List of world middleweight boxing champions

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Championship recognition

1884–1910

Champions were recognized by public acclamation. A champion in that era was a fighter who had a notable win over another fighter and kept winning afterward. Retirements or disputed results could lead to a championship being split among several men for periods of time.

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1910–1961

Championship awarding organizations

An Australian version of the world title which existed briefly between 1914 and 1916 gained considerable credibility because its holder, Les Darcy, was widely believed to be best boxer in the world in this division.

1961–present

Championship awarding organizations

Historical

Reign BegunReign EndedChampionRecognition
1884-07-301891-01-14 Flag of Ireland.svg Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey World
1891-01-141894-09-26 vacated Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Fitzsimmons World
1896-03-021897-12-17 vacated Flag of the United States.svg Kid McCoy World
1897-12-201907-05-28 vacated Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Ryan World
1907-12-121908-09-07 Flag of the United States.svg Stanley Ketchel World
1908-09-071908-11-26 Flag of the United States.svg Billy Papke World
1908-11-261910-10-15 died Flag of the United States.svg Stanley Ketchel World
1913-03-51913-10-11 Flag of the United States.svg Frank Klaus World
1913-10-111914-04-07 Flag of the United States.svg George Chip World
1914-04-071917-11-14 Flag of the United States.svg Al McCoy World
1917-11-141920-05-06 Flag of the United States.svg Mike O'Dowd World
1920-05-061923-08-31 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Wilson World
1923-08-311926-02-26 Flag of the United States.svg Harry Greb World
1926-02-261926-12-03 Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Flowers World
1926-12-031929-10-29 vacated Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Walker World
1932-01-251932-06-11 Flag of the United States.svg Gorilla Jones NBA
1932-06-111932-07-04 Flag of France.svg Marcel Thil NBA
1933-01-131933-08-09 Flag of the United States.svg Ben Jeby NYSAC
1933-08-091933-10-30 Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Lou Brouillard NYSAC
1933-10-301934-09-11 Flag of the United States.svg Vince Dundee World
1934-09-111935-09-19 Flag of the United States.svg Teddy Yarosz World
1935-09-191936-07-11 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Babe Risko World
1936-07-111938-07-26 Flag of the United States.svg Freddie Steele World
1938-07-261938-11-01 Flag of the United States.svg Al Hostak NBA
1938-11-011939-06-27 Flag of the United States.svg Solly Krieger NBA
1938-11-181939-10-02 Flag of the United States.svg Fred Apostoli NYSAC
1939-06-271940-07-19 Flag of the United States.svg Al Hostak NBA
1939-10-021940-05-23 Flag of the Philippines.svg Ceferino Garcia NYSAC
1940-05-231941-05-09 Flag of the United States.svg Ken Overlin NYSAC
1940-07-191947-07-16 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Zale NBA
1941-05-091941-10-31 [1] Flag of the United States.svg Billy Soose NYSAC
1941-11-281947-07-16 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Zale NYSAC
1947-07-161948-06-10 Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Graziano NBA
1948-06-101948-09-21 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Zale NBA
1948-09-211949-06-16 Flag of France.svg Marcel Cerdan NBA
1949-06-161951-02-14 Flag of the United States.svg Jake LaMotta NBA
1950-07-121951-02-14 Flag of the United States.svg Jake LaMotta NYSAC
1951-02-141951-07-10 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson World
1951-07-101951-09-12 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Randy Turpin World
1951-09-121952-04-16 vacated Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson World
1953-10-211955-12-09 Flag of Hawaii.svg Bobo Olson World
1955-12-091957-01-02 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson World
1957-01-021957-05-01 Flag of the United States.svg Gene Fullmer World
1957-05-011957-09-23 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson World
1957-09-231958-03-25 Flag of the United States.svg Carmen Basilio World
1958-03-251960-01-22 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson The Ring Magazine title
1959-08-281962-10-23 Flag of the United States.svg Gene Fullmer NBA
1960-01-221961-07-11 Flag of the United States.svg Paul Pender The Ring Magazine title
1961-07-111962-04-07 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Terry Downes The Ring Magazine title
1962-04-071962-04-07 vacated Flag of the United States.svg Paul Pender The Ring Magazine title
1962-10-231963-12-07 Flag of Nigeria.svg Dick Tiger Universal (WBA/WBC)
1963-12-071965-10-21 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Giardello Universal (WBA/WBC)
1965-10-211966-04-25 Flag of Nigeria.svg Dick Tiger Universal (WBA/WBC)
1966-04-251967-04-17 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith Universal (WBA/WBC)
1967-04-171967-09-29 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Benvenuti Universal (WBA/WBC)
1967-09-291968-03-04 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith Universal (WBA/WBC)
1968-03-041970-11-07 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Benvenuti Universal (WBA/WBC)
1970-11-071974-02-09 title split Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Monzón Universal (WBA/WBC)
1976-06-261977-08-29 retired Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Monzón Universal (WBA/WBC)
1980-09-271987-04-06 title split Flag of the United States.svg Marvin Hagler Universal (WBA/WBC/IBF)
2004-09-182005-07-16 title lost Flag of the United States.svg Bernard Hopkins Universal (WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO)
2005-07-162005-10-11 title split Flag of the United States.svg Jermain Taylor Universal (WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO)

