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Heavyweight champion as recognized by the [[World Boxing Council]].
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[[Heavyweight]] champion as recognized by the [[World Boxing Association]].
* The maximum weight for this division is unlimited.
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* The maximum weight for this division is unlimited (200+ lbs, 90.9+ kg, 14 stone 4 lbs+).
* For pre-1963 titles, see [[NBA World Heavyweight Champion]].
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* One of the traditional eight divisions.
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* For [[National Boxing Association]] champions, see [[NBA World Heavyweight Champion]].
  
'''RELATED LINK:''' [[WBC Heavyweight Title Fights]]
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'''RELATED LINK:''' [[WBA Heavyweight Title Fights]]
  
{|
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{|border="1" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" align="left" class="wikitable sortable"
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|- bgcolor=#ffdead
|- bgcolor=#DCDCDC
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!<center>No.</center>
! width="30" | No
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!<center>Champion</center>
! width="150" | Champion
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!class="unsortable"| Reign Began
! width="150" | Reign began
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!class="unsortable"| Reign Ended
! width="150" | Reign ended
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!<center>Defenses</center>
! width="100" | Title Defences
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|- align=center
|-----
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|1
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|[[Sonny Liston]]
|'''1'''
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|1962 Sep 25
|[[Muhammad Ali]]
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|1964 Feb 25
|25 Feb 1964
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|1
|19 Jun 1964 (Stripped)
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|- align=center  
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|2
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|[[Muhammad Ali|Cassius Clay]]
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|1964 Feb 25
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|1964 Sep 14 <sup><font color="red">S</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">1</font></sup>
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|3
|'''2'''
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|[[Ernie Terrell]]
 
|[[Ernie Terrell]]
|5 Mar 1965
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|1965 Mar 5
|6 Feb 1967
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|1967 Feb 6
 
|2
 
|2
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|4
|'''3'''
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|[[Muhammad Ali]] (2)
 
|[[Muhammad Ali]] (2)
|6 Feb 1967
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|1967 Feb 6
|29 Apr 1967 (Stripped)
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|1967 May 9 <sup><font color="red">S</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">2</font></sup>
 
|1
 
|1
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|5
|'''4'''
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|[[Jimmy Ellis]]
 
|[[Jimmy Ellis]]
|27 Apr 1968
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|1968 Apr 27
|16 Feb 1970
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|1970 Feb 16
 
|1
 
|1
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|6
|'''5'''
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|[[Joe Frazier]]
 
|[[Joe Frazier]]
|16 Feb 1970
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|1970 Feb 16
|22 Jan 1973
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|1973 Jan 22
 
|4
 
|4
|-----
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|- align=center
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|7
|'''6'''
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|[[George Foreman]]
 
|[[George Foreman]]
|22 Jan 1973
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|1973 Jan 22
|30 Oct 1974
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|1974 Oct 30
 
|2
 
|2
|-----
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|- align=center
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|8
|'''7'''
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|[[Muhammad Ali]] (3)
 
|[[Muhammad Ali]] (3)
|30 Oct 1974
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|1974 Oct 30
|15 Feb 1978
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|1978 Feb 15
 
|10
 
|10
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|9
|'''8'''
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|[[Leon Spinks]]
 
|[[Leon Spinks]]
|15 Feb 1978
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|1978 Feb 15
|15 Sep 1978
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|1978 Sep 15
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|10
|'''9'''
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|[[Muhammad Ali]] (4)
 
|[[Muhammad Ali]] (4)
|15 Sep 1978
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|1978 Sep 15
|27 Apr 1979 (Retired)
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|1979 Sep 6 <sup><font color="red">R</font></sup>
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|11
|'''10'''
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|[[John Tate]]
 
|[[John Tate]]
|20 Oct 1979
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|1979 Oct 20
|31 Mar 1980
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|1980 Mar 31
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|12
|'''11'''
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|[[Mike Weaver]]
 
|[[Mike Weaver]]
|31 Mar 1980
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|1980 Mar 31
|10 Dec 1982
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|1982 Dec 10
 
|2
 
|2
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|13
|'''12'''
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|[[Michael Dokes]]
 
