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This is a list of current boxing world champions who are certified by the four major boxing sanctioning bodies and The Ring magazine.

Certifying organizations

World Boxing Association

The World Boxing Association (WBA) was founded in 1921 as the National Boxing Association (NBA)—a national regulating body of the United States. On August 23, 1962, the NBA became the WBA—a Venezuelanmarker-based worldwide regulating body, which today has its head office in Panamamarker. According to WBA championship rules, when a boxer holds at least two titles of the four major sanctioning bodies, the boxer is granted special recognition: he is called the undisputed or super world champion and is given more time between mandatory title defences. The "regular" WBA world title is vacated if it is one of the titles the respective boxer holds. When a boxer defends his WBA title for the tenth consecutive time, he is normally granted the "WBA Super Belt".

World Boxing Council

The World Boxing Council (WBC) was founded in Mexico City, Mexico on February 14, 1963 in order to establish an international regulating body. The WBC established many of today's safety measures in boxing, such as the standing eight-count, a limit of 12 rounds instead of 15, and additional weight classes. In its discretion, the WBC may designate and recognize, upon a two-thirds majority vote of their Board of Governors, one or more emeritus world champions in each weight class. Such a recognition is for life and is only bestowed upon present or past WBC world champions. The following boxers have earned the emeritus championship appellation throughout their careers: Lennox Lewis, Vitali Klitschko, Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Kostya Tszyu, Manny Pacquiao, Érik Morales, Israel Vázquez and Édgar Sosa. In September 2009, the WBC created its new "Diamond Championship". This belt is thought to award the winner of a boxing match between two high-profile boxers who have a fight at catchweight. The inaugural Diamond Belt was awarded on November 14, 2009 to Manny Pacquiao who won a 12th round technical knockout over Miguel Ángel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

International Boxing Federation

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) originated in September 1976 as the United States Boxing Association (USBA) when American members of the WBA withdrew in order to legitimize boxing in the United States with "unbiased" ratings. In April 1983, the organization established an international division that was known as the United States Boxing Association-International (USBA-I). In May 1984, the New Jerseymarker-based USBA-I was renamed and became the IBF.

World Boxing Organization

The World Boxing Organization (WBO) was founded in San Juan, Puerto Ricomarker (which is a self-governing commonwealth of the United States) in 1988. Its motto is "dignity, democracy, honesty." Besides the beltholders that are called "Super Champion" by the WBO, there are some more fighters that have been named "WBO Super Champion" in the past, for example Bernard Hopkins, Óscar De La Hoya, Juan Díaz, Marco Antonio Barrera, Joe Calzaghe. Some media sites do not include the WBO in their list of champions, whereas others do.

The Ring magazine

The Ring is not a sanctioning body but is a boxing magazine that was founded in 1922. In 2002, The Ring created a championship system that is "intended to reward fighters who, by satisfying rigid criteria, can justify a claim as the true and only world champion in a given weight class." There are currently only two ways that a boxer can win The Ring's title: defeat the reigning champion; or win a box-off between ''The Ring'''s number-one and number-two rated contenders (or, sometimes, number-one and number-three rated). There are also only three ways that a boxer can lose The Ring's title: lose a championship fight, move to a different weight class, or retire. (The Ring does not strip its champions' titles like the sanctioning bodies do.)

Current champions

The current champions in each weight class are listed below. Each champion's professional boxing record is shown in the following format: wins-losses-draws-no contests (knockout wins).

