Longest Combined World Heavyweight Title Reigns

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Listing of World Heavyweight Champions by the combined length of all title reigns in 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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All Championship Reigns

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921.

Pos. Name Combined Length Days As Champion No. Of Reigns Recognition
1. Wladimir Klitschko 12 years, 0 months, 0 days 4 382 2 WBA, IBF, WBO
2. Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days 4 270 1 NYSAC, NBA
3. Muhammad Ali 9 years, 5 months, 5 days 3 443 3 NYSAC, WBA, WBC
4. Lennox Lewis 8 years, 5 months, 13 days 3 086 3 WBA, WBC, IBF
5. Vitali Klitschko 7 years, 5 months, 28 days 2 735 3 WBC, WBO
6. Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days 2 661 1 WBC, IBF
7. Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days 2 638 1 NYSAC, NBA
8. John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 10 days 2 566 1 lineal
9. Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 11 days 2 292 1 lineal
10. Evander Holyfield 6 years, 1 month, 1 day 2 223 4 WBA, WBC, IBF
11. James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days 2 156 1 lineal
12. Deontay Wilder 5 years, 1 months, 5 days 1 859 1 WBC
13. Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 days 1 785 1 NYSAC, WBA, WBC
14. Floyd Patterson 4 years, 10 months, 0 days 1 765 2 NYSAC, NBA
15. James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 days 1 652 1 lineal

All 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 champions that captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

Pos. Name Combined Length Days As Champion No. Of Reigns Recognition
1. Wladimir Klitschko 12 years, 0 months, 0 days 4 382 2 WBA, IBF, WBO
2. Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days 4 270 1 NYSAC, NBA
3. Muhammad Ali 9 years, 5 months, 5 days 3 443 3 NYSAC, WBA, WBC
4. Lennox Lewis 8 years, 5 months, 13 days 3 086 3 WBA, WBC, IBF
5. Vitali Klitschko 7 years, 5 months, 28 days 2 735 3 WBC, WBO
6. Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days 2 661 1 WBC, IBF
7. Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days 2 638 1 NYSAC, NBA
8. John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 10 days 2 566 1 lineal
9. Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 11 days 2 292 1 lineal
10. Evander Holyfield 6 years, 1 month, 1 day 2 223 4 WBA, WBC, IBF
11. James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days 2 156 1 lineal
12. Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 days 1 785 1 NYSAC, WBA, WBC
13. Floyd Patterson 4 years, 10 months, 0 days 1 765 2 NYSAC, NBA
14. James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 days 1 652 1 lineal
15. Jess Willard 4 years, 2 months, 29 days 1 551 1 lineal

Championship Reigns of Undisputed/Lineal/The Ring Champions with Undisputed/Lineal/The Ring/Unified Championships, Victories Over Champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes heavyweight champions that captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

The list only includes title reigns during which the champion:

  • has won undisputed championship (1922–present), The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–), lineal championship (1885–1921)
  • unified two of the four major championship title (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO)
  • defeated a fighter that either had to drop his own world title prior to the fight due to organization's championship policy or would become world heavyweight champion while the winner's reign was still active
Pos. Name Combined Length Days As Champion No. Of Reigns Recognition
1. Wladimir Klitschko 12 years, 0 months, 0 days 4 382 2 WBA, IBF, WBO
2. Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days 4 270 1 NYSAC, NBA
3. Muhammad Ali 9 years, 5 months, 5 days 3 443 3 NYSAC, WBA, WBC
4. Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days 2 661 1 WBC, IBF
5. Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days 2 638 1 NYSAC, NBA
6. John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 10 days 2 566 1 lineal
7. Lennox Lewis 6 years, 8 months, 3 days 2 437 2 WBA, WBC, IBF
8. Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 11 days 2 292 1 lineal
9. James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days 2 156 1 lineal
10. Evander Holyfield 5 years, 6 months, 12 days 2 020 3 WBA, WBC, IBF
11. Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 days 1 785 1 NYSAC, WBA, WBC
12. Floyd Patterson 4 years, 10 months, 0 days 1 765 2 NYSAC, NBA
13. James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 days 1 652 1 lineal
14. Jess Willard 4 years, 2 months, 29 days 1 551 1 lineal
15. Mike Tyson 3 years, 10 months, 16 days 1 415 2 WBA, WBC, IBF