List of The Ring world champions

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Boxing magazine The Ring has awarded world championships in professional boxing within each weight class from its foundation in 1922 until the 1990s, and again since 2001. These titles were at one point intertwined with the lineal championship of a weight class, but have since become distinct from each other.

Contents

Current champion
Most consecutive title defenses

Heavyweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey
(awarded inaugural title)
19222
2 Flag of the United States.svg Gene Tunney 23 September 1926 – 31 July 19283
Tunney retires.
3 Flag of Germany.svg Max Schmeling
(def. Jack Sharkey )
12 June 19301
4 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Sharkey 21 June 19320
5 Flag of Italy.svg Primo Carnera 29 June 19332
6 Flag of the United States.svg Max Baer 14 June 19340
7 Flag of the United States.svg James J. Braddock 13 June 19350
8 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis 22 June 1937 – 1 March 194926
Louis retires.
9 Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles
(def. Joe Louis )
27 September 19504
10 Flag of the United States.svg Jersey Joe Walcott 18 July 19511
11 Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano 23 September 1952 – 27 April 19566
Marciano retires.
12 Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson
(def. Archie Moore )
30 November 19564
13 Flag of Sweden.svg Ingemar Johansson 26 June 19590
14 Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson (2)29 June 19602
15 Flag of the United States.svg Sonny Liston 25 September 19621
16 Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 25 February 1964 – 3 February 19719
Title is vacated.
17 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier
(def. Muhammad Ali )
8 March 19712
18 Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman 22 January 19732
19 Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali (2)30 October 197410
20 Flag of the United States.svg Leon Spinks 15 February 19780
21 Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali (3)15 September 1978 – 6 September 19790
Ali retires.
22 Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes
(def. Muhammad Ali )
2 October 198012
23 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Spinks 21 September 19853
24 Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 27 June 1988 February 19902
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Tyson's reign.
25 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lennox Lewis
(awarded title)
June 2002 – 6 February 20042
Lewis retired as champion and chose not to rematch Vitali Klitschko ahead of a WBC-mandated 1 March deadline to accept the bout. [1]
26 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko
(def. Corrie Sanders )
24 April 2004 – 9 November 20051
Klitschko announced his retirement after withdrawing from a bout against Hasim Rahman due to injuries. [2]
27 Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko
(def. Ruslan Chagaev )
20 June 200911
28 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tyson Fury 28 November 2015 – 1 February 20180
Fury is stripped of the title for failing to reveal an opponent by 31 January 2018, the deadline set by The Ring. [3]
29 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tyson Fury (2)
(def. Deontay Wilder )
22 February 2020 – present0

Cruiserweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Carlos de León
(awarded inaugural title)
3 February 19842
2 Flag of the United States.svg Alfonzo Ratliff 6 June 19850
3 Flag of the United States.svg Bernard Benton 21 September 19850
4 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Carlos de León (2)22 March 1986 – 30 March 19872
Title is vacated because The Ring stopped recognizing the division.
5 Flag of France.svg Jean-Marc Mormeck
(def. Wayne Braithwaite )
2 April 20050
6 Flag of Jamaica.svg O'Neil Bell 7 January 20060
7 Flag of France.svg Jean-Marc Mormeck (2)17 March 20070
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Haye 10 November 2007 – 23 May 20081
Haye vacated the title to move up to heavyweight.
9 Flag of Poland.svg Tomasz Adamek
(def. Steve Cunningham )
11 December 2008 – 10 February 20102
Adamek vacated the title to stay at heavyweight. [4]
10 Flag of Cuba.svg Yoan Pablo Hernández
(def. Steve Cunningham )
4 February 2012 – 23 November 20153
Hernández is stripped of the title due to inactivity. [5]
11 Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleksandr Usyk
(def. Murat Gassiev )
21 July 2018 – 16 October 20191
Usyk vacated the title to move up to heavyweight. [6]
12 Flag of Latvia.svg Mairis Briedis
(def. Yuniel Dorticos )
26 September 2020 – present1