Heavyweight (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg)

David Haye
23-1 (21 KO)
November 7, 2009

Vitali Klitschko
38-2 (37 KO)
October 11, 2008

Wladimir Klitschko
53-3 (47 KO)
April 22, 2006

Wladimir Klitschko
53-3 (47 KO)
February 23, 2008

Wladimir Klitschko
53-3 (47 KO)
June 20, 2009



Cruiserweight, Junior heavyweight (200 lb, 90.7 kg)

Guillermo Jones
36-3-2 (28 KO)
September 27, 2008

Zsolt Erdei
31-0 (17 KO)
November 21, 2009

vacant
Marco Huck
26-1 (20 KO)
August 29, 2009

Tomasz Adamek
39-1 (27 KO)
December 11, 2008

Ola Afolabi
14-1-3 (6 KO)
March 14, 2009



Light heavyweight (175 lb, 79.4 kg)

Gabriel Campillo
19-2-0-1 (6 KO)
June 20, 2009

Jean Pascal
24-1 (16 KO)
June 19, 2009

Tavoris Cloud
20-0 (18 KO)
August 28, 2009

Juergen Braehmer
34-2 (28 KO)
November 13, 2009

vacant
Chad Dawson
29-0-0-1 (17 KO)
November 7, 2009



Super middleweight (168 lb, 76.2 kg)

Andre Ward
21-0 (13 KO)
November 21, 2009

Carl Froch
26-0 (20 KO)
December 6, 2008

Lucian Bute
25-0 (20 KO)
October 19, 2007

Robert Stieglitz
36-2 (22 KO)
August 22, 2009

vacant
Dimitri Sartison
26-1 (17 KO)
November 21, 2009



Middleweight (160 lb, 72.6 kg)

Felix Sturm
33-2-1 (14 KO)
April 28, 2007

Kelly Pavlik
35-1 (31 KO)
September 29, 2007

Sebastian Sylvester
32-3 (15 KO)
September 19, 2009

Kelly Pavlik
35-1 (31 KO)
September 29, 2007

Kelly Pavlik
35-1 (31 KO)
September 29, 2007

Sebastian Zbik
27-0 (10 KO)
July 11, 2009



Super welterweight, Junior middleweight (154 lb, 69.9 kg)

Yuri Foreman
28-0-0-1 (8 KO)
November 14, 2009

Sergio Gabriel Martínez
44-1-2 (24 KO)
May 21, 2009

Cory Spinks
37-5 (11 KO)
April 24, 2009

Sergiy Dzinziruk
36-0 (22 KO)
December 3, 2005

vacant
Nobuhiro Ishida
21-5-2 (7 KO)
August 30, 2009

Alfredo Angulo
17-1 (14 KO)
November 7, 2009



Welterweight (147 lb, 66.7 kg)

Shane Mosley
46-5-0-1 (39 KO)
January 24, 2009

Andre Berto
25-0 (19 KO)
June 21, 2008

Isaac Hlatshwayo
29-1-1-1 (10 KO)
August 1, 2009

Manny Pacquiao
50-3-2 (38 KO)
November 14, 2009

vacant
Vyacheslav Senchenko
30-0 (20 KO)
April 10, 2009



Super lightweight, Junior welterweight (140 lb, 63.5 kg)

Amir Khan
21-1 (15 KO)
July 18, 2009

Devon Alexander
19-0 (12 KO)
August 1, 2009

Juan Urango
22-2-1 (17 KO)
January 30, 2009

Timothy Bradley
24-0-0-1 (11 KO)
April 4, 2009

Manny Pacquiao
50-3-2 (38 KO)
May 2, 2009

Marcos René Maidana
27-1 (26 KO)
June 27, 2009

Lamont Peterson
27-0 (13 KO)
April 25, 2009



Lightweight (135 lb, 61.2 kg)

Juan Manuel Márquez
50-5-1 (37 KO)
February 28, 2009

Edwin Valero
25-0 (25 KO)
April 4, 2009

vacant
Juan Manuel Márquez
50-5-1 (37 KO)
February 28, 2009

Juan Manuel Márquez
50-5-1 (37 KO)
September 13, 2008

Paulus Moses
25-0 (17 KO)
January 3, 2009

Antonio DeMarco
23-1-1 (17 KO)
October 31, 2009

Michael Katsidis
26-2 (21 KO)
September 19, 2009

Miguel Acosta
26-3-2 (20 KO)
July 25, 2009



Super featherweight, Junior lightweight (130 lb, 59 kg)

