World Boxing Council

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  • The World Boxing Council (WBC) was formed in 1963 and is based in Mexico.
  • President: Mauricio Sulaiman
CURRENT TITLE HOLDERS
Weight Class Champion Date Won Title Lineage Title Fights
Heavyweight Deontay Wilder 2015 Jan 17 Title Lineage Title Fights
Cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk 2018 Jan 27 Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk 2018 Dec 1 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Middleweight David Benavidez 2017 Sep 8 Title Lineage Title Fights
Middleweight Saul Alvarez 2018 Sep 15 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Welterweight Jermell Charlo 2016 May 21 Title Lineage Title Fights
Welterweight vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Lightweight Jose Carlos Ramirez 2018 Mar 17 Title Lineage Title Fights
Lightweight Mikey Garcia 2017 Jun 28 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Featherweight Miguel Berchelt 2017 Jan 28 Title Lineage Title Fights
Featherweight Gary Russell Jr. 2015 Mar 28 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Bantamweight Rey Vargas 2017 Feb 25 Title Lineage Title Fights
Bantamweight vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Flyweight Juan Francisco Estrada 2019 Apr 26 Title Lineage Title Fights
Flyweight Cristofer Rosales 2018 Apr 15 Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Flyweight Ken Shiro 2017 May 20 Title Lineage Title Fights
Strawweight Wanheng Menayothin 2014 Nov 6 Title Lineage Title Fights

History

The World Boxing Council was initially established by 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela. They met in Mexico City on February 14, 1963, upon the invitation of the President of Mexico, Adolfo López Mateos, to form an international boxing organization that would achieve the unity of all commissions of the world to control the expansion of boxing.

The WBC was bankrolled mainly by George Parnassus, a California promoter. Parnassus, who loaded his shows with Mexican and Mexican-American fighters of the lighter weight divisions, was tired of seeing his star attractions ignored by the pro-U.S. rating systems.

The groups that historically had recognized boxers as champions included the New York State Athletic Commission, the National Boxing Association, the European Boxing Union and the British Boxing Board of Control, but these groups, for the most part, lacked the all-encompassing "international" status they boasted of.

The WBC is one of four major sanctioning bodies recognized by the International Boxing Hall of Fame, along with the WBA, IBF and WBO.

The Near Demise of the WBC

In early 1998, Roy Jones Jr. announced that he was relinquishing his WBC light heavyweight title to fight as a heavyweight. In response, the organization ordered a bout between German contender Graciano Rocchigiani and former two-division champion Michael Nunn to fill the vacancy, sanctioning it as a world championship match.

On March 21, 1998, Rocchigiani won the fight and a WBC belt: in the subsequent WBC rankings, he was listed as "Light Heavyweight World Champion." Jones, however, had a change of heart and asked if the WBC would reinstate him as the champion. In a move that violated nearly a dozen of its own regulations, the WBC granted the reinstatement. Rocchigiani received a letter from the WBC advising that the publishing of his name as champion was a typographical error, and he had never really been the official titleholder.

Rocchigiani immediately filed a lawsuit against the WBC in a U.S. federal court, claiming that the organization's actions both were contrary to their own rules and injurious to his earning potential (due to diminished professional stature). On May 7, 2003, the judge ruled in Rocchigiani's favor, awarding him $30 million (U.S.) in damages and reinstating him as a former WBC champion (Rocchigiani had lost a bout since his WBC title match).

The following day, the WBC sought protection by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (i.e., corporate debt restructuring) in Puerto Rico. The organization then spent the next 13 months attempting to negotiate a six-figure settlement with Rocchigiani, but Rocchigiani did not at first accept.

On June 11, 2004, the WBC announced it would enter Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation (i.e., business closing and total asset sell-off) proceedings, effectively ending its existence. This action prompted some in the boxing community to plead with Rocchigiani to settle the dispute, which he did in July 2004. Both sides agreed not to reveal terms of the settlement.

Affiliated Organizations

Diamond Title

Created in 2009, the Diamond championship belt is an honorary championship destined to reward the winner of a historic fight between two high-profile and elite boxers. It was first awarded in November 2009 to Manny Pacquiao, who won his sixth world title (in five different divisions) via a twelfth-round technical knockout over Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas. The title can be defended, but it is not a mandatory requirement. The title can also be vacated due to a fighter’s long-term absence or retirement from boxing.

