Most Opponents Beaten for World Heavyweight Title – Second International Expansion (1962–present)

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Listing of World Heavyweight Champions by number of opponents beaten for the title 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 Recognition Beaten Opponents
1. Wladimir Klitschko 1. October 14, 2000 — March 8, 2003
2. April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015
1. WBO
2. WBA, IBF, WBO
23
2. Muhammad Ali 1. February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969
2. October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978
3. September 15, 1978 — October 18, 1979
1. WBA, WBC
2. WBA, WBC
3. WBA
21
3. Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985 WBC, IBF 20
4. Lennox Lewis 1. December 14, 1992 — September 24, 1994
2. February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001
3. November 17, 2001 — February 6, 2004
1. WBC
2. WBA, WBC, IBF
3. WBC, IBF
15
4. Vitali Klitschko 1. June 26, 1999 — April 1, 2000
2. April 24, 2004 — November 9, 2005
3. October 11, 2008 — December 15, 2013
1. WBO
2. WBC
3. WBC
15
6. Mike Tyson 1. November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990
2. March 16, 1996 — November 9, 1996
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBA, WBC
11
7. Evander Holyfield 1. October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992
2. November 6, 1993 — April 22, 1994
3. November 9, 1996 — November 13, 1999
4. August 12, 2000 — March 3, 2001
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBA, IBF
3. WBA, IBF
4. WBA
9
7. Anthony Joshua 1. April 9, 2016 — June 1, 2019
2. December 7, 2019 — September 25, 2021
WBA, IBF, WBO 9
9. Deontay Wilder January 17, 2015 — February 22, 2020 WBC 8
10. Nikolai Valuev 1. December 17, 2005 – April 14, 2007
2. August 30, 2008 – November 7, 2009
WBA 5
10. Chris Byrd 1. April 1, 2000 – October 14, 2000
2. December 14, 2002 – April 22, 2006
1. WBO
2. IBF
5
12. George Foreman 1. January 22, 1973 — October 30, 1974
2. November 4, 1994 — June 29, 1995
1. WBA, WBC
2. WBA, IBF
5
12. Joe Frazier February 16, 1970 — January 22, 1973 WBA, WBC 5
14. Tyson Fury 1. November 28, 2015 — October 12, 2016
2. February 22, 2020 — present
1. WBA, WBO, IBF
2. WBC
4
14. John Ruiz 1. March 3, 2001 – March 1, 2003
2. February 20, 2004 – December 17, 2005
WBA
14. Michael Moorer 1. April 22, 1994 – November 5, 1994
2. June 22, 1996 – November 8, 1997
1. WBA, IBF
2. IBF
14. Lamon Brewster April 10, 2004 – April 1, 2006 WBO

All 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 champions that captured

  • Undisputed Championship (14.02.1963–present)
  • The Ring Championship (25.09.1962–present).
Pos. Name Reign Began-Ended Recognition Beaten Opponents
1. Wladimir Klitschko 1. October 14, 2000 — March 8, 2003
2. April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015
1. WBO
2. WBA, IBF, WBO
23
2. Muhammad Ali 1. February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969
2. October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978
3. September 15, 1978 — October 18, 1979
1. WBA, WBC
2. WBA, WBC
3. WBA
21
3. Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985 WBC, IBF 20
4. Lennox Lewis 1. December 14, 1992 — September 24, 1994
2. February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001
3. November 17, 2001 — February 6, 2004
1. WBC
2. WBA, WBC, IBF
3. WBC, IBF
15
4. Vitali Klitschko 1. June 26, 1999 — April 1, 2000
2. April 24, 2004 — November 9, 2005
3. October 11, 2008 — December 15, 2013
1. WBO
2. WBC
3. WBC
15
6. Mike Tyson 1. November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990
2. March 16, 1996 — November 9, 1996
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBA, WBC
11
7. Evander Holyfield 1. October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992
2. November 6, 1993 — April 22, 1994
3. November 9, 1996 — November 13, 1999
4. August 12, 2000 — March 3, 2001
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBA, IBF
3. WBA, IBF
4. WBA
9
8. George Foreman 1. January 22, 1973 — October 30, 1974
2. November 4, 1994 — June 29, 1995
1. WBA, WBC
2. WBA, IBF
5
8. Joe Frazier February 16, 1970 — January 22, 1973 WBA, WBC 5
10. Tyson Fury 1. November 28, 2015 — October 12, 2016
2. February 22, 2020 — present
1. WBA, WBO, IBF
2. WBC
4
11. Riddick Bowe November 13, 1992 — November 6, 1993 WBA, WBC, IBF 3
12. Michael Spinks September 21, 1985 — February 19, 1987 IBF 2
13. Sonny Liston September 25, 1962 — February 25, 1964 WBA, WBC 1
13. Leon Spinks February 15, 1978 — September 15, 1978 WBA, WBC 1
13. Buster Douglas February 11, 1990 — October 25, 1990 WBA, WBC, IBF 1
13. Oleksandr Usyk September 25, 2021 — present WBA, IBF, WBO 1

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, although it only includes heavyweight champions that captured

  • Undisputed Championship (14.02.1963–present)
  • The Ring Championship (25.09.1962–present).

The list only includes title reigns during which the champion:

  • has won Undisputed Championship (14.02.1963–present)
  • has won The Ring Championship (25.09.1962–present)
  • unified two of the four major championship belts (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 Reign Began-Ended Recognition Lineal Claim Beaten Champions Beaten Opponents
1. Wladimir Klitschko 1. October 14, 2000 — March 8, 2003
2. April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015
1. WBO
2. unified

2. The Ring
1. Chris Byrd (IBF)

23
2. Muhammad Ali 1. February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969
2. October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978
3. September 15, 1978 — October 18, 1979
1. undisputed
2. undisputed
3. WBA
The Ring 21
3. Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985 WBC-to-IBF The Ring Mike Weaver (WBA),
Tim Witherspoon (WBC)
20
4. Lennox Lewis 1. February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001
2. November 17, 2001 — February 6, 2004
1. undisputed
2. unified

2. The Ring
1. Evander Holyfield (WBA)

12
5. Mike Tyson 1. November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990
2. March 16, 1996 — November 9, 1996
1. undisputed
2. unified
1. The Ring

11
6. Evander Holyfield 1. October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992
2. November 6, 1993 — April 22, 1994
3. November 9, 1996 — November 13, 1999
1. undisputed
2. unified
3. unified
8
7. Joe Frazier February 16, 1970 — January 22, 1973 undisputed The Ring 5
7. George Foreman 1. January 22, 1973 — October 30, 1974
2. November 4, 1994 — June 29, 1995
1. undisputed
2. unified
1. The Ring

5
9. Tyson Fury 1. November 28, 2015 — October 12, 2016
2. February 22, 2020 — present
1. unified
2. WBC
1. The Ring
2. The Ring
4
10. Riddick Bowe November 13, 1992 — November 6, 1993 undisputed 3
11. Vitali Klitschko April 24, 2004 — November 9, 2005 WBC The Ring Corrie Sanders (WBO) 2
11. Michael Spinks September 21, 1985 — February 19, 1987 IBF The Ring 2
13. Sonny Liston September 25, 1962 — February 25, 1964 undisputed The Ring 1
13. Leon Spinks February 15, 1978 — September 15, 1978 undisputed The Ring 1
13. Buster Douglas February 11, 1990 — October 25, 1990 undisputed 1
13. Oleksandr Usyk September 25, 2021 — present unified The Ring 1