Light heavyweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of Ireland.svg Mike McTigue
(awarded inaugural title)
19240
2 Flag of the United States.svg Paul Berlenbach 23 May 19253
3 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Delaney 16 July 1926 – June 19271
Delaney vacated the title to move up to heavyweight.
4 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Loughran
(def. Mike McTigue )
7 October 1927 – 18 July 19295
Loughran vacates the title to move up to heavyweight.
5 Flag of the United States.svg Maxie Rosenbloom
(def. Jimmy Slattery )
25 June 19307
6 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Olin 16 November 19340
7 Flag of the United States.svg John Henry Lewis 31 October 1935 – June 19395
Lewis retires.
8 Flag of the United States.svg Billy Conn
(def. Melio Bettina )
13 July 1939 – June 19413
Conn vacates the title to move up to heavyweight.
9 Flag of the United States.svg Gus Lesnevich
(def. Tami Mauriello )
26 August 19414
10 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Freddie Mills 26 July 19480
11 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Maxim 24 January 19502
12 Flag of the United States.svg Archie Moore 17 December 1952 – 12 May 19629
Moore vacates the title to move up to heavyweight.
13 Flag of the United States.svg Harold Johnson
(def. Doug Jones )
12 May 19621
14 Flag of the United States.svg Willie Pastrano 1 June 19632
15 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg José Torres 30 March 19653
16 Flag of Nigeria.svg Dick Tiger 16 December 19662
17 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Foster 24 May 1968 – 16 September 197414
Foster retires.
18 Flag of the United States.svg Matthew Saad Muhammad
(awarded title)
30 November 19797
19 Flag of the United States.svg Dwight Muhammad Qawi 19 December 19813
20 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Spinks 18 March 1983 – 21 September 19854
Spinks vacates the title to stay at heavyweight.
21 Flag of the United States.svg Roy Jones Jr.
(awarded title)
20013
22 Flag of the United States.svg Antonio Tarver 15 May 20040
23 Flag of Jamaica.svg Glen Johnson 18 December 20040
24 Flag of the United States.svg Antonio Tarver (2)18 June 20051
25 Flag of the United States.svg Bernard Hopkins 10 June 20061
26 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Joe Calzaghe 19 April 2008 – 5 February 20091
Calzaghe retires. [7]
27 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jean Pascal
(def. Chad Dawson )
14 August 20101
28 Flag of the United States.svg Bernard Hopkins (2)21 May 20110
29 Flag of the United States.svg Chad Dawson 28 April 20120
30 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Adonis Stevenson 8 June 2013 – 23 November 20156
Stevenson is stripped of the title for failing to fight a top 5 contender within 2 years of his last fight against another top 5 contender. [5]
31 Flag of the United States.svg Andre Ward
(def. Sergey Kovalev )
17 June 2017 – 21 September 20170
Ward retires. [8]

Super middleweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Calzaghe
(def. Jeff Lacy )
4 March 2006 – 28 September 20083
Calzaghe vacates the title to stay at light heavyweight.
2 Flag of the United States.svg Andre Ward
(def. Carl Froch )
17 December 2011 – 19 February 20151
Ward is stripped of the title for failing to schedule a fight with a top 5 contender from any weight class for two years per The Ring policy. [9]
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Callum Smith
(def. George Groves )
28 September 20182
4 Flag of Mexico.svg Canelo Álvarez 19 December 2020 – present2

Middleweight

Men's

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United States.svg Harry Greb
(awarded inaugural title)
19243
2 Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Flowers 26 February 19261
3 Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Walker 3 December 1926 – 19 June 19313
Walker vacated the title to move up to heavyweight.
4 Flag of France.svg Marcel Thil
(def. Gorilla Jones )
11 June 1932 – 23 September 193710
Thil retires.
5 Flag of the United States.svg Freddie Steele
(awarded title)
23 September 1937 – 19381
Steele stripped of the title.
6 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Zale
(def. Georgie Abrams )
28 November 19411
7 Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Graziano 16 July 19470
8 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Zale (2)10 June 19480
9 Flag of France.svg Marcel Cerdan 21 September 19480
10 Flag of the United States.svg Jake LaMotta 17 June 19492
11 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson 14 February 19510
12 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Randy Turpin 10 July 19510
13 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson (2)12 September 1951 – 18 December 19522
Robinson retires but later comes back.
14 Flag of the United States.svg Carl Olson
(def. Randy Turpin )
21 October 19533
15 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson (3)9 December 19551
16 Flag of the United States.svg Gene Fullmer 2 January 19570
17 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson (4)1 May 19570
18 Flag of the United States.svg Carmen Basilio 23 September 19570
19 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson (5)25 March 19580
20 Flag of the United States.svg Paul Pender 22 January 19603
21 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Terry Downes 11 July 19610
22 Flag of the United States.svg Paul Pender (2)7 April 1962 – 7 May 19630
Pender retires.
23 Flag of Nigeria.svg Dick Tiger
(awarded title)
7 May 19631
24 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Giardello 7 December 19631
25 Flag of Nigeria.svg Dick Tiger (2)21 October 19650
26 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith 25 April 19662
27 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Benvenuti 17 April 19670
28 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith (2)29 September 19670
29 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Benvenuti (2)4 March 19684
30 Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Monzón 7 November 1970 – 29 August 197714
Monzón retires.
31 Flag of Colombia.svg Rodrigo Valdez
(def. Bennie Briscoe )
5 November 19770
32 Flag of Argentina.svg Hugo Corro 22 April 19782
33 Flag of Italy.svg Vito Antuofermo 30 June 19791
34 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Minter 16 March 19801
35 Flag of the United States.svg Marvin Hagler 27 September 198012
36 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Leonard 6 April 1987 – 27 May 19870
Leonard retires.
37 Flag of Italy.svg Sumbu Kalambay
(awarded title)
6 July 1988 19892
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Kalambay's reign.
38 Flag of the United States.svg Bernard Hopkins
(def. Félix Trinidad )
29 September 20016
39 Flag of the United States.svg Jermain Taylor 16 July 20054
40 Flag of the United States.svg Kelly Pavlik 29 September 20073
41 Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Martínez 17 April 20106
42 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Miguel Cotto 7 June 20141
43 Flag of Mexico.svg Canelo Álvarez 21 November 2015 – 12 June 20182
Álvarez is stripped of the title after testing positive of Clenbuterol. [10]
44 Flag of Mexico.svg Canelo Álvarez (2)
(def. Gennady Golovkin )
15 September 2018 – 1 January 20211
Álvarez vacates the title to stay at super middleweight. [11]

