World heavyweight boxing championship records and statistics

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Below is a list of world heavyweight boxing championship records and statistics.

Contents

Championship recognition

As per International Boxing Hall Of Fame: [1]

1884–1921

Sanctioning organizations: 1921–present

Gradually, the role of recognizing champions in the division evolved into a more formal affair, with public acclamation being supplemented (or in some cases, contradicted) by recognition by one or more athletic commissions, sanctioning organizations, or a combination of them. The most notable examples with respect to the heavyweight division have included:

There are also titles that are not considered major, but play a significant role in legitimizing the heavyweight champion:

Most opponents beaten in title fights


Keys:

  Active title reign
  Reign has ended
Note 1: WBA (Regular) champions are not included
Note 2: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]

All championship reigns

Map of countries, number of beaten opponents in world heavyweight boxing championship fights reached by country citizen (as of February 2020). Note: interim titles, as well as WBA's secondary belts (Regular, Gold etc.) are not included Map of countries, numbof beaten opponents in world heavyweight boxing championship fights reached by country citizenser.png
Map of countries, number of beaten opponents in world heavyweight boxing championship fights reached by country citizen (as of February 2020). Note: interim titles, as well as WBA's secondary belts (Regular, Gold etc.) are not included

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921.

Pos.NameReign began-endedRecognitionBeaten opponentsFights
1. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 1. October 14, 2000 — March 8, 2003
2. April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015
1. WBO
2. WBA, IBF, WBO
23 [4]
2. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949NYSAC, NBA22 [5] [6]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 1. February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969
2. October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978
3. September 15, 1978 — October 18, 1979
1. WBA, WBC
2. WBA, WBC
3. WBA
21 [7]
4. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985WBC, IBF20 [8]
5. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 1. December 14, 1992 — September 24, 1994
2. February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001
3. November 17, 2001 — February 6, 2004
1. WBC
2. WBA, WBC, IBF
3. WBC, IBF
15 [9]
5. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko 1. June 26, 1999 — April 1, 2000
2. April 24, 2004 — November 9, 2005
3. October 11, 2008 — December 15, 2013
1. WBO
2. WBC
3. WBC
15 [10]
7. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 1. November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990
2. March 16, 1996 — November 9, 1996
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBA, WBC
11 [11]
7. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908lineal11 [12]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973NYSAC, WBA, WBC10 [13]
10. Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield 1. October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992
2. November 6, 1993 — April 22, 1994
3. November 9, 1996 — November 13, 1999
4. August 12, 2000 — March 3, 2001
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBA, IBF
3. WBA, IBF
4. WBA
9 [14]
10. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Joshua 1. April 9, 2016 — June 1, 2019
2. December 7, 2019 — present
WBA, IBF, WBO9 [15]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951NBA, NYSAC8 [16]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder January 17, 2015 — February 22, 2020WBC8 [17]
14. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 1. November 30, 1956 — June 26, 1959
2. June 20, 1960 — September 25, 1962
NYSAC, NBA7 [18]
15. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 — April 5, 1915lineal6 [19]
15. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 — September 23, 1926lineal-to-NBA and NYSAC6 [20]
15. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905lineal6 [21]

All championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions

Map of countries, number of beaten opponents in world heavyweight boxing championship fights reached by country citizen - undisputed champion (1922-), lineal champion (1885-1921), The Ring champion (1922-1989, 2002-) (as of May 2020). Note: interim titles, as well as WBA's secondary belts (Regular, Gold etc.) are not included Map of countries, number of beaten opponents in world heavyweight boxing championship fights reached by country citizen - The Ring lineal heavyweight champion.png
Map of countries, number of beaten opponents in world heavyweight boxing championship fights reached by country citizen - undisputed champion (1922-), lineal champion (1885–1921), The Ring champion (1922-1989, 2002-) (as of May 2020). Note: interim titles, as well as WBA's secondary belts (Regular, Gold etc.) are not included

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes heavyweight champions that captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

Pos.NameReign began-endedRecognitionBeaten opponentsFights
1. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 1. October 14, 2000 — March 8, 2003
2. April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015
1. WBO
2. WBA, IBF, WBO
23 [4]
2. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949NYSAC, NBA22 [5] [6]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 1. February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969
2. October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978
3. September 15, 1978 — October 18, 1979
1. WBA, WBC
2. WBA, WBC
3. WBA
21 [7]
4. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985WBC, IBF20 [8]
5. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 1. December 14, 1992 — September 24, 1994
2. February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001
3. November 17, 2001 — February 6, 2004
1. WBC
2. WBA, WBC, IBF
3. WBC, IBF
15 [9]
5. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko 1. June 26, 1999 — April 1, 2000
2. April 24, 2004 — November 9, 2005
3. October 11, 2008 — December 15, 2013
1. WBO
2. WBC
3. WBC
15 [10]
7. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 1. November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990
2. March 16, 1996 — November 9, 1996
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBA, WBC
11 [11]
7. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908lineal11 [12]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973NYSAC, WBA, WBC10 [13]
10. Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield 1. October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992
2. November 6, 1993 — April 22, 1994
3. November 9, 1996 — November 13, 1999
4. August 12, 2000 — March 3, 2001
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBA, IBF
3. WBA, IBF
4. WBA
9 [14]
11. Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951NBA, NYSAC8 [16]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 1. November 30, 1956 — June 26, 1959
2. June 20, 1960 — September 25, 1962
NYSAC, NBA7 [18]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 — April 5, 1915lineal7 [19]
14. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905lineal6 [21]
14. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 — September 23, 1926lineal-to-NBA and NYSAC6 [20]

Championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions with successful unifications/victories over champions

Diagram that represents top 25 world heavyweight champions by number of opponents beaten for the world heavyweight title (as of July 2020) Top-25-world-HW-boxing-champions.jpg
Diagram that represents top 25 world heavyweight champions by number of opponents beaten for the world heavyweight title (as of July 2020)

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes heavyweight champions that captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

The list only includes title reigns during which the champion:

As of July15, 2021.

