World Heavyweight Title Fights

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Universally recognized Heavyweight world title fights. The following list gives credit to "The Man Who Beat The Man" under Marquess of Queensberry Rules.

  • The maximum weight for this division is unlimited (200+ lbs, 90.9+ kg, 14 stone 4 lbs+).
  • One of the traditional eight divisions.

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No.
Date
Boxer
Result
Boxer
Defenses
Location
1 1885 Aug 29 John L. Sullivan PTS 7 Dominick McCaffrey Inaugural near Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
2 1892 Sep 7 James J. Corbett KO 21 John L. Sullivan - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
3 1894 Jan 25 James J. Corbett KO 3 Charley Mitchell 1 Jacksonville, Florida, USA
4 1897 Mar 17 Bob Fitzsimmons KO 14 James J. Corbett - Carson City, Nevada, USA
5 1899 Jun 9 James J. Jeffries KO 11 Bob Fitzsimmons - Brooklyn, New York, USA
6 1899 Nov 3 James J. Jeffries PTS 25 Tom Sharkey 1 Brooklyn, New York, USA
7 1900 Apr 6 James J. Jeffries KO 1 Jack Finnegan 2 Detroit, Michigan, USA
8 1900 May 11 James J. Jeffries KO 23 James J. Corbett 3 Coney Island, New York, USA
9 1901 Nov 15 James J. Jeffries TKO 5 Gus Ruhlin 4 San Francisco, California, USA
10 1902 Jul 25 James J. Jeffries KO 8 Bob Fitzsimmons 5 San Francisco, California, USA
11 1903 Aug 14 James J. Jeffries TKO 10 James J. Corbett 6 San Francisco, California, USA
12 1904 Aug 26 James J. Jeffries TKO 2 Jack Munroe 7 San Francisco, California, USA
13 1905 Jul 3 Marvin Hart KO 12 Jack Root Vacant Reno, Nevada, USA
14 1906 Feb 23 Tommy Burns PTS 20 Marvin Hart - Los Angeles, California, USA
15 1906 Oct 2 Tommy Burns KO 15 Fireman Jim Flynn 1 Los Angeles, California, USA
16 1906 Nov 28 Tommy Burns PTS 20 Philadelphia Jack O'Brien 2 Los Angeles, California, USA
17 1907 May 8 Tommy Burns PTS 20 Philadelphia Jack O'Brien 3 Los Angeles, California, USA
18 1907 Jul 4 Tommy Burns KO 1 Bill Squires 4 Colma, California, USA
19 1907 Dec 2 Tommy Burns KO 10 Gunner Moir 5 Covent Garden, London, UK
20 1908 Feb 10 Tommy Burns KO 4 Jack Palmer 6 Whitechapel, London, UK
21 1908 Mar 17 Tommy Burns KO 1 Jem Roche 7 Dublin, IRL
22 1908 Apr 18 Tommy Burns KO 5 Jewey Smith 8 Paris, Paris, FRA
23 1908 Jun 13 Tommy Burns KO 8 Bill Squires 9 Paris, Paris, FRA
24 1908 Aug 24 Tommy Burns KO 13 Bill Squires 10 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
25 1908 Sep 2 Tommy Burns KO 6 Bill Lang 11 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
26 1908 Dec 26 Jack Johnson PTS 14 Tommy Burns - Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
27 1909 May 19 Jack Johnson NWS 6 Philadelphia Jack O'Brien 1 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
28 1909 Jun 30 Jack Johnson NWS 6 Tony Ross 2 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
29 1909 Sep 9 Jack Johnson NWS 10 Al Kaufmann 3 San Francisco, California, USA
30 1909 Oct 16 Jack Johnson KO 12 Stanley Ketchel 4 Colma, California, USA
31 1910 Jul 4 Jack Johnson TKO 15 James J. Jeffries 5 Reno, Nevada, USA
32 1912 Jul 4 Jack Johnson TKO 9 Fireman Jim Flynn 6 Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA
33 1913 Dec 19 Jack Johnson PTS 10 Battling Jim Johnson 7 Paris, Paris, FRA
34 1914 Jun 27 Jack Johnson PTS 20 Frank Moran 8 Paris, Paris, FRA
35 1915 Apr 5 Jess Willard KO 26 Jack Johnson - Havana, CUB
36 1916 Mar 25 Jess Willard NWS 10 Frank Moran 1 New York, New York, USA
37 1919 Jul 4 Jack Dempsey TKO 3 Jess Willard - Toledo, Ohio, USA
38 1920 Sep 6 Jack Dempsey KO 3 Billy Miske 1 Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
39 1920 Dec 14 Jack Dempsey KO 12 Bill (KO) Brennan 2 New York, New York, USA
