Most Consecutive World Heavyweight Title Defenses

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Listing of World Heavyweight Champions by number consecutive title defenses 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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All Championship Reigns

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921. For the purpose of this list, successful title defenses that ended in a draw are also included.

Pos. Name Reign Began-Ended Recognition Title Defenses
1. Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949 NYSAC, NBA 26
2. Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985 WBC, IBF 19
3. Wladimir Klitschko April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015 WBA, IBF, WBO 18
4. Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908 lineal 13
5. Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978 WBA, WBC 10
5. Deontay Wilder January 17, 2015 – February 22, 2020 WBC 10
7. Mike Tyson November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990 WBA, WBC, IBF 9
7. Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973 NYSAC, WBA, WBC 9
7. Lennox Lewis February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001 WBA, WBC, IBF 9
10. Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951 NBA, NYSAC 8
11. James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905 lineal 7
12. Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 — April 27, 1956 NYSAC, NBA 6
12. Anthony Joshua April 9, 2016 – June 1, 2019 WBA, IBF, WBO 6
12. Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 — April 5, 1915 lineal 6
15. Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 — September 23, 1926 lineal-to-NBA and NYSAC 5

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 Reign Began-Ended Recognition Title Defenses
1. Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949 NYSAC, NBA 26
2. Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985 WBC, IBF 19
3. Wladimir Klitschko April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015 WBA, IBF, WBO 18
4. Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908 lineal 13
5. Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978 WBA, WBC 10
6. Mike Tyson November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990 WBA, WBC, IBF 9
6. Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973 NYSAC, WBA, WBC 9
6. Lennox Lewis February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001 WBA, WBC, IBF 9
9. Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951 NBA, NYSAC 8
10. James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905 lineal 7
11. Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 — April 27, 1956 NYSAC, NBA 6
11. Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 — April 5, 1915 lineal 6
13. Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 — September 23, 1926 lineal-to-NBA and NYSAC 5