WBA Welterweight Champion

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The world champion in the 147-pound (66,678 kg) weight class, as recognized by the World Boxing Association.

No Champion Reign began Reign ended Title Defences
1 Luis Manuel Rodriguez 21 Mar 1963 8 Jun 1963 0
2 Emile Griffith 8 Jun 1963 25 Apr 1966 (Vacated) 4
3 Curtis Cokes 24 Aug 1966 18 Apr 1969 5
4 Jose Angel Napoles 18 Apr 1969 3 Dec 1970 3
5 Billy Backus 3 Dec 1970 4 Jun 1971 0
4 Jose Angel Napoles 4 Jun 1971 1975 (Stripped) 9
6 Angel Espada 28 Jun 1975 17 Jul 1976 1
7 Pipino Cuevas 17 Jul 1976 2 Aug 1980 11
8 Thomas Hearns 2 Aug 1980 16 Sep 1981 3
9 Sugar Ray Leonard 16 Sep 1981 9 Nov 1982 (Retired) 1
10 Donald Curry 13 Feb 1983 27 Sep 1986 7
11 Lloyd Honeyghan 27 Sep 1986 1987 (Vacated) 0
12 Mark Breland 6 Feb 1987 22 Aug 1987 0
13 Marlon Starling 22 Aug 1987 3