Longest Individual World Heavyweight Title Reigns

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Below is a list of longest reigning heavyweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. Both The Ring and lineal championships are included. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

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All Championship Reigns

Pos. Name Length Recognition
1. Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days lineal
2. Wladimir Klitschko 9 years, 7 months and 6 days IBF (+WBA, WBO, The Ring/Lineal)
3. Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days WBC-to-IBF (+The Ring/Lineal)
4. Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days lineal
5. John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 9 days lineal
6. Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 10 days lineal
7. Muhammad Ali 5 years, 11 months, 9 days The Ring/Lineal, (+WBA, WBC stripped)
8. James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days lineal
9. Vitali Klitschko 5 years, 2 months, 4 days WBC
10. Deontay Wilder 5 years, 1 month 5 days WBC
11. Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 days NYSAC (+WBA, WBC)
12. James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 days lineal
13. Jess Willard 4 years, 2 months, 29 days lineal
14. Lennox Lewis 4 years, 2 months, 15 days WBC (+IBF, WBA stripped, The Ring/Lineal)
15. Rocky Marciano 3 years, 11 months, 29 days lineal

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 Length Recognition
1. Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days lineal
2. Wladimir Klitschko 9 years, 7 months and 6 days IBF (+WBA, WBO, The Ring/Lineal)
3. Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days WBC-to-IBF (+The Ring/Lineal)
4. Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days lineal
5. John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 9 days lineal
6. Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 10 days lineal
7. Muhammad Ali 5 years, 11 months, 9 days The Ring/Lineal, (+WBA, WBC stripped)
8. James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days lineal
9. Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 days NYSAC (+WBA, WBC)
10. James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 days lineal
11. Jess Willard 4 years, 2 months, 29 days lineal
12. Lennox Lewis 4 years, 2 months, 15 days WBC (+IBF, WBA stripped, The Ring/Lineal)
13. Rocky Marciano 3 years, 11 months, 29 days lineal
14. Mike Tyson 3 years, 2 months, 20 days WBC (+WBA, IBF, The Ring)
15. George Foreman 3 years, 0 months, 17 days (+WBA, IBF stripped)