Most Consecutive World Heavyweight Title Defenses – Era Of International Expansion (1949–present)

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Listing of World Heavyweight Champions by number consecutive title defenses in the Heavyweight division under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules since March 1, 1949.

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All Championship Reigns

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

Pos. Name Reign Began-Ended Order Recognition Title Defenses
1. Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985 1st WBC-to-IBF 19
2. Wladimir Klitschko April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015 2nd WBA, WBO, IBF 18
3. Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978 2nd WBA, WBC 10
3. Deontay Wilder January 17, 2015 — February 22, 2020 1st WBC
5. Mike Tyson November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990 1st WBA, WBC, IBF 9
5. Muhammad Ali February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969 1st WBA, WBC
5. Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973 1st NYSAC, WBA, WBC
5. Vitali Klitschko October 11, 2008 — December 15, 2013 3rd WBC
5. Lennox Lewis February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001 2nd WBA, WBC, IBF
10. Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951 1st NBA, NYSAC 8
11. Anthony Joshua April 9, 2016 – June 1, 2019 1st WBA, WBO, IBF 6
11. Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 — April 27, 1956 1st NYSAC, NBA 6
13. Wladimir Klitschko October 14, 2000 — March 8, 2003 1st WBO 5
14. Evander Holyfield November 6, 1993 — April 22, 1994 2nd WBA, IBF 4
14. Chris Byrd December 14, 2002 – April 22, 2006 2nd IBF
14. Floyd Patterson November 30, 1956 — June 26, 1959 1st NYSAC, NBA

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

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

  • Undisputed Championship (01.03.1949–present)
  • The Ring Championship (01.03.1949–present)
Pos. Name Reign Began-Ended Order Recognition Beaten Opponents
1. Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985 1st WBC-to-IBF 19
2. Wladimir Klitschko April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015 2nd WBA, WBO, IBF 18
3. Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978 2nd WBA, WBC 10
4. Mike Tyson November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990 1st WBA, WBC, IBF 9
4. Muhammad Ali February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969 1st WBA, WBC
4. Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973 1st NYSAC, WBA, WBC
4. Lennox Lewis February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001 2nd WBA, WBC, IBF
8. Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951 1st NBA, NYSAC 8
9. Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 — April 27, 1956 1st NYSAC, NBA 6
10. Floyd Patterson November 30, 1956 — June 26, 1959 1st NYSAC, NBA 4
11. Evander Holyfield October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992 1st WBA, WBC, IBF 3
11. Tyson Fury February 22, 2020 — present 2nd WBC 3
13. George Foreman January 22, 1973 — October 30, 1974 1st WBA, WBC 2
13. Riddick Bowe November 13, 1992 — November 6, 1993 1st WBA, WBC, IBF 2
13. Floyd Patterson June 20, 1960 – September 25, 1962 2nd NBA, NYSAC 2
13. Lennox Lewis November 17, 2001 — February 6, 2004 3rd WBC, IBF 2
13. Michael Spinks September 21, 1985 — February 19, 1987 1st IBF 2
18. Vitali Klitschko April 24, 2004 — November 9, 2005 2nd WBC 1
18. Jersey Joe Walcott July 18, 1951 — September 23, 1952 1st NYSAC, NBA 1
18. Sonny Liston September 25, 1962 — February 25, 1964 1st NYSAC, WBA, WBC 1
18. Oleksandr Usyk September 25, 2021 — present 1st WBA, IBF, WBO 1