Oldest World Heavyweight Champions

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Listing of oldest World Heavyweight Champions by age at their last day as champion. The maximum weight for this division is unlimited (200+ lbs, 90.9+ kg, 14 stone 4 lbs+).

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All Championship Reigns

As of August 22, 2022.

Pos. Name Recognition Last Day As Champion Age
1. George Foreman IBF June 29, 1995 46 years, 5 months, 18 days
2. Vitali Klitschko WBC December 16, 2013 42 years, 2 months, 26 days
3. Wladimir Klitschko WBA, IBF, WBO November 28, 2015 39 years, 8 months, 3 days
4. Oleg Maskaev WBC March 8, 2008 39 years, 6 days
5. Jersey Joe Walcott NBA, NYSAC September 23, 1952 38 years, 7 months, 23 days
6. Lennox Lewis WBC February 6, 2004 38 years, 5 months, 4 days
7. Evander Holyfield WBA March 3, 2001 38 years, 4 months, 12 days
8. Corrie Sanders WBO February 1, 2004 38 years, 25 days
9. Muhammad Ali WBA October 18, 1979 37 years, 9 months, 1 day
10. Jess Willard Lineal July 4, 1919 37 years, 6 months, 5 days

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.

As of August 22, 2022.

Pos. Name Recognition Last Day As Champion Age
1. Wladimir Klitschko WBA, IBF, WBO November 28, 2015 39 years, 8 months, 3 days
2. Jersey Joe Walcott NBA, NYSAC September 23, 1952 38 years, 7 months, 23 days
3. Lennox Lewis WBC February 6, 2004 38 years, 5 months, 4 days
4. Muhammad Ali WBA October 18, 1979 37 years, 9 months, 1 day
5. Jess Willard Lineal July 4, 1919 37 years, 6 months, 5 days
6. Jack Johnson Lineal April 5, 1915 37 years, 0 months, 5 days
7. Bob Fitzsimmons Lineal July 4, 1919 36 years, 0 months, 14 days
8. Larry Holmes IBF September 21, 1985 35 years, 10 months, 18 days
9. Oleksandr Usyk WBA, IBF, WBO Present 35 years, 7 months, 10 days
10. Joe Louis NYSAC, NBA March 1, 1949 34 years, 9 months, 16 days