|[[Michael Dokes]]
|10 Dec 1982
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|1982 Dec 10
|23 Sep 1983
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|1983 Sep 23
 
|1
 
|1
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|14
|'''13'''
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|[[Gerrie Coetzee]]
 
|[[Gerrie Coetzee]]
|23 Sep 1983
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|1983 Sep 23
|1 Dec 1984
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|1984 Dec 1
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|15
|'''14'''
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|[[Greg Page]]
 
|[[Greg Page]]
|1 Dec 1984
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|1984 Dec 1
|29 Apr 1985
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|1985 Apr 29
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|16
|'''15'''
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|[[Tony Tubbs]]
 
|[[Tony Tubbs]]
|29 Apr 1985
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|1985 Apr 29
|17 Jan 1986
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|1986 Jan 17
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|17
|'''16'''
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|[[Tim Witherspoon]]
 
|[[Tim Witherspoon]]
|17 Jan 1986
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|1986 Jan 17
|12 Dec 1986
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|1986 Dec 12
 
|1
 
|1
|-----
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|- align=center
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|18
|'''17'''
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|[[James (Bonecrusher) Smith]]
 
|[[James (Bonecrusher) Smith]]
|12 Dec 1986
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|1986 Dec 12
|7 Mar 1987
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|1987 Mar 7
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|19
|'''18'''
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|[[Mike Tyson]]
 
|[[Mike Tyson]]
|7 Mar 1987
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|1987 Mar 7
|11 Feb 1990
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|1990 Feb 11
 
|8
 
|8
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|20
|'''19'''
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|[[James (Buster) Douglas]]
 
|[[James (Buster) Douglas]]
|11 Feb 1990
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|1990 Feb 11
|25 Oct 1990
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|1990 Oct 25
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|21
|'''20'''
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|[[Evander Holyfield]]
 
|[[Evander Holyfield]]
|25 Oct 1990
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|1990 Oct 25
|13 Nov 1992
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|1992 Nov 13
 
|3
 
|3
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|22
|'''21'''
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|[[Riddick Bowe]]
 
|[[Riddick Bowe]]
|13 Nov 1992
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|1992 Nov 13
|6 Nov 1993
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|1993 Nov 6
 
|2
 
|2
|-----
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|- align=center
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|23
|'''22'''
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|[[Evander Holyfield]] (2)
 
|[[Evander Holyfield]] (2)
|6 Nov 1993
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|1993 Nov 6
|22 Apr 1994
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|1994 Apr 22
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|24
|'''23'''
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|[[Michael Moorer]]
 
|[[Michael Moorer]]
|22 Apr 1994
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|1994 Apr 22
|5 Nov 1994
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|1994 Nov 5
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|25
|'''24'''
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|[[George Foreman]] (2)
 
|[[George Foreman]] (2)
|5 Nov 1994
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|1994 Nov 5
|4 Mar 1995 (Stripped)
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|1995 Mar 4 <sup><font color="red">S</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">3</font></sup>
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|26
|'''25'''
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|[[Bruce Seldon]]
 
|[[Bruce Seldon]]
|8 Apr 1995
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|1995 Apr 8
|7 Sep 1996
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|1996 Sep 7
 
|1
 
|1
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|27
|'''26'''
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|[[Mike Tyson]] (2)
 
|[[Mike Tyson]] (2)
|7 Sep 1996
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|1996 Sep 7
|9 Nov 1996
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|1996 Nov 9
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|28
|'''27'''
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|[[Evander Holyfield]] (3)
 
|[[Evander Holyfield]] (3)
|9 Nov 1996
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|1996 Nov 9
|13 Nov 1999
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|1999 Nov 13
 
|4
 
|4
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|29
|'''28'''
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|[[Lennox Lewis]]
 
|[[Lennox Lewis]]
|13 Nov 1999
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|1999 Nov 13
|29 Apr 2000 (Stripped)
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|2000 Apr 29 <sup><font color="red">S</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">4</font></sup>
 
|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|30
|'''29'''
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|[[Evander Holyfield]] (4)
 
