List of world lightweight boxing champions

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This is a list of world lightweight boxing champions by organization, as recognized by four of the better-known sanctioning organizations:

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For a chronological list, see Chronological lightweight boxing champions.

World

Reign beganReign endedChampionRecognition
29 October 18869 June 1893 [1] Flag of Ireland.svg Jack McAuliffe Universal
After McAuliffe's retirement the title remained inactive until 1896 when the title was won by George "Kid" Lavigne in a 17 Round KO against Dick Burge. Lavigne's victory, the first fought under the Marquess of Queensberry rules, was considered by boxing promoters of the time as the first officially recognized world Lightweight Champion.
1 June 18963 July 1899 Flag of the United States.svg George "Kid" Lavigne Universal
3 July 189912 May 1902 Flag of Switzerland.svg Frank Erne Universal
12 May 19024 July 1908 [1] Flag of the United States.svg Joe Gans Universal
4 July 190822 February 1910 Flag of Denmark.svg Oscar "Battling" Nelson Universal
22 February 191028 November 1912 Flag of the United States.svg Adolph "Ad" Wolgast Universal
28 November 19127 July 1914 Flag of the United States.svg Willie Ritchie Universal
7 July 191428 May 1917 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Freddie Welsh Universal
28 May 191715 January 1925 [1] Flag of the United States.svg Benny Leonard Universal
Following Leonard's retirement the vacant undisputed NBA and NYSAC lightweight title was filled when Jimmy Goodrich defeated Stanislaus Loayza.
13 July 19257 December 1925 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Goodrich Universal
7 December 19253 July 1926 Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Kansas Universal
3 July 192617 July 1930 Flag of the United States.svg Sammy Mandel NBA
17 July 193014 November 1930 Flag of the United States.svg Al Singer Universal
14 November 193023 June 1933 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Canzoneri Universal
23 June 193315 Apr 1935 [1] Flag of the United States.svg Barney Ross Universal
Ross vacated the title and campaigned as a light welterweight and welterweight. The vacant undisputed NBA and NYSAC lightweight title was filled when Tony Canzoneri defeated Lou Ambers
10 May 19353 September 1936 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Canzoneri Universal
3 September 193617 July? 1938 Flag of the United States.svg Lou Ambers Universal
17 August? 193822 August 1939 Flag of the United States.svg Henry Armstrong Universal
22 August 193910 May 1940 Flag of the United States.svg Lou Ambers NBA
10 May 194019 December 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Lew Jenkins Universal
19 December 194113 November 1942 [1] Flag of the United States.svg Sammy Angott Universal
Following Angott's retirement the NBA and NYSAC titles were disputed between Beau Jack, Bob Montgomery, and Juan Zurita as well as Agnott, who later came out of retirement. Ike Williams defeats over Zurita and Montgomery, in 1945 and 1947 respectively, would become recognized as the undisputed Lightweight Champion.
18 December 194221 May 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Beau Jack NYSAC
21 May 194319 November 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Montgomery NYSAC
19 November 19433 March 1944 Flag of the United States.svg Beau Jack NYSAC
3 March 19444 August 1947 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Montgomery NYSAC
27 October 19438 March 1944 Flag of the United States.svg Sammy Angott NBA
Angott won the vacant NBA lightweight title versus Slugger White.
8 March 194418 April 1945 Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Zurita NBA
18 April 194525 May 1951 Flag of the United States.svg Ike Williams Universal
Ike Williams became the undisputed champion on the 4th of August, 1947 when he knocked out Bob Montgomery, retaining his NBA title and winning Montgomery's NYSAC title.
25 May 19511 April 1952 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Carter Universal
14 May 195215 October 1952 Flag of Mexico.svg Lauro Salas Universal
15 October 19526 February 1954 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Carter Universal
5 March 195417 November 1954 Flag of the United States.svg Paddy DeMarco Universal
17 November 195429 June 1955 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Carter Universal
29 June 195524 August 1956 Flag of the United States.svg Wallace "Bud" Smith Universal
24 August 195621 April 1962 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Brown Universal
1963-04-071965-04-10 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Carlos Ortiz WBA/WBC
1965-04-101965-11-13 Flag of Panama.svg Ismael Laguna WBA/WBC
1965-11-131968-06-29 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Carlos Ortiz WBA/WBC
1968-06-291969-02-18 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Carlos Teo Cruz WBA/WBC
1969-02-181970-03-03 Flag of the United States.svg Mando Ramos [2] WBA/WBC
1970-03-031970-09-15 [1] Flag of Panama.svg Ismael Laguna WBA/WBC
1971-02-121971-06-25 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Buchanan WBA/WBC