Pos.NameReign began-endedRecognitionAdditional recognitionBeaten champions (recognition)Beaten opponentsFights
1. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 1. October 14, 2000 — March 8, 2003
2. April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015
1. WBO
2. unified

2. The Ring
1. Chris Byrd (IBF)

23 [4] [25]
2. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949undisputedThe Ring22 [5] [6]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 1. February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969
2. October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978
3. September 15, 1978 — October 18, 1979
1. undisputed
2. undisputed
3. WBA
The Ring21 [7]
4. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985WBC-to-IBFThe Ring Mike Weaver (WBA),
Tim Witherspoon (WBC)
20 [8] [26] [27]
5. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 1. February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001
2. November 17, 2001 — February 6, 2004
1. undisputed
2. unified

2. The Ring
1. Evander Holyfield (WBA)

12 [9] [14]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 1. November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990
2. March 16, 1996 — November 9, 1996
1. undisputed
2. unified
1. The Ring

11 [11]
6. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908lineallineal11 [12]
8. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973undisputedThe Ring10 [13]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield 1. October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992
2. November 6, 1993 — April 22, 1994
3. November 9, 1996 — November 13, 1999
1. undisputed
2. unified
3. unified
8 [14]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951undisputedThe Ring8 [16]
11. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 1. November 30, 1956 — June 26, 1959
2. June 20, 1960 — September 25, 1962
undisputedThe Ring7 [18]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 — April 5, 1915lineallineal6 [19]
12. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905lineallineal6 [21]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 — September 23, 1926undisputedThe Ring6 [20]
15. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 — April 27, 1956undisputedThe Ring5 [28]
15. Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman 1. January 22, 1973 — October 30, 1974
2. November 4, 1994 — June 29, 1995
1. undisputed
2. unified
1. The Ring

5 [29]
17. Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Primo Carnera June 29, 1933 – June 14, 1934undisputedThe Ring3 [30]
17. Flag of the United States.svg Riddick Bowe November 13, 1992 — November 6, 1993undisputed3 [31]
19. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Corbett September 7, 1892 – March 17, 1897lineallineal2 [32]
19. Flag of the United States.svg Jess Willard April 5, 1915 — July 4, 1919lineallineal2 [33]
19. Flag of Germany.svg Max Schmeling June 12, 1930 – January 7, 1931undisputedThe Ring2 [34]
19. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko April 24, 2004 — November 9, 2005WBCThe Ring Corrie Sanders (WBO)2 [10] [35]
19. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tyson Fury 1. November 28, 2015 — October 12, 2016
2. February 22, 2020 — present
1. unified
2. WBC
1. The Ring
2. The Ring
2 [36]
19. Flag of the United States.svg Gene Tunney September 23, 1926 – July 31, 1928undisputedThe Ring2 [37]
19. Flag of the United States.svg Michael Spinks September 21, 1985 — February 19, 1987IBFThe Ring2 [38]
26. Flag of the United States.svg John L. Sullivan August 29, 1885 — September 7, 1892lineallineal1 [39]
26. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Fitzsimmons March 17, 1897 — June 9, 1899lineallineal1 [40]
26. Flag of the United States.svg Marvin Hart July 3, 1905 — February 23, 1906lineallineal1 [41]
26. Flag of the United States.svg Max Baer June 14, 1934 — June 13, 1935undisputedThe Ring1 [42]
26. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Braddock June 13, 1935 — June 22, 1937undisputedThe Ring1 [43]
26. Flag of the United States.svg Jersey Joe Walcott July 18, 1951 — September 23, 1952undisputedThe Ring1 [44]
26. Flag of Sweden.svg Ingemar Johansson June 26, 1959 — June 20, 1960undisputedThe Ring1 [45]
26. Flag of the United States.svg Sonny Liston September 25, 1962 — February 25, 1964undisputedThe Ring1 [46]
26. Flag of the United States.svg Leon Spinks February 15, 1978 — September 15, 1978undisputedThe Ring1 [47]
26. Flag of the United States.svg Buster Douglas February 11, 1990 — October 25, 1990undisputed1 [48]

Most wins in title fights

Keys:

  Active title reign
  Reign has ended
Note 1: WBA (Regular) champions are not included
Note 2: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]

All championship reigns

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921.

Pos.NameReign began-endedRecognitionTitle fight winsFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949NYSAC, NBA27 [5] [6]
2. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 1. October 14, 2000 — March 8, 2003
2. April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015
1. WBO
2. WBA, IBF, WBO
25 [4]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 1. February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969
2. October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978
3. September 15, 1978 — October 18, 1979
1. WBA, WBC
2. WBA, WBC
3. WBA
22 [7]
4. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985WBC, IBF20 [8]
5. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 1. December 14, 1992 — September 24, 1994
2. February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001
3. November 17, 2001 — February 6, 2004
1. WBC
2. WBA, WBC, IBF
3. WBC, IBF
15 [9]
5. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko 1. June 26, 1999 — April 1, 2000
2. April 24, 2004 — November 9, 2005
3. October 11, 2008 — December 15, 2013
1. WBO
2. WBC
3. WBC
15 [10]
7. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908lineal13 [12]
8. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 1. November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990
2. March 16, 1996 — November 9, 1996
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBA, WBC
12 [11]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973NYSAC, WBA, WBC10 [13]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder January 17, 2015 — February 22, 2020WBC10 [17]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield 1. October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992
2. November 6, 1993 — April 22, 1994
3. November 9, 1996 — November 13, 1999
4. August 12, 2000 — March 3, 2001
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBA, IBF
3. WBA, IBF
4. WBA
10 [14]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951NBA, NYSAC9 [16]
12. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Joshua 1. April 9, 2016 – June 1, 2019
2. December 7, 2019 – present
WBA, IBF, WBO9 [15]
14. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 1. November 30, 1956 — June 26, 1959
2. June 20, 1960 — September 25, 1962
NYSAC, NBA8 [18]
14. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905lineal8 [21]

All championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes heavyweight champions that captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

Pos.NameReign began-endedRecognitionTitle fight winsFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949NYSAC, NBA27 [5] [6]
2. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 1. October 14, 2000 — March 8, 2003
2. April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015
1. WBO
2. WBA, IBF, WBO
25 [4]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 1. February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969
2. October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978
3. September 15, 1978 — October 18, 1979
1. WBA, WBC
2. WBA, WBC
3. WBA
22 [7]
4. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985WBC, IBF20 [8]
5. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 1. December 14, 1992 — September 24, 1994
2. February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001
3. November 17, 2001 — February 6, 2004
1. WBC
2. WBA, WBC, IBF
3. WBC, IBF
15 [9]
5. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko 1. June 26, 1999 — April 1, 2000
2. April 24, 2004 — November 9, 2005
3. October 11, 2008 — December 15, 2013
1. WBO
2. WBC
3. WBC
15 [10]
7. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908lineal13 [12]
8. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 1. November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990
2. March 16, 1996 — November 9, 1996
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBC, WBA
12 [11]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973NYSAC, WBA, WBC10 [13]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield 1. October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992
2. November 6, 1993 — April 22, 1994
3. November 9, 1996 — November 13, 1999
4. August 12, 2000 — March 3, 2001
1. WBA, WBC, IBF
2. WBA, IBF
3. WBA, IBF
4. WBA
10 [14]
11. Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951NBA, NYSAC9 [16]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 1. November 30, 1956 — June 26, 1959
2. June 20, 1960 — September 25, 1962
NYSAC, NBA8 [18]
12. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905lineal8 [21]
14. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 — April 27, 1956NYSAC, NBA7 [28]
15. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 — September 23, 1926NYSAC, NBA6 [20]
15. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 — April 5, 1915lineal6 [19]

Championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions with successful unifications/victories over champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes heavyweight champions that captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

The list only includes title reigns during which the champion:

As of July15, 2021.

Pos.NameReign began-endedRecognitionAdditional recognitionBeaten champions (recognition)Title fight winsFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949undisputedThe Ring27 [5] [6]
2. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 1. October 14, 2000 — March 8, 2003
2. April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015
1. WBO
2. unified

2. The Ring
1. Chris Byrd (IBF)

25 [4] [25]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 1. February 25, 1964 – March 11, 1969
2. October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978
3. September 15, 1978 — October 18, 1979
1. undisputed
2. undisputed
3. WBA
1. The Ring
2. The Ring
3. The Ring
22 [7]
4. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985WBC-to-IBFThe Ring Mike Weaver (WBA),
Tim Witherspoon (WBC)
20 [8] [26] [27]
5. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908lineallineal13 [12]
6. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 1. February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001
2. November 17, 2001 — February 6, 2004
1. undisputed
2. unified

2. The Ring
1. Evander Holyfield (WBA)

12 [9] [14]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 1. November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990
2. March 16, 1996 — November 9, 1996
1. undisputed
2. unified
1. The Ring

12 [11]
8. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973unifiedThe Ring10 [13]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield 1. October 25, 1990 — November 13, 1992
2. November 6, 1993 — April 22, 1994
3. November 9, 1996 — November 13, 1999
1. undisputed
2. unified
3. unified
9 [14]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951undisputedThe Ring9 [16]
11. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 1. November 30, 1956 — June 26, 1959
2. June 20, 1960 — September 25, 1962
undisputedThe Ring8 [18]
11. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905lineallineal8 [21]
13. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 — April 27, 1956undisputedThe Ring7 [28]
14. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 — September 23, 1926undisputedThe Ring6 [20]
14. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 — April 5, 1915lineallineal6 [19]
16. Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman 1. January 22, 1973 — October 30, 1974
2. November 4, 1994 — June 29, 1995
1. undisputed
2. unified
1. The Ring