WBC

Title inaugurated
1963-08-101963-12-07 Flag of Nigeria.svg Dick Tiger WBC
1963-12-071965-10-21 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Giardello WBC
1965-10-211966-04-25 Flag of Nigeria.svg Dick Tiger WBC
1966-04-251967-04-17 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith WBC
1967-04-171967-09-29 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Benvenuti WBC
1967-09-291968-03-04 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith WBC
1968-03-041970-11-07 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Benvenuti WBC
1970-11-071974-02-09-Stripped Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Monzon WBC
1974-05-251976-06-26 Flag of Colombia.svg Rodrigo Valdez WBC
1976-06-261977-08-29-Retired Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Monzón WBC
1977-11-051978-04-22 Flag of Colombia.svg Rodrigo Valdez WBC
1978-04-221979-06-30 Flag of Argentina.svg Hugo Pastor Corro WBC
1979-06-301980-03-16 Flag of Italy.svg Vito Antuofermo WBC
1980-03-161980-09-27 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Minter WBC
1980-09-271987-04-06 Flag of the United States.svg Marvelous Marvin Hagler WBC
1987-04-061987-05-27-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Leonard WBC
1987-10-291988-06-06 Flag of the United States.svg Thomas Hearns WBC
1988-06-061989-02-24 Flag of the United States.svg Iran Barkley WBC
1989-02-241989-12-07-Vacated Flag of Panama.svg Roberto Durán WBC
1990-11-241993-05-08 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Julian Jackson WBC
1993-05-081994-05-07-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Gerald McClellan WBC
1995-03-171995-08-19 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Julian Jackson WBC
1995-08-191996-03-16 Flag of the United States.svg Quincy Taylor WBC
1996-03-161998-05-02 Flag of the United States.svg Keith Holmes WBC
1998-05-021999-04-24 Flag of France.svg Hacine Cherifi WBC
1999-04-242001-04-14 Flag of the United States.svg Keith Holmes WBC
2001-04-142005-07-16 Flag of the United States.svg Bernard Hopkins WBC
2005-07-162007-09-29 Flag of the United States.svg Jermain Taylor WBC
2007-09-292010-04-17 Flag of the United States.svg Kelly Pavlik WBC
2010-04-172011-01-17-Stripped Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Martínez WBC
2011-01-172011-06-04 Flag of Germany.svg Sebastian Zbik WBC interim
2011-06-042012-09-15 Flag of Mexico.svg Julio César Chávez Jr. WBC
2012-09-152014-06-07 Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Martínez WBC
2014-04-052014-10-18 Flag of Mexico.svg Marco Antonio Rubio WBC Interim
2014-10-182016-05-18 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Gennady Golovkin WBC Interim
2014-06-072015-11-17-Stripped Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Miguel Cotto WBC
2015-11-212016-05-18-Vacated Flag of Mexico.svg Saul Alvarez WBC
2016-05-182018-09-15 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Gennady Golovkin WBC
2018-04-212019-06-27 Flag of the United States.svg Jermall Charlo WBC Interim
2018-09-152019-06-27-Elevated to 'Franchise' Champion Flag of Mexico.svg Saul Alvarez WBC
2019-06-27Present Flag of the United States.svg Jermall Charlo WBC

WBA

Title inaugurated
1962-10-231963-12-07 Flag of Nigeria.svg Dick Tiger WBA
1963-12-071965-10-21 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Giardello WBA
1965-10-211966-04-25 Flag of Nigeria.svg Dick Tiger WBA
1966-04-251967-04-17 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith WBA
1967-04-171967-09-29 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Benvenuti WBA
1967-04-171968-03-04 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Emile Griffith WBA
1968-03-041970-11-04 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Benvenuti WBA
1970-11-071977-08-29-Retired Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Monzon WBA
1977-11-051978-04-22 Flag of Colombia.svg Rodrigo Valdez WBA
1978-04-221979-06-30 Flag of Argentina.svg Hugo Pastor Corro WBA
1979-06-301980-03-16 Flag of Italy.svg Vito Antuofermo WBA
1980-03-161980-09-27 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Minter WBA
1980-09-271987-Stripped Flag of the United States.svg Marvin Hagler WBA
1987-10-231989-Stripped Flag of Italy.svg Sumbu Kalambay WBA
1989-05-101991-04-01-Vacated Flag of Jamaica.svg Mike McCallum WBA
1992-04-221993-10-01 Flag of the United States.svg Reggie Johnson WBA
1993-10-011994-08-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg John David Jackson WBA
1994-08-121995-12-19 Flag of Argentina.svg Jorge Fernando Castro WBA
1995-12-191996-06-24 Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Takehara WBA
1996-06-241997-08-23 Flag of the United States.svg William Joppy WBA
1997-08-231998-01-31 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Julio César Green WBA
1998-01-312001-05-12 Flag of the United States.svg William Joppy WBA
2001-05-122001-09-29 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Félix Trinidad WBA
2001-09-292005-07-16 Flag of the United States.svg Bernard Hopkins WBA Super Champion
2001-11-172003-12-13-Lost to Super Champion Flag of the United States.svg William Joppy WBA Regular Champion
2004-05-012006-03-11 Flag of New Zealand.svg Maselino Masoe WBA Regular Champion
2005-07-162006-12-14-Stripped Flag of the United States.svg Jermain Taylor WBA Super Champion
2006-03-112006-07-15 Flag of Germany.svg Felix Sturm WBA Regular Champion
2006-07-152007-04-28 Flag of Spain.svg Javier Castillejo WBA Regular Champion
2007-04-282012-09-01 Flag of Germany.svg Felix Sturm WBA Super Champion
2010-10-142014-07-26 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Gennady Golovkin WBA Regular Champion
2012-09-012012-11-02-Stripped Flag of Australia (converted).svg Daniel Geale WBA Super Champion
2014-07-262018-09-15 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Gennady Golovkin WBA Super Champion
2014-08-092017-03-18-Lost to Super Champion Flag of the United States.svg Daniel Jacobs WBA Regular Champion
2017-10-222018-10-20WBA Regular Champion
2018-10-202019-07-12 Flag of the United States.svg Rob Brant WBA Regular Champion
2019-07-122021-01-01 Elevated to Super Champion
2018-09-152021-01-01-Vacated Flag of Mexico.svg Saul Alvarez WBA Super Champion
2021-01-01

