WBA Featherweight Champion

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Featherweight champion as recognized by the World Boxing Association.

RELATED LINK: WBA Featherweight Title Fights

Primary Championship Lineage

  • Every Super champion is the primary champion.
  • A Regular champion is a primary champion only if Super, Undisputed and Unified is vacant.
  • A Unified champion is a primary champion only if Super is vacant.
  • Not every Regular or Unified champion gets promoted to Super if it is vacant.
  • Not every Regular champion gets to fight for the vacant Super title.
  • A Regular or Unified champion that is considered the primary champion is relegated to secondary champion if Super gets occupied.
No.
Champion
Reign Began Reign Ended
Defenses
Opponents
1 Sugar Ramos 1963 Mar 21 1964 Sep 26 3 3
2 Vicente Saldivar 1964 Sep 26 1967 Oct R 7 4
3 Raul Rojas 1968 Mar 28 1968 Sep 27 0 0
4 Shozo Saijo 1968 Sep 27 1971 Sep 2 5 4
5 Antonio Gomez 1971 Sep 2 1972 Aug 19 1 1
6 Ernesto Marcel 1972 Aug 19 1974 May 31 R 4 4
7 Ruben Olivares 1974 Jul 9 1974 Nov 23 0 0
8 Alexis Arguello 1974 Nov 23 1976 Oct 9 V 4 4
9 Rafael Ortega 1977 Jan 15 1977 Dec 17 1 1
10 Cecilio Lastra 1977 Dec 17 1978 Apr 15 0 0
11 Eusebio Pedroza 1978 Apr 15 1985 Jun 8 19 18
12 Barry McGuigan 1985 Jun 8 1986 Jun 23 2 2
13 Steve Cruz 1986 Jun 23 1987 Mar 6 0 0
14 Antonio Esparragoza 1987 Mar 6 1991 Mar 30 7 7
15 Yong-Kyun Park 1991 Mar 30 1993 Dec 4 8 8
16 Eloy Rojas 1993 Dec 4 1996 May 18 6 6
17 Wilfredo Vazquez 1996 May 18 1998 Apr 3 S 4 4
18 Freddie Norwood 1998 Apr 3 1998 Sep 22 S 2 2
19 Antonio Cermeno 1998 Oct 3 1999 May 29 1 1
20 Freddie Norwood (2) 1999 May 29 2000 Sep 9 3 3
21 Derrick Gainer 2000 Sep 9 2003 Nov 1 3 3
22 Juan Manuel Marquez 2003 Nov 1 2005 Aug 22 S 3 3
23 Chris John 2005 Aug 22 2010 Jul 14 8 7
24 Yuriorkis Gamboa 2010 Jul 14 2010 Dec 5 RG 1 1
25 Chris John (2) 2010 Dec 5 2013 Dec 6 6 6
26 Simpiwe Vetyeka 2013 Dec 6 2014 May 31 0 0
27 Nonito Donaire 2014 May 31 2014 Oct 18 0 0
28 Nicholas Walters 2014 Oct 18 2015 Jun 12 S 1 1
29 Jesus Cuellar 2015 Jun 12 2015 Aug 29 RG 0 0
30 Leo Santa Cruz 2015 Aug 29 2016 Jul 30 1 1
31 Carl Frampton 2016 Jul 30 2017 Jan 28 0 0
32 Leo Santa Cruz (2) 2017 Jan 28 Present 3 3


R - Retired
S - Stripped
V - Vacated
RG - Relegated to secondary champion