|[[Evander Holyfield]] (4)
|12 Aug 2000
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|2000 Aug 12
|3 Mar 2001
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|2001 Mar 3
 
|0
 
|0
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|- align=center  
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|31
|'''30'''
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|[[John Ruiz]]
 
|[[John Ruiz]]
|3 Mar 2001
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|2001 Mar 3
|1 Mar 2003
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|2003 Mar 1
 
|2
 
|2
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|- align=center
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|32
|'''31'''
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|[[Roy Jones Jr.]]
|[[Roy Jones, Jr.]]
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|2003 Mar 1
|1 Mar 2003
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|2004 Feb 20 <sup><font color="red">V</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">5</font></sup>
|20 Feb 2004 (Vacated)
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|0
 
|0
|-----
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|- align=center
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|33
|'''32'''
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|[[John Ruiz]] (2)
 
|[[John Ruiz]] (2)
|20 Feb 2004
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|2004 Feb 20 <sup><font color="red">6</font></sup>
|17 Dec 2005
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|2005 Dec 17
 
|3
 
|3
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|- align=center
|'''33'''
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|34
 
|[[Nikolay Valuev]]
 
|[[Nikolay Valuev]]
|17 Dec 2005
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|2005 Dec 17
|14 Apr 2007
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|2007 Apr 14
 
|3
 
|3
|- align=center bgcolor=#F5F5F5
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|- align=center  
|'''34'''
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|35
 
|[[Ruslan Chagaev]]
 
|[[Ruslan Chagaev]]
|14 Apr 2007
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|2007 Apr 14
|present
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|2008 Jul 5
 
|1
 
|1
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|- align=center
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|35
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|[[Ruslan Chagaev]]
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|2008 Jul 5 <sup><font color="red">CIR</font>-<font color="red">7</font>/<font color="red">S</font></sup>
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|2009
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|1
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|- align=center
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|36
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|[[Nikolay Valuev]] (2)
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|2008 Aug 30
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|2009 Nov 7
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|1
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|- align=center
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|37
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|[[David Haye]]
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|2009 Nov 7
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|2011 Jul 2
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|2
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|- align=center
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|38
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|[[Wladimir Klitschko]]
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|2011 Jul 2 <sup><font color="red">SC</font></sup>
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|Present
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|3
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|- align=center
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|39
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|[[Alexander Povetkin]]
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|2011 Aug 27 <sup><font color="red">RC</font></sup>
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|Present
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|3
 
|}
 
|}
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<br clear=all>
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<sup><font color="red">R</font></sup> - Retired<br>
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<sup><font color="red">S</font></sup> - Stripped<br>
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<sup><font color="red">V</font></sup> - Vacated<br>
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<sup><font color="red">CIR</font></sup> - Champion In Recess<br>
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<sup><font color="red">RC</font></sup> - Regular Champion<br>
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<sup><font color="red">SC</font></sup> - Super Champion<br>
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==Footnotes==
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<sup><font color="red">1</font></sup> - Ali stripped for signing a return bout with Liston<br>
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<sup><font color="red">2</font></sup> - Ali stripped for refusing to be inducted into the US Army<br>
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<sup><font color="red">3</font></sup> - Foreman stripped for failing to defend against No. 1 contender, [[Tony Tucker]]<br>
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<sup><font color="red">4</font></sup> - Lewis stripped for failing to defend against No. 1 contender<br>
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<sup><font color="red">5</font></sup> - Jones vacates title to return to the light heavyweight division<br>
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<sup><font color="red">6</font></sup> - Ruiz elevated from interim champion (won on Dec 13, 2003 vs. [[Hasim Rahman]]) to full champion<br>
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<sup><font color="red">7</font></sup> - Chagaev declared "Champion in Recess" on July 5, 2008 after surgery to repair torn achilles tendon
  
 
[[Category: World Heavyweight Title Lineages|WBA]]
 
[[Category: World Heavyweight Title Lineages|WBA]]

Revision as of 06:57, 11 November 2012

Heavyweight champion as recognized by the World Boxing Association.

RELATED LINK: WBA Heavyweight Title Fights

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


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

Footnotes

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