vacant belt

IBF

Title inaugurated
1983-05-271987-04-06-Stripped Flag of the United States.svg Marvin Hagler IBF
1987-10-101988-07-28 Flag of the United States.svg Frank Tate IBF
1988-07-281991-05-10 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Nunn IBF
1991-05-101993-02-13-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg James Toney IBF
1993-05-221994-11-18-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Roy Jones, Jr. IBF
1995-04-292005-07-16 Flag of the United States.svg Bernard Hopkins IBF
2005-07-162005-10-11-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Jermain Taylor IBF
2005-12-102009-07-12-Vacated Flag of Germany.svg Arthur Abraham IBF
2009-09-192011-05-07 Flag of Germany.svg Sebastian Sylvester IBF
2011-05-072013-08-17 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Daniel Geale IBF
2013-08-172013-12-07 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Darren Barker IBF
2013-12-072014-05-31 Flag of Germany.svg Felix Sturm IBF
2014-05-312014-10-08 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sam Soliman IBF
2014-10-082015-02-06-Stripped Flag of the United States.svg Jermain Taylor IBF
2015-06-202015-10-17 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg David Lemieux IBF
2015-10-172018-06-01-Stripped Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Gennady Golovkin IBF
2018-10-272019-05-04 Flag of the United States.svg Daniel Jacobs IBF
2019-05-042019-08-01-Stripped Flag of Mexico.svg Saul Alvarez IBF
2019-10-05Present Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Gennady Golovkin IBF

WBO

Title inaugurated
1989-04-181990-04-29 Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeWitt WBO
1990-04-291990-11-18 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Nigel Benn WBO
1990-11-181991-06-22-Vacated Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Eubank WBO
1991-11-201992-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Gerald McClellan WBO
1993-05-191994-05-11 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Pyatt WBO
1994-05-111995-03-Vacated Flag of Ireland.svg Steve Collins WBO
1995-05-191997-06-28-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Lonnie Bradley WBO
1997-12-131998-05-12-Vacated Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Otis Grant WBO
1999-01-301999-11-Stripped Flag of Germany.svg Bert Schenk WBO
1999-111999-11-27 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jason Matthews WBO
1999-11-272002-04-06 Flag of Sweden.svg Armand Krajnc WBO
2002-04-062003-Retired Flag of Namibia.svg Harry Simon WBO
2003-05-102003-09-13 Flag of Argentina.svg Hector Javier Velazco WBO
2003-09-132004-06-05 Flag of Germany.svg Felix Sturm WBO
2004-06-052004-09-18 Flag of the United States.svg Oscar De La Hoya WBO
2004-09-182005-07-16 Flag of the United States.svg Bernard Hopkins WBO
2005-07-162007-09-29 Flag of the United States.svg Jermain Taylor WBO
2007-09-292010-04-17 Flag of the United States.svg Kelly Pavlik WBO
2010-04-172010-06-01-Stripped Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Gabriel Martínez WBO
2010-07-312012-08-25-Stripped Flag of Russia.svg Dmitry Pirog WBO
2012-08-252012-10-20 Flag of Cameroon.svg Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam WBO
2012-10-202014-09-04-Vacated Flag of the United States.svg Peter Quillin WBO
2014-12-132015-12-19 Flag of Ireland.svg Andy Lee WBO
2015-12-192018-10-11 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Billy Joe Saunders WBO
2018-10-20Present Flag of the United States.svg Demetrius Andrade WBO

See also

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  1. Mark Allen Baker, "Between the Ropes at Madison Square Garden: The History of an Iconic Boxing Ring, 1925-2007", McFarland, 2019, pp.81