brief resurgence with Tippy Larkin.
  • Recognition has always been of debate in this era in this division depending on the basis of recognition. It has been said prior to the formation of the NYSAC, NBA, BBBoC, IBU and State controls all championships were based on individual and newspaper claims with 1919 being the ending year for this type of recognition. It also has been said that in the United States the recognition for championships were based on individual and newspaper claims for a longer period, even having newspaper decisions into at least the late 1920s. It also has been said that in this era the NBA at times announced recognition and withdrew recognition of championships at their convention and in newspapers.

For more history, see weight divisions

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No.
Champion
Reign Began Reign Ended
Defenses
1 Pinky Mitchell 15 Nov 1922 27 Mar 1925
21 Sept 1926 by Wisconsin
4
2 James (Red) Herring

31 Mar 1925

at least Oct 1925 C 1
3 Mushy Callahan 21 Sept 1926 18 Feb 1930 3
4 Jackie (Kid) Berg 18 Feb 1930 24 April 1931 6
5 Tony Canzoneri (1) 24 April 1931 18 Jan 1932 3
6 Johnny Jadick 18 Mar 1932 20 Feb 1933 1
7 Battling Shaw 20 Feb 1933 21 May 1933 -
8 Tony Canzoneri (2) 21 May 1933 23 Jun 1933 -
9 Barney Ross 23 Jun 1933 9 Apr 1935 V 10
10 Tippy Larkin 29 April 1946 1946 RD 1


C - Recognition ceases

V - Vacates division lapse

RD - Recognition of division ceases