WBC

Reign beganReign endedChampionRecognition
1963-04-071965-04-10 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Carlos Ortiz WBC
1965-04-101965-11-13 Flag of Panama.svg Ismael Laguna WBC
1965-11-131968-06-29 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Carlos Ortiz WBC
1968-06-291969-02-18 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Carlos Teo Cruz WBC
1969-02-181970-03-03 Flag of the United States.svg Mando Ramos WBC
1970-03-031970-09-15-Stripped Flag of Panama.svg Ismael Laguna WBC
1971-02-121971-06-25-Stripped Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Buchanan WBC
1971-11-051972-02-18 Flag of Spain.svg Pedro Carrasco WBC
1972-02-181972-09-15 Flag of the United States.svg Mando Ramos WBC
1972-09-151972-11-10 Flag of Mexico.svg Chango Carmona WBC
1972-11-101974-04-11 Flag of Mexico.svg Rodolfo Gato González WBC
1974-04-111976-05-08 Flag of Japan.svg Guts Ishimatsu WBC
1976-05-081978-01-21 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Esteban De Jesús WBC
1978-01-211979-01-31 [1] Flag of Panama.svg Roberto Durán WBC
Durán became WBA champion in 1972 by defeating Ken Buchanan. He unified the titles on January 21, 1978, by defeating Esteban De Jesús.
1979-04-171981-06-20 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jim Watt WBC
1981-06-201983-Vacated Flag of Nicaragua.svg Alexis Argüello WBC
1983-05-011984-11-03 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Edwin Rosario WBC
1984-11-031985-08-10 Flag of Mexico.svg José Luis Ramírez WBC
1985-08-101987-Vacated Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Héctor Camacho WBC
1987-07-191988-10-29 Flag of Mexico.svg José Luis Ramírez WBC
1988-10-291989 [1] Flag of Mexico.svg Julio César Chávez WBC
1989-08-201991-10-05 [3] Flag of the United States.svg Pernell Whitaker WBC
1992-08-241995-08-19 [1] Flag of Mexico.svg Miguel Ángel González WBC
1996-04-201997-03-01 Flag of France.svg Jean Baptiste Mendy WBC
1997-03-011998-06-13 Flag of the United States.svg Stevie Johnston WBC
1998-06-131999-02-27 Flag of Mexico.svg Cesar Bazan WBC
1999-02-272000-06-17 Flag of the United States.svg Stevie Johnston WBC
2000-06-172002-04-20 Flag of Mexico.svg José Luis Castillo WBC
2002-04-202003-11-01 [1] Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Mayweather, Jr. WBC
2004-06-052005-05-07 Flag of Mexico.svg José Luis Castillo WBC
2005-05-072006-10-06-Stripped Flag of the United States.svg Diego Corrales WBC
2006-10-072007-02-01 [4] Flag of Cuba.svg Joel Casamayor WBC
2007-02-012008-06-28 Flag of the United States.svg David Díaz WBC
2008-06-282009-02-24-Vacated Flag of the Philippines.svg Manny Pacquiao WBC
2009-04-042010-02-09-Vacated Flag of Venezuela.svg Edwin Valero WBC
2010-03-172011-07-01-Vacated Flag of Mexico.svg Humberto Soto WBC
2011-10-152012-11-17 Flag of Mexico.svg Antonio DeMarco WBC
2012-11-172014-01-27-Stripped Flag of the United States.svg Adrien Broner WBC
2014-01-272014-11-10-Stripped Flag of the United States.svg Omar Figueroa Jr. WBC
2014-12-302016-06-12 Flag of Venezuela.svg Jorge Linares WBC
2016-06-122017-01-28 Flag of Montenegro.svg Dejan Zlatičanin WBC
2017-01-282019-04-25-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Mikey Garcia WBC
2019-08-312020-10-17 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vasyl Lomachenko WBC Franchise
2019-11-09Present Flag of the United States.svg Devin Haney WBC