5 [29]
17. Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Primo Carnera June 29, 1933 – June 14, 1934undisputedThe Ring3 [30]
17. Flag of the United States.svg Riddick Bowe November 13, 1992 — November 6, 1993undisputed3 [31]
17. Flag of the United States.svg Gene Tunney September 23, 1926 – July 31, 1928undisputedThe Ring3 [37]
17. Flag of the United States.svg Michael Spinks September 21, 1985 — February 19, 1987IBFThe Ring3 [38]
21. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Corbett September 7, 1892 – March 17, 1897lineallineal2 [32]
21. Flag of the United States.svg Jess Willard April 5, 1915 — July 4, 1919lineallineal2 [33]
21. Flag of Germany.svg Max Schmeling June 12, 1930 – January 7, 1931undisputedThe Ring2 [34]
21. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko April 24, 2004 — November 9, 2005WBCThe Ring Corrie Sanders (WBO)2 [10] [35]
21. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tyson Fury 1. November 28, 2015 — October 12, 2016
2. February 22, 2020 — present
1. unified
2. WBC
1. The Ring
2. The Ring
2 [36]
21. Flag of the United States.svg Jersey Joe Walcott July 18, 1951 — September 23, 1952undisputedThe Ring2 [44]
21. Flag of the United States.svg Sonny Liston September 25, 1962 — February 25, 1964undisputedThe Ring2 [46]
28. Flag of the United States.svg John L. Sullivan August 29, 1885 — September 7, 1892lineallineal1 [39]
28. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Fitzsimmons March 17, 1897 — June 9, 1899lineallineal1 [40]
28. Flag of the United States.svg Marvin Hart July 3, 1905 — February 23, 1906lineallineal1 [41]
28. Flag of the United States.svg Max Baer June 14, 1934 — June 13, 1935undisputedThe Ring1 [42]
28. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Braddock June 13, 1935 — June 22, 1937undisputedThe Ring1 [43]
28. Flag of Sweden.svg Ingemar Johansson June 26, 1959 — June 20, 1960undisputedThe Ring1 [45]
28. Flag of the United States.svg Leon Spinks February 15, 1978 — September 15, 1978undisputedThe Ring1 [47]
28. Flag of the United States.svg Buster Douglas February 11, 1990 — October 25, 1990undisputed1 [48]

Most opponents beaten during one title reign

Keys:

  Active title reign
  Reign has ended
Note 1: WBA (Regular) champions are not included
Note 2: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]

All championship reigns

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921. For the purpose of this list, successful title defenses that ended in a draw are also included.

Pos.NameReign began-endedRecognitionBeaten opponentsFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949NYSAC, NBA21 [5] [6]
2. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985WBC, IBF19 [8]
3. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015WBA, IBF, WBO17 [4]
4. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908lineal11 [12]
5. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978WBA, WBC10 [7]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990WBA, WBC, IBF9 [11]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973NYSAC, WBA, WBC9 [13]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder January 17, 2015 – February 22, 2020WBC9 [17]
9. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001WBA, WBC, IBF8 [9]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951NBA, NYSAC8 [16]
11. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Joshua April 9, 2016 – June 1, 2019WBA, IBF, WBO6 [15]
11. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905lineal6 [21]
11. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 — April 5, 1915lineal6 [19]
14. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 — April 27, 1956NYSAC, NBA5 [28]
14. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 — September 23, 1926lineal-to-NBA and NYSAC5 [20]

Championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes title reigns during which the champion captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–). For the purpose of this list, successful title defenses that ended in a draw are also included.

Pos.NameReign began-endedRecognitionBeaten opponentsFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949NYSAC, NBA21 [5] [6]
2. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985WBC, IBF19 [8]
3. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015WBA, IBF, WBO17 [4]
4. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908lineal11 [12]
5. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978WBA, WBC10 [7]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990WBA, WBC, IBF9 [11]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973NYSAC, WBA, WBC9 [13]
8. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001WBA, WBC, IBF8 [9]
8. Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951NBA, NYSAC8 [16]
10. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905lineal6 [21]
10. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 — April 5, 1915lineal6 [19]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 — April 27, 1956NYSAC, NBA5 [28]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 — September 23, 1926lineal-to-NBA and NYSAC5 [20]

Most consecutive title defenses

Keys:

  Active title reign
  Reign has ended
Note 1: WBA (Regular) champions are not included
Note 2: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]

All championship reigns

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921. For the purpose of this list, successful title defenses that ended in a draw are also included.

Pos.NameReign began-endedRecognitionTitle defensesFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949NYSAC, NBA26 [5] [6]
2. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985WBC, IBF19 [8]
3. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015WBA, IBF, WBO18 [4] [49]
4. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908lineal13 [12]
5. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978WBA, WBC10 [7]
5. Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder January 17, 2015 – February 22, 2020WBC10 [17]
7. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990WBA, WBC, IBF9 [11]
7. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973NYSAC, WBA, WBC9 [13]
7. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001WBA, WBC, IBF9 [9]
10. Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951NBA, NYSAC8 [16]
11. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905lineal7 [21]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 — April 27, 1956NYSAC, NBA6 [28]
12. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Joshua April 9, 2016 – June 1, 2019WBA, IBF, WBO6 [15]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 — April 5, 1915lineal6 [19]
15. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 — September 23, 1926lineal-to-NBA and NYSAC5 [20]

Championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes title reigns during which the champion captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–). For the purpose of this list, successful title defenses that ended in a draw are also included.

Pos.NameReign began-endedRecognitionTitle defensesFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis June 22, 1937 — March 1, 1949NYSAC, NBA26 [5] [6]
2. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes June 9, 1978 — September 21, 1985WBC, IBF19 [8]
3. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko April 22, 2006 — November 28, 2015WBA, IBF, WBO18 [4]
4. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns February 23, 1906 — December 26, 1908lineal13 [12]
5. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali October 30, 1974 — February 15, 1978WBA, WBC10 [7]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson November 22, 1986 — February 11, 1990WBA, WBC, IBF9 [11]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier March 4, 1968 — January 22, 1973NYSAC, WBA, WBC9 [13]
6. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis February 7, 1997 — April 22, 2001WBA, WBC, IBF9 [13]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles September 27, 1950 — July 18, 1951NBA, NYSAC8 [16]
10. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899 — May 13, 1905lineal7 [21]
11. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano September 23, 1952 — April 27, 1956NYSAC, NBA6 [28]
11. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson December 26, 1908 — April 5, 1915lineal6 [19]
13. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey July 4, 1919 — September 23, 1926lineal-to-NBA and NYSAC5 [20]

Longest title reigns

Keys:

  Active Title Reign
  Reign has ended
Note 1: WBA (Regular) champions are not included
Note 2: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]

Combined reigns

All championship reigns

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921.

