WBC Light Heavyweight Champion

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Light Heavyweight champion as recognized by the World Boxing Council.

  • The maximum weight for this division is 175 pounds (79.4 kg or 12½ stone).
  • One of the traditional eight divisions.

RELATED LINK: WBC Light Heavyweight Title Fights

No.
Champion
Reign Began Reign Ended
Defenses
Opponents
1 Harold Johnson 1963 Feb 14 1963 Jun 1 0 0
2 Willie Pastrano 1963 Jun 1 1965 Mar 30 2 2
3 Jose Torres 1965 Mar 30 1966 Dec 16 3 3
4 Dick Tiger 1966 Dec 16 1968 May 24 2 2
5 Bob Foster 1968 May 24 1974 Sep 16 R 14 13
6 John Conteh 1974 Oct 1 1977 May 21 S 3 3
7 Miguel Angel Cuello 1977 May 21 1978 Jan 7 0 0
8 Mate Parlov 1978 Jan 7 1978 Dec 2 1 1
9 Marvin Johnson 1978 Dec 2 1979 Apr 22 0 0
10 Matthew Franklin 1979 Apr 22 1981 Dec 19 8 7
11 Dwight Braxton 1981 Dec 19 1983 Mar 18 3 3
12 Michael Spinks 1983 Mar 18 1985 Sep 21 V 4 4
13 JB Williamson 1985 Dec 10 1986 Apr 30 0 0
14 Dennis Andries 1986 Apr 30 1987 Mar 7 1 1
15 Thomas Hearns 1987 Mar 7 1987 Nov 27 V 0 0
16 Donny Lalonde 1987 Nov 27 1988 Nov 7 1 1
17 Sugar Ray Leonard 1988 Nov 7 1988 Nov 17 V 0 0
18 Dennis Andries (2) 1989 Feb 21 1989 Jun 24 0 0
19 Jeff Harding 1989 Jun 24 1990 Jul 28 2 2
20 Dennis Andries (3) 1990 Jul 28 1991 Sep 11 2 2
21 Jeff Harding (2) 1991 Sep 11 1994 Jul 23 2 2
22 Mike McCallum 1994 Jul 23 1995 Jun 16 1 1
23 Fabrice Tiozzo 1995 Jun 16 1997 Mar V 1 1
24 Roy Jones Jr. 1997 Mar 1997 Mar 21 0 0
25 Montell Griffin 1997 Mar 21 1997 Aug 7 0 0
26 Roy Jones Jr. (2) 1997 Aug 7 2003 Mar 1 V 11 11
27 Graciano Rocchigiani 1998 Mar 21
(Restored Champion)
2000 Apr 15 0 0
28 Antonio Tarver 2003 Apr 26 2003 Nov 8 0 0
29 Roy Jones Jr. (3) 2003 Nov 8 2004 May 15 0 0
30 Antonio Tarver (2) 2004 May 15 2004 Dec S 0 0
31 Tomasz Adamek 2005 May 21 2007 Feb 3 2 2
32 Chad Dawson 2007 Feb 3 2008 Jul 11 S 3 3
33 Adrian Diaconu 2008 Jul 11 2009 Jun 19 0 0
34 Jean Pascal 2009 Jun 19 2011 May 21 4 4
35 Bernard Hopkins 2011 May 21 2012 Apr 28 1 1
36 Chad Dawson (2) 2012 Apr 28 2013 Jun 8 0 0
37 Adonis Stevenson 2013 Jun 8 2018 Dec 1 9 8
38 Oleksandr Gvozdyk 2018 Dec 1 2019 Oct 19 0 0
39 Artur Beterbiev 2019 Oct 19 Present 3 3


R - Retired
S - Stripped
V - Vacated