Women's

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United States.svg Claressa Shields
(def. Christina Hammer )
13 April 2019 – present0

Junior middleweight

Men's

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United States.svg Oscar Albarado
(def. Koichi Wajima )
4 June 19741
2 Flag of Japan.svg Koichi Wajima 21 January 19750
3 Flag of South Korea.svg Yuh Jae-Doo 7 June 19751
4 Flag of Japan.svg Koichi Wajima (2)17 February 19760
5 Flag of Spain.svg José Durán 18 May 19760
6 Flag of Argentina.svg Miguel Angel Castellini 8 October 19760
7 Flag of Nicaragua.svg Eddie Gazo 5 March 19773
8 Flag of Japan.svg Masashi Kudo 9 August 19783
9 Flag of Uganda.svg Ayub Kalule 24 October 19794
10 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Leonard 25 June 1981 – 19820
Leonard vacates the title to move back down to welterweight.
11 Flag of the United States.svg Thomas Hearns
(def. Wilfred Benítez )
3 December 1982 – September 19864
Hearns vacates the title to move up.
12 Flag of the United States.svg Oscar De La Hoya
(def. Fernando Vargas )
14 September 20021
13 Flag of the United States.svg Shane Mosley 13 September 20030
14 Flag of the United States.svg Winky Wright 13 March 2004 – 7 November 20051
Wright vacates the title to move up to middleweight.
15 Flag of Mexico.svg Canelo Álvarez
(def. Austin Trout )
20 April 20130
16 Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Mayweather Jr. 14 September 2013 – 10 August 20150
Mayweather Jr. is stripped of the title due to inactivity in the weight class. [12]
17 Flag of the United States.svg Jermell Charlo
(def. Jeison Rosario )
26 September 2020 – present1

Women's

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United States.svg Claressa Shields
(def. Marie-Eve Dicaire )
5 March 2021 – present0

