World Boxing Union

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World Boxing Union
FounderJon W. Robinson
Founded at London, UK
Purpose Boxing sanctioning organization
Headquarters Niedersachsen, Germany
Torsten Knille

The World Boxing Union (WBU) is a boxing sanctioning body. The original WBU was founded in January 1995 by IBF European representative Jon W. Robinson. It sanctioned boxing with various promoters worldwide.


List of WBU heavyweight champions

NameDuration of reignDefensesNotes
Flag of the United States.svg  George Foreman  (USA) [1] March 29, 1995 19972Foreman was recognized as champion after he was stripped of the IBF title
Flag of South Africa.svg  Corrie Sanders  (RSA) [2] November 15, 1997 May 20, 20003Defeated Ross Purity
Flag of the United States.svg  Hasim Rahman  (USA) [3] May 20, 2000 April 21, 20010Relinquished the title in order to fight Lennox Lewis for the IBF, IBO and WBC titles
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Johnny Nelson  (GBR) [4] November 24, 2001 December 4, 20010Defeated Alexander Vasiliev. Relinquished the title in order to concentrate on defending his WBO Cruiserweight title
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgi Kandelaki  (GEO) [5] December 21, 2002 January 20040Defeated Alexander Vasiliev. Kandelaki either relinquished or was stripped of the title
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Matt Skelton  (GBR) [6] February 25, 2005 January 26, 20090Skelton relinquished the title

Other WBU champions (selected)

Other past WBU champions include Sirimongkol Singwancha, Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Ricky Hatton, Eamonn Magee, Tony Oakey, Corrie Sanders, Enzo Maccarinelli, Lee McAllister, Angel Manfredy, George Scott, Hasim Rahman, Willie Limond, Michael Gomez, Kevin Lear, Anthony Farnell, Jimmy Lange, Derry Mathews, Choi Tseveenpurev, Jeremy Williams, Don Diego Poeder, Wayne Elcock, Roy Jones Jr, David Burke, Vinny Pazienza, and Micky Ward.

In addition, Carlos Contreras defeated challenger Victor Rabanales by 8 RTKO.

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