List of undefeated world boxing champions

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This is a list of world champions in professional boxing who retired undefeated, either during or after a title reign(s). It excludes current titleholders. Each champion's record is shown in the following format: wins–losses–draws (no contests).

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Undefeated male champions

BoxerRecordWeight classTitle(s) heldChampionship yearsTitle defensesNotes
Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Barry [1] 58–0–10 (1) Bantamweight World 1894-19194 withdraws by opponent
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Calzaghe [2] 46–0–0 (0) Super middleweight WBO 1997–200821Vacated title to move up to light heavyweight.
IBF 20061Vacated title to fight Peter Manfredo Jr. instead of #1 contender Robert Stieglitz.
The Ring 2006–20083Vacated titles to move up to light heavyweight.
WBA, WBC 2007–20080
Light heavyweight The Ring 20081Retired and vacated title.
Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Ji-won [3] 16–0–2 (0) Super bantamweight IBF 1985–19864
Flag of Romania.svg Mihai Leu [4] 28–0–0 (0) Welterweight WBO 19971Retired from boxing due to an injury.
Flag of Mexico.svg Ricardo López [3] 51–0–1 (0) Minimumweight WBC 1990–199822Vacated title to move up to light flyweight.
WBO 1997–19980Unified WBC and WBO titles. Stripped of WBO title for saying he wanted to give the belt to his father. [5]
WBA 19980Vacated title to move up to junior flyweight.
Light flyweight IBF 1999–20022
Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano [3] [6] 49–0–0 (0) Heavyweight World 1952–19566
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Terry Marsh [3] [4] 26–0–1 (0) Light welterweight IBF 19871Retired from boxing due to epilepsy.
Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Mayweather Jr. [7] 50–0–0 (0) Super featherweight WBC 1998–20028Vacated title to move up to lightweight.
Lightweight WBC, The Ring2002–20043Vacated title to move up to light welterweight.
Light welterweight WBC 2005–20060Vacated title to move up to welterweight.
Welterweight IBF 20060Vacated title to challenge Carlos Baldomir for his WBC title.
WBC, The Ring2006–2008, 2011–20156Retired in 2008, few months after defeating Ricky Hatton. Declared Emeritus Champion by the WBC. Reclaimed the title in 2011 by defeating Victor Ortiz. Retired at 49–0 in 2015; returned in 2017 for non-title McGregor fight and then retired again.
WBA 2014-20153
Light middleweight WBC 2007, 2013-20151
WBA 2012–20151
Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Ireland.svg Jack McAuliffe [8] 28–0–10Lightweight World 1886–18937–0–2 (0)
Flag of Germany.svg Sven Ottke [3] 34–0–0 (0)Super middleweightIBF1998–200421
WBA2003–20044Defended IBF title and defeated WBA champion to become WBA Super champion.
Flag of Russia.svg Dmitry Pirog 20–0–0 (0) Middleweight WBO 2010–20123Retired from boxing due to chronic spinal injuries.
Flag of Namibia.svg Harry Simon [9] 31–0–0 (0)Light middleweight WBO 1998–20014Vacated title to move up to middleweight.
MiddleweightWBO20020Won WBO interim middleweight title in 2001 and the outright title in 2002. Stripped of title at 22–0 when he was unable to defend it due to injuries suffered in a car crash. Had others non-title fights before retiring.
Flag of Thailand.svg Pichit Sitbangprachan [9] 24–0–0 (0) Flyweight IBF 1992–19945Retired at 21–0 and then made a comeback.
Flag of Venezuela.svg Edwin Valero [10] 27–0–0 (0)Super featherweight WBA 2006–20084Vacated title to move up to lightweight.
LightweightWBC2009–20102Vacated title to move up to light welterweight. Committed suicide after allegedly killing his wife in 2010. All 27 fights were knockout wins.
Flag of the United States.svg Andre Ward [11] 32–0–0 (0)Super middleweightWBA2009–20156Vacated titles in 2015 to move up to light heavyweight.
WBC, The Ring2011–20151 (WBC), 2 (The Ring)
Light heavyweight WBA, WBO, IBF, The Ring2016–20171 (WBA, IBF, WBO), 0 (The Ring)

Undefeated female champions

BoxerRecordWeight classTitle(s)Championship yearsTitle defensesNotes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michele Aboro [12] 21–0–0 (0) Super bantamweight WIBF 2000–20013
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Nicola Adams [13] 5–0–1 (0) Flyweight WBO 20191Retired due to medical concerns.
Flag of the United States.svg Laila Ali 24–0–0 (0)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kara Ro 17–0–0 (0)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wang Ya Nan 8–0–0 (0)

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