Welterweight

Men's

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Walker
(awarded inaugural title)
19242
2 Flag of the United States.svg Pete Latzo 20 May 19262
3 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Joe Dundee 3 June 19270
4 Flag of the United States.svg Jackie Fields 25 July 19290
5 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Thompson 9 May 19300
6 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Freeman 5 September 19300
7 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Thompson (2)14 April 19310
8 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Lou Brouillard 23 October 19310
9 Flag of the United States.svg Jackie Fields (2)28 January 19320
10 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Young Corbett III 22 February 19330
11 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Jimmy McLarnin 29 May 19330
12 Flag of the United States.svg Barney Ross 28 May 19340
13 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Jimmy McLarnin (2)17 September 19340
14 Flag of the United States.svg Barney Ross (2)28 May 19352
15 Flag of the United States.svg Henry Armstrong 31 May 193819
16 Flag of the United States.svg Fritzie Zivic 4 October 19401
17 Flag of the United States.svg Freddie Cochrane 29 July 19410
18 Flag of the United States.svg Marty Servo 1 February 1946 – 25 September 19460
Servo retires.
19 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson
(def. Tommy Bell )
20 December 1946 – 19515
Robinson vacates the title to stay at middleweight.
20 Flag of Cuba.svg Kid Gavilán
(def. Billy Graham )
29 August 19517
21 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Saxton 20 October 19540
22 Flag of the United States.svg Tony DeMarco 1 April 19550
23 Flag of the United States.svg Carmen Basilio 10 June 19551
24 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Saxton (2)14 March 19560
25 Flag of the United States.svg Carmen Basilio (2)12 September 1956 – 23 September 19571
Basilio vacates the title to stay at middleweight.
26 Flag of the United States.svg Virgil Akins
(def. Vince Martinez)
6 June 19580
27 Flag of the United States.svg Don Jordan 5 December 19582
28 Flag of Cuba.svg Benny Paret 27 May 19601
29 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith 1 April 19611
30 Flag of Cuba.svg Benny Paret (2)30 September 19610
31 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith (2)24 March 19622
32 Flag of Cuba.svg Luis Manuel Rodríguez 21 March 19630
33 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith (3)8 June 1963 – 25 April 19664
Griffith vacates the title to stay at middleweight.
34 Flag of the United States.svg Curtis Cokes
(def. Jean Josselin )
28 November 19664
35 Flag of Cuba.svg José Nápoles 18 April 19693
36 Flag of the United States.svg Billy Backus 3 December 19700
37 Flag of Cuba.svg José Nápoles (2)4 June 197110
38 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Stracey 6 December 19751
39 Flag of Mexico.svg Carlos Palomino 22 June 19767
40 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Wilfred Benítez 14 January 19791
41 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Leonard 30 November 19791
42 Flag of Panama.svg Roberto Durán 20 June 19800
43 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Leonard (2)25 November 1980 – 9 November 19822
Leonard retires due to eye injury.
44 Flag of the United States.svg Donald Curry
(def. Milton McCrory )
6 December 19851
45 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lloyd Honeyghan 27 September 19863
46 Flag of Mexico.svg Jorge Vaca 27 October 19870
47 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lloyd Honeyghan (2)29 March 19881
48 Flag of the United States.svg Marlon Starling 4 February 1989 19891
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Starling's reign.
49 Flag of the United States.svg Vernon Forrest
(def. Shane Mosley )
26 January 20021
50 Flag of Nicaragua.svg Ricardo Mayorga 25 January 20031
51 Flag of the United States.svg Cory Spinks 13 December 20032
52 Flag of the United States.svg Zab Judah 5 February 20051
53 Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Baldomir 7 January 20061
54 Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Mayweather Jr. 4 November 2006 – 6 June 20081
Mayweather Jr. retires for the first time. [13]
55 Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2)
(def. Robert Guerrero )
4 May 2013 – 12 September 20154
Mayweather Jr. retires.

Women's

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United States.svg Jessica McCaskill
(def. Cecilia Brækhus )
13 March 2021 – present0

Junior welterweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United States.svg Mushy Callahan
(awarded inaugural title)
19281
2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Berg 18 February 1930 - 19316
The Ring ended the list in 1931 and then resumed in 1962.
3 Flag of Italy.svg Duilio Loi
(def. Eddie Perkins )
15 December 1962 – January 19630
Loi retires.
4 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Perkins
(def. Roberto Cruz )
15 June 19632
5 Flag of Venezuela.svg Carlos Hernández 18 January 19652
6 Flag of Italy.svg Sandro Lopopolo 29 April 19661
7 Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Fuji 30 April 19671
8 Flag of Argentina.svg Nicolino Locche 12 December 19685
9 Flag of Panama.svg Alfonso Frazer 10 March 19720
10 Flag of Colombia.svg Antonio Cervantes 28 October 197210
11 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Wilfred Benítez 6 March 1976 – 19793
Benítez vacates the title to move up to welterweight.
12 Flag of Colombia.svg Antonio Cervantes (2)
(def. Miguel Montilla)
18 January 19792
13 Flag of the United States.svg Aaron Pryor 2 August 1980 – 26 October 19838
Pryor retires.
14 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kostya Tszyu
(def. Zab Judah )
3 November 20013
15 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ricky Hatton 4 June 20055
16 Flag of the Philippines.svg Manny Pacquiao 2 May 2009 – 26 July 20100
Pacquiao vacates the title to stay at welterweight. [14]
17 Flag of the United States.svg Danny García
(def. Amir Khan )
14 July 2012 – 10 August 20154
Garcia vacates the title to stay at welterweight. [15]
18 Flag of the United States.svg Terence Crawford
(def. Viktor Postol )
23 July 2016 – 26 October 20173
Crawford vacates the title to move up to welterweight.
19 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Josh Taylor
(def. Regis Prograis )
26 October 2019 – present2

