Most Opponents World Heavyweight Title Was Successfully Defended Against During One Reign – Second International Expansion (1962–present)

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Listing of World Heavyweight Champions by number of opponents beaten during one title reign in the Heavyweight division under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules since September 25, 1962.

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All Championship Reigns

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

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 17
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. Vitali Klitschko October 11, 2008 — December 15, 2013 3rd WBC
4. Deontay Wilder January 17, 2015 — February 22, 2020 1st WBC
8. Lennox Lewis February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001 2nd WBA, WBC, IBF 8
9. Anthony Joshua April 9, 2016 – June 1, 2019 1st WBA, WBO, IBF 6
10. Wladimir Klitschko October 14, 2000 — March 8, 2003 1st WBO 5
11. Evander Holyfield November 6, 1993 — April 22, 1994 2nd WBA, IBF 4
11. Joe Frazier February 16, 1970 — January 22, 1973 1st WBA, WBC
11. Chris Byrd December 14, 2002 – April 22, 2006 2nd IBF
14. Evander Holyfield October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992 1st WBA, WBC, IBF 3
14. Nikolai Valuev December 17, 2005 – April 14, 2007 1st WBA
14. John Ruiz February 20, 2004 – December 17, 2005 2nd WBA
14. Lennox Lewis December 14, 1992 – September 24, 1994 1st WBC
14. Lamon Brewster April 10, 2004 – April 1, 2006 1st WBO
14. Tyson Fury February 22, 2020 — present 2nd WBC

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 (14.02.1963–present)
  • The Ring Championship (25.09.1962–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 17
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
6. Lennox Lewis February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001 2nd WBA, WBC, IBF 8
7. Joe Frazier February 16, 1970 — January 22, 1973 1st WBA, WBC 4
8. Evander Holyfield October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992 1st WBA, WBC, IBF 3
8. Tyson Fury February 22, 2020 — present 2nd WBC 3
10. George Foreman January 22, 1973 — October 30, 1974 1st WBA, WBC 2
10. Riddick Bowe November 13, 1992 — November 6, 1993 1st WBA, WBC, IBF 2
10. Lennox Lewis November 17, 2001 — February 6, 2004 3rd WBC, IBF 2
10. Michael Spinks September 21, 1985 — February 19, 1987 1st IBF 2
14. Vitali Klitschko April 24, 2004 — November 9, 2005 2nd WBC 1
14. Sonny Liston September 25, 1962 — February 25, 1964 1st NYSAC, WBA, WBC 1
14. Oleksandr Usyk September 25, 2021 — present 1st WBA, IBF, WBO 1