As of 22 February 2020.

Pos.NameCombined reignDays as championNumber of reignsTitle recognition
1. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 12 years, 0 months, 0 days4 3822WBA, IBF, WBO
2. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days4 2701NYSAC, NBA
3. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 9 years, 5 months, 5 days3 4433NYSAC, WBA, WBC
4. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 8 years, 5 months, 13 days3 0863WBA, WBC, IBF
5. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko 7 years, 5 months, 28 days2 7353WBC, WBO
6. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days2 6611WBC, IBF
7. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days2 6381NYSAC, NBA
8. Flag of the United States.svg John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 10 days2 5661lineal
9. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 11 days2 2921lineal
10. Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield 6 years, 1 month, 1 day2 2234WBA, WBC, IBF
11. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days2 1561lineal
12. Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder 5 years, 1 months, 5 days1 8591WBC
13. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 days1 7851NYSAC, WBA, WBC
14. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 4 years, 10 months, 0 days1 7652NYSAC, NBA
15. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 days1 6521lineal

All championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes heavyweight champions that captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

As of 20 February 2020.

Pos.NameCombined reignDays as championNumber of reignsTitle recognition
1. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 12 years, 0 months, 0 days4 3822WBA, IBF, WBO
2. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days4 2701NYSAC, NBA
3. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 9 years, 5 months, 5 days3 4433NYSAC, WBA, WBC
4. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 8 years, 5 months, 13 days3 0863WBA, WBC, IBF
5. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko 7 years, 5 months, 28 days2 7353WBC, WBO
6. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days2 6611WBC, IBF
7. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days2 6381NYSAC, NBA
8. Flag of the United States.svg John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 10 days2 5661lineal
9. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 11 days2 2921lineal
10. Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield 6 years, 1 month, 1 day2 2234WBA, WBC, IBF
11. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days2 1561lineal
12. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 days1 7851NYSAC, WBA, WBC
13. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 4 years, 10 months, 0 days1 7652NYSAC, NBA
14. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 days1 6521lineal
15. Flag of the United States.svg Jess Willard 4 years, 2 months, 29 days1 5511lineal
Vitali Klitschko (right) retired as champion in 2005. Following his retirement, the WBC conferred "champion emeritus" status on Klitschko, and assured him he would become the mandatory challenger if and when he decided to return Bernd Boente and Vitali Klitschko.jpg
Vitali Klitschko (right) retired as champion in 2005. Following his retirement, the WBC conferred "champion emeritus" status on Klitschko, and assured him he would become the mandatory challenger if and when he decided to return

Championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions with successful unifications/victories over champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes heavyweight champions that captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

The list only includes title reigns during which the champion:

  • has won undisputed championship (1922–present), The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–), lineal championship (1885–1921)
  • unified [22] [23] [24] the titles
  • defeated a fighter that either had to drop his own world title prior to the fight due to organization's championship policy or would later become the world champion whilst the winner's reign was still active

As of 20 February 2020.

Pos.NameCombined reignDays as championNumber of reignsTitle recognition
1. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 12 years, 0 months, 0 days4 3822WBA, IBF, WBO
2. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days4 2701NYSAC, NBA
3. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 9 years, 5 months, 5 days3 4433NYSAC, WBA, WBC
4. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days2 6611WBC, IBF
5. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days2 6381NYSAC, NBA
6. Flag of the United States.svg John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 10 days2 5661lineal
7. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 6 years, 8 months, 3 days2 4372WBA, WBC, IBF
8. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 11 days2 2921lineal
9. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days2 1561lineal
10. Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield 5 years, 6 months, 12 days2 0203WBA, WBC, IBF
11. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 days1 7851NYSAC, WBA, WBC
12. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 4 years, 10 months, 0 days1 7652NYSAC, NBA
13. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 days1 6521lineal
14. Flag of the United States.svg Jess Willard 4 years, 2 months, 29 days1 5511lineal
15. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 3 years, 10 months, 16 days1 4152WBA, WBC, IBF

Individual reigns

Below is a list of longest reigning heavyweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. Both The Ring and lineal championships are included. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.

All championship reigns

Pos.NameTitle ReignTitle recognition
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 dayslineal
2. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 9 years, 7 months and 6 daysIBF (+WBA, WBO, The Ring/Lineal)
3. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 daysWBC-to-IBF (+The Ring/Lineal)
4. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 dayslineal
5. Flag of the United States.svg John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 9 dayslineal
6. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 10 dayslineal
7. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 5 years, 11 months, 9 daysThe Ring/Lineal, (+WBA, WBC stripped)
8. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 dayslineal
9. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko 5 years, 2 months, 4 daysWBC
10. Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder 5 years, 1 month 5 daysWBC
11. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 daysNYSAC (+WBA, WBC)
12. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 dayslineal
13. Flag of the United States.svg Jess Willard 4 years, 2 months, 29 dayslineal
14. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 4 years, 2 months, 15 daysWBC (+IBF, WBA stripped, The Ring/Lineal)
15. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano 3 years, 11 months, 29 dayslineal

Championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes title reigns during which the champion captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