Lightweight

Men's

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United States.svg Benny Leonard
(awarded inaugural title)
1924 – 15 January 19250
Leonard retires.
2 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Goodrich
(def. Stanislaus Loayza)
13 July 19250
3 Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Kansas 7 December 19250
4 Flag of the United States.svg Sammy Mandell 3 July 19262
5 Flag of the United States.svg Al Singer 17 July 19300
6 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Canzoneri 14 November 19304
7 Flag of the United States.svg Barney Ross 23 June 1933 – 19331
Ross vacates the title to move up to junior welterweight.
8 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Canzoneri (2)
(def. Lou Ambers )
10 May 19351
9 Flag of the United States.svg Lou Ambers 3 September 19362
10 Flag of the United States.svg Henry Armstrong 17 August 19381
11 Flag of the United States.svg Lou Ambers (2)22 August 19390
12 Flag of the United States.svg Lew Jenkins 10 May 19401
13 Flag of the United States.svg Sammy Angott 19 December 1941 – 13 November 19421
Angott retires.
14 Flag of the United States.svg Ike Williams
(def. Bob Montgomery )
4 August 19475
15 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Carter 25 May 19512
16 Flag of Mexico.svg Lauro Salas 14 May 19520
17 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Carter (2)15 October 19523
18 Flag of the United States.svg Paddy DeMarco 5 March 19540
19 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Carter (3)17 November 19540
20 Flag of the United States.svg Wallace Smith 29 June 19551
21 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Brown 24 August 195611
22 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Carlos Ortiz 21 April 19624
23 Flag of Panama.svg Ismael Laguna 10 April 19650
24 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Carlos Ortiz (2)13 November 19655
25 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Carlos Cruz 29 June 19681
26 Flag of the United States.svg Mando Ramos 18 February 19691
27 Flag of Panama.svg Ismael Laguna (2)3 March 19701
28 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Buchanan 26 September 19702
29 Flag of Panama.svg Roberto Durán 26 June 1972 – 2 February 197912
Durán vacates the title to move up to welterweight.
30 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jim Watt
(awarded title)
12 April 19810
31 Flag of Nicaragua.svg Alexis Argüello 20 June 1981 – February 19834
Argüello vacates the title to move up to junior welterweight.
32 Flag of Mexico.svg Julio César Chávez
(def. José Luis Ramírez )
29 October 1988 – 2 March 19890
Chávez vacates the title to move up to junior welterweight.
33 Flag of the United States.svg Pernell Whitaker
(def. José Luis Ramírez )
20 August 1989 19890
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Whitaker's reign.
34 Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Mayweather Jr.
(def. José Luis Castillo )
20 April 2002 – 22 May 20043
Mayweather Jr. vacates the title to move up to junior welterweight.
35 Flag of Mexico.svg José Luis Castillo
(def. Juan Lazcano )
5 June 20042
36 Flag of the United States.svg Diego Corrales 7 May 20050
37 Flag of Cuba.svg Joel Casamayor 7 October 20062
38 Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Manuel Márquez 13 September 2008 – 14 April 20123
Márquez vacates the title to stay at junior welterweight.
39 Flag of the United States.svg Terence Crawford
(def. Ray Beltrán )
29 November 2014 – 18 April 20150
Crawford vacates the title to move up to junior welterweight.
40 Flag of Venezuela.svg Jorge Linares
(def. Anthony Crolla )
24 September 20163
41 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vasyl Lomachenko 13 May 20183
42 Flag of the United States.svg Teófimo López 17 October 2020 – present0

Women's

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of Ireland.svg Katie Taylor
(def. Delfine Persoon )
1 June 2019 – present3