WBA

Reign beganReign endedChampionRecognition
1962-04-211965-04-10 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Carlos Ortiz WBA
1965-04-101965-11-13 Flag of Panama.svg Ismael Laguna WBA
1965-11-131968-06-29 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Carlos Ortiz WBA
1968-06-291969-02-18 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Carlos Teo Cruz WBA
1969-02-181970-03-03 Flag of the United States.svg Mando Ramos WBA
1970-03-031970-09-26 Flag of Panama.svg Ismael Laguna WBA
1970-09-261972-06-26 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Buchanan WBA
1972-06-261979-01-31 [1] Flag of Panama.svg Roberto Durán WBA
1979-06-161980-03-02 Flag of Venezuela.svg Ernesto España WBA
1980-03-021981-04-12 Flag of the United States.svg Hilmer Kenty WBA
1981-04-121981-04-12 [1] Flag of the United States.svg Sean O'Grady WBA
1981-09-121981-12-05 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Claude Noel WBA
1981-12-051982-05-08 Flag of the United States.svg Arturo Frias WBA
1982-05-081984-06-01 Flag of the United States.svg Ray Mancini WBA
1984-06-011986-09-26 Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg Livingstone Bramble WBA
1986-09-261987-11-21 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Edwin Rosario WBA
1987-11-211988-10-29 [1] Flag of Mexico.svg Julio César Chávez WBA
1989-07-091990-04-04 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Edwin Rosario WBA
1990-04-041990-08-11 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Juan Nazario WBA
1990-08-111991-10-05 Flag of the United States.svg Pernell Whitaker [1] WBA
1992-06-131992-10-24 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Gamache WBA
1992-10-241993-06-26 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Lopez WBA
1993-06-261993-10-30 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Dingaan Thobela WBA
1993-10-301998-05-16 Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Orzubek Nazarov WBA
1998-05-161999-04-10 Flag of France.svg Jean Baptiste Mendy WBA
1999-04-101999-08-07 Flag of France.svg Julien Lorcy WBA
1999-08-071999-11-13 Flag of Italy.svg Stefano Zoff WBA
1999-11-132000-06-11 Flag of Venezuela.svg Gilberto Serrano WBA
2000-06-112001-07-01 Flag of Japan.svg Takanori Hatakeyama WBA
2001-07-012001-10-08 Flag of France.svg Julien Lorcy WBA
2001-10-082002-01-05 Flag of Argentina.svg Raul Horacio Balbi WBA
2002-01-052003-05-17 [1] Flag of Romania.svg Leonard Doroftei WBA
2004-04-102004-07-17 Flag of Mongolia.svg Lakva Sim WBA
2004-07-172008-03-08 Flag of the United States.svg Juan Díaz WBA Super Champion
2007-12-292008-05-19 Flag of Nicaragua.svg José Alfaro WBA Regular Champion
2008-03-082009-01-10-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Nate Campbell WBA Super Champion
2008-05-192009-01-03 Flag of Japan.svg Yusuke Kobori WBA Regular Champion
2009-01-032010-05-29 Flag of Namibia.svg Paulus Moses WBA Regular Champion
2009-02-282012-01-05-Stripped Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Manuel Márquez WBA Super Champion
2010-05-292011-02-26 Flag of Venezuela.svg Miguel Acosta WBA Regular Champion
2011-02-262011-12-02-Stripped Flag of the United States.svg Brandon Rios WBA Regular Champion
2013-02-282015-04-09-Stripped Flag of Cuba.svg Richar Abril WBA
2015-04-092015-11-21 Flag of Colombia.svg Darleys Perez WBA
2015-11-212016-09-25 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Crolla WBA
2016-09-252018-05-12 Flag of Venezuela.svg Jorge Linares WBA
2018-05-122020-10-17 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vasyl Lomachenko WBA
2020-10-17Present Flag of the United States.svg Teófimo López WBA

