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The world champion in the unlimited weight class, as recognized by the [[World Boxing Council]].  
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[[Heavyweight]] champion as recognized by the [[World Boxing Council]].
* Click on the "What links here" link in the "toolbox" for a list of these champions.
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* The maximum weight for this division is unlimited (200+ lbs, 90.9+ kg, 14 stone 4 lbs+).
* See also, [[WBC Heavyweight Title Lineage]]
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* One of the traditional eight divisions.
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'''RELATED LINK:''' [[WBC Heavyweight Title Fights]]
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{|border="1" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" align="left" class="wikitable sortable"
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|- bgcolor=#ffdead
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!<center>No.</center>
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!<center>Champion</center>
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!class="unsortable"| Reign Began
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!class="unsortable"| Reign Ended
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!<center>Defenses</center>
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|- align=center
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|1
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|[[Sonny Liston]]
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|1963 Feb 14
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|1964 Feb 25
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|1
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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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|1970 Feb 3 <sup><font color="red">R</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">1</font></sup>
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|9
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|- align=center
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|3
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|[[Joe Frazier]]
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|1970 Feb 16
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|1973 Jan 22
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|4
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|- align=center
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|4
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|[[George Foreman]]
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|1973 Jan 22
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|1974 Oct 30
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|2
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|- align=center
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|5
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|[[Muhammad Ali]] (2)
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|1974 Oct 30
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|1978 Feb 15
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|10
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|- align=center
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|6
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|[[Leon Spinks]]
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|1978 Feb 15
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|1978 Mar 18 <sup><font color="red">S</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">2</font></sup>
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|0
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|- align=center
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|7
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|[[Ken Norton]]
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|1978 Mar 29 <sup><font color="red">3</font></sup>
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|1978 Jun 9
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|0
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|- align=center
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|8
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|[[Larry Holmes]]
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|1978 Jun 9
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|1983 Dec 11 <sup><font color="red">V</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">4</font></sup>
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|16
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|- align=center
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|9
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|[[Tim Witherspoon]]
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|1984 Mar 9
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|1984 Aug 31
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|0
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|- align=center
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|10
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|[[Pinklon Thomas]]
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|1984 Aug 31
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|1986 Mar 22
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|1
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|- align=center
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|11
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|[[Trevor Berbick]]
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|1986 Mar 22
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|1986 Nov 22
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|0
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|- align=center
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|12
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|[[Mike Tyson]]
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|1986 Nov 22
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|1990 Feb 11
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|9
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|- align=center
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|13
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|[[James (Buster) Douglas]]
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|1990 Feb 11
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|1990 Oct 25
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|0
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|- align=center
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|14
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|[[Evander Holyfield]]
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|1990 Oct 25
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|1992 Nov 13
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|2
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|- align=center
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|15
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|[[Riddick Bowe]]
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|1992 Nov 13
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|1992 Dec 14 <sup><font color="red">V</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">5</font></sup>
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|0
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|- align=center
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|16
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|[[Lennox Lewis]]
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|1992 Dec 14 <sup><font color="red">6</font></sup>
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|1994 Sep 24
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|3
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|- align=center
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|17
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|[[Oliver McCall]]
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|1994 Sep 24
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|1995 Sep 2
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|1
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|- align=center
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|18
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|[[Frank Bruno]]
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|1995 Sep 2
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|1996 Mar 16
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|0
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|- align=center
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|19
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|[[Mike Tyson]] (2)
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|1996 Mar 16
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|1996 Sep 24 <sup><font color="red">V</font></sup><sup>-<font color="red">7</font></sup>
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|0
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|- align=center
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|20
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|[[Lennox Lewis]] (2)
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|1997 Feb 7
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|2001 Apr 22
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|9
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|- align=center
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|21
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|[[Hasim Rahman]]
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|2001 Apr 22
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|2001 Nov 17
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|0
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|- align=center
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|22
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|[[Lennox Lewis]] (3)
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|2001 Nov 17
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|2004 Feb 6 <sup><font color="red">R</font></sup>
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|2
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|- align=center
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|23
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|[[Vitali Klitschko]]
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|2004 Apr 24
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|2005 Nov 9 <sup><font color="red">R</font></sup>
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|1
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|- align=center
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|24
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|[[Hasim Rahman]] (2)
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|2005 Nov 9 <sup><font color="red">8</font></sup>
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|2006 Aug 12
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|1
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|- align=center
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|25
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|[[Oleg Maskaev]]
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|2006 Aug 12
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|2008 Mar 8
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|1
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|- align=center
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|26
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|[[Samuel Peter]]
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|2008 Mar 8
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|2008 Oct 11
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|0
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|- align=center
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|27
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|[[Vitali Klitschko]] (2)
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|2008 Oct 11
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|Present
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|9
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|}
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<br clear=all>
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<sup><font color="red">R</font></sup> - Retired
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<sup><font color="red">S</font></sup> - Stripped
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<sup><font color="red">V</font></sup> - Vacated<br>
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== Footnotes ==
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<sup><font color="red">1</font></sup> - Ali officially retires to assure that the winner of the Frazier-Ellis bout is undisputed champion<br>
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<sup><font color="red">2</font></sup> - Spinks stripped for failing to defend against No. 1 contender [[Ken Norton]]<br>
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<sup><font color="red">3</font></sup> - Norton proclaimed champion on basis of Nov 5, 1977 title eliminator win over [[Jimmy Young]]<br>
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<sup><font color="red">4</font></sup> - Holmes vacates title and accepts recognition from the newly formed IBF<br>
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<sup><font color="red">5</font></sup> - Bowe vacates title rather than face No. 1 contender [[Lennox Lewis]]<br>
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<sup><font color="red">6</font></sup> - Lewis proclaimed champion on basis of Oct 31, 1992 title eliminator win over [[Razor Ruddock]]<br>
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<sup><font color="red">7</font></sup> - Tyson vacates title rather than face No. 1 contender [[Lennox Lewis]]<br>
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<sup><font color="red">8</font></sup> - Rahman elevated from interim champion (won on Aug 13, 2005 vs. [[Monte Barrett]]) to full champion
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[[Category: World Heavyweight Title Lineages|WBC]]