Juan Carlos Salgado
21-0-1 (15 KO)
October 10, 2009

Humberto Soto
49-7-2-1 (32 KO)
December 20, 2008

Robert Guerrero
25-1-1-2 (17 KO)
August 22, 2009

Román Martínez
23-0-1 (14 KO)
March 14, 2009

vacant
Likar Ramos
21-2 (15 KO)
November 19, 2009

Vitali Tajbert
19-1 (6 KO)
November 21, 2009



Featherweight (126 lb, 57.2 kg)

Chris John
43-0-2 (22 KO)
July 23, 2009

Elio Rojas
21-1 (13 KO)
July 14, 2009

Cristóbal Cruz
39-11-1-1 (23 KO)
October 23, 2008

Steven Luevano
37-1-1 (15 KO)
July 14, 2007

vacant
Yuriorkis Gamboa
16-0 (14 KO)
July 23, 2009



Super bantamweight, Junior featherweight (122 lb, 55.3 kg)

Celestino Caballero
33-2 (23 KO)
November 21, 2008

Toshiaki Nishioka
35-4-3 (22 KO)
December 18, 2008

Celestino Caballero
33-2 (23 KO)
November 21, 2008

Juan Manuel López
27-0 (24 KO)
June 7, 2008

vacant
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym
39-1 (28 KO)
September 26, 2009



Bantamweight (118 lb, 53.5 kg)

Anselmo Moreno
27-1-1 (9 KO)
May 31, 2008

Hozumi Hasegawa
27-2 (11 KO)
April 16, 2005

Yonnhy Pérez
20-0 (14 KO)
October 31, 2009

Fernando Montiel
39-2-2 (29 KO)
April 25, 2009

vacant
Nehomar Cermeño
18-0 (10 KO)
March 14, 2009



Super flyweight, Junior bantamweight (115 lb, 52.2 kg)

Vic Darchinyan
32-2-1 (26 KO)
November 1, 2008

Vic Darchinyan
32-2-1 (26 KO)
November 1, 2008

Simphiwe Nongqayi
16-0 (6 KO)
September 15, 2009

vacant
vacant
Nobuo Nashiro
13-1-1 (8 KO)
September 15, 2008

Tomás Rojas
32-11-1 (22 KO)
July 18, 2009

Nonito Donaire
22-1 (14 KO)
August 15, 2009



Flyweight (112 lb, 50.8 kg)

Denkaosan Kaovichit
48-1-1 (20 KO)
December 31, 2008

Koki Kameda
22-0 (14 KO)
November 29, 2009

Moruti Mthalane
25-2 (16 KO)
November 20, 2009

Omar Andrés Narváez
30-0-2 (19 KO)
July 13, 2002

vacant
Luis Concepción
19-1 (14 KO)
September 5, 2009

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
73-3-1 (39 KO)
April 24, 2009



Light flyweight, Junior flyweight (108 lb, 49 kg)

Giovanni Segura
22-1-1 (18 KO)
June 5, 2009

Rodel Mayol
26-4-1 (20 KO)
November 21, 2009

Brian Viloria
26-2-0-2 (15 KO)
April 19, 2009

Iván Calderón
33-0-1 (6 KO)
August 25, 2007

Iván Calderón
33-0-1 (6 KO)
August 25, 2007

Juan Carlos Reveco
21-1 (11 KO)
August 15, 2009



Minimumweight, Strawweight, Mini flyweight (105 lb, 47.6 kg)

Román González
24-0 (20 KO)
September 15, 2008

Oleydong Sithsamerchai
33-0 (12 KO)
November 29, 2007

Raúl García
27-0-1 (16 KO)
June 14, 2008

Donnie Nietes
25-1-3 (14 KO)
September 30, 2007

vacant

Notes



See also



References

  1. The official rules and regulations of the WBA, IBF, and WBO all mention by name the other three major sanctioning bodies in their title unification rules. The WBC does not mention by name any other sanctioning body in its rules, but it does list the other three major sanctioning bodies' champions on its website. [1].
  2. Undisputed world champion.
  3. WBO super champion.
  4. Interim world champion.





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