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[[Heavyweight]] champion as recognized by the [[World Boxing Association]].
 
[[Heavyweight]] champion as recognized by the [[World Boxing Association]].
* The maximum weight for this division is unlimited (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg, 14 stone 4 lb+).
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* The maximum weight for this division is unlimited (200+ lbs, 90.9+ kg, 14 stone 4 lbs+).
* For [[National Boxing Association]] champions, see [[NBA 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:''' [[WBA Heavyweight Title Fights]]
 
'''RELATED LINK:''' [[WBA Heavyweight Title Fights]]
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|[[Muhammad Ali]]
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|[[Sonny Liston]]
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|1962 Sep 25
 
|1964 Feb 25
 
|1964 Feb 25
|1964 Jun 19 <sup><font color="red">S</font></sup>
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|0
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|2
 
|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>
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|0
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|3
 
|[[Ernie Terrell]]
 
|[[Ernie Terrell]]
 
|1965 Mar 5
 
|1965 Mar 5
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|2
 
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|3
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|[[Muhammad Ali]] (2)
 
|[[Muhammad Ali]] (2)
 
|1967 Feb 6
 
|1967 Feb 6
|1967 Apr 29 <sup><font color="red">S</font></sup>
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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  
|4
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|[[Jimmy Ellis]]
 
|[[Jimmy Ellis]]
 
|1968 Apr 27
 
|1968 Apr 27
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|- align=center  
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|[[Joe Frazier]]
 
|[[Joe Frazier]]
 
|1970 Feb 16
 
|1970 Feb 16
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|4
 
|4
 
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|- align=center
|6
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|[[George Foreman]]
 
|[[George Foreman]]
 
|1973 Jan 22
 
|1973 Jan 22
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|2
 
|2
 
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|- align=center
|7
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|[[Muhammad Ali]] (3)
 
|[[Muhammad Ali]] (3)
 
|1974 Oct 30
 
|1974 Oct 30
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|10
 
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|- align=center  
|8
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|[[Leon Spinks]]
 
|[[Leon Spinks]]
 
|1978 Feb 15
 
|1978 Feb 15
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|0
 
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|- align=center  
|9
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|[[Muhammad Ali]] (4)
 
|[[Muhammad Ali]] (4)
 
|1978 Sep 15
 
|1978 Sep 15
|1979 Apr 27 <sup><font color="red">R</font></sup>
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|1979 Sep 6 <sup><font color="red">R</font></sup>
 
|0
 
|0
 
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|- align=center  
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|11
 
|[[John Tate]]
 
|[[John Tate]]
 
|1979 Oct 20
 
|1979 Oct 20
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|- align=center  
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|[[Mike Weaver]]
 
|[[Mike Weaver]]
 
|1980 Mar 31
 
|1980 Mar 31
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|[[Michael Dokes]]
 
|[[Michael Dokes]]
 
|1982 Dec 10
 
|1982 Dec 10
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|[[Gerrie Coetzee]]
 
|[[Gerrie Coetzee]]
 
|1983 Sep 23
 
|1983 Sep 23
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|[[Greg Page]]
 
|[[Greg Page]]
 
|1984 Dec 1
 
|1984 Dec 1
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|[[Tony Tubbs]]
 
|[[Tony Tubbs]]
 
|1985 Apr 29
 
|1985 Apr 29
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|[[Tim Witherspoon]]
 
|[[Tim Witherspoon]]
 
|1986 Jan 17
 
|1986 Jan 17
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|[[James (Bonecrusher) Smith]]
 
|[[James (Bonecrusher) Smith]]
 
|1986 Dec 12
 
|1986 Dec 12
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|[[Mike Tyson]]
 
|[[Mike Tyson]]
 
|1987 Mar 7
 
|1987 Mar 7
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|[[James (Buster) Douglas]]
 
|[[James (Buster) Douglas]]
 
|1990 Feb 11
 
|1990 Feb 11
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|[[Evander Holyfield]]
 
|[[Evander Holyfield]]
 
|1990 Oct 25
 
|1990 Oct 25
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|3
 
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|[[Riddick Bowe]]
 
|[[Riddick Bowe]]
 
|1992 Nov 13
 
|1992 Nov 13
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|[[Evander Holyfield]] (2)
 
|[[Evander Holyfield]] (2)
 
|1993 Nov 6
 
|1993 Nov 6
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|[[Michael Moorer]]
 
|[[Michael Moorer]]
 
|1994 Apr 22
 
|1994 Apr 22
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|[[George Foreman]] (2)
 
|[[George Foreman]] (2)
 
|1994 Nov 5
 
|1994 Nov 5
|1995 Mar 4 <sup><font color="red">S</font></sup>
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|1995 Mar 4 <sup><font color="red">S</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">3</font></sup>
 
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|0
 
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|[[Bruce Seldon]]
 
|[[Bruce Seldon]]
 
|1995 Apr 8
 
|1995 Apr 8
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|1
 
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|[[Mike Tyson]] (2)
 
|[[Mike Tyson]] (2)
 
|1996 Sep 7
 
|1996 Sep 7
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|[[Evander Holyfield]] (3)
 
|[[Evander Holyfield]] (3)
 
|1996 Nov 9
 
|1996 Nov 9
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|[[Lennox Lewis]]
 
|[[Lennox Lewis]]
 
|1999 Nov 13
 
|1999 Nov 13
|2000 Apr 29 <sup><font color="red">S</font></sup>
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|2000 Apr 29 <sup><font color="red">S</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">4</font></sup>
 
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|0
 
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|[[Evander Holyfield]] (4)
 
|[[Evander Holyfield]] (4)
 
|2000 Aug 12
 
|2000 Aug 12
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|[[John Ruiz]]
 
|[[John Ruiz]]
 
|2001 Mar 3
 
|2001 Mar 3
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|[[Roy Jones Jr.]]
 
|[[Roy Jones Jr.]]
 
|2003 Mar 1
 
|2003 Mar 1
|2004 Feb 20 <sup><font color="red">V</font></sup>
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|2004 Feb 20 <sup><font color="red">V</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">5</font></sup>
 
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|[[John Ruiz]] (2)
 
|[[John Ruiz]] (2)
|2004 Feb 20
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|2004 Feb 20 <sup><font color="red">6</font></sup>
 
|2005 Dec 17
 
|2005 Dec 17
 
|3
 
|3
 
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|[[Nikolay Valuev]]
 
|[[Nikolay Valuev]]
 
|2005 Dec 17
 
|2005 Dec 17
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|[[Ruslan Chagaev]]
 
|[[Ruslan Chagaev]]
 
|2007 Apr 14
 
|2007 Apr 14
|present
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|2008 Jul 5
 
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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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|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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|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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|[[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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|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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<sup><font color="red">S</font></sup> - Stripped<br>
 
<sup><font color="red">S</font></sup> - Stripped<br>
 
<sup><font color="red">V</font></sup> - Vacated<br>
 
<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