Pos.NameTitle ReignTitle recognition
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 dayslineal
2. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 9 years, 7 months and 6 daysIBF (+WBA, WBO, The Ring/Lineal)
3. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 daysWBC-to-IBF (+The Ring/Lineal)
4. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 dayslineal
5. Flag of the United States.svg John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months, 9 dayslineal
6. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 10 dayslineal
7. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 5 years, 11 months, 9 daysThe Ring/Lineal, (+WBA, WBC stripped)
8. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 dayslineal
9. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier 4 years, 10 months, 18 daysNYSAC (+WBA, WBC)
10. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Corbett 4 years, 6 months, 10 dayslineal
11. Flag of the United States.svg Jess Willard 4 years, 2 months, 29 dayslineal
12. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 4 years, 2 months, 15 daysWBC (+IBF, WBA stripped, The Ring/Lineal)
13. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano 3 years, 11 months, 29 dayslineal
14. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 3 years, 2 months, 20 daysWBC (+WBA, IBF, The Ring)
15. Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman 3 years, 0 months, 17 days(+WBA, IBF stripped)

Title fight finishes

Quickest stoppages in title fights — 1st round stoppages

Note: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]
DateFightMethodRoundTimeTitleSource(s)
April 18, 1998
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Herbie Hide def. Flag of the United States.svg Damon ReedTKO10:52WBO [50]
May 21, 2005
Flag of the United States.svg Lamon Brewster def. Flag of Poland.svg Andrew GolotaTKO10:52WBO [51]
November 14, 1944
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg Johnny DavisKO10:53NYSAC [5] [6]
April 6, 1900
Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries def. Flag of the United States.svg John FinneganKO10:55Lineal [21]
December 10, 1982
Flag of the United States.svg Michael Dokes def. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Weaver TKO11:03WBA [26]
July 4, 1907
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns def. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bill SquiresKO11:28Lineal [12]
March 17, 1908
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns def. Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Jem Roche KO11:28Lineal [12]
June 27, 1988
Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson def. Flag of the United States.svg Michael Spinks KO11:31WBA, WBC, IBF [11]
July 21, 1989
Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson def. Flag of the United States.svg Carl Williams TKO11:33WBA, WBC, IBF [11]
October 4, 1997
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis def. Flag of Poland.svg Andrew Golota KO11:35WBC [9]
April 22, 1969
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier def. Flag of the United States.svg Dave ZyglewiczKO11:36NYSAC [13]
September 7, 1996
Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson def. Flag of the United States.svg Bruce Seldon TKO11:49WBA [11]
September 1, 1973
Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman def. Flag of Puerto Rico.svg José Roman KO12:00WBA, WBC [29]
June 22, 1938
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Max Schmeling KO12:04NBA, NYSAC [5]
September 25, 1962
Flag of the United States.svg Sonny Liston def. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson KO12:06NYSAC, WBA [18]
September 18, 1946
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg Tami Mauriello KO12:09NBA, NYSAC [5]
July 22, 1963
Flag of the United States.svg Sonny Liston def. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson KO12:10WBA, WBC [18]
May 25, 1965
Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali def. Flag of the United States.svg Sonny Liston KO12:12WBC [7]
December 12, 1986
Flag of the United States.svg James Smith def. Flag of the United States.svg Tim Witherspoon KO12:12WBA [52]
May 18, 2019
Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder def. Flag of the United States.svg Dominic Breazeale
KO12:17WBC [17]
March 28, 1906
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns def. Flag of the United States.svg Jim O'BrienKO12:18Lineal [12]
February 6, 1993
Flag of the United States.svg Riddick Bowe def. Flag of the United States.svg Michael Dokes TKO12:19WBA, IBF [31]
April 17, 1939
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg Jack RoperKO12:20NBA, NYSAC [5]
May 15, 1953
Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano def. Flag of the United States.svg Jersey Joe Walcott KO12:25NBA, NYSAC [28]
January 25, 1939
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg John Henry Lewis KO12:29NBA, NYSAC [5]
March 28, 1906
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns def. Flag of the United States.svg James J. WalkerKO12:55Lineal [12]
January 9, 1942
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg Buddy Baer KO12:56NBA, NYSAC [5]
November 4, 2017
Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder def. Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Bermane Stiverne KO12:59WBC [17]
March 19, 2011
Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko def. Flag of Cuba.svg Odlanier Solís KO12:59WBC [10]

Quickest stoppages in title fights — undisputed/The Ring/lineal/unified championship on the line