40 1921 Jul 2 Jack Dempsey KO 4 Georges Carpentier 3 1 Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
41 1922 Jul 24 Jack Dempsey PTS 4 Jimmy Darcy - 2 NYSAC Buffalo, New York, USA
42 1923 Jul 4 Jack Dempsey PTS 15 Tommy Gibbons 4 Shelby, Montana, USA
43 1923 Sep 14 Jack Dempsey KO 2 Luis Angel Firpo 5 New York, New York, USA
44 1926 Sep 23 Gene Tunney UD 10 Jack Dempsey - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
45 1927 Sep 22 Gene Tunney UD 10 Jack Dempsey 1 Chicago, Illinois, USA
46 1928 Jul 26 Gene Tunney TKO 11 Tom Heeney 2 Bronx, New York, USA
47 1930 Jun 12 Max Schmeling DQ 4 Jack Sharkey Vacant Bronx, New York, USA
48 1931 Jul 3 Max Schmeling TKO 15 Young Stribling 1 NBA Cleveland, Ohio, USA
49 1932 Jun 21 Jack Sharkey SD 15 Max Schmeling - Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA
50 1933 Jun 29 Primo Carnera KO 6 Jack Sharkey - Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA
51 1933 Oct 22 Primo Carnera UD 15 Paolino Uzcudun 1 3 Rome, Lazio, ITA
52 1934 Mar 1 Primo Carnera UD 15 Tommy Loughran 2 Miami, Florida, USA
53 1934 Jun 14 Max Baer TKO 11 Primo Carnera - Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA
54 1935 Jun 13 Jim Braddock UD 15 Max Baer - Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA
55 1937 Jun 22 Joe Louis KO 8 Jim Braddock - Chicago, Illinois, USA
56 1937 Aug 30 Joe Louis UD 15 Tommy Farr 1 Bronx, New York, USA
57 1938 Feb 23 Joe Louis KO 3 Nathan Mann 2 New York, New York, USA
58 1938 Apr 1 Joe Louis KO 5 Harry Thomas 3 Chicago, Illinois, USA
59 1938 Jun 22 Joe Louis KO 1 Max Schmeling 4 Bronx, New York, USA
60 1939 Jan 25 Joe Louis KO 1 John Henry Lewis 5 New York, New York, USA
61 1939 Apr 17 Joe Louis KO 1 Jack Roper 6 Los Angeles, California, USA
62 1939 Jun 28 Joe Louis TKO 4 Tony Galento 7 Bronx, New York, USA
63 1939 Sep 20 Joe Louis KO 11 Bob Pastor 8 Detroit, Michigan, USA
64 1940 Feb 9 Joe Louis SD 15 Arturo Godoy 9 New York, New York, USA
65 1940 Mar 29 Joe Louis TKO 2 Johnny Paychek 10 New York, New York, USA
66 1940 Jun 20 Joe Louis TKO 8 Arturo Godoy 11 Bronx, New York, USA
67 1940 Dec 16 Joe Louis TKO 6 Al McCoy 12 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
68 1941 Jan 31 Joe Louis KO 5 Red Burman 13 New York, New York, USA
69 1941 Feb 17 Joe Louis KO 2 Gus Dorazio 14 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
70 1941 Mar 21 Joe Louis TKO 13 Abe Simon 15 Detroit, Michigan, USA
71 1941 Apr 8 Joe Louis TKO 9 Tony Musto 16 Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
72 1941 May 23 Joe Louis DQ 7 Buddy Baer 17 Washington, District of Columbia, USA
73 1941 Jun 18 Joe Louis KO 13 Billy Conn 18 New York, New York, USA
74 1941 Sep 29 Joe Louis TKO 6 Lou Nova 19 New York, New York, USA
75 1942 Jan 9 Joe Louis KO 1 Buddy Baer 20 New York, New York, USA
76 1942 Mar 27 Joe Louis TKO 6 Abe Simon 21 New York, New York, USA
77 1946 Jun 19 Joe Louis KO 8 Billy Conn 22 Bronx, New York, USA
78 1946 Sep 18 Joe Louis KO 1 Tami Mauriello 23 Bronx, New York, USA
79 1947 Dec 5 Joe Louis SD 15 Jersey Joe Walcott 24 New York, New York, USA
80 1948 Jun 25 Joe Louis KO 11 Jersey Joe Walcott 25 Bronx, New York, USA
81 1949 Jun 22 Ezzard Charles UD 15 Jersey Joe Walcott Vacant NBA Chicago, Illinois, USA
82 1949 Aug 10 Ezzard Charles RTD 7 Gus Lesnevich 1 NBA Bronx, New York, USA
83 1949 Oct 14 Ezzard Charles KO 8 Pat Valentino 2 NBA San Francisco, California, USA
84 1950 Aug 15 Ezzard Charles TKO 14 Freddie Beshore 3 NBA Buffalo, New York, USA
85 1950 Sep 27 Ezzard Charles UD 15 Joe Louis 4 Bronx, New York, USA
86 1950 Dec 5 Ezzard Charles KO 11 Nick Barone 5 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