Junior lightweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United States.svg Steve Sullivan
(def. Johnny Dundee )
20 June 19242
2 Flag of the United States.svg Mike Ballerino 1 April 19251
3 Flag of the United States.svg Tod Morgan 2 December 192510
4 Flag of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.svg Benny Bass 20 December 19290
5 Flag of Cuba.svg Kid Chocolate 15 July 1931 - 19311
The Ring ended the list in 1931 and then resumed in 1962.
6 Flag of the Philippines.svg Flash Elorde
(awarded title)
19626
7 Flag of Japan.svg Yoshiaki Numata 15 June 19670
8 Flag of Japan.svg Hiroshi Kobayashi 14 December 19676
9 Flag of Venezuela.svg Alfredo Marcano 29 July 19711
10 Flag of the Philippines.svg Ben Villaflor 25 April 19721
11 Flag of Japan.svg Kuniaki Shibata 13 March 19731
12 Flag of the Philippines.svg Ben Villaflor (2)17 October 19735
13 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Samuel Serrano 16 October 197610
14 Flag of Japan.svg Yasutsune Uehara 2 August 19801
15 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Samuel Serrano (2)9 April 19813
16 Flag of the United States.svg Roger Mayweather 19 January 19832
17 Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Lockridge 26 February 19842
18 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Wilfredo Gómez 19 May 19850
19 Flag of Panama.svg Alfredo Layne 24 May 19860
20 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Brian Mitchell 27 September 1986 – 30 March 19871
The Ring ended the list in 1986 and then resumed in 1989.
21 Flag of the Philippines.svg Manny Pacquiao
(def. Juan Manuel Márquez )
15 March 2008 – 28 July 20080
Pacquiao vacates the title to move up to lightweight.

Featherweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.svg Louis Kid Kaplan
(def. Danny Kramer)
2 January 1925 – 6 July 19263
Kaplan vacates the title.
2 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Canzoneri
(def. Johnny Dundee )
24 October 19271
3 Flag of France.svg André Routis 28 September 19281
4 Flag of the United States.svg Christopher Battalino 23 September 1929 – 1 March 19325
Battalino vacates the title.
5 Flag of Cuba.svg Kid Chocolate
(def. Lew Feldman)
13 October 1932 19 February 19342
Chocolate vacates the title.
6 Flag of the United States.svg Freddie Miller
(awarded title)
19348
7 Flag of the United States.svg Petey Sarron 11 May 19362
8 Flag of the United States.svg Henry Armstrong 29 October 1937 – 5 December 19380
Armstrong vacates the title.
9 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Archibald
(def. Leo Rodak )
18 April 19391
10 Flag of the United States.svg Harry Jeffra 20 May 19401
11 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Archibald (2)12 May 19410
12 Flag of the United States.svg Chalky Wright 11 September 19412
13 Flag of the United States.svg Willie Pep 20 November 19426
14 Flag of the United States.svg Sandy Saddler 29 October 19480
15 Flag of the United States.svg Willie Pep (2)11 February 19493
16 Flag of the United States.svg Sandy Saddler (2)8 September 1950 – 21 January 19573
Saddler retires.
17 Flag of Nigeria.svg Hogan Bassey
(def. Cherif Hamia)
24 June 19571
18 Flag of the United States.svg Davey Moore 18 March 19595
19 Flag of Mexico.svg Sugar Ramos 21 March 19633
20 Flag of Mexico.svg Vicente Saldivar 26 September 1964 – 14 October 19678
Salvidar retires.
21 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Johnny Famechon
(def. José Legrá )
21 January 19692
22 Flag of Mexico.svg Vicente Saldivar (2)9 May 19700
23 Flag of Japan.svg Kuniaki Shibata 11 December 19702
24 Flag of Mexico.svg Clemente Sánchez 19 May 1972 – 16 December 19720
Sánchez is stripped of the title for failing to make weight.
25 Flag of Nicaragua.svg Alexis Argüello
(def. Rigoberto Riasco)
31 May 1975 – 20 June 19772
Argüello vacates the title to move up to junior lightweight.
26 Flag of the United States.svg Danny Lopez
(def. Roberto Castañón)
10 March 19792
27 Flag of Mexico.svg Salvador Sánchez 2 February 1980 – 12 August 19829
Title is vacated because Sánchez died from a car accident.
28 Flag of Panama.svg Eusebio Pedroza
(awarded title)
22 September 19825
29 Flag of Ireland.svg Barry McGuigan 8 June 19852
30 Flag of the United States.svg Steve Cruz 23 June 19860
31 Flag of Venezuela.svg Antonio Esparragoza 6 March 1987 19906
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Esparragoza's reign.
32 Flag of Mexico.svg Marco Antonio Barrera
(def. Érik Morales )
22 June 20022
33 Flag of the Philippines.svg Manny Pacquiao 15 November 2003 – 22 June 20052
Pacquiao vacates the title to stay at junior lightweight.
34 Flag of the United States.svg Mikey Garcia
(def. Orlando Salido )
19 January 2013 – 15 June 20130
Garcia vacates the title to move up to junior lightweight.