Note: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]
DateFightMethodRoundTimeTitleSource(s)
November 14, 1944
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg Johnny DavisKO10:53NYSAC [5]
April 6, 1900
Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries def. Flag of the United States.svg John FinneganKO10:55Lineal [21]
July 4, 1907
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns def. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bill SquiresKO11:28Lineal [12]
March 17, 1908
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns def. Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Jem Roche KO11:28Lineal [12]
June 27, 1988
Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson def. Flag of the United States.svg Michael Spinks KO11:31WBA, WBC, IBF [11]
July 21, 1989
Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson def. Flag of the United States.svg Carl Williams TKO11:33WBA, WBC, IBF [11]
September 1, 1973
Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman def. Flag of Puerto Rico.svg José Roman KO12:00WBA, WBC [29]
June 22, 1938
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Max Schmeling KO12:04NBA, NYSAC [5]
September 25, 1962
Flag of the United States.svg Sonny Liston def. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson KO12:06NYSAC, WBA [18]
September 18, 1946
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg Tami Mauriello KO12:09NBA, NYSAC [5]
July 22, 1963
Flag of the United States.svg Sonny Liston def. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson KO12:10WBA, WBC [18]
May 25, 1965
Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali def. Flag of the United States.svg Sonny Liston KO12:12WBC [7]
March 28, 1906
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns def. Flag of the United States.svg Jim O'BrienKO12:18Lineal [12]
February 6, 1993
Flag of the United States.svg Riddick Bowe def. Flag of the United States.svg Michael Dokes TKO12:19WBA, IBF [31]
April 17, 1939
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg Jack RoperKO12:20NBA, NYSAC [5]
May 15, 1953
Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano def. Flag of the United States.svg Jersey Joe Walcott KO12:25NBA, NYSAC [28]
January 25, 1939
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg John Henry Lewis KO12:29NBA, NYSAC [5]
March 28, 1906
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns def. Flag of the United States.svg James J. WalkerKO12:55Lineal [12]
January 9, 1942
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg Buddy Baer KO12:56NBA, NYSAC [5]
March 29, 1940
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Paychek TKO20:15NBA, NYSAC [5]
May 22, 1993
Flag of the United States.svg Riddick Bowe def. Flag of the United States.svg Jesse Ferguson KO20:17WBA [31]
August 26, 1904
Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries def. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Jack MunroeTKO20:45Lineal [21]
November 18, 1970
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier def. Flag of the United States.svg Bob Foster KO20:49WBA, WBC [13]
September 14, 1923
Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey def. Flag of Argentina.svg Luis Ángel Firpo KO20:57NBA, NYSAC [20]
February 17, 1941
Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis def. Flag of the United States.svg Gus DorazioKO21:30NBA, NYSAC [5]
March 26, 1974
Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman def. Flag of the United States.svg Ken Norton TKO22:00WBA, WBC [29]
January 22, 1973
Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman def. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier TKO22:26WBA, WBC [29]
July 15, 2000
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis def. Flag of South Africa.svg Francois Botha TKO22:39WBC, IBF [9]
April 29, 2000
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis def. Flag of the United States.svg Michael Grant KO22:53WBC, IBF [9]
March 21, 1988
Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson def. Flag of the United States.svg Tony Tubbs TKO22:54WBA, WBC, IBF [11]

Most opponents beaten in title fights by stoppage

Keys:

  Active title reign
  Reign has ended
Note 1: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]
Note 2: The names in italics are champions that did not win undisputed championship (1922–present), The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–) or lineal championship (1885–1921)
NameFinished opponentsFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis 20 [5] [6]
2. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 18 [4]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes 14 [8]
4. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 13 [7]
5. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko 12 [10]
6. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 11 [9]
7. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 9 [11]
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns [12]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder 8 [17]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier 8 [13]
11. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 7 [18]
11. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Joshua 7 [15]
13. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano 5 [28]
Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries [21]
Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles [16]
Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey [20]

Most title fight wins by stoppage

Keys:

  Active title reign
  Reign has ended
Note 1: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]
Note 2: The names in italics are champions that did not win undisputed championship (1922–present), The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–) or lineal championship (1885–1921)
NameTitle fight finishesFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis 24 [5] [6]
2. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 19 [4]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 14 [7]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes 14 [20]
5. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko 12 [10]
6. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 11 [9]
6. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns 11 [12]
8. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 10 [11]
9. Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder 9 [17]
10. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier 8 [13]
10. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 8 [18]
11. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Joshua 7 [15]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano 6 [28]
12. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries 6 [21]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Ezzard Charles 6 [16]

Highest knockout-to-beat-opponent percentage in title fights

Keys:

  Active title reign
  Reign has ended
Note 1: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]
Note 2: The names in italics are champions that did not win undisputed championship (1922–present), The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–) or lineal championship (1885–1921)
Note 3: Only fighters who have defeated 5 or more opponents for the world heavyweight title are included
NameOpponents foughtOpponents stoppedPercentageFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano 55100% [28]
2. Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder 9888.89% [17]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis 232086.96% [5] [6]
4. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Joshua 8677.78% [15]
5. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns 12975% [12]
6. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier 11872.73% [13]
7. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey 7571.43% [20]
7. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries 7571.43% [21]
9. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko 171270.59% [10]
10. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 10770% [18]
11. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 261869.23% [4]
12. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 171164.71% [9]
13. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 14964.29% [11]
14. Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali 221359.09% [7]
15. Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes 241458.33% [20]

Highest knockout-to-win percentage in title fights

Keys:

  Active title reign
  Reign has ended
Note 1: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]
Note 2: The names in italics are champions that did not win undisputed championship (1922–present), The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–) or lineal championship (1885–1921)
Note 3: Only fighters who have won 5 or more world heavyweight title fights are included
NameTitle fightsTitle fight stoppagesPercentageFights
1. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis 282485.71% [5] [6]
2. Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Marciano 7685.71% [28]
3. Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder 12975% [17]
4. Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns 151173.33% [12]
5. Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko 171270.59% [10]
6. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Joshua 10770% [15]
7. Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier 12866.67% [13]
7. Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries 9666.67% [21]
9. Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko 291965.52% [4]
10. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis 171164.71% [9]
11. Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson 161062.5% [11]
12. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey 8562.5% [20]
13. Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson 13861.54% [18]
14. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson 7457.14% [19]
14. Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman 7457.14% [29]

Champions by age

Keys:

  Active title reign
  Reign has ended
Note 1: WBA (Regular) champions are not included
Note 2: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]

Oldest champions

As of July15, 2021.

This is the list of the oldest heavyweight champions ordered by age at their last day as champion.