CURRENT TITLE HOLDERS
Weight Class Champion Date Won Title Lineage Title Fights
Heavyweight Vacant N/A N/A
Cruiserweight Mairis Briedis 2018 Nov 10 Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Heavyweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Middleweight Callum Smith 2017 Sept 16 Title Lineage Title Fights
Middleweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Welterweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Welterweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Lightweight Regis Prograis 2018 Jul 14 Title Lineage Title Fights
Lightweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Featherweight Vacant N/A N/A
Featherweight Leo Santa Cruz 2015 Aug 29 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Bantamweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Bantamweight Nonito Donaire 2018 Nov 3 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Flyweight Vacant N/A N/A
Flyweight Vacant N/A N/A
Light Flyweight Vacant N/A N/A
Strawweight Vacant N/A N/A

Silver Title

Created in 2010, the Silver championship belt was established as an alternative to Interim championship belts. However, the holder of the Silver belt does not get elevated to full recognition as World champion when that title becomes vacant.

CURRENT TITLE HOLDERS
Weight Class Champion Date Won Title Lineage Title Fights
Heavyweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Cruiserweight Ilunga Makabu 2019 Jun 16 Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Heavyweight Jean Pascal 2019 Aug 3 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Middleweight Azizbek Abdugofurov 2018 May 5 Title Lineage Title Fights
Middleweight Liam Williams 2019 Jul 13 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Welterweight Liam Smith 2019 Mar 30 Title Lineage Title Fights
Welterweight Danny Garcia 2019 Apr 20 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Lightweight Josh Taylor 2017 Jul 8 Title Lineage Title Fights
Lightweight Zaur Abdullaev 2018 Apr 22 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Featherweight O'Shaquie Foster 2018 Sept 21 Title Lineage Title Fights
Featherweight Lerato Dlamini 2019 Jul 12 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Bantamweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Bantamweight Luis Nery 2018 Oct 6 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Flyweight Athenkosi Dumezweni 2019 Apr 28 Title Lineage Title Fights
Flyweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Flyweight Jing Xiang 2018 Sept 15 Title Lineage Title Fights
Strawweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights

International Title

Created in 1986, the WBC International title was established in order to afford boxers that wish to pursue a career within the World Boxing Council to gain recognition and secure and beneficial world ranking with the WBC. The holder of the International belt is guaranteed a spot among the WBC's top 40 ranking. The International title has its own website that can be accessed here [1]

CURRENT TITLE HOLDERS
Weight Class Champion Date Won Title Lineage Title Fights
Heavyweight Filip Hrgovic 2018 Sept 8 Title Lineage Title Fights
Cruiserweight Fabio Turchi 2019 Apr 26 Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Heavyweight Nick Hannig 2019 Feb 9 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Middleweight Giovanni De Carolis 2018 Dec 14 Title Lineage Title Fights
Middleweight Steven Butler 2019 May 2 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Welterweight Abass Baraou 2019 Feb 16 Title Lineage Title Fights
Welterweight Amir Khan 2019 Jul 12 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Lightweight Tyrone McKenna 2019 Jun 21 Title Lineage Title Fights
Lightweight Viktor Kotochigov 2019 Jul 6 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Featherweight Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov 2018 Aug 19 Title Lineage Title Fights
Featherweight Isaac Lowe 2018 Dec 1 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Bantamweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Bantamweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Flyweight Aliu Bamidele Lasisi 2019 Apr 5 Title Lineage Title Fights
Flyweight Mekhdi Abdurashedov 2019 Apr 18 Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Flyweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Strawweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights

Continental Americas Title

Created in 1978, the WBC Continental Americas title is a minor title open to boxers fighting out of North American, Central American and South American countries. The Continental Americas champion is guaranteed a spot among the WBC's top 40 ranking.

CURRENT TITLE HOLDERS
Weight Class Champion Date Won Title Lineage Title Fights
Heavyweight Arslanbek Makhmudov 2019 May 17 Title Lineage Title Fights
Cruiserweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Heavyweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Middleweight DeAndre Ware 2019 Feb 1 Title Lineage Title Fights
Middleweight Janibek Alimkhanuly 2019 Apr 12 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Welterweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Welterweight Alexis Rocha 2018 Mar 9 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Lightweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Lightweight Joseph Aguirre 2019 Aug 24 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Featherweight Albert Bell 2019 Jun 15 Title Lineage Title Fights
Featherweight Shakur Stevenson 2019 Jan 18 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Bantamweight Carlos Castro 2019 Feb 10 Title Lineage Title Fights
Bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. 2018 Dec 14 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Flyweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Flyweight Bryan Mosinos 2019 Apr 12 Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Flyweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Strawweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights

Francophone Title

Created in 2014, the WBC Francophone title is a minor title open to boxers fighting out of more than 70 predominantly francophone countries, states or territories. The Francophone champion is guaranteed a spot among the WBC's top 40 ranking.