87 1951 Jan 12 Ezzard Charles TKO 10 Lee Oma 6 New York, New York, USA
88 1951 Mar 7 Ezzard Charles UD 15 Jersey Joe Walcott 7 Detroit, Michigan, USA
89 1951 May 30 Ezzard Charles UD 15 Joey Maxim 8 Chicago, Illinois, USA
90 1951 Jul 18 Jersey Joe Walcott KO 7 Ezzard Charles - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
91 1952 Jun 5 Jersey Joe Walcott UD 15 Ezzard Charles 1 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
92 1952 Sep 23 Rocky Marciano KO 13 Jersey Joe Walcott - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
93 1953 May 15 Rocky Marciano KO 1 Jersey Joe Walcott 1 Chicago, Illinois, USA
94 1953 Sep 24 Rocky Marciano TKO 11 Roland LaStarza 2 New York, New York, USA
95 1954 Jun 17 Rocky Marciano UD 15 Ezzard Charles 3 Bronx, New York, USA
96 1954 Sep 17 Rocky Marciano KO 8 Ezzard Charles 4 Bronx, New York, USA
97 1955 May 16 Rocky Marciano TKO 9 Don Cockell 5 San Francisco, California, USA
98 1955 Sep 21 Rocky Marciano KO 9 Archie Moore 6 Bronx, New York, USA
99 1956 Nov 30 Floyd Patterson KO 5 Archie Moore Vacant Chicago, Illinois, USA
100 1957 Jul 29 Floyd Patterson TKO 10 Tommy Jackson 1 New York, New York, USA
101 1957 Aug 22 Floyd Patterson KO 6 Pete Rademacher 2 Seattle, Washington, USA
102 1958 Aug 18 Floyd Patterson RTD 12 Roy Harris 3 Los Angeles, California, USA
103 1959 May 1 Floyd Patterson KO 11 Brian London 4 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
104 1959 Jun 26 Ingemar Johansson TKO 3 Floyd Patterson - Bronx, New York, USA
105 1960 Jun 20 Floyd Patterson (2) KO 5 Ingemar Johansson - New York, New York, USA
106 1961 Mar 13 Floyd Patterson (2) KO 6 Ingemar Johansson 1 Miami Beach, Florida, USA
107 1961 Dec 4 Floyd Patterson (2) KO 4 Tom McNeeley Jr. 2 4 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
108 1962 Sep 25 Sonny Liston KO 1 Floyd Patterson - Chicago, Illinois, USA
109 1963 Jul 22 Sonny Liston KO 1 Floyd Patterson 1 5 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
110 1964 Feb 25 Muhammad Ali KO 6 Sonny Liston - Miami Beach, Florida, USA
111 1965 May 25 Muhammad Ali KO 1 Sonny Liston 1 6 Lewiston, Maine, USA
112 1965 Nov 22 Muhammad Ali TKO 12 Floyd Patterson 2 6 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
113 1966 Mar 29 Muhammad Ali UD 15 George Chuvalo 3 6 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
114 1966 May 21 Muhammad Ali TKO 6 Henry Cooper 4 6 Highbury, London, UK
115 1966 Aug 6 Muhammad Ali KO 3 Brian London 5 6 Kensington, London, UK
116 1966 Sep 10 Muhammad Ali TKO 12 Karl Mildenberger 6 6 Frankfurt, Hessen, GER
117 1966 Nov 14 Muhammad Ali TKO 3 Cleveland Williams 7 6 Houston, Texas, USA
118 1967 Feb 6 Muhammad Ali UD 15 Ernie Terrell 8 6 Houston, Texas, USA
119 1967 Mar 22 Muhammad Ali KO 7 Zora Folley 9 6 New York, New York, USA
120 1970 Feb 16 Joe Frazier TKO 5 Jimmy Ellis Vacant 7 New York, New York, USA
121 1970 Nov 18 Joe Frazier KO 2 Bob Foster 1 Detroit, Michigan, USA
122 1971 Mar 8 Joe Frazier UD 15 Muhammad Ali 2 New York, New York, USA
123 1972 Jan 15 Joe Frazier TKO 4 Terry Daniels 3 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
124 1972 May 25 Joe Frazier TKO 5 Ron Stander 4 Omaha, Nebraska, USA
125 1973 Jan 22 George Foreman TKO 2 Joe Frazier - Kingston, Surrey, JAM
126 1973 Sep 1 George Foreman KO 1 Jose Roman 1 Tokyo, Kantō, JPN
127 1974 Mar 26 George Foreman TKO 2 Ken Norton 2 Caracas, Miranda, VEN
128 1974 Oct 30 Muhammad Ali (2) KO 8 George Foreman - Kinshasa, La Gombe, COD
129 1975 Mar 24 Muhammad Ali (2) TKO 15 Chuck Wepner 1 Richfield, Ohio, USA
130 1975 May 16 Muhammad Ali (2) TKO 11 Ron Lyle 2 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