IBF

Reign beganReign endedChampionRecognition
1984-01-301984-04-15 Flag of the United States.svg Charlie Brown IBF
1984-04-151985-04-06 Flag of the United States.svg Harry Arroyo IBF
1985-04-061986-12-05 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Paul IBF
1986-12-051987-06-07 Flag of the United States.svg Greg Haugen IBF
1987-06-071988-02-06 Flag of the United States.svg Vinny Pazienza IBF
1988-02-061989-02-18 Flag of the United States.svg Greg Haugen| Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Miguel Santana IBF
1989-02-181992-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Pernell Whitaker IBF
Pernell Whitaker becomes the undisputed champion of the lightweight division by winning the IBF title in February, 1989, and then defeating José Luis Ramírez for the vacant WBC title on August 20, 1989, and Juan Nazario for the WBA title on August 11, 1990.
1993-01-101994-02-19 Flag of the United States.svg Freddie Pendleton IBF
1994-02-191995-05-06 Flag of the United States.svg Rafael Ruelas IBF
1995-05-061995-07 [1] Flag of the United States.svg Oscar De La Hoya IBF
1995-08-191997-08-02 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Philip Holiday IBF
1997-08-021999-04-17 [1] Flag of the United States.svg Shane Mosley IBF
1999-08-202003-06-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Paul Spadafora [4] IBF
2003-11-222004-05-13 Flag of Mexico.svg Javier Jáuregui IBF
2004-05-132005-03-01 [1] Flag of Mexico.svg Julio Díaz IBF
2005-06-172005-09-17 Flag of the United States.svg Leavander Johnson IBF
2005-09-172007-02-03 Flag of Mexico.svg Jesús Chávez IBF
2008-02-032007-10-19 Flag of Mexico.svg Julio Díaz IBF
2007-10-192008-03-08 Flag of the United States.svg Juan Díaz IBF
2008-03-082009-02-13-Stripped Flag of the United States.svg Nate Campbell [4] IBF
2010-08-142014-09-13 Flag of Mexico.svg Miguel Vazquez IBF
2014-09-132015-06-26-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Bey IBF
2015-12-182016-06-03-Vacated Flag of Cuba.svg Rances Barthelemy IBF
2018-07-282018-10-30-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Mikey Garcia IBF
2019-02-022019-12-14 Flag of Ghana.svg Richard Commey IBF
2019-12-14Present Flag of the United States.svg Teófimo López IBF

WBO

Reign beganReign endedChampionRecognition
1989-05-061990-09-22 Flag of Mexico.svg Mauricio Aceves WBO
1990-09-221991-09-14 [1] Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Dingaan Thobela WBO
1992-09-251994 [1] Flag of Italy.svg Giovanni Parisi WBO
1994-07-291996 [1] Flag of the United States.svg Oscar De La Hoya WBO
1996-04-132004-01-03 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Artur Grigorian WBO
2004-01-032004-08-07 Flag of Brazil.svg Acelino Freitas WBO
2004-08-072005 [1] Flag of the United States.svg Diego Corrales WBO
2006-04-292007-04-28 Flag of Brazil.svg Acelino Freitas WBO
2007-04-282008-03-08 Flag of the United States.svg Juan Díaz WBO
2008-03-082009-02-13-Stripped Flag of the United States.svg Nate Campbell [4] WBO
2010-02-282012-01-06-Stripped Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Manuel Márquez WBO
2012-01-062014-03-01 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ricky Burns WBO
2014-03-012015-03-24-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Terence Crawford WBO
2015-07-112017-08-26-Vacated Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Terry Flanagan WBO
2018-02-162018-08-25 Flag of Mexico.svg Ray Beltrán WBO
2018-08-252018-12-08 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Jose Pedraza WBO
2018-12-082020-10-17 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vasyl Lomachenko WBO
2020-10-17Present Flag of the United States.svg Teófimo López WBO

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Relinquished championship title.
  2. Disputed; see Pedro Carrasco
  3. Championship title withdrawn by sanctioning organization due to champion's failure or refusal to defend title against organization's top-ranked contender.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Stripped of championship title.