CURRENT TITLE HOLDERS
Weight Class Champion Date Won Title Lineage Title Fights
Heavyweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Cruiserweight Herve Lofidi 2019 Jun 15 Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Heavyweight Mathieu Bauderlique 2018 Oct 11 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Middleweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Middleweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Welterweight Bilel Jkitou 2019 Jun 29 Title Lineage Title Fights
Welterweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Lightweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Lightweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Featherweight Vacant N/A N/A
Featherweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Bantamweight Vacant N/A N/A
Bantamweight Vacant N/A N/A
Super Flyweight Vacant N/A N/A
Flyweight Vacant N/A N/A
Light Flyweight Vacant N/A N/A
Strawweight Vacant N/A N/A

The first announced WBC ratings, on August 1966

Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight

Champion: Cassius Clay
1. Ernie Terrell
2. Zora Folley
3. Karl Mildenberger
4. Amos Lincoln
5. Oscar Bonavena
6. Floyd Patterson
7. Eduardo Corletti
8. Henry Cooper
9. George Chuvalo
10. Cleveland Williams

Champion: Jose Torres
1. Roger Rouse
2. Eddie Cotton
3. Bob Foster
4. Piero Del Papa
5. Wayne Thornton
6. Johnny Persol
7. Chic Calderwood
8. Andres Selpa
9. John McCormack
10. Vittorio Saraudi

Middleweight
Junior Middleweight

Champion: Emile Griffith
1. Dick Tiger
2. Jose Gonzalez
3. Joey Archer
4. Don Fullmer
5. Carlos Rivero
6. Johnny Pritchett
7. Rafael Gutierrez
8. Sugar Boy Nando
9. Willie Hart
10. Harry Scott

Champion: Kim Ki-Soo
1. Jorge Fernandez
2. Nino Benvenuti
3. Stan Harrington
4. Jimmy Lester
5. Eddie Pace
6. Sandro Mazzinghi
7. Wally Swift
8. Blair Richardson
9. Fred Little
10. Hurricane Kid

Welterweight
Junior Welterweight

Champion: Curtis Cokes
1. Percy Manning
2. Luis Rodriguez
3. Manuel Gonzalez
4. Willie Ludick
5. Jean Josselin
6. Brian Curvis
7. Stan Hayward
8. Ted Whitfield
9. Ramon de la Cruz
10. Apidej Sithiran

Champion: Sandro Lopopolo
1. Jose Napoles
2. Eddie Perkins
3. Makoto Watanabe
4. Willy Quatuor
5. Paul Fuji
6. Percy Hayles
7. Peter Cobblah
8. Robinson Garcia
9. Daniel Guanin
10. Vicente Rivas

Lightweight
Junior Lightweight

Champion: Carlos Ortiz
1. Nicolino Locche
2. Maurice Cullen
3. Ultiminio Ramos
4. Ismael Laguna
5. Paul Armstead
6. Hugo Rambaldi
7. Frankie Narvaez
8. Fujio Mikami
9. Boo Yong Kang
10. Bunny Grant

Champion: Flash Elorde
1. Kan Il Suh
2. Yoshiaki Numata
3. Rene Barrientos
4. Vicente Derado
5. Carlos Cruz
6. Raul Rojas
7. Ray Adigun
8. José Legrá
9. Love Allotey
10. Justiniano Aguilar

Featherweight
Bantamweight
Flyweight

Champion: Vicente Saldivar
1. Mitsunori Seki
2. Howard Winstone
3. Carlos Canete
4. Mario Diaz
5. Antonio Amaya
6. Richard Sue
7. Johnny Jamito
8. Pedro Gomez
9. Hiroshi Kobayashi
10. Antonio Herrera

Champion: Fighting Harada
1. Jose Medel
2. Alan Rudkin
3. Jesus Pimentel
4. Eder Jofre
5. Bernardo Caraballo
6. Katsuo Saito
7. Waldemiro Pinto
8. Mimoun Ben Ali
9. Chun Won Kang
10. Yoshio Nakane

Champion: Horacio Accavallo
1. Walter McGowan
2. Hiroyuki Ebihara
3. Kiyoshi Tanabe
4. Efren "Alacrán" Torres
5. Katsuyoshi Takayama
6. Puntip Keosuriya
7. René Libeer
8. Chartchai Chionoi
9. Rocky Gattellari
10. Al Diaz

References

  • (In Spanish) "Trabajos del Consejo Mundial de Box", El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico), 28 August 1966 - via HNDM (Hemeroteca Nacional Digital de México).
  • "WBC August Ratings", The Japan Times (Tokyo, Japan), page 6, 29 August 1966.

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