131 1975 Jun 30 Muhammad Ali (2) UD 15 Joe Bugner 3 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory, MAS
132 1975 Oct 1 Muhammad Ali (2) RTD 14 Joe Frazier 4 Quezon City, Metro Manila, PHI
133 1976 Feb 20 Muhammad Ali (2) KO 5 Jean-Pierre Coopman 5 San Juan, Hato Rey, PUR
134 1976 Apr 30 Muhammad Ali (2) UD 15 Jimmy Young 6 Landover, Maryland, USA
135 1976 May 24 Muhammad Ali (2) TKO 5 Richard Dunn 7 Munich, Bayern, GER
136 1976 Sep 28 Muhammad Ali (2) UD 15 Ken Norton 8 Bronx, New York, USA
137 1977 May 16 Muhammad Ali (2) UD 15 Alfredo Evangelista 9 Landover, Maryland, USA
138 1977 Sep 29 Muhammad Ali (2) UD 15 Earnie Shavers 10 New York, New York, USA
139 1978 Feb 15 Leon Spinks SD 15 Muhammad Ali - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
140 1978 Sep 15 Muhammad Ali (3) UD 15 Leon Spinks - WBA New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
141 1980 Oct 2 Larry Holmes RTD 10 Muhammad Ali Vacant WBC Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
142 1981 Apr 11 Larry Holmes UD 15 Trevor Berbick 1 WBC Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
143 1981 Jun 12 Larry Holmes TKO 3 Leon Spinks 2 WBC Detroit, Michigan, USA
144 1981 Nov 6 Larry Holmes TKO 11 Renaldo Snipes 3 WBC Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
145 1982 Jun 11 Larry Holmes TKO 13 Gerry Cooney 4 WBC Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
146 1982 Nov 26 Larry Holmes UD 15 Randall (Tex) Cobb 5 WBC Houston, Texas, USA
147 1983 Mar 27 Larry Holmes UD 12 Lucien Rodriguez 6 WBC Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
148 1983 May 20 Larry Holmes SD 12 Tim Witherspoon 7 WBC Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
149 1983 Sep 10 Larry Holmes TKO 5 Scott Frank 8 WBC Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
150 1983 Sep 10 Larry Holmes TKO 1 Marvis Frazier 9 8 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
151 1984 Nov 9 Larry Holmes TKO 12 James (Bonecrusher) Smith 10 9 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
152 1985 Mar 15 Larry Holmes TKO 10 David Bey 11 IBF Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
153 1985 May 20 Larry Holmes UD 15 Carl Williams 12 IBF Reno, Nevada, USA
154 1985 Sep 21 Michael Spinks UD 15 Larry Holmes - IBF Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
155 1986 Apr 19 Michael Spinks SD 15 Larry Holmes 1 IBF Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
156 1986 Sep 6 Michael Spinks TKO 4 Steffen Tangstad 2 IBF Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
157 1986 Jun 15 Michael Spinks TKO 5 Gerry Cooney 3 10 Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
158 1988 Jun 27 Mike Tyson KO 1 Michael Spinks - Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
159 1989 Feb 25 Mike Tyson TKO 5 Frank Bruno 1 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
160 1989 Jul 21 Mike Tyson TKO 1 Carl Williams 2 Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
161 1990 Feb 11 James (Buster) Douglas KO 10 Mike Tyson - Tokyo, Kantō, JPN
162 1990 Oct 25 Evander Holyfield KO 3 James (Buster) Douglas - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
163 1991 Apr 19 Evander Holyfield UD 12 George Foreman 1 Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
164 1991 Nov 23 Evander Holyfield TKO 7 Bert Cooper 2 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
165 1992 Jun 19 Evander Holyfield UD 12 Larry Holmes 3 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
166 1992 Nov 13 Riddick Bowe UD 12 Evander Holyfield - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
167 1993 Feb 6 Riddick Bowe TKO 1 Michael Dokes 1 11 New York, New York, USA
