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Revision as of 22:39, 16 October 2010

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 Jul 22 1964 Feb 25 0
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 5


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