WBC Welterweight Champion

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The 147-pound (maximum weight) World Champion, as recognized by the World Boxing Council.

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 28 Nov 1966 18 Apr 1969 4
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 6 Dec 1975 10
6 John H. Stracey 6 Dec 1975 22 Jun 1976 1
7 Carlos Palomino 22 Jun 1976 14 Jan 1979 7
8 Wilfred Benitez 14 Jan 1979 30 Nov 1979 1
9 Sugar Ray Leonard 30 Nov 1979 20 Jun 1980 1
10 Roberto Duran 20 Jun 1980 25 Nov 1980 0
9 Sugar Ray Leonard 25 Nov 1980 9 Nov 1982 (Retired) 3
11 Milton McCrory 13 Aug 1983 6 Dec 1985 4
12 Donald Curry 6 Dec 1985 27 Sep 1986 0
13 Lloyd Honeyghan 27 Sep 1986 28 Oct 1987 3
14 Jorge Vaca 28 Oct 1987 29 Mar 1988 0
13 Lloyd Honeyghan 29 Mar 1988 4 Feb 1989 1
15 Marlon Starling 4 Feb 1989 19 Aug 1990 1
16 Maurice Blocker 19 Aug 1990 18 Mar 1991 0
17 Simon Brown 18 Mar 1991 29 Nov 1991 0
18 Buddy McGirt 29 Nov 1991 6 Mar 1993 2
19 Pernell Whitaker 6 Mar 1993 12 Apr 1997 8
20 Oscar De La Hoya 12 Apr 1997 18 Sep 1999 7
21 Felix Trinidad 18 Sep 1999 3 Mar 2000 (Vacated) 0
22 Shane Mosley 17 Jun 2000 26 Jan 2002 3
23 Vernon Forrest 26 Jan 2002 25 Jan 2003 1
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