WBA Welterweight Champion

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Welterweight champion as recognized by the World Boxing Association.

RELATED LINK: WBA Welterweight 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 Emile Griffith 1962 Dec 8 1963 Mar 21 0 0
2 Luis Manuel Rodriguez 1963 Mar 21 1963 Jun 8 0 0
3 Emile Griffith (2) 1963 Jun 8 1966 Apr 25 V 4 4
4 Curtis Cokes 1966 Aug 24 1969 Apr 18 5 5
5 Jose Napoles 1969 Apr 18 1970 Dec 3 3 3
6 Billy Backus 1970 Dec 3 1971 Jun 4 0 0
7 Jose Napoles (2) 1971 Jun 4 1975 May 16 S 9 7
8 Angel Espada 1975 Jun 28 1976 Jul 17 1 1
9 Pipino Cuevas 1976 Jul 17 1980 Aug 2 11 9
10 Thomas Hearns 1980 Aug 2 1981 Sep 16 3 3
11 Sugar Ray Leonard 1981 Sep 16 1982 Nov 9 R 1 1
12 Donald Curry 1983 Feb 13 1986 Sep 27 7 7
13 Lloyd Honeyghan 1986 Sep 27 1987 Jan 5 V 0 0
14 Mark Breland 1987 Feb 6 1987 Aug 22 0 0
15 Marlon Starling 1987 Aug 22 1988 Jul 29 2 2
16 Tomas Molinares 1988 Jul 29 1988 Dec 12 V 0 0
17 Mark Breland (2) 1989 Feb 4 1990 Jul 8 4 4
18 Aaron Davis 1990 Jul 8 1991 Jan 19 0 0
19 Meldrick Taylor 1991 Jan 19 1992 Oct 31 2 2
20 Crisanto Espana 1992 Oct 31 1994 Jun 4 2 2
21 Ike Quartey 1994 Jun 4 1998 Aug 19 S 7 7
22 James Page 1998 Oct 10 2000 Sep 27 S 3 3
23 Andrew Lewis 2001 Feb 17 2002 Mar 30 1 1
24 Ricardo Mayorga 2002 Mar 30 2003 Dec 13 2 1
25 Cory Spinks 2003 Dec 13 2005 Feb 5 2 2
26 Zab Judah 2005 Feb 5 2006 Jan 7 S 1 1
27 Luis Collazo 2006 Jan 7 2006 May 13 0 0
28 Ricky Hatton 2006 May 13 2006 Aug 31 V 0 0
29 Miguel Angel Cotto 2006 Dec 2 2008 Jul 26 4 4
30 Antonio Margarito 2008 Jul 26 2009 Jan 24 0 0
31 Shane Mosley 2009 Jan 24 2010 May 21 S 0 0
32 Vyacheslav Senchenko 2010 May 21 2012 Apr 29 2 2
33 Paul Malignaggi 2012 Apr 29 2013 Jun 22 0 0
34 Adrien Broner 2013 Jun 22 2013 Dec 14 0 0
35 Marcos Maidana 2013 Dec 14 2014 May 03 0 0
36 Floyd Mayweather Jr. 2014 May 03 2016 Jan 19 R 0 0
37 Keith Thurman 2016 Jan 19 2019 Jul 20 3 3
38 Manny Pacquiao 2019 Jul 20 2021 Jan 29 S 0 0
39 Yordenis Ugas 2021 Jan 29 2022 Apr 16 1 1
40 Errol Spence Jr 2022 Apr 16 Present 0 0


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