Fastest World Heavyweight Title Wins

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Listing of World Heavyweight Champions by the least amount of time needed to win the title in in the Heavyweight division under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules. The maximum weight for this division is unlimited (200+ lbs, 90.9+ kg, 14 stone 4 lbs+).

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By Time Elapsed Since Professional Debut

Ranked by the time elapsed between professional debut and World Heavyweight Title win.

All Championship Reigns

Pos. Name Professional Debut World HW Title Win Time Elapsed
1 Leon Spinks January 15, 1977 February 15, 1978 1 year, 1 month
2 Mike Tyson March 6, 1985 November 22, 1986 1 year, 8 months, 16 days
3 John Tate May 7, 1977 October 20, 1979 2 years, 5 months, 13 days
4 Anthony Joshua October 5, 2013 April 9, 2016 2 years, 6 months, 4 days
5 Joe Frazier August 16, 1965 March 4, 1968 2 years, 6 months, 17 days
6 Vitali Klitschko November 16, 1996 June 26, 1999 2 years, 7 months, 10 days
7 Joe Louis July 7, 1934 June 22, 1937 2 years, 11 months, 15 days
8 Charles Martin October 27, 2012 January 16, 2016 3 years, 2 months, 20 days
9 Muhammad Ali October 29, 1960 January 25, 1964 3 years, 2 months, 27 days
10 George Foreman June 23, 1969 January 22, 1973 3 years, 6 months, 30 days

Championship Reigns of Undisputed Champions/Lineal Champions/The Ring Champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes heavyweight title reigns during which the champion captured

  • Undisputed Championship (02.07.1921–present)
  • Lineal Championship (1885–02.07.1921)
  • The Ring Championship.
Pos. Name Professional Debut World HW Title Win Time Elapsed
1 Leon Spinks January 15, 1977 February 15, 1978 1 year, 1 month
2 Mike Tyson March 6, 1985 November 22, 1986 1 year, 8 months, 16 days
3 Joe Frazier August 16, 1965 March 4, 1968 2 years, 6 months, 17 days
4 Joe Louis July 7, 1934 June 22, 1937 2 years, 11 months, 15 days
5 Muhammad Ali October 29, 1960 January 25, 1964 3 years, 2 months, 27 days
6 George Foreman June 23, 1969 January 22, 1973 3 years, 6 months, 30 days
7 James J. Jeffries October 29, 1895 June 9, 1899 3 years, 7 months, 11 days
8 Riddick Bowe March 6, 1989 November 13, 1992 3 years, 6 months, 30 days
9 Tommy Burns January 16, 1902 February 23, 1906 4 years, 1 month, 7 days
10 Jess Willard February 5, 1911 April 5, 1915 4 years, 2 months

By Number of Bouts Fought Prior To Winning World Heavyweight Title

Ranked by the number of bouts a boxer fought at the professional level before winning World Heavyweight Title.

All Championship Reigns

Pos. Name Professional Debut World HW Title Win Fights
1 Leon Spinks January 15, 1977 February 15, 1978 8
2 James J. Corbett March 6, 1895 November 22, 1896 11
3 James J. Jeffries October 29, 1895 June 9, 1899 13
4 Anthony Joshua October 5, 2013 April 9, 2016 16
5 Tim Witherspoon August 16, 1965 March 4, 1968 19
5 Oleksandr Usyk September 11, 2013 September 25, 2021 19
7 John Tate May 7, 1977 October 20, 1979 20
7 Joe Frazier August 16, 1965 March 4, 1968 20
7 Muhammad Ali October 29, 1960 January 25, 1964 20
10 Tony Tubbs June 14, 1980 April 29, 1985 21

Championship Reigns of Undisputed Champions/Lineal Champions/The Ring Champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes heavyweight title reigns during which the champion captured

  • Undisputed Championship (02.07.1921–present)
  • Lineal Championship (1885–02.07.1921)
  • The Ring Championship.
Pos. Name Professional Debut World HW Title Win Fights
1 Leon Spinks January 15, 1977 February 15, 1978 8
2 James J. Corbett March 6, 1895 November 22, 1896 11
3 James J. Jeffries October 29, 1895 June 9, 1899 13
4 Joe Frazier August 16, 1965 March 4, 1968 20
4 Muhammad Ali October 29, 1960 January 25, 1964 20
6 Ingemar Johansson December 5, 1952 June 26, 1959 22
7 Evander Holyfield November 15, 1984 October 25, 1990 25
7 Tyson Fury December 6, 2008 November 28, 2015 25
9 Mike Tyson March 6, 1985 November 22, 1986 28
9 Larry Holmes March 21, 1973 June 9, 1978 28
9 Michael Spinks April 16, 1977 September 21, 1985 28
9 Jess Willard February 5, 1911 April 5, 1915 28

By Number of Rounds Spent In Ring Prior To Winning World Heavyweight Title

Ranked by a total number of rounds (complete and incomplete) the boxer fought in professional boxing before winning World Heavyweight Title. Only fighters that had their professional boxing debut after July 2, 1921 are included.