Junior featherweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Wilfredo Gómez
(def. Nestor Jimenez)
9 March 1979 – May 198310
Gómez vacates the title to move up to featherweight.
2 Flag of the United States.svg Paulie Ayala
(def. Bones Adams )
23 February 2002 – May 20040
Ayala vacates the title to move up to featherweight.
3 Flag of Mexico.svg Israel Vázquez
(def. Óscar Larios )
3 December 20052
4 Flag of Mexico.svg Rafael Márquez 3 March 20070
5 Flag of Mexico.svg Israel Vázquez (2)4 August 2007 – 28 May 20091
Vázquez vacates the title to move up to featherweight.
6 Flag of the Philippines.svg Nonito Donaire
(def. Toshiaki Nishioka )
13 October 20121
7 Flag of Cuba.svg Guillermo Rigondeaux 13 April 2013 – 9 February 20164
Rigondeaux is stripped of the title for failing to fight a top 5 contender in any division within 18 months per The Ring policy. [16]

Bantamweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Martin
(def. Abe Goldstein )
19 December 19240
2 Flag of the United States.svg Charlie Phil Rosenberg 20 March 1925 4 February 19271
Rosenberg was stripped of the title for being overweight against Bushy Graham.
3 Flag of Panama.svg Panama Al Brown
(def. Pete Sanstol )
25 August 19317
4 Flag of Spain.svg Baltasar Sangchili 1 June 19350
5 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Marino 29 June 19360
6 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Sixto Escobar 31 August 19362
7 Flag of the United States.svg Harry Jeffra 23 September 19370
8 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Sixto Escobar (2)20 February 1938 – 4 October 19390
Escobar vacates the title for failing to make weight.
9 Flag of the United States.svg Lou Salica
(def. Tommy Forte)
13 January 19415
10 Flag of the United States.svg Manuel Ortiz 7 August 194215
11 Flag of the United States.svg Harold Dade 6 January 19470
12 Flag of the United States.svg Manuel Ortiz (2)11 March 19474
13 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Vic Toweel 31 May 19503
14 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jimmy Carruthers 15 November 1952 – 16 May 19543
Carruthers retires.
15 Flag of France.svg Robert Cohen
(def. Chamrern Songkitrat)
19 September 19541
16 Flag of Italy.svg Mario D'Agata 29 June 19560
17 Flag of France.svg Alphonse Halimi 1 April 19571
18 Flag of Mexico.svg José Becerra 8 July 1959 – 30 August 19602
Becerra retires.
19 Flag of Brazil.svg Éder Jofre
(def. Piero Rollo)
25 March 19617
20 Flag of Japan.svg Fighting Harada 17 May 19654
21 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lionel Rose 26 February 19683
22 Flag of Mexico.svg Rubén Olivares 22 August 19692
23 Flag of Mexico.svg Chucho Castillo 16 October 19700
24 Flag of Mexico.svg Rubén Olivares (2)2 April 19712
25 Flag of Mexico.svg Rafael Herrera 19 March 19720
26 Flag of Panama.svg Enrique Pinder 30 July 19720
27 Flag of Mexico.svg Romeo Anaya 20 January 19732
28 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Arnold Taylor 3 November 19730
29 Flag of South Korea.svg Hong Soo-hwan 3 July 19741
30 Flag of Mexico.svg Alfonso Zamora 14 March 19755
31 Flag of Panama.svg Jorge Luján 19 November 19775
32 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Julian Solís 29 August 19800
33 Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Chandler 14 November 19809
34 Flag of the United States.svg Richie Sandoval 7 April 19842
35 Flag of the United States.svg Gaby Canizales 10 March 19860
36 Flag of Venezuela.svg Bernardo Piñango 4 June 1986 – 29 March 19873
Piñango vacates the title to move up to junior featherweight.
37 Flag of Japan.svg Shinsuke Yamanaka
(def. Anselmo Moreno )
16 September 20161
38 Flag of Mexico.svg Luis Nery 15 August 2017 – 26 September 20170
Nery tested positive for the banned substance of Zilpaterol and is stripped of the title. Yamanaka is reinstated. [17]
39 Flag of Japan.svg Shinsuke Yamanaka (2)
(reinstated)
26 September 2017 – 1 March 20180
Nery won against Yamanaka on their rematch, however he came in overweight for the fight, disqualifying him from winning the title. The title is declared as vacant. [18]
40 Flag of Japan.svg Naoya Inoue
(def. Emmanuel Rodríguez )
18 May 2019 – present3

Junior bantamweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of Thailand.svg Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
(def. Juan Francisco Estrada )
24 February 20181
2 Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Francisco Estrada 26 April 2019 – Present3

Flyweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of the Philippines.svg Pancho Villa
(def. Jimmy Wilde )
18 June 1923 – 14 July 19253
Title vacated because Villa died from Ludwig's angina resulting from an infection that spread to his throat.
2 Flag of the United States.svg Fidel LaBarba
(def. Elky Clark )
21 January 1927 – 23 August 19272
LaBarba retired to attend Stanford College.
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Benny Lynch
(def. Small Montana )
19 January 1937 – 29 June 19381
Lynch was stripped when he failed to make weight for a title defense against Jackie Jurich.
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Kane
(def. Jackie Jurich )
22 September 1938 19390
Kane was stripped of the title.
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jackie Paterson
(def. Peter Kane )
19 June 19431
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rinty Monaghan 23 March 1948 – 25 April 19503
Monaghan retires.
7 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Terry Allen
(def. Honore Pratesi)
25 April 19500
8 Flag of the United States.svg Dado Marino 1 August 19501
9 Flag of Japan.svg Yoshio Shirai 19 May 19524
10 Flag of Argentina.svg Pascual Perez 26 November 19549
11 Flag of Thailand.svg Pone Kingpetch 16 April 19603
12 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Fighting Harada 10 October 19620
13 Flag of Thailand.svg Pone Kingpetch (2)12 January 19630
14 Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyuki Ebihara 18 September 19630
15 Flag of Thailand.svg Pone Kingpetch (3)23 January 19640
16 Flag of Italy.svg Salvatore Burruni 23 April 19651
17 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Walter McGowan 14 June 19660
18 Flag of Thailand.svg Chartchai Chionoi 30 December 19664
19 Flag of Mexico.svg Efren Torres 23 February 19691
20 Flag of Thailand.svg Chartchai Chionoi (2)20 March 19700
21 Flag of the Philippines.svg Erbito Salavarria 7 December 19703
22 Flag of Thailand.svg Venice Borkhorsor 9 February 1973 – 10 July 19730
Borkhorsor vacated the title to move up to bantamweight.
23 Flag of Mexico.svg Miguel Canto
(def. Shoji Oguma )
8 January 197514
24 Flag of South Korea.svg Park Chan-hee 18 March 19795
25 Flag of Japan.svg Shoji Oguma 18 May 19803
26 Flag of Mexico.svg Antonio Avelar 12 May 19811
27 Flag of Colombia.svg Prudencio Cardona 20 March 19820
28 Flag of Mexico.svg Freddy Castillo 24 July 19820
29 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Eleoncio Mercedes 6 November 19820
30 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Charlie Magri 15 March 19830
31 Flag of the Philippines.svg Frank Cedeno 27 September 19830
32 Flag of Japan.svg Kōji Kobayashi 18 January 19840
33 Flag of Mexico.svg Gabriel Bernal 9 April 19841
34 Flag of Thailand.svg Sot Chitalada 8 October 19846
35 Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Yong-kang 24 July 1988 19891
New ownership discontinued under the championship policy during Kim's reign.
36 Flag of Thailand.svg Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
(def. Kōki Kameda )
27 March 20104
37 Flag of the Philippines.svg Sonny Boy Jaro 2 March 20120
38 Flag of Japan.svg Toshiyuki Igarashi 16 July 20121
39 Flag of Japan.svg Akira Yaegashi 8 April 20133
40 Flag of Nicaragua.svg Román González 5 September 2014 – 1 October 20164
González vacated his title after moving up in weight and winning the WBC junior bantamweight world championship against Carlos Cuadras. [19]

Junior flyweight

No.NameDateDefenses
1 Flag of Nicaragua.svg Rosendo Álvarez
(def. Beibis Mendoza )
31 March 2003 2 October 20041
Álvarez was stripped of his title after coming in overweight before his rematch against Beibis Mendoza.
2 Flag of Mexico.svg Hugo Cázares
(def. Nelson Dieppa )
30 September 20061
3 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Iván Calderón 25 August 20076
4 Flag of Mexico.svg Giovani Segura 28 August 2010 – 19 September 20111
Segura vacates the title to move up to flyweight.
5 Flag of the Philippines.svg Donnie Nietes
(def. Moisés Fuentes )
10 May 2014 – 3 August 20165
Nietes vacates the title to move up to flyweight. [20]
6 Flag of Japan.svg Ryoichi Taguchi
(def. Milan Melindo )
31 December 20171
7 Flag of South Africa.svg Hekkie Budler 20 May 20180
8 Flag of Japan.svg Hiroto Kyoguchi 31 December 2018 – present3

Strawweight

The Ring has not yet awarded a championship in the strawweight division.

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