168 1993 May 22 Riddick Bowe KO 2 Jesse Ferguson 2 WBA Washington, District of Columbia, USA
169 1993 Nov 6 Evander Holyfield (2) MD 12 Riddick Bowe - 11 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
170 1994 Apr 22 Michael Moorer MD 12 Evander Holyfield - 11 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
171 1994 Nov 5 George Foreman KO 10 Michael Moorer - 11 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
172 1995 Apr 22 George Foreman MD 12 Axel Schulz 1 IBF Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
173 1996 Nov 23 George Foreman UD 12 Crawford Grimsley 2 10 Urayasu, Chiba, JPN
174 1997 Apr 26 George Foreman SD 12 Lou Savarese 3 10 Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
175 1997 Nov 22 Shannon Briggs MD 12 George Foreman - 10 Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
176 1998 Mar 28 Lennox Lewis TKO 5 Shannon Briggs - WBC Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
177 1998 Sep 26 Lennox Lewis UD 12 Zeljko Mavrovic 1 WBC Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
178 1999 Mar 13 Lennox Lewis PTS 12 Evander Holyfield 2 New York, New York, USA
179 1999 Nov 13 Lennox Lewis UD 12 Evander Holyfield 3 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
180 2000 Apr 29 Lennox Lewis KO 2 Michael Grant 4 12 New York, New York, USA
181 2000 Jul 15 Lennox Lewis TKO 2 Francois Botha 5 12 Millwall, London, UK
182 2000 Nov 11 Lennox Lewis UD 12 David Tua 6 12 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
183 2001 Apr 22 Hasim Rahman KO 5 Lennox Lewis - 12 Brakpan, Gauteng, RSA
184 2001 Nov 17 Lennox Lewis (2) KO 4 Hasim Rahman - 12 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
185 2002 Jun 8 Lennox Lewis (2) KO 8 Mike Tyson 1 12 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
186 2003 Jan 21 Lennox Lewis (2) TKO 6 Vitali Klitschko 2 WBC Los Angeles, California, USA
187 2009 Jun 20 Wladimir Klitschko RTD 9 Ruslan Chagaev Vacant 13 Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GER
188 2010 Mar 20 Wladimir Klitschko TKO 12 Eddie Chambers 1 13 Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GER
189 2010 Sep 11 Wladimir Klitschko TKO 10 Samuel Peter 2 13 Frankfurt, Hessen, GER
190 2011 Jul 2 Wladimir Klitschko UD 12 David Haye 3 14 Altona, Hamburg, GER
191 2012 Mar 3 Wladimir Klitschko KO 4 Jean-Marc Mormeck 4 14 Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GER
192 2012 Jul 7 Wladimir Klitschko TKO 6 Tony Thompson 5 14 Berne, Canton of Berne, SUI


Footnotes

1 - First fight sanctioned by the new National Boxing Association (NBA)
2 - First fight sanctioned by the new New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC)
3 - Considered a world title fight, but not sanctioned by the NBA or NYSAC
4 - Last sanctioned bout for the NBA before it became the newly formed World Boxing Association (WBA)
5 - First fight sanctioned by the new World Boxing Council (WBC)
6 - Fight sanctioned by the NYSAC and WBC only
7 - Last sanctioned bout for the NYSAC before it was adopted into and became part of the WBC
8 - Considered a world title fight, but not sanctioned by the WBA or WBC
9 - First fight sanctioned by the new International Boxing Federation (IBF)
10 - Considered a world title fight, but not sanctioned by the WBA, WBC, or IBF
11 - Fight sanctioned by the WBA and IBF only
12 - Fight sanctioned by the WBC and IBF only
13 - Fight sanctioned by the IBF and WBO only
14 - Fight sanctioned by the WBA, IBF, and WBO only
NBA - Fight sanctioned by the NBA only
NYSAC - Fight sanctioned by the NYSAC only
WBA - Fight sanctioned by the WBA only
WBC - Fight sanctioned by the WBC only
IBF - Fight sanctioned by the IBF only

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