All championship reigns

NameRecognitionLast day as championAgeSource(s)
1 Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman IBFJune 29, 199546 years, 5 months, 18 days [53]
2 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko WBCDecember 16, 201342 years, 2 months, 26 days [54]
3 Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko WBA, IBF, WBONovember 28, 201539 years, 8 months, 3 days [4]
4 Flag of Russia.svg Oleg Maskaev WBCMarch 8, 200839 years, 6 days [55]
5 Flag of the United States.svg Jersey Joe Walcott NBA, NYSACSeptember 23, 195238 years, 7 months, 23 days [44]
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis WBCFebruary 6, 200438 years, 5 months, 4 days [56]
7 Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield WBAMarch 3, 200138 years, 4 months, 12 days [14]
8 Flag of South Africa.svg Corrie Sanders WBOFebruary 1, 200438 years, 25 days [57]
9 Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali WBAOctober 18, 197937 years, 9 months, 1 day
10 Flag of the United States.svg Jess Willard LinealJuly 4, 191937 years, 6 months, 5 days

Championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes title reigns during which the champion captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

NameRecognitionLast day as championAgeSource(s)
1 Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko WBA, IBF, WBONovember 28, 201539 years, 8 months, 3 days [4]
2 Flag of the United States.svg Jersey Joe Walcott NBA, NYSACSeptember 23, 195238 years, 7 months, 23 days [44]
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lennox Lewis WBCFebruary 6, 200438 years, 5 months, 4 days [56]
4 Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali WBAOctober 18, 197937 years, 9 months, 1 day
5 Flag of the United States.svg Jess Willard LinealJuly 4, 191937 years, 6 months, 5 days [33]
6 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Johnson LinealApril 5, 191537 years, 0 months, 5 days [19]
7 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Fitzsimmons LinealJuly 4, 191936 years, 0 months, 14 days [40]
8 Flag of the United States.svg Larry Holmes IBFSeptember 21, 198535 years, 10 months, 18 days [8]
9 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis NYSAC, NBAMarch 1, 194934 years, 9 months, 16 days [5]
10 Flag of the United States.svg Sonny Liston NYSAC, WBAJuly 22, 196334 years, 0 months, 24 days [46]

Youngest champions

As of July15, 2021.

All championship reigns

NameRecognitionDateAgeSource(s)
1 Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson WBCNovember 22, 198620 years, 4 months, 23 days [11]
2 Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson NBA, NYSACNovember 30, 195621 years, 10 months, 26 days [18]
3 Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali WBA, WBCFebruary 25, 196422 years, 8 days [7]
4 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis NBA, NYSACJune 22, 193723 years, 1 month, 9 days [5]
5 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey LinealJuly 4, 191924 years, 0 months, 10 days [20]
6 Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman WBA, WBCFebruary 22, 197324 years, 0 months, 12 days [29]
7 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier NYSACMarch 4, 196824 years, 1 month, 21 days [13]
8 Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries LinealJune 9, 189924 years, 1 month, 25 days [21]
9 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Dokes WBADecember 10, 198224 years, 4 months [58]
10 Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko WBOOctober 14, 200024 years, 6 months, 19 days [4]

Championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes title reigns during which the champion captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

NameRecognitionDateAgeSource(s)
1 Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson WBCNovember 22, 198620 years, 4 months, 23 days [11]
2 Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Patterson NBA, NYSACNovember 30, 195621 years, 10 months, 26 days [18]
3 Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali WBA, WBCFebruary 25, 196422 years, 8 days [7]
4 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis NBA, NYSACJune 22, 193723 years, 1 month, 9 days [5]
5 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dempsey LinealJuly 4, 191924 years, 0 months, 10 days [20]
6 Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman WBA, WBCFebruary 22, 197324 years, 0 months, 12 days [29]
7 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier NYSACMarch 4, 196824 years, 1 month, 21 days [13]
8 Flag of the United States.svg James J. Jeffries LinealJune 9, 189924 years, 1 month, 25 days [21]
9 Flag of the United States.svg Leon Spinks WBAFebruary 15, 197824 years, 7 months, 4 days [47]
10 Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tommy Burns LinealJanuary 16, 190224 years, 8 months, 6 days [12]

Fastest world championship wins

By time elapsed from professional debut

Ranked by the time elapsed between professional debut and world heavyweight title win.

Note: WBO heavyweight title bouts before August 1997 are not included [3]

All championship reigns

NameProfessional debutWorld title winTime elapsedFights
1 Flag of the United States.svg Leon Spinks January 15, 1977February 15, 19781 year, 1 month [47]
2 Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson March 6, 1985November 22, 19861 year, 8 months, 16 days [11]
3 Flag of the United States.svg John Tate May 7, 1977October 20, 19792 years, 5 months, 13 days [59]
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Joshua October 5, 2013April 9, 20162 years, 6 months, 4 days [15]
5 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier August 16, 1965March 4, 19682 years, 6 months, 17 days [39]
6 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko November 16, 1996June 26, 19992 years, 7 months, 10 days [10]
7 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Louis July 7, 1934June 22, 19372 years, 11 months, 15 days [29]
8 Flag of the United States.svg Charles Martin October 27, 2012January 16, 20163 years, 2 months, 20 days [60]
9 Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali October 29, 1960January 25, 19643 years, 2 months, 27 days [7]
10 Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman June 23, 1969January 22, 19733 years, 6 months, 30 days [29]

Championship reigns of undisputed champions/lineal champions/The Ring champions

The list does not include The Ring and lineal championship fights after 1921, although it only includes title reigns during which the champion captured undisputed championship (1922–present), lineal championship (1885–1921) or The Ring championship (1922–1989, 2002–).

NameProfessional debutWorld title winTime elapsedFights
1 Flag of the United States.svg Leon Spinks January 15, 1977February 15, 19781 year, 1 month