Revision as of 04:48, 9 September 2012

Heavyweight champion as recognized by the World Boxing Council.

  • 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: WBC Heavyweight Title Fights

No.
Champion
Reign Began Reign Ended
Defenses
1 Sonny Liston 1963 Feb 14 1964 Feb 25 1
2 Cassius Clay 1964 Feb 25 1970 Feb 3 R-1 9
3 Joe Frazier 1970 Feb 16 1973 Jan 22 4
4 George Foreman 1973 Jan 22 1974 Oct 30 2
5 Muhammad Ali (2) 1974 Oct 30 1978 Feb 15 10
6 Leon Spinks 1978 Feb 15 1978 Mar 18 S-2 0
7 Ken Norton 1978 Mar 29 3 1978 Jun 9 0
8 Larry Holmes 1978 Jun 9 1983 Dec 11 V-4 16
9 Tim Witherspoon 1984 Mar 9 1984 Aug 31 0
10 Pinklon Thomas 1984 Aug 31 1986 Mar 22 1
11 Trevor Berbick 1986 Mar 22 1986 Nov 22 0
12 Mike Tyson 1986 Nov 22 1990 Feb 11 9
13 James (Buster) Douglas 1990 Feb 11 1990 Oct 25 0
14 Evander Holyfield 1990 Oct 25 1992 Nov 13 2
15 Riddick Bowe 1992 Nov 13 1992 Dec 14 V-5 0
16 Lennox Lewis 1992 Dec 14 6 1994 Sep 24 3
17 Oliver McCall 1994 Sep 24 1995 Sep 2 1
18 Frank Bruno 1995 Sep 2 1996 Mar 16 0
19 Mike Tyson (2) 1996 Mar 16 1996 Sep 24 V-7 0
20 Lennox Lewis (2) 1997 Feb 7 2001 Apr 22 9
21 Hasim Rahman 2001 Apr 22 2001 Nov 17 0
22 Lennox Lewis (3) 2001 Nov 17 2004 Feb 6 R 2
23 Vitali Klitschko 2004 Apr 24 2005 Nov 9 R 1
24 Hasim Rahman (2) 2005 Nov 9 8 2006 Aug 12 1
25 Oleg Maskaev 2006 Aug 12 2008 Mar 8 1
26 Samuel Peter 2008 Mar 8 2008 Oct 11 0
27 Vitali Klitschko (2) 2008 Oct 11 Present 9


R - Retired S - Stripped V - Vacated

Footnotes

1 - Ali officially retires to assure that the winner of the Frazier-Ellis bout is undisputed champion
2 - Spinks stripped for failing to defend against No. 1 contender Ken Norton
3 - Norton proclaimed champion on basis of Nov 5, 1977 title eliminator win over Jimmy Young
4 - Holmes vacates title and accepts recognition from the newly formed IBF
5 - Bowe vacates title rather than face No. 1 contender Lennox Lewis
6 - Lewis proclaimed champion on basis of Oct 31, 1992 title eliminator win over Razor Ruddock
7 - Tyson vacates title rather than face No. 1 contender Lennox Lewis
8 - Rahman elevated from interim champion (won on Aug 13, 2005 vs. Monte Barrett) to full champion