World Heavyweight Championship Records and Statistics – Era Of International Expansion (1949–present)

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The growing popularity of boxing outside of the USA led to creation of various boxing organizations, each strengthening their influence (most notably the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC)) and having their own champion. This resulted in a growing number of boxers claiming to be legitimate champions. The disruption in boxing was solved after the World War II when the World Championship Committee (WCC) was created with National Boxing Association as its unanimous authority. The committee was disbanded in 1955 when NBA, along with its new members which included the Orient, Mexican and South American federations and boxing commissions of the Philippines and Thailand, left WCC. On September 25, 1962, the NBA officially became the WBA and moved their headquarters to Panama City, Panama. A year later NYSAC along with European Boxing Union (EBU) and BBBofC supported the creation of the WBC which was officially established on February 14, 1963 in Mexico City, Mexico by 11 countries from four different continents that were invited by the President of Mexico Adolfo López Mateos. In April 1983, members of United States Boxing Association (USBA) along with Robert W. Lee (a former WBA vice-president) voted to expand the organisation and form the USBA-International. The organization later changed the name to IBF. Another major sanctioning body, the WBO, was established in 1988 in San Juan, Puerto Rico by a group of local businessmen.

Note 1: Only the primary championship of a major organization is included
Note 2: WBO Heavyweight Title bouts before August 23, 1997 are not included. Several International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees' professional boxing records printed in the organization's official record books indicate that IBHOF started recognizing WBO as a major organization no later than August 23, 1997:
  • IBHOF official record book, 1997 edition
    • Sugar Ray Leonard's opponent Thomas Hearns, who was defending the WBO Super Middleweight Title against him on 12 June 1989, is not marked as World Champion
  • IBHOF official record book, 1999 edition
    • Sugar Ray Leonard's opponent Thomas Hearns, who was defending the WBO Super Middleweight Title against him on 12 June 1989, is not marked as World Champion
  • IBHOF official record book, 2002 edition
    • Sugar Ray Leonard's opponent Thomas Hearns, who was defending the WBO Super Middleweight Title against him on 12 June 1989, is not marked as World Champion
  • IBHOF official record book, 2006 edition
    • Sugar Ray Leonard's opponent Thomas Hearns, who was defending the WBO Super Middleweight Title against him on 12 June 1989, is not marked as World Champion
    • Michael Carbajal's opponent Josue Camacho, who was defending the WBO Junior Flyweight Title against him on 15 July 1994, is not marked as World Champion
    • Michael Carbajal’s opponent Jorge Arce, who was defending the WBO Junior Flyweight Title against him on 31 July 1999, is marked as World Champion
  • IBHOF official record book, 2011 edition
    • Sugar Ray Leonard's opponent Thomas Hearns, who was defending the WBO Super Middleweight Title against him on 12 June 1989, is not marked as World Champion
    • Michael Carbajal's opponent Josue Camacho, who was defending the WBO Junior Flyweight Title against him on 15 July 1994, is not marked as World Champion
    • Ricardo Lopez's opponent Alex Sanchez, who was defending the WBO Minimumweight Title against him on 23 August 1997, is marked as World Champion
    • Michael Carbajal’s opponent Jorge Arce, who was defending the WBO Junior Flyweight Title against him on 31 July 1999, is marked as World Champion

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1 Most Opponents Beaten for World Heavyweight Title
2 Most Wins in World Heavyweight Title Fights
3 Most Opponents Title Was Successfully Defended Against During One Reign
4 Most Consecutive World Heavyweight Title Defenses